CARACAS, Venezuela— President Nicolas Maduro is ordering a cut in government spending as Venezuela grapples with a plunge in world oil prices that threatens to bring more hardship for the petroleum-dependent economy. Speaking on television Friday, Maduro said that under no circumstances will social programs be affected by the belt tightening.» Read More
NEW ORLEANS-- Dwayne Boudreaux's memories of the Circle Food Store in New Orleans 7th Ward neighborhood are so vivid he can walk through its colonnade of arches into the dark and empty shell and give a guided tour of how it was before Hurricane Katrina.
PITTSBURGH-- The state Public Utility Commission says a western Pennsylvania township must revise its oil and gas land-use rules by Nov. 28 or face losing money from a new drilling impact fee.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- Compensation for medical providers in California's prison system has soared since a federal judge seized control of inmate health care in 2006 and established a receivership with the power to hire and set pay levels.
GUNS GUNS GUNS: An analysis by The Associated Press of data tracking the health of the gun industry shows that President Barack Obama has presided over a heyday for guns. WHAT'S HAPPENED: Sales are on the rise, so much that some manufacturers cannot make enough fast enough.
NEW YORK-- News Corp. said Friday that Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes has signed a new four-year contract. Ailes, 72, first joined News Corp. in 1996. He will continue to oversee Fox News, the Fox Business Network, the Fox TV stations, Twentieth Television and MyNetwork TV.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange:. _ Benchmark crude fell $2.05 to end at $90.05 per barrel. _ Heating oil fell 5.21 cents to end at $3.1345 per gallon.
Benchmark oil fell $2.05 to finish at $90.05 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, dropped $2.28, or 2 percent, to end at $110.14 per barrel in London. Several companies delivered weaker-than-expected third-quarter results, including Microsoft and McDonald's.
LOS ANGELES-- Shares of HGTV and Food Network owner Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. rose nearly 6 percent before giving back most of the gains on Friday after the death of a grandson of founder Edward W. Scripps prompted speculation that the family might sell its controlling stake.
PITTSBURGH-- A former Pittsburgh Steelers doctor and his defense attorney declined to comment at his initial federal court appearance on illegal steroid-distribution and other charges. Richard Rydze to be jailed over the weekend until another appearance Monday.
The order is taking shape as the Obama administration voices growing concern that Iran could be the first country to use cyberterrorism against the United States. The White House declined to say when the president will sign the order. Congress failed this summer to pass cybersecurity legislation.
FRIENDLY SKIES: It's been 43 months since the last deadly airline crash in the U.S., the longest such period since after World War II. Federal rules assign a value of $6.2 million to each life saved. SLEEPY PILOTS: Last year, the FAA revised rules on pilot work schedules to address concerns that tired pilots were making mistakes, sometimes with fatal results.
Caterpillar Inc. reports quarterly financial results. Hasbro Inc. reports quarterly financial results. Peabody Energy Corp. reports quarterly financial results.
Microsoft, McDonald's and General electric all fell sharply after reporting disappointing results for the third quarter.
WASHINGTON-- Tennessee lawyer Brian Manookian says he never considered himself a gun enthusiast. He owns just one handgun and was raised in a gun-free home. An analysis by The Associated Press of data tracking the health of the gun industry shows that President Barack Obama has presided over a heyday for guns.
SALES DIP: U.S. home sales dropped 1.7 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.75 million, the National Association of Realtors said. That's down from a rate of 4.83 million in August, which was the highest in more than two years. UPWARD TREND: Sales are up 11 percent from a year earlier, a sign of the housing market's steady recovery.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Biogen Idec Inc. continued to slump Friday after the company said the Food and Drug Administration has delayed a decision on its multiple sclerosis pill BG-12.
Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,410 rigs were exploring for oil and 427 were searching for gas. A year ago, Baker Hughes listed 2,013 rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained five rigs while Arkansas, Colorado and North Dakota rose by two each.
NEW YORK-- United Parcel Service Inc. is expected to offer a subdued view of the global economy when it reports its third-quarter results before the market opens Tuesday. Smaller rival FedEx Corp. said the same in September. Last month FedEx unveiled a plan to boost profit by $1.7 billion annually by shedding jobs, aircraft and underused assets.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Capital One Financial Corp. rose to a nearly five-year high Friday, as recent big acquisitions helped the bank grow net income 47 percent in the third quarter. THE SPARK: Capital One on Thursday said that it earned $1.17 billion, or $2.01 per share for the three months ended Sept. 30.
ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sued a Queens beauty school, claiming it convinced hundreds of students to pay course fees but failed to train them as nail specialists.