ATHENS, July 3- Thousands of Greeks staged rival rallies on Friday ahead of a weekend referendum that may decide the country's future in Europe's single currency, with polls showing voters almost evenly split. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras exhorted Greeks to reject the deal, dismissing warnings from Greece's European partners that to do so may see the country...» Read More
*Vegas less powerful in casino world after Macau boom. With no full-time staff in Asia and a mission that includes nurturing an industry increasingly dependent on China- controlled Macau, the granddaddy of U.S. gambling regulators may ultimately prove powerless to police a global business of which Las Vegas is no longer the capital, industry veterans said.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- The NBC television show America's Got Talent will hold auditions for the upcoming season on Dec. 10 in Birmingham. The manager of the Alabama Film Office, Kathy Faulk, says location for the auditions will be announced later.
HELSINKI-- Finnish utility Fennovoima says Germany's E.ON AG is selling its stake in the company, meaning it will pull out of a nuclear power plant project in Finland.
*Germany sells 3.3 bln euros of 10- yr bonds, demand good.
*Iran, Nigeria supply concerns underpin prices. LONDON, Oct 24- Oil rose on Wednesday, snapping a six-day losing streak, after economic data from China suggested a gradual recovery in the world's No. 2 oil consumer, though weak European data kept the gain slim. Brent crude was up 40 cents at $108.65 a barrel by 1020 GMT.
BRUSSELS, Oct 24- EU regulators do not have any reason to open an investigation into Microsoft's operating system for tablets, the EU's antitrust chief said on Wednesday. ``There are no grounds to pursue an investigation on this issue,'' EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told a news briefing.
NEW YORK-- Tupperware Brands Corp.' s third-quarter net income more than quadrupled from a year ago, bolstered by strong sales in its emerging markets. The seller of food-storage containers and other home products, based in Orlando, Fla., also raised its profit outlook, sending shares up more than 7 percent.
WASHINGTON-- Environmental groups say they plan to petition the federal Environmental Protection Agency to require toxic chemical release reporting for the oil and gas industry.
LONDON, Oct 24- Gold prices hovered near a seven-week low on Wednesday as a weak reading of the German economy lifted the dollar versus the euro, while dealers awaited the U.S. Spot gold was at $1,708.90 an ounce at 1023 GMT against $1,708.09 late in New York on Tuesday, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were up 30 cents an ounce at $1,709.70.
MANITOWOC, Wis.-- Around lunchtime each day, the latest missives promoting or pillorying Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney arrive in Diane Ouradnik's mailbox. Senior citizens are getting dueling pieces from Obama and Romney casting the other as detrimental to Medicare.
BALTIMORE-- A Maryland health advocacy group is releasing a study on the effects of tax increases on small cigars and smokeless tobacco products. The Maryland Health Care For All Coalition is releasing the study on Wednesday in Baltimore. The tax increases were approved this year.
LISLE, Ill.-- Navistar is making a public offering of about 10 million shares of its stock. Earlier this month Navistar International Corp. added a colleague of activist investor Carl Icahn and a former protege of his to its board in order to head off a proxy war.
SALAMANCA, N.Y.-- The Seneca Nation of Indians is showing off the expansion of the hotel at one of its casinos in western New York. Nation officials say the $53 million project is adding 200 rooms to the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel in Salamanca, 50 miles south of Buffalo.
ALBANY, N.Y.-- State regulators, farmers and orchard growers are heading to Albany for New York's wine and beer "summit." The aim of the meeting is to boost wine production and craft brewers, in part to spur job growth. Andrew Cuomo and the state Farm Bureau will lead the discussion of ways state government can help these old, but small, industries flourish in New York.
TONAWANDA, N.Y.-- Chemical giant DuPont Co. says some of the 1,500 jobs it plans to eliminate are at a plant in western New York. A company spokesman tells Buffalo-area media outlets they're at its factory in the town of Tonawanda, just outside of the city. DuPont announced the cuts Tuesday along with its quarterly earnings.
*France's Areva, Japan's Toshiba among reactor builders that could benefit. BEIJING, Oct 24- China will restrict the number of new nuclear reactor approvals to a ``small amount'' before 2015, and will only allow them to be built in coastal regions, the government said on Wednesday.