April 24- Starbucks Corp said that it was aware that a number of stores in the United States and Canada were experiencing outages at their payment systems on Friday night. A number of social media users also reported that the computers in the stores of the Seattle- based company were down. On Thursday, the company said sales at shops open at least 13 months were up 7...» Read More
*Wall St hit by earnings; Apple shares off more than 2 pct. Although data showed a pick-up in U.S. economic growth in the third quarter, gloomy earnings and outlook statements from major global companies such as Apple and Amazon, South Korea's Samsung and Renault and Ericsson in Europe corroded hopes of a recovery in the global economy.
HOUSTON, Oct 26- A federal judge on Friday delayed until February 2013 the start of a massive trial to determine liability from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, citing tourist events that will keep New Orleans' hotels booked.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska-- Alaska officials on Friday hailed a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit decision that will open up drilling at the Point Thomson petroleum field, creating hundreds of jobs and providing key infrastructure that could advance prospects for a large-scale natural gas pipeline.
*Announcements made two weeks before Communist Party congress. BEIJING, Oct 26- China moved quickly on Friday to announce it had formally begun a criminal probe into disgraced former senior politician Bo Xilai, hours after expelling him from the largely rubber stamp parliament and so removing his immunity from prosecution.
Oct 26- Merck& Co Inc posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as one-time tax gains helped offset plunging sales of its former flagship product, Singulair, an asthma drug that began facing cheaper generics in August.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- West Virginia University announced Friday it's partnering with Paradigm Development Group LLC to build a $70 million residential and retail complex called University Place, a project school officials say will transform a blighted section of Morgantown and create much-needed quality housing.
FALLS CHURCH, Va.-- Computer Sciences Corp., which provides information technology services to a wide range of industries, said Friday it won a $54 million task order to conduct background investigations for the U.S. The order has a one-year base period and four option years, for a total value of $54 million. Shares fell 15 cents to close at $30.59.
*Hurricane Sandy threatens U.S. after slamming Cuba. NEW YORK, Oct 26- Brent oil pushed higher on Friday in choppy trading, recovering from an early decline as supportive U.S. economic data coupled with North Sea and Nigerian production problems yielded some relief from concerns about Spain and tepid global demand.
MIXED BAG: The government said the economy grew in the third quarter, but not fast enough to reduce unemployment. Earnings from many companies have disappointed, although not as much as some investors had feared. WHAT'S NEXT: Ford and Pfizer report results Tuesday, with General Motors on Wednesday, ExxonMobil on Thursday and Chevron on Friday.
Stocks finished mixed on Friday after investors gave a lukewarm reception to economic data and third-quarter corporate results that gave them little to get excited about. The Standard& Poor's 500 index fell slightly, and more stocks declined than advanced on the New York Stock Exchange. The S&P 500 was down 21.25 points, or 1.5 percent.
Owens-Illinois Inc. is investigating potential bribery at its operations overseas, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. Owens-Illinois said it disclosed the probe to the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC this month.
*Dow off 0.3 pct, S&P 500 off 0.5 pct, Nasdaq off 0.6 pct. NEW YORK, Oct 26- U.S. stocks fell on Friday, as investors fretted about Apple's weaker-than-expected results- the latest in a string of lackluster earnings- and signs that economic growth is still not strong enough to make a significant reduction in unemployment.
ANNAPOLIS, Md.-- Maryland utilities will no longer be able to charge customers for lost sales during the first 24 hours of a major power outage. The Maryland Public Service Commission announced Friday that the policy would end immediately.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Workers' compensation insurance rates paid by Florida's employers are going up 6.1 percent on Jan. 1. McCarty's order is officially a denial of the filing submitted by the National Council on Compensation Insurance due to technical issues.
WASHINGTON-- A storm of heavy rain and wind may knock out electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers in the Washington D.C. region. Officials at Pepco Holdings Inc., the utility that serves D.C. and parts of Maryland, say customers may be without power for days because sustained winds may prevent crews from doing immediate repair work.
NEW YORK, Oct 26- The euro traded flat against the dollar on Friday following three straight days of losses, but persistent concerns over whether Spain will ask for a bailout to address its problems and worries about Greece were expected to weigh on the currency.
DETROIT-- Chrysler doesn't need big discounts to sell more cars _ but it soon might. After a white-hot start this year, the company's U.S. sales growth has been curbed by a resurgent Honda and Toyota.
Sam Brownback and fellow Republicans in the Legislature on Friday unveiled a proposed "property tax transparency" law designed to keep such taxes from rising automatically when a property values rise.
MEXICO CITY, Oct 26- Mexico's central bank said it could tighten monetary policy soon if inflation shocks persist, but left the benchmark interest rate unchanged on Friday, as expected.
SANTA FE, N.M.-- An oil refinery in New Mexico will pay a $400,000 fine in a settlement over safety violations stemming from an explosion that killed two employees and injured two others.