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7-Eleven bids $2bn for Casey's stores

America's biggest convenience chain, 7-Eleven, is in talks to buy its smaller rival Casey's General Stores after tabling a bid of $2bn (£1.3bn) for the company.

Business Diary: From hero to (almost) zero

How the mighty have fallen. A year ago, Lloyd Blankfein, the chairman and chief executive of Goldman Sachs, came out top in Vanity Fair's annual rankings of the "100 most powerful people in the information age". The good news for Mr Blankfein is that 12 months on, despite the problems the investment bank has had this year, Vanity Fair has left him on the list. Less happily, he's gone from top to bottom, ranked 100 this time around.

Dana reports 274% jump in profits as it prepares to fend off KNOC's $1.9bn bid

Dana Petroleum announced a 274 per cent increase in half-year profits yesterday and urged investors to take no action on a £1.87bn hostile bid from the Korea National Oil Company (Knoc) until it had set out its defence on 8 September.

Potash demands 'big boy price' as it says no to BHP's £25bn bid

BHP Billiton will not be allowed to "steal" Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, the Canadian company's chief executive warned yesterday, describing the mining giant's $38.5bn (£25bn) offer as "grossly inadequate".

Olsson fired by new rivals and a distant memory

Triple-jump veteran rejoins Idowu and Tamgho in race to follow a legend over the magical 18-metre mark

Steve Cotterill: I've nothing against Avram, but I would have kept Pompey up

Steve Cotterill faces an extraordinary challenge at Portsmouth: to arrest his stricken team's dramatic slide with only 15 players

Album: Frazey Ford, Obadiah (Nettwerk)

You may be familiar with the Be Good Tanyas: charming, literary all-female Canadian retro-folkies.

Canadian spy chief stands by claim of 'foreign interference'

Canada's spy chief appeared yesterday to have saved his job even after stirring up a firestorm of protest for suggesting that Canadian politicians in at least two provinces and in several cities in British Columbia had fallen under the unfriendly influence of unnamed foreign governments.

Album: Here We Go Magic, Pigeons (Secretly Canadian)

Now expanded from Luke Temple's one-man operation into a bona fide five-piece band following the success of last year's debut album, Here We Go Magic hint at their sizeable potential with Pigeons, though the thinness of some of the ideas suggests they might have rushed to record too soon.

The Winter Vault, By Anne Michaels

A dozen years after Fugitive Pieces, the Canadian mistress of poetic melancholia returns. The Winter Vault hardly develops like a conventional novel: each main character in a triple narrative slips into a mode of rapt soliloquy.

Bodies of family found after Canadian landslide

Authorities in Canada today said they have found the bodies of all four members of a family who went missing after their house was swallowed by a gaping sinkhole.





Album: The New Pornographers, Together (Matador)

If prizes were handed out for proficiency in the field of power pop, the New Pornographers would win every time.

Album: Pergolesi, Dixit Dominus (Deutsche Gram)

The third disc in ClaudioAbbado's Pergolesi seriesopens with a forthrightcantus firmus from thesopranos of the SwissRadio Chorus. "Confitebortibi, Domine" sees theNeapolitan composer athis brightest, scatteringvoices like sunbeams overanimated, purposefulstrings. This is elegant,ordered music, even in itsviolent verses. Thelimpidity of the StabatMater is echoed in the AmajorSalve Regina, while"Chi non ode" nodstowards Vivaldi. Despitesome threadiness fromthe choir, OrchestraMozart plays sweetly

Album: Music Go Music, Expressions (Secretly Canadian)

The naffly named Music Go Music are an LA trio comprising the faintly Blake's 7-sounding Gala, Kamer and Torg, and whose pre-hype is filled with talk of 1970s softrock and 1960s psychpop. In reality, MGM - ah,see what they did there? -turn their hands to everything from shrieking prog to pumping electroclash to incense-drenched folk. But the majority of Expressions sounds like the great lost Abba album, with bootyshaking radio-pop romps and melancholic disco odysseys". Where there's a will, there's Ulvaeus.

Canadian government backs off plan to alter national anthem

Canadians basked in glory hearing their national anthem played a record 14 times at gold medal ceremonies at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. But they raised an outcry when the Conservative government surprised everyone by announcing it was considering changing a lyric to "O Canada."

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