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  • Reports of armed man at Boeing plant in Washington Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 11:11 PM ET

    EVERETT, Wash.— Police in Everett, Washington, are searching buildings at the Boeing plant there as they check unconfirmed reports of a man with a weapon. He says Boeing workers are being evacuated as officers come across them in their search, but he didn't know how many workers had been evacuated. Boeing Co. spokesman Doug Alder says the company is "taking all...

  • BEIJING, Oct 31- China's shadow banking sector continued to grow at breakneck speed in 2013 and now ranks as the third largest in the world, a report released by the Financial Stability Board showed on Friday. The FSB's report nevertheless appears to underestimate China's sprawling shadow banking sector, although analysts said this type of debt is not yet at a...

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Friday, with the recent slow but steady advance halted by sizeable gains in Tokyo shares. The market took in stride a report that Japan will approve a plan by the Government Public Investment Fund to reduce the weighting of its JGB funds to 35 percent from the current level of roughly 60 percent.

  • Brent falls below $86, heads for worst month since 2012 Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 10:45 PM ET

    *Oil rout not over, OPEC needs to cut output- Newedge. SINGAPORE, Oct 31- Brent crude futures fell below $86 a barrel on Friday as a firmer dollar and a well supplied oil market combined to put the benchmark on course to end October with its steepest monthly decline since 2012.. "We are still not confident about oil prices rebounding sharply because there are no signs...

  • Lawsuit: Surgical gowns let diseases pass through Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 10:44 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases. Many of the gowns tested had "catastrophic" failures, according to the lawsuit, which called Kimberly-Clark's actions "utterly reprehensible." Kimberly-Clark said in a statement...

  • The judge said the investors failed to present any false statements or actionable omissions by Paramount, and that its alleged misstatements were not material. The ruling came after the investors, including a unit of Allianz SE, finished submitting evidence of Paramount' s liability in the non-jury trial in the case, which had been pending since 2008..

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 30- The crash of an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket is a "wake-up call" to the U.S. space community about the need to develop a new U.S. rocket engine, the head of Boeing Co's defense division said on Thursday. The Antares rocket was powered by a pair of Soviet-era NK-33 engines that were rebuilt by Aerojet Rocketdyne, a unit of GenCorp, and...

  • SYDNEY, Oct 31- London copper drifted on Friday as a dollar-rally threatened to extinguish its modest monthly gains, and as traders said further strength in the greenback may erode prices going into November. *The most-traded January copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange eased 0.5 percent to 47,480 yuan a tonne. *There are indications Zambia may be...

  • Massachusetts-based publisher wins national award Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 10:01 PM ET

    NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.— Editor& Publisher, a journal that has chronicled the newspaper business for about 130 years, has named a Massachusetts- based media executive as the nation's publisher of the year. Karen Andreas is publisher of eight daily and weekly newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire that are part of the North of Boston Media Group based in North...

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japan's Nikkei share average jumped on Friday as the government prepared to approve new allocation targets for the world's largest pension fund that are expected to sharply increase its purchases of domestic stocks. Tokyo will approve on Friday targets for the $1.2 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund which aim to increase the ratio of...

  • Japan's inflation slips as jobless rate edges up Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 9:57 PM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's economic recovery remained in the doldrums in September, as household spending fell, inflation edged lower and unemployment ticked up. The data were released Friday as the Bank of Japan held a monetary policy meeting. As the U.S. winds down its own "quantitative easing," Japan's central bank faces pressure to increase stimulus to support growth as...

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japanese life insurers are looking to buy more foreign bonds in the six months to March as yields on domestic bonds have fallen to uneconomical levels due to the Bank of Japan's massive purchases as part of its monetary easing programme. Investment plans by Japanese life insurers, which collectively manage more than 180 trillion yen of assets, are...

  • District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan ruled that the evidence failed to support the investors' claims and dismissed the case, a Paramount spokesman said. "We are gratified by the decision," said Robert Lawson, a Paramount spokesman. The investors had been seeking $16 million to $24 million in damages from Paramount, which is owned by Viacom Inc, said James...

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japan's government will approve new allocation targets for the world's biggest pension fund on Friday, aiming to raise its holding of Japanese shares to 25 percent of its portfolio from the current 12 percent, two government sources said. The $1.2- trillion Government Pension Investment Fund is under pressure from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to...

  • *Semi-annual report due 0600 GMT, Kuroda speaks 0630 GMT. TOKYO, Oct 31- The Bank of Japan is set to maintain its massive asset buying programme on Friday and keep its upbeat forecast that inflation will hit its 2 percent target next year, suggesting no further stimulus is on the horizon. "The BOJ will put on a brave face and stick to its upbeat projections as...

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 31- Gold was struggling near $1,200 an ounce on Friday and looked likely to post its worst week in seven, while silver was stuck near its lowest in 4-1/ 2 years, as strong U.S. economic data and fears of an early rate hike curbed the metals' appeal. Gold was also headed for its second monthly decline and silver looked set for a fourth monthly drop in a row.

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Asian shares ticked higher on Friday on Wall Street's cheer after upbeat U.S. growth data, while the dollar traded around four-week highs against the yen as investors awaited the outcome of the Bank of Japan's monetary policy meeting. But data released early on Friday showed Japan's annual core consumer inflation slowed for a second straight...

  • NYMEX-Crude below $81, set for fourth monthly loss Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 8:19 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 31- U.S. crude futures edged below $81 a barrel on Friday, extending declines as the dollar rallied on bets of a sooner-than-expected U.S. rate hike, while traders saw little chance of OPEC cutting output at its November meeting. *NYMEX crude for December delivery was down 15 cents at $80.97 a barrel by 0002 GMT, after settling down $1.08 on Thursday.

  • Oplink Communications posts 1Q profit Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:57 PM ET

    FREMONT, Calif. _ Oplink Communications Inc. on Thursday reported profit of $612,000 in its fiscal first quarter. For the current quarter ending in December, Oplink Communications expects its per-share earnings to range from 38 cents to 44 cents. Oplink Communications shares have declined 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japan's annual core consumer inflation slowed for a second straight month in September, adding to evidence the Bank of Japan will miss its 2 percent price goal even as it dismisses growing doubts about the efficacy of its money-printing programme. The 3.0 percent year-on-year gain in the core consumer price index, which excludes volatile prices...