HONG KONG— Hong Kong police used pepper spray Sunday to break up scuffles between protesters demonstrating against mainland Chinese shoppers and villagers from a border town. The unruly demonstration was the latest to target the influx of mainland shoppers to Hong Kong, where many blame their voracious buying habits for distorting the local economy.» Read More
MILAN-- A court in Milan Friday convicted former Premier Silvio Berlusconi of tax fraud and sentenced the media mogul to four years in prison, his first prison sentence in years of criminal probes. In Italy, cases must pass two levels of appeal before the verdicts are final.
BALTIMORE-- Legg Mason, the money management firm in the middle of a rocky CEO transition, on Friday reported results that beat Wall Street estimates even as revenue slipped. For the fiscal second quarter, which covered July through September, Legg Mason earned $80.8 million, or 60 cents per share, up 42 percent from $56.7 million, or 39 cents per share, a year ago.
LOS ANGELES-- President Barack Obama is urging the end to another sports labor dispute. While taking questions from viewers on NBC's "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno on Wednesday, he was asked if he could pull any strings to end the NHL lockout. The president sent a tweet last month urging the NFL and its officials to end their labor dispute.
RALEIGH, N.C.-- North Carolina utilities regulators are giving Duke Energy Corp. another week to produce internal emails and other documents involving its merger with Progress Energy which the company wrongly claimed it could keep secret.
TRENTON, N.J.-- Emergency officials in New Jersey are warning residents to prepare for a scary pre- Halloween storm. Morris County's Office of Emergency Management has sent a letter to towns urging them to review their emergency plans, and to make sure there is adequate space in shelters if residents need to be evacuated.
*Arab Spring puts Hamas on broader Islamist path. *Hamas aims to lead Palestinian national movement.
HARRISBURG, Pa.-- Utilities, road crews, and emergency management personnel throughout Pennsylvania are girding for a potentially damaging storm early next week.
HAGERSTOWN, Md.-- Maryland utility companies and emergency management officials say they're preparing for large-scale power outages, flooding and other damage from a storm that could arrive as early as Sunday. Exelon Corp.' s Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Thursday that it's planning for hundreds of thousands of potential outages.
NEW YORK-- A boom in hotel bookings drove Expedia's third-quarter results past Wall Street's expectations, lifting shares Friday. THE SPARK: Expedia Inc.' s third-quarter net income fell 18 percent, the online travel agency said late Thursday, but its results excluding one-time costs and 17 percent revenue growth impressed investors.
OSHKOSH, Wis.-- Oshkosh rejected a buyout offer from billionaire investor Carl Icahn Friday. Shares in Oshkosh Corp. rose 18 cents to close at $29.92 Friday. Oshkosh also reported Friday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income more than doubled to $78.9 million, or 86 cents per share, compared with $37.5 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier.
MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Vermont Emergency Management officials are warning people across the state to prepare for the possible arrival of what is now Hurricane Sandy churning up the East Coast. The brunt of the storm is expected to hit the New York- New Jersey area Tuesday, but its effects could be felt through much of next week.
*Hours should be ``more restricted''- Bunge CEO. CHICAGO, Oct 26- CME Group's bid to cement its dominance in grain markets with longer trading hours may be backfiring, with some traders reducing activity and others including major merchant Bunge calling for a return to a shorter day.
*Most promising cleantech IPO since Tesla Motors. As a result, SolarCity is being hailed as the alternative energy industry's most promising IPO candidate since electric car company Tesla Motors Inc's 2010 debut.
*Copper arb window opened but China demand slow- traders. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange slipped to $7,778 a tonne at 0928 GMT, down 0.5 percent from Thursday's close of $7,815 a tonne.
LONDON-- A former UBS trader accused of losing $2.3 billion through reckless deals and deceit broke down in tears in court as he insisted he is not guilty of fraud. Kweku Adoboli took the stand for the first time Friday, six weeks into his trial for fraud and false accounting. He was arrested in September 2011 after UBS discovered irregularities in its records.
NASSAU, Bahamas-- Hurricane Sandy raged through the Bahamas early Friday after leaving 29 people dead across the Caribbean, following a path that could see it blend with a winter storm to hit the U.S. East Coast with a super-storm next week.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Chris Offutt doesn't have HBO, so he's going to head over to a neighbor's house Sunday night to watch "Treme." He's felt the lure of Hollywood, heard the Sirens in the distance. And the 54- year-old Kentucky native has experienced enough success as a screenwriter and story editor on TV's brainiest shows that it felt real.
LONDON, Oct 26- Accused UBS fraudster Kweku Adoboli cried within seconds of entering the witness box at his trial in London on Friday. Adoboli's defence counsel Paul Garlick started by asking him some questions about his early life and family.
BEIJING-- Chinese lawmakers stripped disgraced politician Bo Xilai of his last official position Friday, formally expelling him from the country's top legislature and clearing the way for criminal proceedings against the once-rising political star.
GREENVILLE, S.C.-- John McCain's presidential bid won South Carolina by 9 percentage points four years ago. Yet, this year's GOP vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, is campaigning in these reliably Republican states _ to pick up cash more than extra votes.