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  • TORONTO, Oct 30- Bombardier Inc reported quarterly earnings that topped expectations on Thursday and said it had put plans for a plane-building joint venture in Russia on hold due to political and economic conditions there, potentially jeopardizing a large Russian order. The Canadian plane and train maker had been in talks with state-owned industrial and...

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.6 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.5 pct. *Fugro sinks for second day after scrapping dividend. According to data from Markit, 11 percent of Alcatel's shares are out on loan, making it one of the most shorted stocks in Europe.

  • Oct 30- An early warning last week from LPL Financial Holdings Inc that unexpectedly high regulatory costs would hurt third-quarter earnings failed to placate investors on Thursday, as shares tumbled after the brokerage firm reported actual results. LPL Financial, the largest independent brokerage firm with almost 14,000 brokers that use its products and...

  • TORONTO, Oct 30- Vice Media, a maker of edgy videos popular with younger viewers, has teamed up with Rogers Communications Inc to build a studio in Toronto to produce news, documentaries and other content with Canadian filmmakers. The C $100 million deal announced by the companies on Thursday includes plans for a Vice TV network across Canada.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 30- Around a third of the economists at the Federal Reserve's Washington headquarters are women, a figure in line with women's representation in the profession nationally, according to a Reuters analysis of Fed employee data. She said promoting diversity among the 300 economists at the Fed's Washington- based board and the 400 economists at its...

  • Oct 30- The U.S. Department of Education will introduce new regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities. "They dropped the cohort default so people say it's less bad than it was three months ago," Steve Gunderson, chief executive of the Association of Private Sector...

  • The Philadelphia Fed said on Thursday it had hired executive search firm Korn Ferry to find a successor to Plosser, 66, who will retire on March 1 after more than eight years at the helm. A committee of Philadelphia Fed directors working with Korn Ferry will consider "a diverse group of candidates from ins65ide and outside" the Fed, it said. Last month, Fisher told...

  • Oct 30- A Southern California law firm has sued Kimberly-Clark Corp for more than $500 million, alleging that the Kleenex tissue maker committed fraud by marketing and selling some of its surgical gowns as protection against Ebola. Law firm Eagan Avenatti said it filed a class-action lawsuit in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, stating that Kimberly-Clark had...

  • *Q3 oper profit jumps 16 pct to 3.23 bln euros. BERLIN, Oct 30- Volkswagen's third-quarter earnings jumped as profit margins at its main passenger-car division rose for the first time in almost two years, adding to record sales of luxury Audis and Porsches. While sales at Audi and Porsche- which account for two-thirds of group profit- have been rising all year, they...

  • Whirlpool wins first trial over 'moldy' washers Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 1:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 30- Whirlpool Corp was found not liable Thursday by a U.S. jury in the first lawsuit to go to trial accusing the company of selling front-loading washing machines containing a design flaw that made them prone to developing mold. The jury cleared Whirlpool following a three-week trial in federal court in Ohio, according to lawyers for approximately...

  • Insurers have big plans for 2015 Obamacare enrollment Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    Oct 30- U.S. insurers planning to sell 2015 Obamacare health plans expect at least 20 percent growth in customers and in some states anticipate more than doubling sign-ups. With the start of enrollment barely two weeks away, their assessment is dramatically different from a year ago, when it was unclear how many Americans would apply for the brand new insurance...

  • *Talks to unblock Russia gas supply to Kiev resume Thursday. BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Oct 30- Russia, Ukraine and the European Union are likely to conclude an accord on Thursday that would see Moscow resume gas supplies to its ex-Soviet neighbour over the winter, EU and Ukrainian officials said. EU officials said both Russia and Ukraine had bargained hard for commitments...

  • Proponents of the measure argue that the rule ties the hands of city budget managers and has led to inflated pay for police and firefighters, whose costs, including pension benefits, amount to more than 60 percent of San Bernardino's general fund. The judge overseeing San Bernardino's bankruptcy has said the result of next week's vote will be a significant...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 30- A smaller trade deficit and surge in defense spending buoyed U.S. economic growth in the third quarter, but domestic demand slipped, hinting at some loss of momentum. Gross domestic product grew at a 3.5 percent annual pace, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. "The report was broadly constructive, but with weakness emerging in housing and...

  • LONDON, Oct 30- The recent fall in oil prices will put a nascent recovery in oil sector mergers and acquisitions on hold, senior bankers told an industry conference on Thursday. Until around six to eight weeks ago, there was a sense that the market was recovering and a pickup in deal-making activity, Michael O'Dwyer, co-head of EMEA natural resources at Morgan...

  • UPDATE 3-Vale posts surprise loss, shares dive Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 12:41 PM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 30- Vale posted a surprise $1.44 billion loss, and its shares tumbled to a 5-1/ 2- year low as investors worried about the cost of the Brazilian miner's expansion plans and a possible cut to its dividend in a new era of lower iron ore prices. Vale SA cited low iron ore prices and a weak local currency for the third-quarter loss. Vale is attempting to...

  • Oct 30- National Oilwell Varco Inc, the largest U.S. oilfield equipment provider, said orders at a unit that make rigs and drilling components fell 60 percent, overshadowing a better-than-expected quarterly profit. Orders in National Oilwell's rig systems segment, which accounts for nearly half its total revenue, fell to $1.34 billion in the third quarter from...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- Oil prices fell about 1 percent on Thursday, resuming their downtrend after a two-day climb, as the dollar surged on bets of a sooner-than-expected U.S. interest rate hike and traders appeared resigned that producer group OPEC won't do much to cut output next month. "We're back to the mantra that the U.S. economy will lead the way to higher rates from...

  • UPDATE 4-Apple's Cook: "I'm proud to be gay" Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 12:24 PM ET

    *Apple Chairman Art Levinson calls Cook "courageous". Oct 30- Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as being gay, saying he was trading off his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move forward civil rights. The Alabama native, who has spoken out against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

  • Weaker rouble brings Russian wheat back to export markets Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    *Russia sells wheat to Egypt after export lull. Russia's international grain revenue is modest compared with its top foreign earner, energy, and the exportable surplus of wheat is running low. GASC, the state buyer of Egypt, the world's top wheat importer, said last week that it had bought Russian wheat at $256.43 per tonne on a cost and freight basis for shipment...