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  • LOS ANGELES— All those cars on California's famously gridlocked highways could be doing more than just using energy- they could be producing it. The California Energy Commission is investing $2 million to study whether piezoelectric crystals can be used to produce electricity from the mechanical energy created by vehicles driving on roads.

  • CAMARILLO, Calif.— The average price of gasoline in the U.S. has risen four cents over the past two weeks to $2.25 a gallon for regular grade. The Lundberg Survey found the average price of midgrade gasoline was $2.53 a gallon while premium was $2.74 a gallon. The highest average price for regular gas in the contiguous U.S. was $2.80 in San Francisco.

  • TORONTO, Sept 25- The deal reached on Sept. 19 between Canada's Unifor union and General Motors Co will see the auto maker invest C $554 million in its local plants, the labor group said on Sunday ahead of a ratification vote on that agreement. In a brochure posted online, the union said the bulk of the money will go toward the Oshawa and St. Catharines plants in the...

  • In Pennsylvania and other leading gas-producing states, a battle royal has developed over royalties, with landowners bitterly disputing the sums that some drillers have been taking from royalty checks already severely diminished by a collapse in prices. Chesapeake Energy Corp. alone is facing royalty lawsuits in Texas, Ohio, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas...

  • CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts— Once a month in the summer, a small parking lot on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's campus transforms into a high-tech flea market known for its outlandish offerings. It's known as Swapfest, a place where tinkerers from across New England go to buy and sell the gadgets they can't find in stores. "You can pretty much find all...

  • WASHINGTON— From the outside, the housing market looks solid: Sales are climbing. Mortgage rates are near historic lows. The Associated Press spoke with Rohit Gupta, chief executive of Genworth Mortgage Insurance, about today's housing market.

  • Sept 25- Iran introduced credit cards for the first time on Sunday, the Iranian Students' News Agency reported. Iran is looking to bolster its oil production and economy after world powers in January lifted sanctions against the Islamic Republic in return for Tehran complying with a deal to curb its nuclear ambitions. Valiollah Seif, the head of the central bank...

  • Sept 25- Iran introduced credit cards for the first time on Sunday, the Iranian Students' News Agency reported. Iran is looking to bolster its oil production and economy after world powers in January lifted sanctions against the Islamic Republic in return for Tehran complying with a deal to curb its nuclear ambitions. Valiollah Seif, the head of the central bank...

  • College tuition may be daunting, but so are the conversations about how to pay for it. START EARLY: Start talking to your kids as young as possible, said Judith Ward, a senior financial planner at T. Rowe Price. BE SPECIFIC: Keith Bernhardt, vice president of Fidelity's college savings program, said that by 9th or 10th grade those conversations should still be positive...

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 25- Denzel Washington hit the bullseye again. He'll be back on screens at the end of the year in "Fences," an adaptation of August Wilson's play, that he directs and stars in alongside Viola Davis. "Storks," an animated comedy from Warner Bros., came in second with $21.8 million.

  • NEW YORK— Jane Pauley is becoming a morning television host again— this time at a much more relaxed pace. CBS said Sunday she will replace Charles Osgood as anchor of the "Sunday Morning" telecast. Pauley will be only the third host of the program since its 1979 start with Charles Kuralt.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 25- Reaching an agreement to stabilise global oil prices, including a possible deal to freeze output, is "non-critical" for Russia, its Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying on Sunday. "For us, in principle, it's non-critical, but we believe that the process of market rebalancing could be advanced.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 25- Halloween enthusiasts need not take fright over the state of this year's U.S. pumpkin crop. "We're rebuilding our inventory right now and as soon as we have enough pumpkin canned we'll begin releasing the 2016 Libby's pumpkin to our retail partners," said Roz O'Hearn, spokeswoman for Libby's, supplier of more than 80 percent of U.S. canned pumpkin.

  • JERUSALEM— The Israeli military says it has indicted more than 145 Palestinians so far this year for incitement over social media. Israel says Facebook should do more to monitor and control content, raising a host of issues over whether the company is responsible for material posted by its users. Israeli lawmakers have proposed legislation that seeks to force...

  • ALGIERS, Sept 25- All options are possible for OPEC concerning an output cut or freeze with producers agreed on the need to stabilize the market, Algerian Energy Minister Noureddine Bouterfa said on Sunday. Bouterfa repeated his remarks that the informal gathering in Algiers could become a formal OPEC meeting. Before the Algiers meeting, Saudi Arabia and Iran...

  • *Draghi to defend ECB policies in Bundestag this week. BERLIN, Sept 25- Michael Stuebgen, a conservative member of the German parliament, was speaking with the head of a local savings bank recently about the European Central Bank's quantitative easing program. Stuebgen, a spokesman on European affairs for Chancellor Angela Merkel's party in the Bundestag,...

  • ALGIERS, Sept 25- All options are possible for OPEC concerning a cut or freeze of output with oil producers agreed on the need to stabilize the market, Algerian Energy Minister Noureddine Bouterfa said on Sunday. Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum in Algeria from Sept....

  • ALGERIA ENERGY MINISTER SAYS' WE WILL NOT COME OUT OF MEETING EMPTY-HANDED' BEFORE ALGIERS OIL PRODUCER GATHERING.

  • ALGERIA ENERGY MINISTER SAYS ALL PRODUCERS AGREE ON NEED TO STABILIZE OIL MARKET.

  • ALGERIA ENERGY MINISTER SAYS ALGIERS GATHERING OF OIL PRODUCERS MAY TURN INTO FORMAL OPEC MEETING.