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  • SHANGHAI, Oct 26- China's yuan hit its strong-side limit with Friday's first trade and firmly hugged the trading band boundary all day until weakening suddenly before the market close. The yuan opened at the lower limit of 6.2380, its strongest level ever, and held steady until just before 4 pm, when it dropped to a close of 6.2489, reversing all of the day's gains.

  • *Aon's profit, revenue up slightly, shares up Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:45 AM ET
  • Coca-Cola steps up investment in Vietnam Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The Coca-Cola Co. and its bottlers say they're more than doubling their investment Vietnam over the next few years, as the world's biggest beverage maker intensifies its push to capitalize on emerging markets.

  • Better GDP report sends stocks slightly higher Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:44 AM ET

    Stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street after the government reported a slight pickup in U.S. economic growth. The gains were held in check by poor earnings reports from Goodyear Tire& Rubber and the lumber and real estate company Weyerhauser.

  • American Axle shares tumble on $8.1M 3Q loss Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:42 AM ET

    DETROIT-- American Axle& Manufacturing Holdings Inc. said Wednesday that it posted an $8.1 million third-quarter loss due to the cost of closing factories and refinancing its debt.

  • Campaigns deploy radio ads to gin up base voters Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:42 AM ET

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- Drivers listening to adult contemporary radio along Interstate 4 in central Florida are hearing ads like this: " President Obama raised taxes on Florida's small businesses, and his defense cuts will weaken our military and put thousands more Florida families out of work.

  • *Families of mall fire victims demand Qatar trial Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:41 AM ET
  • East Coast braces for monster 'Frankenstorm' Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The pre- Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call "Frankenstorm" is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready. The stage is set as Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba, continues to barrel north.

  • Oshkosh rejects Icahn offer Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:40 AM ET

    OSHKOSH, Wis.-- Oshkosh is rejecting a buyout offer from billionaire investor Carl Icahn. Shares in Oshkosh Corp. are up 25 cents to $29.99 in early trading. Earlier this month Icahn said he planned an unsolicited bid that valued Oshkosh at almost $3 billion, and said he would nominate a competing slate of directors in a bid for control of the company.

  • Feds probe Taurus, Sable for stuck throttles Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:39 AM ET

    DETROIT-- Federal safety regulators are investigating some older-model Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans because the throttles can stick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 50 complaints about sticky throttles in the cars from the 2000 through 2003 model years. The Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable and are nearly identical cars.

  • *Hurricane Sandy threatens U.S. after slamming Cuba. LONDON, Oct 26- Oil fell on Friday to around $108 a barrel and was heading for its second weekly drop, pressured by expectations U.S. economic growth will not be strong enough to bolster the demand outlook and by Europe's debt crisis.

  • US economic growth up to still-modest 2 pct. rate Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster 2 percent annual rate from July through September, buoyed by more spending by consumers and the federal government. The report Friday from the Commerce Department is the last broad snapshot of the economy before Americans choose a president in 11 days.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- European share markets followed Asian stocks lower as lacklustre corporate earnings reports undermined investor confidence ahead of American growth data due later on Friday.

  • Does Indian anti-graft crusader have solutions? Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:36 AM ET

    NEW DELHI-- Since launching his own political party this month, a fiery former tax officer has become the bane of some of India's most powerful politicians, publicly accusing them _ by name _ of corruption. He has accused Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law of making millions off shady real estate deals.

  • Sentencing begins in Brazil corruption trial Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:35 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO-- A political corruption trial seen as a turning point toward cleaner governance in Brazil is nearing its end, with the country's Supreme Court starting to hand down tough sentences this week against powerful defendants. The trial has riveted Brazil for months, with results that have tarnished the reputation of the governing Workers' Party.

  • China wants to stop profiteering at temple sites Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:34 AM ET

    BEIJING-- China is telling tourist-favored Buddhist temples: Don't let money be your mantra. "Everywhere in China now is about developing the economy," complained Beijing resident Fu Runxing, a 40- year-old accountant who said he recently went to a temple where incense was priced at 300 yuan a stick.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- Accused UBS rogue trader Kweku Adoboli pleaded not guilty on Friday to two new counts of false accounting that were added to the indictment six weeks into his trial. The two new counts were added to help clarify the case for the jury. There are now six counts in total, two of fraud and four of false accounting.

  • Police detain 1, seek motive in LA family shooting Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:32 AM ET

    DOWNEY, Calif.-- Authorities say a man held for questioning matches the description of a gunman who killed three people and critically wounded two others at a family-owned fire extinguisher business and a relative's nearby home in suburban Los Angeles.

  • China passes law to curb abuse of mental hospitals Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:31 AM ET

    BEIJING-- China's legislature on Friday passed a long-awaited mental health law that aims to prevent people from being involuntarily held and unnecessarily treated in psychiatric facilities _ abuses that have been used against government critics and triggered public outrage.

  • ExxonMobil executive gunned down in Belgium Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:27 AM ET

    BRUSSELS-- So far, it's still a mystery. Was the killing of Nicholas Mockford, a 60- year-old executive for ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil company, a car-jacking gone wrong?