Oct 8 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories fromselected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified thesestories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Dozens of protesters rushed the gates of Marineland onSunday demanding an end to what they called the abuse of whales,dolphins and other animals at the amusement park, but thesituation was quickly brought under control, police andorganizers said.

* A company with the same address and ID number as theToronto-based owner of a chartered bus that crashed on a NewJersey highway wasn't authorized to operate in the UnitedStates, documents indicate. The bus flipped, slid and crashedinto a boggy embankment on an interstate exit ramp in Wayne, NewJersey, on Saturday morning.

Reports in the business section:

* The NHL lockout's potential impact on business is likelyto be top of mind when Bauer Performance Sports Ltdreports first-quarter earnings Tuesday and follows up with aconference call next week. The ice hockey-equipment maker Baueralso has an ambitious game plan to expand its presence inlacrosse - the fastest-growing team sport in North America.

* Sam Duboc made his name on Bay Street with successfulprivate equity investments in unfashionable companies such asHair Club for Men. Now Duboc is working on an ambitiousturnaround project: fixing Canada's woeful venture capitalindustry.


* The number of illnesses linked to beef products from theXL Foods plant in Brooks, Alberta has increased to 10 peoplefrom three provinces.

* Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto stepped into an unknown worldafter an eight-year prison stint, with his once-dominantcriminal empire decimated by setbacks and his own familydevastated by tragedy. He arrived at Toronto's PearsonInternational Airport on Friday night aboard an Air Canadaflight.


* Six months after announcing its intention to make an offerto acquire Norway's Statoil Fuel & Retail and three months afterclosing the largest acquisition in its 32-year history, Quebec'sAlimentation Couche-Tard Inc is within one high-yieldfinancing of raising the long-term capital needed for theUS$2.8-billion acquisition.

* Canadian retailing giant Hudson's Bay Co willcut 210 jobs in Toronto as the company moves its informationservices department to the United States. HBC said it willtransfer 130 jobs from the Canadian information servicesdepartment to an office in St. Louis, Missouri. Another 80 jobswill be eliminated.

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