MOSCOW, Oct 1- Russia's central bank is working on measures to support the economy should oil prices fall by as much as a third or more, a senior official said on Wednesday, showing growing concern as the rouble slides and Western sanctions take a toll.» Read More
He says it will be at least another 12 or 18 months before the Virgin Galactic venture can offer paid space travel to adventurers. The founder of the Virgin Group met with students on his first visit to Poland on Wednesday, where he came to launch Virgin Academy, which will help young people kick start their own businesses.
*More countries follow lead set by Britain and Italy. LONDON, Oct 24- Fifty percent off the first three months of cancer medicine. ``Special offers'' on prescription medicines are all the rage in state-backed healthcare systems across Europe as governments struggle to balance the books.
LONDON, Oct 24- European shares inched higher on Wednesday, steadying after the previous session's sharp sell-off, as encouraging data out of China offset downbeat German economic numbers and earnings worries.
NEW YORK-- "Middlesex" author Jeffrey Eugenides doesn't remember everything about the night he was given a Whiting Writers' Award, but he has never forgotten how the honor received early in his career helped make his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel possible.
MEXICO CITY-- The number of migrants crossing illegally into the United States from Mexico appears to have risen some in the first half of 2012, while the number of migrants returning to Mexico decreased, a report by U.S. and Mexican researchers said Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES-- The man who presided over Britney Spears' life during her well-publicized meltdown is portraying himself in court as a benevolent personal manager who saved her from ruin. Sam Lutfi was to finish his direct testimony Wednesday and face cross-examination by a battery of lawyers for the singer's parents and conservators.
BERLIN-- The European Central Bank's president drew a broadly positive response from German lawmakers Wednesday when he told them that his bond-buying plan won't stoke inflation and will not allow struggling countries to backslide on economic reforms.
Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said John Kot of Garwood operated multiple home improvement companies that in many cases performed shoddy work, failed to honor warranties or return consumer deposits for work not performed, and failed to obtain proper permits on several jobs.
LONDON-- The latest James Bond movie is getting its world premiere in London on Tuesday, with Prince Charles on hand to give it a royal seal of approval. Daniel Craig was the first of the film's stars to arrive at the screening at the Royal Albert Hall in central London, where he was joined by co-stars Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, and Naomie Harris.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- A woman was found guilty Tuesday of disorderly conduct for berating security officers trying to pat down her teenage daughter and then refusing to submit to the procedure herself at a Tennessee airport. Jurors deliberated four hours before convicting Andrea Abbott.
JACKSON, Miss.-- Roberts Broadcasting has sold Jackson television WRBJ-TV to religious broadcaster Trinity Broadcasting Network. Media Venture Partners, which the bankrupt Roberts hired to sell its stations in Jackson, Columbia, S.C., and Evansville, Ind., says the station will begin showing Trinity's Christian programming.
NEW YORK-- Shares of RF Micro Devices jumped 13 percent in premarket trading Wednesday, a day after the chipmaker issued better-than-expected results and guidance. Mike Burton of Brean Capital raised his price target on the stock by 50 cents to $6 and raised his estimates as well.
*Peugeot gets state guarantee, close to bank deal. Peugeot shares were down 6.5 percent at 5.45 euros as of 0801 GMT, touching their lowest levels 1986. The stock has plunged 48 percent this year, contrasting with a 20 percent gain by the Stoxx Europe 600 autos& parts index.
MIDLAND, Mich.-- Shares of Dow Chemical jumped 6 percent in premarket trading Wednesday after the company announced significant restructuring plans.
PANAMA CITY-- Panama's president said Wednesday that he is willing to cancel plans to sell state-owned land in a duty-free zone on the Panama Canal following a week of sometimes violent protests in which a 10- year-old boy and two adults died.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Tempur-Pedic slumped in premarket trading Wednesday after it posted disappointing third-quarter results and slashed its outlook for the year. Tempur-Pedic International Inc., known for its memory foam mattresses, said tough competition is hurting its North American business, while weakness in Europe is weighing on its global business.
BEIJING, Oct 24- China will seek to encourage more private investment in its state-dominated energy sector, according to a new industry white paper published by official news agency Xinhua on Wednesday.