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  • Stronger dollar hurts McDonald's 3Q results Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Tough competition in the U.S. and the weakening economy abroad was a double whammy for McDonald's in the third-quarter, sending the burger chain's net income down nearly 4 percent.

  • Police arrest 3 men in Denver bar fire killings Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:16 AM ET

    DENVER-- Three men were arrested for investigation of murder after a Denver bar was set on fire to cover up five killings committed during a robbery, authorities said Thursday. Ronald Saunier said of the early Wednesday deaths and blaze at Fero's Bar& Grill. "

  • Lawyer angry over Zumba prostitution case handling Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:14 AM ET

    KENNEBUNK, Maine-- The lawyer for a high school hockey coach who gave up his job because of the Zumba prostitution case said Thursday that his client's name never should have been made public and contended law enforcement agencies have engaged in "reckless and outrageous behavior."

  • Gunman kills 3, self in Florida salon shooting Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:14 AM ET

    CASSELBERRY, Fla.-- A gunman opened fire at a central Florida beauty salon Thursday, killing three women and wounding the manager, who had asked for a restraining order against him, police said.

  • *NBC cancels 'Animal Practice' Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:13 AM ET
  • FDA: Fungus in tainted steroids and patients match Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one behind the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Chipotle sees slower growth Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:10 AM ET

    Its shares, which dipped below $40 in late 2008 as the financial crisis intensified, peaked this April at $442.40 as the burrito chain posted double-digit increases in revenue year after year. But Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. on Thursday forecast that revenue growth in stores open at least a year would be flat to a low-single-digit percentage gain next year.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Shares of Athenahealth slide Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:00 AM ET

    The Watertown, Mass., company said Thursday after markets closed that its net income for the three months that ended Sept. 30 climbed to $6.2 million, or 17 cents per share, from $5.3 million, or 15 cents per share, in last year's quarter.

  • US futures fall after tech giants rattle market Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 7:55 AM ET

    Google surprised investors twice Thursday, releasing earnings hours before they were expected, and putting up awful revenue numbers. After the worst sell-off in shares since September 2008, Google shares were flat in premarket trading Friday. The National Association of Realtors posts existing home sales figures at 10 a.m. Eastern.

  • Ill. Amtrak train set to hit 110 mph in test run Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 7:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- In a modest milestone for President Barack Obama's high-speed rail vision, test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph Friday. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Illinois Gov.

  • *BBC jamming coming from Syria: satellite company Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 7:53 AM ET
  • STORY REMOVED: BC-EU--Italy-Berlusconi Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 7:53 AM ET

    MILAN-- The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about Italy's Silvio Berlusconi in a Milan court today. Background in the story erroneously stated that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was dead. Another Italy-Berlusconi story will be filed.

  • In court, Berlusconi denies sex with Moroccan teen Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 7:26 AM ET

    MILAN-- Silvio Berlusconi made a rare court appearance Friday to deny some of the more salacious accusations at the center of a sex scandal in Italy that has muddied his reputation. Berlusconi's declaration was spontaneous, a practice that Italy allows defendants and which does not have the weight of testimony.

  • *MeadWestvaco buying India's Ruby Macons Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 7:03 AM ET
  • GE earnings rise 49 pct in 3Q; revenue up 3 pct. Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 6:58 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- GE's net income rose 49 percent in the third quarter to $3.49 billion as its recovery from the 2008 financial crisis continues. When adjusted to remove the effect of restructuring costs and a gain from the sale of NBC, the company posted earnings of 36 cents per share, which is what financial analysts expected, on average, according to FactSet.

  • Baker Hughes 3Q net income drops, revenue falls Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 6:58 AM ET

    HOUSTON-- Weak activity in North America and the falling number of operating rigs in the worldwide drove third-quarter net income down by 61 percent at Baker Hughes. "Activity was less than planned in several key geomarkets for Baker Hughes, resulting in an unfavorable mix," said CEO Martin Craighead. "

  • Ahead of the Bell: September US Home Sales Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 6:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes likely slipped last month from a two-year high reached in August, the latest sign that the recovery in housing is slow and uneven. The National Association of Realtors will release the report at 10 a.m. Eastern time Friday.

  • UK fines Bank of Scotland for faulty mortgage data Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 6:28 AM ET

    LONDON-- Britain's financial regulator has imposed a fine of 4.2 million pounds on a unit of Lloyds Banking Group for having inaccurate mortgage records for 250,000 customers.

  • Euro banking deal fails to impress markets Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 6:10 AM ET

    Microsoft also disappointed with its latest update, contributing to a broad retreat in technology stocks, as did McDonald's and General Electric. By the time markets closed in Europe, Germany's DAX was down 0.8 percent at 7,380 while the CAC-40 in France fell 0.9 percent to 3,504. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.3 percent lower at 5,896..

  • Starbucks opens first India store in Mumbai Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 6:09 AM ET

    MUMBAI, India-- Starbucks inaugurated its first store in India Friday in a historic building in southern Mumbai as the Seattle- based coffee giant seeks growth in a market long associated with tea drinkers. After over six years of studying the local market, Starbucks is making a rapid-fire entry into Asia's third-largest economy.