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  • WASHINGTON-- Motorists in Delaware region are paying 2 cents less at the pump compared to a week ago. AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Delaware is $3.76. At this time last year Delaware drivers were paying $3.35 per gallon.

  • WASHINGTON-- Motorists in the Mid-Atlantic region are paying a penny less at the pump this week. AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the D.C. metro area is $3.73 this week. That's compared to $3.74 a week ago.

  • WASHINGTON-- Americans stepped up their spending at retail businesses in September, reflecting higher consumer confidence. Retail sales rose 1.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted $412.9 billion, the Commerce Department said Monday. Both were the largest gains since October 2010.

  • DOS PALOS, Calif.-- Cannon Michael is a folk hero across California's agriculture heartland, where these days the price of scrap metal influences a farmer's bottom line as much that of the fine pima cotton he grows.

  • Lloyd Shapley of UCLA and Alvin Roth, a Harvard University professor currently visiting at Stanford University, found ways to make markets work when traditional economic tools fail. Unlike some recent Nobel prizes _ such as the Peace Prize that went to the embattled European Union last week _ this year's economics award did not seem to send a political message.

  • WASHINGTON-- U.S. businesses likely increased their stockpiles in August, a sign of higher confidence in the economy. The Commerce Department will release the report at 10 a.m. EDT on Monday. Total business stockpiles rose to $1.59 trillion in July.

  • WASHINGTON-- Retail sales likely showed a gain in September, helped by solid demand at auto dealerships. Economists were expecting overall sales to increase 0.8 percent in September, according to FactSet. The Commerce Department will release the report at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON-- Asia's top powers have doubled defense spending in the past decade, spurred by the explosion in military expenditure by China, new research shows. The research covers China, Japan, India, South Korea and Taiwan, which account for some 87 percent of Asia's defense spending.

  • WASHINGTON-- Social Security recipients shouldn't expect a big increase in monthly benefits come January. This year, Social Security recipients received a 3.6 percent increase in benefits after getting no increase the previous two years.

  • WASHINGTON-- Social Security recipients shouldn't expect a big increase in monthly benefits come January. Monthly benefits for retired workers average $1,237, meaning the typical retiree can expect a raise of between $12 and $24 a month. This year, Social Security recipients got 3.6 percent increase in benefits.

  • WASHINGTON-- A New Mexico food company that produced the peanut butter linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning has expanded an ongoing recall of its products to include raw and roasted peanuts.

  • Chairman Ben Bernanke is rejecting arguments that the Federal Reserve's bold moves to bolster U.S. job growth could have unwanted consequences in emerging market countries. Bernanke's speech in Tokyo was at a conference sponsored by the Bank of Japan and the International Monetary Fund.

  • TOKYO-- China's central bank governor says the Chinese currency has reached its equilibrium rate and its value is mainly determined by the market, rather than intervention.

  • While Virginia escaped the worst of the recession _ unemployment peaked at 7.3 percent _ uneasiness about the future is in the air. For good reason: The state's fortunes are tied to the outcome of the deficit debate on Capitol Hill and its outcome could dramatically alter its economy. Virginia is home to the Pentagon, the CIA, Naval Station Norfolk, Fort A.P.

  • WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama is hailing the rebound of the U.S. auto industry, pointing to progress since his administration rescued General Motors and Chrysler. Automakers are large employers in Ohio, one of the pivotal states in the race between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

  • WASHINGTON-- Good luck figuring out whether Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would cut or raise your taxes if he's elected president. President Barack Obama promises tax reform, too, but precious little detail.

  • WASHINGTON-- The U.S. budget deficit has topped $1 trillion for a fourth straight year, but a modest improvement in economic growth helped narrow the gap by $207 billion compared with last year. The Treasury Department said Friday the deficit for the 2012 budget year totaled $1.1 trillion.

  • The U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee called on the Massachusetts pharmacy board to tell congressional staff what it knew about the New England Compounding Center before the recall of more than 17,000 vials of injectable steroid treatments for back and joint pain from health facilities in 23 states.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday widened its investigation into the deadly meningitis outbreak to include the role health regulators played in monitoring the pharmacy that produced steroid treatments suspected of causing the crisis.

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Oct 12- U.S. regulators granted a last-minute reprieve to CME Group Inc. By saying that a swathe of widely traded energy, metals and agricultural swaps would not be counted toward a threshold triggering costly new regulations until Dec. 31, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission brought relief to big traders like BP.