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  • The world's most luxurious designer brands are abandoning Argentina rather than comply with tight new government economic restrictions, leaving empty shelves and storefronts along the capital's elegant Alvear Avenue, where tourists once flocked to see the latest in fashion.

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Amazon.com Inc. Take Apple Inc, for example. Now Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Amazon, Microsoft Corp and other tablet and smartphone makers are stepping up with big spending on TV spots, print ads, guerilla marketing stunts and over-the-top launch events.

  • Oct 4- Fitch Ratings expects to assign a rating of' BBB' to Ares Capital Corporation's. $200 million issuance of 4.75% unsecured convertible notes. Headquartered in New York, NY, Ares is an externally managed business development company, organized on April 16, 2004.

  • Custom-mixed medicines like the steroid shots suspected in a meningitis outbreak have long been a source of concern, and their use is far wider than many people realize.

  • FORT WORTH, Texas-- American Airlines says it has finished inspecting 48 planes and fixing loose seats on some of them. A spokeswoman said Thursday that engineers were still determining how many planes needed repairs. The airline says all the planes are back in service.

  • Starbucks is making an app for that. A similar option will also be available on Square, a new payment app that Starbucks customers will be able to use starting in November.

  • *Square expands Starbucks' mobile payment options. Oct 4- Smartphone-wielding Starbucks customers in the United States will get a new way to pay in early November when the world's biggest coffee chain begins accepting Square Wallet mobile payments at its roughly 7,000 company-operated U.S. stores.

  • DENVER-- SM Energy Co. said Thursday that it has promoted Javan Ottoson, the oil and gas company's chief operating officer, to president. SM Energy said the promotion recognizes Ottoson's contributions to the company over the years. Shares of the company, which is based in Denver, increased 15 cents to $53.07 in midday trading Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- State Street Corporation. and Bank of New York Mellon Corp have submitted living wills to banking regulators, the Federal Reserve announced on Thursday. Nine banks had already submitted their plans, including Bank of America Corp and Citigroup Inc.

  • *Publisher can choose to participate in Google's Library Project. Oct 4- Google Inc and a group of publishers have agreed to a settlement, capping seven years of litigation over the rights of publishers and Google's mission to become the world's digital library.

  • *Turkey strikes on Syria raise regional security fears. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices rose on Thursday as Turkey's retaliatory strikes on a Syria sparked additional concern about potential disruptions to Middle East oil supply, while U.S. gasoline futures rallied after a fire at a refinery in Texas.

  • The gas struts, made by Koblenz, Germany- based auto supplier Stabilus, were involved in four previous recalls of about 276,000 minivans sold in the United States. They could close unexpectedly due to a leak of pressurized gas, increasing the risk of injury, according to a filing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • MESA, Ariz.-- Spirit Airlines Inc. is kicking off its new service and Denver International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The Florida- based low cost carrier will have one daily non-stop each way beginning Thursday. The flights leave Denver at midmorning each day and leave the east Phoenix suburb of Mesa for the return late in the morning.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- The Coast Guard says an estimated 76 gallons of crude oil spilled from an oil platform operated by Apache Corp. off the coast of southeast Louisiana. Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough said the spill was reported to authorities on Tuesday.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a proposed ballot measure that would have given a professional poker player the exclusive rights to operate casinos in four of the state's counties.

  • INDIANAPOLIS-- The severe drought conditions that troubled Indiana through the summer have largely dissipated, with a federal report showing the state's dryness in its best condition since mid-June. Drought Monitor's weekly report released Thursday listed about 15 percent of Indiana in severe drought, mostly in the state's southeastern corner.

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.-- A study ranks Wyoming among the least energy-efficient states in the nation. The study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks Wyoming 48th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.

  • NEW YORK-- More than a billion people now log into Facebook each month to check up on old friends, tag photos of new ones and post about politics, religion, cats or what their kids are doing. The latest milestone also amounts to nearly half of the world's roughly 2.5 billion Internet users, as measured by the International Telecommunications Union.

  • The price of oil is rising the most in two months after tensions rose between Syria and Turkey. Oil rose to $91.63, a jump of $3.49, or 4 percent, in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The increase came as Turkey's military fired on targets in Syria for the second day.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska-- The day Alaskans highly anticipate has arrived with the distribution of dividend checks from the state's oil savings account. This year's $878 dividend from the Alaska Permanent Fund will be directly deposited Thursday into the bank accounts of eligible residents who choose that route.