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  • Sandy leaves Bahamas after killing 43 in Caribbean Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 11:16 PM ET

    NASSAU, Bahamas-- Hurricane Sandy spun away from the Bahamas late Friday after causing 43 deaths across the Caribbean, churning northward toward the U.S. East Coast, where it threatens to join with winter weather fronts to create a super storm.

  • MIAMI, Oct 26- Hurricane Sandy, a late-season Atlantic cyclone that threatens to be one of the worst storms to hit the U.S. Northeast in decades, slogged slowly northward on Friday after killing at least 41 people in the Caribbean.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 26- Earnings season may be only half over, but the focus on profits should subside next week as investors turn their attention to the coming election and Friday's jobs report, the last major data release before the Nov. 6 contest.

  • NEW YORK/ TORONTO, Oct 26- Moody's Investors Service warned on Friday it could cut its ratings on five top Canadian banks on concerns about a softening economy and volatile capital markets, a blow to a banking system named the soundest in the world four years in a row.

  • *Citi fired top Internet analyst and junior analyst. BOSTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 26- Citigroup fired its top Internet analyst, Mark Mahaney, and paid a $2 million fine to a Massachusetts regulator to settle charges that the bank improperly disclosed research on Facebook IPO and information on other tech companies.

  • New York, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland declared states of emergency to free up resources. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell urged residents in coastal areas to prepare to evacuate before the storm hits and advised others in the state to stock up on provisions needed to get through any disaster.

  • UPDATE 5-U.S. court rejects Argentina's debt fix Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 10:14 PM ET

    *Argentina says court battle not over; bond prices fall. Oct 26- A U.S. appeals court said Argentina improperly discriminated against bondholders who refused to take part in two massive debt restructurings, setting back the country's efforts to recover from a roughly $100 billion default a decade ago.

  • Cooper, Eaton shareholders approve $11.8 bln merger Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 10:08 PM ET

    Oct 26- Shareholders of electrical products makers Cooper Industries Plc and Eaton Corp approved the two companies' $11.8 billion merger on Friday, the companies said. Cooper Industries said 68 percent of its total outstanding shares were voted at a shareholder meeting, out of which 99.45 percent were in favor of the merger.

  • *Dow up 0.03 pct, S&P 500 down 0.1 pct, Nasdaq up 0.1 pct. NEW YORK, Oct 26- U.S. stocks finished flat on Friday, recovering from moderate declines as bargain hunters rushed in to buy Apple, lifting it off its lows, and scooped up other stocks recently battered by disappointing results.

  • In shaky Syrian holiday truce, enemies eye victory Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:58 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 26- Lakhdar Brahimi's holiday truce may have saved Syrian lives on Friday, as government troops and rebels drew breath on several fronts- though dozens still shed blood on Eid al-Adha, the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 26- The pharmacy company at the center of a deadly meningitis outbreak knew of contamination at its Framingham, Mass., facility as early as January but has no record of acting to safeguard the drugs prepared there, U.S. health officials said on Friday.

  • MEXICO CITY, Oct 26- Mexico's central bank said on Friday it could tighten monetary policy soon for the first time in four years if inflation persists and price pressures do not abate.

  • FACTBOX-The wealthy behind U.S. presidential race Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:48 PM ET

    Oct 26- Individual donors to U.S. presidential candidates can contribute up to $2,500 for the state-by-state party nominating contests and another $2,500 for the general election.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 26- Shares on major markets ended little changed on Friday as weak corporate earnings offset better U.S. economic data, though investors remained concerned about slowing global growth.

  • UPDATE 4-US court rejects Argentina debt fix Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:23 PM ET

    *Argentina says court battle not over; bond prices fall. Oct 26- A U.S. appeals court said Argentina improperly discriminated against bondholders who refused to take part in two massive debt restructurings, setting back the country's efforts to recover from a roughly $100 billion default a decade ago.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 26- Switzerland's biggest bank, UBS AG, is expected to cut up to 10,000 jobs, or 16 percent of its workforce, as it contends with shrinking revenue and rising capital requirements, a person familiar with the company said on F rid ay. The cuts would be among the biggest in banking history.

  • Oct 26- U.S. electric companies from Maine to Florida were bracing for heavy wind, rain and flooding that could take down power lines and threaten to close some East Coast nuclear plants early next week when Hurricane Sandy comes ashore.

  • Oct 26- A U.S. federal court has upheld a $520,000 arbitration ruling against Merrill Lynch that led to the firing- and rehiring- of three securities arbitrators.

  • *Dow up 0.03 pct, S&P 500 down 0.1 pct, Nasdaq up 0.1 pct. NEW YORK, Oct 26- U.S. stocks finished flat on Friday, recovering from moderate declines as bargain hunters rushed in to buy Apple and other stocks recently battered by disappointing results.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 26- U.S. economic growth accelerated in the third quarter as a last minute spurt in consumer spending and a surprise turnaround in government outlays offset the first cutback in business investment in more than a year.