*Ukraine tension, China growth outlook weigh on sentiment. LONDON, March 11- World stocks held steady, the euro edged down and oil and gold nudged up on Tuesday as traders kept a wary eye on tensions between Ukraine and Russia and the pace of growth in China.» Read More
BRUSSELS-- A 24- hour strike by Belgian rail workers on Wednesday paralyzed train traffic throughout Belgium and the international high-speed service to London and Paris.
LONDON-- Tesco PLC, Britain's largest supermarket operator, has reported a 12 percent fall in half yearly pre-tax profit to 1.7 billion pounds, as a downturn in Asia and Europe offset stronger sales in Britain. Group sales were up 1.4 percent to 36 billion pounds in the half-year period, while sales in Britain rose 2.2 percent to 23.9 billion pounds.
The government announced in August that it was awarding a 13- year franchise to run the west coast London- to- Scotland service to Virgin's rival, FirstGroup. Branson, who had at the time questioned whether FirstGroup could meet its financial commitments, on Wednesday praised transport authorities for reconsidering their decision.
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan-- Several hundred people are rallying in the capital of Kyrgyzstan in protest at a major gold miner that has been the source of a series of toxic spills in past years, including a cyanide spill into a river.
TOKYO-- Japan is hoping the recent flare-up in friction with China will not damage the two Asian economic powers' cooperation in international finance, a finance ministry official said Wednesday.
VAUGHN, N.M.-- Petty crime and burglaries aren't unusual in New Mexico's isolated Guadalupe County, but lately Sheriff Michael Lucero has seen thieves steal something a bit unexpected: grass.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska-- The $5 bill displayed for decades on Charles Fairbanks IV's wall was long a treasured family heirloom from Alaska. The rare find is expected to fetch as much as $300,000 at auction this month when a Texas auctioneer plans to put it up for bids in Dallas and online as part of the American Numismatic Association National Money Show.
BANGKOK-- Asian stocks flattened out Wednesday as skittish investors waited for a key U.S. jobs report later in the week that will signal whether the world's largest economy is on the mend. The U.S. Labor Department will release employment data for September on Friday.
JAKARTA, Indonesia-- More than 2 million factory workers went on a one-day strike across Indonesia on Wednesday to demand better benefits and protest the hiring of contract workers, union officials said.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- Opponents of a proposed $10 billion oil refinery are asking the South Dakota Supreme Court to strike down a state permit that would allow the project to be built in the southeastern part of the state.
SERVICE FIRMS GROW: U.S. service companies grew in September at the fastest pace in 6 months, helped by a sharp increase in customer demand. Service firms employ roughly 90 percent of the work force. THE NUMBERS: The Institute for Supply Management said its non-manufacturing index rose to 55.1 in September, up from 53.7 in August.
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- State regulators in West Virginia have ordered Argus Energy to repair a water treatment system at a Lincoln County mine site after a blackwater spill killed fish. The Department of Environmental Protection said Wednesday that the fish kill was discovered Tuesday along about a quarter-mile of Copley Trace Branch.
PARIS-- A French official says France's government is working out a common position with Germany on the proposed merger between Franco-German aerospace group EADS and Britain's BAE Systems. France and Germany have long fought for an equal say in EADS, which owns plane maker Airbus.
2013 Ram 1500 4 X4 SLT Regular Cab Short Wheelbase.
BISMARCK, N.D.-- Taxable sales and purchases in North Dakota during April, May and June grew nearly 42 percent compared to the second quarter of last year, to more than $6.4 billion. Tax Commissioner Cory Fong says the economic growth is spread across nearly all major industry sectors.
The full-size Ram pickup truck, revamped for 2013, still has its Hemi V-8. But a new and impressively powered V-6, with best-in-class fuel economy plus towing might, is getting all the attention. The new, 3.6- liter, double overhead cam V-6 is naturally aspirated and mated to a first-ever-in-a-full-size-pickup-truck eight-speed automatic transmission.
FORT WORTH, Texas-- American Airlines says a jet returned to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport shortly after takeoff because of a cockpit indicator that showed a problem with the landing gear. Airline spokesman James Faulkner said Tuesday that the landing gear was still working and the plane made a safe landing.
NEW YORK-- Luxfer Holdings PLC's U.S. shares jumped in their first hours of trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. The initial public stock offering of the chemicals and metals maker, which is based in the U.K., priced 8 million shares at $10 each. The company had predicted that shares would price higher, from $12 to $14 each.
MIDDLETOWN, R.I.-- Satellite communications company KVH Industries Inc. said Wednesday that it has appointed Peter Rendall as its new chief financial officer. Rendall worked most recently as consulting chief financial officer at information technology recruiting firm JobSmart Partners.
COLUMBIA, S.C.-- An automotive company that specializes in plastic parts says it will build a plant in South Carolina's Greenville County that employs nearly 120 workers. The state Commerce Department said Wednesday that South Carolina Plastics LLC will spend $12 million to build a plant in Fountain Inn.