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STEVEN NOEL PERKINS, a former oil futures broker, pushed up the global price of oil and lost $10 million in a day of alcohol-induced, unauthorized trading, Britain's financial regulator disclosed this week. Perkins had just returned from a drunken golf weekend in June 2009 when he sat down in front of his laptop at his home east of London and started to place bets on Brent crude futures, according to a report by the Financial Services Authority. By the morning of June 30, 2009, Perkins had placed more than $520 million worth of trades. At one point, he pushed the price of oil to $73.05, an eight-month high. The trades by Perkins were the main reason the price gained about $1.65 a barrel in just over two hours in the middle of the night, according to the report. The trades cost his firm, PVM Oil Futures, almost $10 million. The FSA fined Perkins about $107,600 for market abuse and banned him from working in the financial services industry for at least five years.

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TOYOTA said it will recall 270,000 vehicles worldwide Monday to fix faulty engines that may stall while the vehicles are moving, the automaker's latest quality lapse following massive global recalls. The recalled vehicles include seven models of luxury Lexus sedans and the popular Crown. Of the 270,000 vehicles, about 180,000 were sold overseas, the rest in Japan.

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DELTA Air Lines said Thursday that it has sold two of its regional carriers that operate as Delta Connection for a total of $82.5 million. Delta sold Mesaba Airlines to Pinnacle Airlines Corp. for $62 million and Compass Airlines to Trans States Holdings Inc. for $20.5 million. Pinnacle is one of the largest of Delta's nine regional carriers. Mesaba and Compass will continue to operate Delta flights.

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"It appears that search queries produced by Google Suggest are being blocked for mainland users in China."

JESSICA POWELL, Google spokeswoman, saying the feature may offer Chinese users a reminder that "Tiananmen Square massacre pictures" are available - but perhaps blocked - when they simply start typing in "Tiananmen"

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$10.5B

AMOUNT THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT said it has raised from the sale of 2.6 billion shares of Citigroup stock it received as part of the government's rescue of the bank

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THE BOTTOM LINE:Disney acquires Tapulous, maker of the popular iPhone play-along music game Tap Tap Revenge ... Hewlett-Packard completes $1.2 billion acquisition of smart phone maker Palm... Google to buy travel technology company ITA Software for $700 million in cash

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