BRUSSELS, Oct 1- Britain's controversial choice for the European Commission declared his support for closer European financial integration at the start of an expected tough confirmation hearing in the European Parliament on Wednesday.» Read More
NEW YORK-- Chipotle's stock is taking a big hit from investors worried that years of lightning-fast growth are over. Chipotle shares closed down 15 percent, or $42.93, at $243. Late Thursday, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said its third-quarter revenue and net income both grew.
ATHENS, Greece-- An opinion poll in Greece says an anti-bailout leftist party has extended its lead over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' conservatives, while support for a far right party with strong neo-Nazi references has doubled since June's national election.
PHOENIX-- As the national average for a gallon of gas has decreased, Arizona prices remain about the same, up. 2 cents to $3.71 per gallon since last week. Tucson and Flagstaff have the lowest and highest state fuel averages, at $3.47 and $3.90 per gallon, respectively.
TRENTON, N.J.-- Amgen Inc., the world's biggest biotech company, will update on progress on its experimental drugs when it reports its third-quarter results after the stock market closes Tuesday. He'll also mention the latest product approval for Amgen, based in Thousand Oaks, Calif..
OKLAHOMA CITY-- Oklahoma's chief auditor says he's found a lack of financial safeguards at the Commission on Marginally Producing Oil and Gas Wells. Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says an operational audit released Thursday cites the agency for not implementing a system of checks and balances to safeguard public assets.
RALEIGH, N.C.-- Time is running out for North Carolina homeowners to offer their view of a proposal by insurance companies doing business in the state to increase premiums by an average of nearly 18 percent next year. Friday is the deadline to submit comments by mail or e-mail to the state Insurance Department.
The hard-rocking country music star made a whirlwind run around the eastern U.S. on Thursday, announcing shows at Boston's Fenway Park, Chicago's Wrigley Field and on the University of Georgia campus in the space of 12 hours. Aldean will make the first appearance by a country music performer at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
KILLINGTON, Vt.-- Vermont's Killington ski resort says it's going to power one of its lifts this season with electricity generated from methane gas recovered from cow manure.
LONDON-- British police said Friday that a highly publicized inquiry into a BBC entertainer believed to have molested dozens of girls has widened to include more than 200 potential victims and possibly new perpetrators.
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- A program that supports specialty crop farmers has awarded $217,000 in federal grants to eight projects in West Virginia. State Agriculture Commissioner says one of the recipients of a specialty crop block grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is the Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association.
RICHMOND, Va.-- Amtrak says it had nearly 1.5 million passenger boardings and departures at Virginia stations last fiscal year. Leading the way in Virginia was the Staples Mill Road station in Richmond with nearly 346,000 boardings and departures.
ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York regulators say utilities won't have any problem supplying natural gas this winter and consumers can expect a price break. The Public Service Commission said Thursday there's enough gas and delivery capacity to meet the demands of a severe winter. There are almost 4 million natural gas heating customers in New York.
INDIANAPOLIS-- A European committee has endorsed the use of Eli Lilly and Co.' s imaging agent Amyvid for helping to diagnose Alzheimer's disease. The Food and Drug Administration approved Amyvid for sale in the United States last spring.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- A third person has pleaded guilty in South Florida federal court to taking part in a $39 million mortgage fraud scheme. Juan Carlos Sanchez of New York, N.Y. pleaded guilty Thursday to mail and wire fraud conspiracy charges. Trial for the other defendants is scheduled for January 14 in Fort Lauderdale federal court.
ROME-- At least 15 more cyclists have been linked to Lance Armstrong's banned Italian sport doctor in an intricate scheme of money laundering, tax evasion and widespread doping.
ALBANY, N.Y.-- State labor officials say New York gained about 2,900 private sector jobs in September and the unemployment rate stood at 8.9 percent, down 0.2 percent from a month earlier. They said Thursday the job count in the state stood at 7,337,000, the most ever.
LONDON-- Damaged by a yearlong racism case involving John Terry, English soccer will ask Premier League players to don anti-racism T-shirts during the warm-up for matches this weekend.
KEY WEST, Fla.-- Delta Air Lines Inc. and U.S. Airways are planning to begin nonstop seasonal service between Key West and both New York City and Washington D.C. in time for the Christmas travel season. U.S. Airways is a unit of US Airways Group Inc..