HONG KONG, Dec 12- China's yuan fell against the dollar on Thursday as investors betting on yuan appreciation moved to take profits toward year-end, while "hot money" inflows appeared to be dampened by Chinese regulators. Traders say the upward trend of the Chinese currency remains intact, however, given China's good economic fundamentals and trade surplus.» Read More
Alcoa Inc. reports quarterly financial results. Yum Brands Inc. reports quarterly financial results. Safeway Inc. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK-- Meryl Streep has donated $1 million to The Public Theater in honor of both its late founder, Joseph Papp, and her friend, the author Nora Ephron. The announcement was timed to Thursday's unveiling of the nonprofit's $40 million face-lift to its 158- year-old headquarters in Astor Place.
And the 7.8 percent September unemployment rate, down from 8.1 percent in August, was clearly welcome to President Barack Obama. That was so for both Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. For Reagan, unemployment peaked at 10.8 percent in November and December 1982.
KEY IMAGES: The ad shows GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney getting behind the wheel of an SUV, then cuts to Romney standing and speaking into the camera. Text on the screen says: " Mitt Romney in his own words" and he says: "Let me tell you how I will create 12 million jobs when President Obama couldn't.
NEW YORK-- Aluminum manufacturer Alcoa Inc. will open what's expected to be a disappointing earnings season when it reports third-quarter results Tuesday after the markets close. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Alcoa produces aluminum for a wide range of businesses, from automobiles to appliance makers and energy companies.
"Anatomy of a Protest 2," a documentary on NTV that aired Friday, showed what it said was hidden camera footage suggesting Left Front leader Sergey Udaltsov met with a representative of former Bank of Moscow owner Andrei Borodin to discuss raising $200 million for protests against President Vladimir Putin.
Although it's not flawless or as good as Google's maps app on Android phones, Apple's new offering on the iPhone got me where I needed to go _ for the most part. I've used Google's Android app since it was released three years ago.
Drilling companies beginning to explore the Utica Shale got a piece of good news Friday when the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the rock formation in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states holds enormous reserves of natural gas and oil.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina-- South American engineers are trying to tackle one of the continent's greatest natural challenges: the towering Andes mountain chain that creates a costly physical barrier for nations ever-more-dependent on trade with Asia.
NEW YORK-- VeriFone's stock climbed more than 7 percent on Friday as an analyst said that the electronic payment company seems to be on the right path toward improving its share price. THE SPARK: VeriFone's shares are down 20 percent for the year-to-date and have declined 15 percent over the past month.
The Labor Department says that the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September, down from 8.1 percent in August. The euro rose to $1.3025 in late trading Friday from $1.3018 late Thursday. The British pound fell to $1.6140 from $1.6185.
FORT WORTH, Texas-- Maintenance workers at American Eagle will vote on a contract agreement reached with the American Airlines affiliate. The Transport Workers Union said Friday that 1,300 maintenance workers and 10 ground instructors will vote for the next two weeks, with results announced by Oct. 19.
HONOLULU-- A 20- cent jump overnight in California gas prices has put the state ahead of Hawaii for the nation's most expensive gas. In California, prices have jumped 40 cents in a week as refinery problems created shortages.
Malloy, who rolled out the new policy in a speech in Cromwell to Connecticut's largest business group, tied together the environment, energy and the economy. Policy makers can make Connecticut more competitive for business by cutting the cost of electricity for homes and businesses, he said.
Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,398 rigs were exploring for oil and 437 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 10 rigs, Louisiana and North Dakota each dropped by three and Alaska and Oklahoma were down two apiece.
KERNERSVILLE, N.C.-- A partnership between two behemoth builders of excavating machinery said Friday it plans to add 340 jobs at a North Carolina plant in return for incentives of more than $5 million while promising salaries below the local average.
WASHINGTON-- A new estimate puts the deficit for the just-completed 2012 budget year at $1.1 trillion, the fourth straight year of trillion dollar deficits on President Barack Obama's watch.
RICHMOND, Va.-- Virginia's poultry industry provides nearly 14,000 jobs and has an economic impact totaling more than $8 billion, according to a study released Friday. The report found that the poultry and egg industries in Virginia provide 13,480 direct jobs and indirectly contribute to a total of 41,710 jobs.