WASHINGTON, March 14- U.S. consumer sentiment weakened in early March as an unusually harsh winter appeared to dim views on the economy's prospects. The preliminary Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment fell to 79.9 in March from 81.6 the prior month, a survey showed on Friday.» Read More
NEW YORK-- Johnson& Johnson's Xarelto received an expanded indication as the Food and Drug Administration approved the blood thinner to treat and prevent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
Nov 2- The number of filling stations in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey that were still operating after Hurricane Sandy remained below 40 percent on Friday, with little sign of improvement from a day ago, AAA data showed. ``We have seen some stations open as power is restored, but other stations have closed after running out of gas.
Fuel economy errors affect 13 Kia, Hyundai models. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found the errors in 13 Kia and Hyundai models from the 2011 to 2013 model years.
HILLIARD, Ohio, Nov 2- President Barack Obama blasted Republican rival Mitt Romney on Friday for running an ad that falsely suggested Jeep was moving production to China, accusing his opponent of stretching the truth to scare voters in the final days of the campaign.
*Profit of 62 cents a share exceeds Wall St view of 55 cents. *Investigating business practices in India. Nov 2- Beam Inc posted a bigger-than-expected third-quarter profit on Friday, helped by strong demand for its bourbon, and said it still expected earnings to grow at a low double-digit percentage rate this year.
NEW YORK, Nov 2- Nearly two-thirds of all the service stations in New York City and New Jersey remain shut, due mostly to a lack of power following Hurricane Sandy, the AAA said on Friday in data that showed little improvement from a day ago.
Industry data published on Friday showed that France incurred its 12th straight monthly decline in new car registrations, while demand in Spain continued to plummet.
*Profit ex-items $2.55/ share, misses $2.83 analysts' view. Increasing output from the wellhead is a struggle for many big oil companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp and Royal Dutch Shell.
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 2- Two weeks before a high-stakes trial pitting Google's Motorola Mobility unit against Microsoft, Google made what has become a common request for a technology company fighting for billions of dollars: A public court proceeding, conducted largely in secret.
NEW YORK, Nov 2- Prices of long-dated U.S.
ATHENS, Nov 2- The Greek journalist put on trial for publishing a list of Swiss bank account holders accused Greece's political and business elite on Friday of trying to muzzle the press to cover up chronic corruption.
*Nebraska, Colorado among states with badly depleted soil moisture. *Driest summer on record for Nebraska, preliminary data says. Indeed, Nebraska recorded the driest June, July and August on record and the third-driest September ever, according to preliminary data from the National Climatic Data Center.
Nov 2- Delta Air Lines said on Friday that a key revenue measure improved in October, helped by corporate travel and cancellations in the wake of superstorm Sandy.
Nov 2- Ameridose LLC, sister company to the pharmacy at the heart of the U.S. meningitis outbreak, will extend its shutdown by an additional two weeks, under an agreement between the company and Massachusetts regulators.
WASHINGTON, Nov 2- Superstorm Sandy is threatening to drag the U.S. government's debt-ridden flood insurance program back into the political crosshairs just months after Congress attempted to put the controversial program on a sound financial footing.
Nov 2- Chesapeake Energy Corp's target to pare debt to $9.5 billion or less by the end of the year may be pushed into 2013, along with some deal closings, the company's chief financial officer told analysts on Friday.
*Traffic on Manhattan bridges, tunnels down 48 pct vs normal. NEW YORK, Nov 2- The lines of New York area motorists scrambling for gasoline lengthened on Friday, as a third day of ``panic buying'' intensified and tempers flared even as pipelines and oil tankers resumed limited shipments. Two New Jersey refineries were still shut, with reports of severe damage at one.
Nov 2- More than 1.2 million homes and businesses in New York and 1.5 million in New Jersey were still without power on Friday, four days after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the U.S. East Coast, the states' power companies said.
NEW YORK, Nov 2- Looking for gas in places that have been hit hard by Sandy? Instead of waiting in line, go online. ``As soon as someone gives us a lead, they follow it and get there, and there's not always gas,'' says Michael Sandler, a lawyer who started the znjgas Twitter account earlier this year to monitor gas prices in his area.
NEW YORK, Nov 2- Gold slid 2 percent in heavy trade on Friday, breaking below $1,690 an ounce for the first time in about two months as an encouraging U.S. nonfarm payrolls report lowered expectations for economic stimulus provided by global central banks.