KIEV/ SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, March 15- Pro-Russian leaders in Crimea made final preparations on Saturday for a referendum widely expected to transfer control of the Black Sea region from Ukraine to Moscow, despite an outcry and threat of sanctions from the West.» Read More
HOUSTON-- The Public Utility Commission of Texas has approved NRG Energy Inc.' s proposed all-stock acquisition of GenOn Energy Inc., the companies said Friday. The deal must still receive the approval of state regulators in New York, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the two companies' shareholders before it can go forward.
Asked if struggling Spain should seek financial aid, he said it was up to countries to take their own decisions but that in general, firewalls had to be used for them to be effective. Spain is under pressure to seek a bailout as it struggles to cope with high government debt and the cost of recapitalizing its banks.
Oct 26- U.S. auto parts supplier American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings Inc reported disappointing quarterly results on Friday, hurt by restructuring and debt refinancing costs and by higher-than-expected costs from new-product launches. Debt refinancing and redemption costs reduced third-quarter results by $10.1 million, or 14 cents per share.
LONDON, Oct 26- Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli wept on Friday as he told a jury that his ``off-book'' trading was done for the benefit of the bank that meant everything to him.
FORT WORTH, Texas-- So many mechanics at American Airlines are taking buyouts that the company expects it will need to lay off only a small fraction of the number it had originally planned.
HERNDON, Va.-- Educational software company K12 Inc. said Friday that it has appointed former Michigan Gov. He was governor of Michigan from 1991 to 2003. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Universal Forest Products Inc. and Munder Capital Management. Shares of the company, based in Herndon, Va., fell 11 cents to close at $21.46.
WASHINGTON-- The worst drought in decades didn't just shrivel corn and soybeans. It shrank economic growth too. That means normal weather would have lifted economic growth to 2.4 percent for the quarter, the Commerce Department said.
The offers cover passengers flying in or out of just about any airport from Latin America to New Hampshire. The airlines have only canceled a handful of flights so far, nearly all of them in and out of Florida and the Caribbean. Hurricane Sandy killed at least 20 people in the Caribbean, and left Bahamas this afternoon.
The FDA noted that the allegations, which date back to 2004, don't necessarily prove the drinks are linked to the deaths. The FDA caps the amount of caffeine in soda to 0.02 percent, but there is no such limit for energy drinks. Durbin and Blumenthal asked the FDA to look into the interactions between caffeine and the additives that are often found in energy drinks.
HOUSTON-- Oil and gas company Endeavour International Corp. said Friday it was given 7 new licenses to explore areas in the U.K. North Sea. The licenses were awarded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Houston- based Endeavour focuses on acquiring, exploring and developing energy reserves in the North Sea and U.S.
MORE DECLINES: Commodities prices were broadly lower on the latest weak signals for the U.S. economy: more poor earnings reports from major companies like Goodyear, and only tepid growth in GDP in the third quarter. METALS SLIDE: Gold fell $1.10 to settle at $1,711.90 an ounce, silver fell 4.20 cents to $32.036 an ounce and palladium fell $9.10 to $595.40 an ounce.
NEW YORK-- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market:. Arch Coal Inc., up 78 cents at $8.09. Goodyear Tire& Rubber Co., down $1.28 at $11.02.
*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.
WASHINGTON-- It's halftime for the season of corporate earnings reports, and investors are in desperate need of a locker-room pep talk.
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.