ATLANTA, Oct 4- A dozen Pacific nations closed in on a sweeping free trade pact on Sunday in Atlanta after a breakthrough over how long a monopoly pharmaceutical companies should be given on new biotech drugs. The issue has pitted the United States, which has argued for longer protections, against Australia and five other delegations who say such measures would...» Read More
WHOLESALE PRICES UP: Wholesale prices rose 1.1 percent in in September, its second consecutive big gain on sharp rises in gasoline costs. THE BACKGROUND: The latest rise reported Friday by the Labor Department followed a 1.7 percent gain in August which had been the largest one-month increase in more than three years.
Stocks are opening mostly slightly higher on Wall Street, but the market is still headed for its worst week since early June. Wal-Mart Stores was the biggest gainer in the Dow following an analyst upgrade, up 73 cents at $75.74. Wells Fargo fell 4 percent, giving up $1.38 to $33.80, after its revenue fell short of what analysts were expecting.
Russia has no legislation specifically defining hate crimes against any group, and three cities, including St. Petersburg, have recently passed laws laws imposing fines of up to $150,000 for providing minors with information on homosexuality, which the laws term "homosexual propaganda."
AUSTIN, Texas-- Lance Armstrong can never ride again in the world's top cycling races. His cancer-fighting foundation, however, plans to plunge ahead, despite the sanctions laid on Armstrong by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and its blistering report that portrays the cyclist as cheating his way through seven Tour de France victories.
LOS ANGELES-- A man arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities found he was carrying a suitcase full of weapons could find out Friday whether he will remain behind bars or be freed. Harris was arrested last week during a stopover trip from Japan on his way to Boston.
WASHINGTON-- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a fiscal conservative and critic of federal handouts, has sought for his constituents in Wisconsin an expansion of food stamps, stimulus money, federally guaranteed business loans, grants to invest in green technology and money under President Barack Obama's health care reform law.
SOUTH BEND, Ind.-- A federal judge is scheduled to decide how long a former Indiana surgeon captured in Italy after five years on the run will spend in prison after pleading guilty to 22 counts of health care fraud. He was arrested on a mountain in Italy in December 2009, more than five years after he disappeared during a vacation.
NEW YORK-- It was an ad campaign conceived as eye candy to bring attention to other advertisements in New York's transit system. But the "Meet Miss Subways" beauty contest posters of pretty young New York women and their aspirations quickly evolved into a popular and even groundbreaking fixture that ran for 35 years, from 1941 to 1976..
MAYFIELD VILLAGE, OHIO-- Progressive Corp. on Friday declared a special dividend of $1 per share. The special dividend will return about $600 million to shareholders, President and CEO Glenn Renwick said in a statement. The Mayfield Village, Ohio, company also named Jeffrey D. Kelly to fill a vacant seat on its board.
WASHINGTON-- Anyone who paid attention to a hearing in Congress this week knew that the administration had been implored to beef up security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya before the deadly terrorist attack there. But in the vice presidential debate Thursday night, Joe Biden seemed unaware.
CHICAGO-- Just three weeks after the resolution of Chicago's first teachers' strike in a quarter-century, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's efforts to improve schools face more upheaval with the resignation of the public school system's CEO.
NEW YORK-- Fried chicken, that mainstay of comfort food, is getting the star treatment. Whoopi Goldberg was one of the event's co-hosts. He told The Associated Press on Thursday that he was planning to open a restaurant that would be serving fried chicken and other comfort food in New York City at the end of January 2013.
OKLAHOMA CITY-- Oklahoma-based Devon Energy Corp. says it will close its office in Houston and transfer operations to Oklahoma City. The oil and gas company has about 500 employees in its Houston office, which now serves as the operations center for Devon's oil and natural gas fields in south and east Texas and Louisiana.
LOS ANGELES-- AEG, the sports and entertainment giant that is up for sale, is making it easier to book concert and sports tickets for friends without having to pay for them all at once. The owner of Staples Center and the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings is rolling out the feature, called AXS Invite, at some of its owned and operated venues starting this month.
MINNEAPOLIS-- A Minnesota woman who may have received tainted steroid injections blamed for the nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis sued the drug seller on Thursday, though she hasn't been diagnosed with the rare illness.
NEW YORK-- It's comeuppance time for Anthony Bourdain. And by his tally, he deserves his lickings. "I figured I would actually have the easiest time of anyone," said Food Network star _ and longtime victim of Bourdain's verbal lashings _ Rachael Ray. "
BRUSSELS-- Here's how the European Union, which was given the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, and the United States compare:. EU: 4.3 million sq. kilometers. U.S.: 9.8 million sq. kilometers.
RADNOR, Pa.-- Oil and gas company Penn Virginia Corp. expects about $38 million in net proceeds from a public offering of $40 million of its common stock. Penn Virginia said that it also expects to net approximately $96 million from its preferred equity offering, after removing underwriting commissions and expenses.
LOS ANGELES-- AEG, the sports and entertainment giant that is up for sale, is making it easier to book concert and sports tickets for friends without having to pay for them all at once.
Investigators will determine if the problem is bad enough for Honda to recall the SUVs. The brakes can come on without drivers stepping on the pedal, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday. Honda says it's cooperating with the investigation and starting its own probe.