SAN FRANCISCO, July 28- Critics have long lamented that Twitter Inc is difficult to use and has had trouble defining itself, which is why it has not expanded its audience. Add interim chief executive Jack Dorsey and Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto to the list of critics. While Wall Street dumped the stock in after-hours trading on Tuesday, the frank comments...» Read More
*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.
DENVER-- A rally organized by opponents of hydraulic fracturing drew about 200 people to Denver's Civic Center Park on Tuesday night. Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers, actress Daryl Hannah and others ended the four-hour Frack Free Colorado rally by singing "Stand By Me" on stage together.
SEATTLE-- About a thousand more international students are enrolled at the University of Washington's Seattle campus this fall, but school officials say that doesn't mean they have cut back on the number of in-state students at the state's most selective public university.
KIEV, Ukraine-- When Ukraine's president opened up his home to TV cameras, he presented a cozy place with a small office just big enough for his grandchildren to play in.
AMMAN, Jordan-- The foiling of a planned al-Qaida terror plot in Jordan underscores a new subplot in the story of the Arab Spring: Things are heating up for King Abdullah II, a Western-oriented monarch who has run a business-friendly, pragmatic monarchy with some trappings of democracy.
NEW YORK-- A silver paperweight that President John F. Kennedy gave to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara after the Cuban missile crisis sold for $95,500 at an auction Tuesday of McNamara's personal effects, Sotheby's said. McNamara, who died in 2009, served as the head of the Pentagon from 1961 to 1968, first for JFK and then for President Lyndon B. Johnson.
KHARTOUM, Sudan-- A powerful explosion at a military factory rocked Sudan's capital before dawn Wednesday, sending detonating ammunition flying through the air and causing panic, the official news agency and local media reports said. Khartoum governor Abdul-Rahman Khedr told SUNA agency that no one died in the explosion.
PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- The Associated Press and three other news organizations Tuesday filed legal papers asking a Rhode Island judge to unseal documents in a lawsuit contesting the will of an elderly widow who gave some $60 million to the Legion of Christ, a disgraced Roman Catholic religious order.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- Memphis will now be the home of a national program deploying music industry veterans to mentor young and up-and-coming musicians. David Porter, the songwriter who co-wrote such classics as "Soul Man" and "Hold on I'm Comin," announced the program Tuesday in Memphis.
PARSIPPANY, N.J.-- Wyndham Worldwide Corp. said Wednesday its third-quarter earnings fell 9 percent as the impact of a stronger dollar and higher costs overshadowed improving revenue. Taking out the effect of currency exchange, Wyndham said net income would have grown by 6 percent.
NEW YORK-- THE SALE: Nike has found a buyer for its Umbro brand, known for its soccer jerseys, in Iconix Brand Group Inc. The clothing licensing company is purchasing Umbro for $225 million. SHEDDING ASSETS: Nike Inc. said in May that it planned to sell the Umbro and Cole Haan brands to cut costs and focus on its namesake brand, along with Jordan, Converse and Hurley.
CHANGE AFOOT: Automatic Data Processing Inc. said Wednesday that it's making some changes to its monthly U.S. employment report. The changes include adding more industry categories, expanding the number of business class sizes to five from three and increasing the sample size used to create the report.
BERLIN, Oct 24- Germany plans to quickly purchase a stake in EADS to preserve its influence over the aerospace group, fearing that Daimler could unload shares it holds in the company on the open market, a document obtained by Reuters showed.
MELBOURNE, Oct 24- Deutsche Bank has built a 5.2 percent stake in Australian takeover target GrainCorp in recent months, a move that could pay off handsomely as the target's shares have soared and could climb even higher if rival bids appear.
PITTSBURGH-- Fourteen environmental groups have asked Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett to reverse a recent change in how official notifications of possible water pollution related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling are handled.
NEW YORK-- Ex-Goldman, P&G board member convicted of insider trading charges sentenced to 2 years in NY.
ATLANTA-- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given a Georgia utility permission to change the design of a nuclear power plant under construction, resolving a conflict over the installation of metal bars.
DETROIT-- Arts groups in Detroit will share nearly $20 million donated by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, including $9 million to be awarded through a communitywide contest to boost the city's best arts ideas, the foundation announced Tuesday.
WASHINGTON-- Federal officials say NRG Energy Inc. has been awarded a lease for an offshore wind power farm 11 miles off the Delaware coast. NRG announced late last year that it had ended an offshore wind power contract with Delmarva Power.
GEISMAR, La.-- BASF is building a formic acid production plant in Louisiana's Ascension Parish that will create 20 new jobs. Bobby Jindal and company executives were at the groundbreaking Tuesday, at the company's 2,600- acre complex in Geismar, which is home to nearly two dozen chemical plants.