• NEW YORK, Sept 19- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's record public offering of shares on Friday further spurred already elevated activity in Yahoo Inc's options, pushing volume on the U.S. Shares of Alibaba, in which Yahoo holds a big stake, surged 38 percent in their first day of trading on Friday, valuing the company at $231 billion by the close of trading.

  • Astronauts getting 3-D printer at space station Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    NASA is sending a 3- D printer to the International Space Station in hopes that astronauts will be able to one day fix their spacecraft by cranking out spare parts on the spot. Besides real-time replacement parts at the station, NASA envisions astronauts, in the decades ahead, making entire habitats at faraway destinations like Mars.

  • California adopts olive-oil labeling standards Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 3:46 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The state Department of Food and Agriculture has approved standards for grading and labeling California- produced olive oil that will require makers to prove their product really is extra-virgin olive oil if the label on the bottle says so.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- U.S. Treasury debt prices rose on Friday as traders took advantage of a recent rise in yields to do some bargain hunting following a week dominated by Federal Reserve policymakers and a failed referendum that could have broken up Britain.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19- Holly Riggle, a 29- year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple Inc would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launches Friday. But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, calling Apple less "original" than it was under former Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- Frustrated by what he describes as a lack of political courage, a former president of the U.S. unit of Royal Dutch Shell takes center stage in a new documentary film that makes the case for using alternative fuels in cars.

  • Sept 19- Exxon Mobil Corp. has put its Torrance, California, refinery on the block, according to two people familiar with the matter, making it the latest big oil company to consider exiting the state amid tougher environmental standards.

  • Picassos among pieces going on public view in Ohio Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:46 PM ET

    "I find it inspiring in a way— that tangible creativity you find in painting or performance," says the philanthropist and chairman of L Brands who built brands that include Victoria's Secret, Limited and Henri Bendel. The art is being featured in an exhibit, "Transfigurations," that opens Sunday at the Wexner Center for the Arts, on the campus of Ohio State University.

  • California unemployment rate stays at 7.4 percent Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California's unemployment rate was unchanged for a third month, holding at 7.4 percent in August, officials said Friday. The state added 44,200 nonfarm jobs during the month, bringing the total to 15.5 million, the California Employment Development Department reported.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1600 GMT / 12:00 p.m. ET Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    Alibaba expected to rise in trading debut on heavy interest. NEW YORK- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares surge 41 percent to $96.02 on their first day of trading as many investors who received fewer shares than hoped lined up orders to buy what looks likely to be the largest IPO in history. Wall St rises as Scots stay in UK, Alibaba debuts.

  • Family of CIA contractor slain in Benghazi may sue Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 11:49 AM ET

    BOSTON— The family of a CIA contractor killed in Benghazi, Libya, has filed claims seeking $2 million in damages from the CIA and State Department, alleging there was inadequate security at the U.S. diplomatic post and CIA compound when it came under attack by militants in 2012..

  • Pabst Brewing to be sold to Russian company Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 11:44 AM ET

    TSG Consumer Partners will take a minority stake in Pabst. In addition to its namesake beer, Pabst Brewing Co. makes Colt 45, Old Milwaukee and Schlitz, in addition to regional brews such as Lone Star, Rainier and Old Style. Pabst was acquired in 2010 by C. Dean Metropoulos& Co., which is known for investing in food brands, including Twinkie maker Hostess.

  • PG&E emails may have violated rules, judge says Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— California's largest utility may have violated state rules when it negotiated with state regulators to have a favorable judge appointed to hear one of the utility's rate cases, a judge with the state's public utilities commission says.

  • Unemployment rates rise in 24 US states in August Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    The Labor Department says unemployment increased in 24 states, fell in 15 and was unchanged in 11. Hiring picked up in 35 states, while it fell in 15.. Georgia's unemployment rate jumped to 8.1 percent from 7.7 percent in July to the highest among all the states. Previously, Nevada, Michigan and Rhode Island have had the highest.

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19- Apple Inc's latest phone lured throngs of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adapters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world in the latest sign of strong initial demand for the new, larger generation of iPhones.

  • Apple faithful line up for latest, larger iPhones Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19- Apple Inc's latest phone lured throngs of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adapters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world in the latest sign of strong initial demand for the new, larger generation of iPhones.

  • 'The Voice' returns Monday with Pharrell, Stefani Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.— Gwen Stefani is surrounded by men. But the 44- year-old singer and fashion designer said joining the all-male coaching team on NBC's reality singing competition "The Voice" has tested her tolerance. The seventh season of "The Voice" premieres Monday with Levine, country star Blake Shelton and newcomers Stefani and Pharrell Williams.

  • Color lines are blurred in ABC comedy 'black-ish' Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 8:28 AM ET

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.— Tracee Ellis Ross delivers perhaps the funniest line you'll hear on a sitcom this fall. The character she plays on ABC's comedy "black-ish" is, like Ross, an appealing mix of beauty, smarts and zaniness. She is totally plausible as a savvy mother of four and the loving wife of an up-and-coming ad exec, not to mention a busy anesthesiologist.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Oracle Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:56 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Oracle's stock is lower in premarket trading Friday after co-founder Larry Ellison announced that he is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker.

  • Yahoo rakes in another jackpot from Alibaba's IPO Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in China's Alibaba Group that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon.