ATLANTA _ Columbia Property Trust Inc. on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in Atlanta, said it had funds from operations of $59.2 million, or 48 cents per share, in the period. The company said it had net income of $10.2 million, or 8 cents per share.» Read More
Showtime series "Homeland," is supposed to be Beirut. But it is really in Israel, a country similar enough in some areas to stand in for Lebanon, yet a world away in most other respects. And in Israel, some are peeved that Haifa and even Tel Aviv _ a self-styled nightlife capital and high-tech hub _ apparently appear, to outsiders at least, to be Middle Eastern after all.
In a scene reminiscent of the Dust Bowl days, choking dust suspended on strong wind gusts shrouded Interstate 35, which links Dallas and Oklahoma City to Kansas City, Mo. Video from television station helicopters showed the four-lane highway virtually disappearing into billowing dust on the harsh landscape near Blackwell, plus dozens of vehicles scattered in the median and on the shoulders.
NEWARK, N.J.-- A federal judge sentenced the informant in New Jersey's biggest corruption sting to six years in prison on Thursday, ignoring recommendations from the government to impose a lighter sentence to encourage future informants to cooperate.
RIO DE JANEIRO-- Brazil's president used her veto power to slash through the new Forest Code, making the environmental law a little tougher on large agricultural interests by strengthening reforestation requirements along river banks, a decree published by the government said Thursday.
KINGSTON, Jamaica-- Wildlife activists urged the Cayman Islands on Thursday to permanently halt the farming of green sea turtles at a popular government-owned tourist attraction that has released thousands of juveniles into the sea and harvests some for meat.
NEW YORK-- Janney Capital Markets cited the meteoric rise in Snap-On shares this as it stepped back from its "buy" rating Friday, a day after the stock was driven to an all-time high by a stellar third quarter. Wherley did question whether Snap-on has found the most profitable use for all of next year's expected free cash flow.
NEW YORK-- A pair of analysts lowered estimates for Supervalu on Friday after the grocery chain reported softer-than-expected second-quarter results. On Thursday Supervalu Inc., whose chains include Albertsons, Cub Foods, Jewel-Osco and Save-A-Lot, reported a loss of 52 cents per share.
PARMA, Ohio-- Lest anyone forget the importance of Ohio's white, working-class voters, President Barack Obama sent a clear reminder on Thursday. Clinton implored voters to reward Obama for bailing out the auto industry, which has deep roots in Ohio. Ohio is at the center of both Obama and Republican Mitt Romney's campaign strategies.
KeyCorp's rally may fade Friday, a day after better-than-expected third-quarter results pushed the bank's stock to near a 52- week high. After Thursday's 4.4 percent gain, KeyCorp shares are too expensive to merit a "Buy" rating, Citi Research analysts said in a note to clients Friday. KeyCorp closed Thursday at $8.78, up 14 percent this year.
NEW YORK-- ABC News said it wanted to step beyond reporting on the gang violence in Chicago to explore ways of reducing it. There have been more than 400 murders in Chicago this year, with the murder rate four times what it is in New York, ABC said.
MADRID-- Spain's Workers' Commissions union has called a general strike for Nov. 14, coinciding with similar protests in Portugal and Greece. Union spokesman Fernando Lezcano said it would be the first ever joint general strike in Iberian neighbors Spain and Portugal.
Todd Akin raised about $1.6 million for his Senate bid in the months after Republican Party officials sought to distance themselves from his comments on "legitimate rape," according to his filings with the Federal Election Commission.
RALEIGH, N.C.-- The head of the Democratic National Committee distanced herself Thursday from the effort to raise money for her party's 2012 convention in Charlotte, which fell millions short despite breaking a pledge to forgo cash from special interests.
Organizers said some 14 million people, including 9.3 million in California, signed up to participate. The drill was held in some Western and southeastern states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and parts of Canada and Italy.
MOSCOW-- Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov says the government might sell some of its shares in state-owned oil giant Rosneft. The Russian government owns about 75 percent of Rosneft and has been planning to lower its stake to 50 percent plus one share.
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.