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  • US economic growth improves to 2 pct. rate in Q3 Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 8:31 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. Growth accelerated from the 1.3 percent rate in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department said Friday.

  • Unprecedented 'black mold' meningitis a challenge Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 8:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The black mold creeping into the spines of hundreds of people who got tainted shots for back pain marks uncharted medical territory. Arjun Srinivasan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Arturo Casadevall, a fungal disease specialist at New York's Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

  • *AP Newsbreak: Dems blast $1.1M anti-Mourdock ad Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 8:27 AM ET
  • LONDON, Oct 26- Anglo American's Chief Executive Cynthia Carroll stepped down on Friday after more than five years in the job, under increased pressure from investors over the miner's lagging share price and continued dependence on troubled South Africa.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- The yen recovered after hitting a four-month low against the dollar on Friday, but was still on track for a second week of losses as investors braced for the Bank of Japan to ease policy next week. The dollar was down 0.5 percent at 79.95 yen after earlier hitting 80.38 yen.

  • *Pippa Middleton publishes book on how to party Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 8:23 AM ET
  • Moody's 3rd-qtr profit jumps 41 pct, ups forecast Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 8:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The ratings agency Moody's Corp. on Friday reported big gains in profit and revenue for the third quarter, as it increased business across the world, benefited from a stronger corporate debt market and made use of two companies that it bought last year.

  • Sandy pounds Bahamas after killing 21 in Caribbean Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 8:18 AM ET

    NASSAU, Bahamas-- Hurricane Sandy raged through the Bahamas early Friday after leaving 21 people dead across the Caribbean, following a path that could see it blend with a winter storm to hit the U.S. East Coast with a super-storm next week.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 26- Adam Gazal trained for six months to stand in the ring for six minutes of live boxing. The managing partner of National Australia Bank was one of 14 contenders who took part in Hong Kong's sixth annual IronMonger Hedge Fund Fight Night, a fundraising event that is now a staple of the city's financial community.

  • *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.

  • Lear 3Q profit up as automakers boost production Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 8:11 AM ET

    The auto supplier earned $121.4 million, or $1.23 per share, up from $100.7 million, or 95 cents per share, in the same quarter last year. Global vehicle production rose 2 percent during the quarter, Lear said, with automakers building more vehicles in every major global market, save for Europe.

  • US futures sharply lower ahead of GDP report Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 8:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Stock futures are falling sharply before the government provides a peek at U.S. economic growth over the past three months. There are also signs of unease in China, with evidence of a massive flow of money out of the country before a government power shift.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 26- Hong Kong shares snapped a 10- session winning streak on Friday, hit by a 7.6 percent slump in China Unicom after the country's second-largest mobile operator posted weaker-than-expected third-quarter profit.

  • Pfizer 3Q report to focus on pipeline, new drugs Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 8:07 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- Pfizer Inc., the world's biggest drugmaker by revenue, will focus on progress on key experimental drugs, recent drug approvals and its ongoing corporate makeover when it reports third-quarter results before the stock market opens Tuesday.

  • Weyerhaeuser 3Q profit sinks 25 percent Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 7:59 AM ET

    FEDERAL WAY, Wash.-- Weyerhaeuser Co.' s third quarter earnings plunged 25 percent compared to last year, when the lumber and real estate company recorded income from a couple businesses it has since sold and a hefty tax gain. The Federal Way, Wash., company said Friday it earned $117 million, or 22 cents per share, in the three months that ended Sept. 30.

  • MADRID, Oct 26- One in four Spanish workers were without a job in the third quarter of this year, a record high, and further layoffs are likely to follow next year as more of the country's 60 billion euro programme of budget austerity kicks in.

  • Newell Rubbermaid reorganizing, cutting jobs Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 7:52 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Newell Rubbermaid plans to cut more than 1,900 jobs, or about 10 percent of its worldwide workforce, over the next two and a half years. Newell Rubbermaid also said that its business will be restructured under two groups, a development organization and a delivery organization.

  • European shares dented by glum corporate outlooks Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 7:48 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 26- European equity markets eased on Friday, weighed down by a fresh batch of gloomy corporate outlooks with demand for everything from cars to building materials hit by the euro zone crisis.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- European shares opened lower following a weak session in Asia as lacklustre earnings from tech giant Apple undermined confidence ahead of American growth data due later on Friday.

  • TOKYO, Oct 26- Japan unveiled plans on Friday to list shares of state-owned Japan Post Holdings Co, which runs the country's biggest savings institution, within three years to raise money to rebuild areas devastated by last year's quake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.