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â¿¿ CANADA-TRANSCANADA PROGRESS â¿¿ Progress Energy awards a $5 billion natural gas infrastructure project across northern British Columbia to TransCanada, one of North America's largest pipeline companies.

â¿¿ GULF OIL SPILL-TRANSOCEAN â¿¿ Transocean to make first court appearance for criminal settlement over 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Eds: Will be updated after hearing scheduled for 3 p.m. EST.

â¿¿ CHINA-US-SOLAR TAKEOVER â¿¿ The Chinese company that bought MiaSole, a California producer of thin-film solar panels, says it can make the emerging technology successful where others have suffered huge losses.



SAN FRANCISCO â¿¿ Apple is trying to decide whether it makes sense to offer a cheaper iPhone as it tries to boost sales in less-affluent countries and reclaim some of the market share lost to cheaper phones running Google's Android software, according to a published report. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke.


â¿¿ APPLE-CHEAPER IPHONE-GLANCE â¿¿ Worldwide market share for smartphones, a market dominated by Apple and Android.

â¿¿ FACEBOOK-EVENT â¿¿ Shares of Facebook got a boost after it sent out invitations to media to "come and see what we're building" at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.


PYONGYANG, North Koreaâ¿¿ A private delegation including Google's Eric Schmidt is urging North Korea to allow more open Internet access and cellphones to benefit its citizens, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson tells AP in an exclusive interview. Richardson also says he is urging the Pyongyang regime to put a moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests. By Jean H. Lee.

AP photos, video.

â¿¿ TAIWAN-ACER â¿¿ PC maker Acer unveils a 7-inch tablet that an official says could sell for $99 in emerging markets.

â¿¿ TV-PRICELINE-KALEY CUOCO â¿¿ William Shatner is getting a new Priceline commercial co-star: Kaley Cuoco of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory."


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