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  • By Kevin Drawbaugh and Kim Dixon. Here are some questions worth asking Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney on taxes. Politicians often talk about fixing it, but so far, no Congress or White House has been able to match President Ronald Reagan's historic, bipartisan 1986 tax reform.

  • Since when did the signatures of today's celebrity athletes become worse than your local physician's scrawl on a prescription slip? Yes, I know, some now put their uniform number under their scribble. Have the constant paparazzi-like, autograph-stalking fans caused players to rebel by putting a bumpy line with a number as their autograph?

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- A Kentucky businessman was arrested on Monday and charged with evading $53 million in taxes in a multi-faceted case stemming from an ongoing U.S. investigation of failed Park Avenue Bank.

  • By Luke Pachymuthu and Manolo Serapio Jr. SINGAPORE, Oct 2- Brent crude futures steadied near $112 a barrel on Tuesday as investors weighed a weaker demand outlook amid a sluggish global economy against the continuing potential for supply risks.

  • *Trial ended in August with victory for Apple on many claims. *Samsung files motion against Apple on iPhone 5. Oct 1- A U.S. court removed a temporary sales ban against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy Tab 10.1 won by Apple Inc in a patent dispute, allowing the South Korean company to sell the product in the United States.

  • *MSCI Asia ex- Japan up 0.3 pct, Nikkei recovers from 3- week low. Markets in China, Hong Kong and India are closed for holidays on Tuesday. The MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan.

  • SEOUL, Oct 2- South Korean stocks edged up in early trading on Tuesday, led by heavyweight Samsung Electronics. The South Korean company will also benefit from a potential improvement in U.S. consumption, " Kim Young- joon, an analyst at SK Securities, said. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index rose 0.3 percent to 2,002.42 points as of 0226 GMT.

  • South Korea's Kospi rose nearly 0.3 percent to 2,001.41 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.6 percent to 4,413.80. Benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia also rose. The better news on manufacturing helped investors set aside concerns of a possible downgrade by credit rating agency Moody's of Spain's debt rating to junk status.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- American Airlines said on Monday it has temporarily grounded eight planes to evaluate them after seats became loose on two flights in the last few days-- incidents which have also prompted safety regulators to look into the matter.

  • Oct 1- A U.S. court removed a sales ban against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy Tab 10.1 won by Apple Inc in a patent dispute, allowing the South Korean electronics maker to sell the product in the United States.

  • LOS ANGELES-- A divided appellate court on Monday upheld Don Johnson's multimillion jury award over profits from the series "Nash Bridges" but significantly reduced the amount the actor is eligible to receive.

  • South Korea's Kospi rose nearly 0.3 percent to 2,001.41 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.6 percent to 4,413.80. Benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia also rose. The better news on manufacturing helped investors set aside concerns of a possible downgrade by credit rating agency Moody's of Spain's debt rating to junk status.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 2- Australian shares advanced 0.5 percent on Tuesday, with investors on tenterhooks ahead of a central bank rate decision and resources stocks helped by stronger-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data.

  • Oct 1- U.S. power producer Dynegy Inc, which counts billionaire financier Carl Icahn among its shareholders, said on Monday it has emerged from Chapter 11, less than a month after winning court approval for its bankruptcy plan.

  • Genetically engineered crops have led to an increase in overall pesticide use, by 404 million pounds from the time they were introduced in 1996 through 2011, according to the report by Charles Benbrook, a research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 2- U.S. crude eased closer to $92 a barrel on Tuesday, as concerns over the pace of economic recovery in the United States and the possibility of a recession in Europe weighed on investors. was down 14 cents at $92.34 a barrel by 2338 GMT, after settling up 29 cents at $92.48 on Monday.

  • DETROIT-- Interest rates are low, trade-in values are high, and carmakers are rolling out attractive new models in key areas. All of these factors combined to keep auto sales strong in September.

  • Volcker, architect of the "Volcker Rule" governing so-called proprietary trading by U.S. investment banks, will appear before the commission on Oct. 17 to compare and contrast banking behaviour and practices between Britain and the United States.

  • *MSCI Asia ex- Japan steady, Nikkei opens up 0.3 pct. Markets in China, Hong Kong and India are closed for holidays on Tuesday. The MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan.

  • CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct 1- Boeing Co. Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney said on Monday he expects contract talks with the company's 23,000 unionized engineers to result in a "successful resolution over the next few weeks."