TAIPEI, Taiwan— Authorities in Taiwan's second biggest city are focusing their investigation on a petrochemical firm after a series of gas pipeline explosions ripped streets apart and flung cars into the air, killing 27 people and injured 267 others.» Read More
ECONOMICS PRIZE: Two American scholars won the Nobel economics prize Monday for work that has helped match young doctors with hospitals, students with New York City public schools and even men with women in marriage.
COLLAPSE: Slovenia was once a star among the eastern European states that joined the European Union after communism's fall. :Slovenia could become the sixth member of the eurozone, and the first among the bloc's former socialist countries, to need an emergency bailout to avoid bankruptcy.
MORE AUSTERITY: Portugal's government announced sharp tax increases for next year that risk worsening a recession and stoking public discontent. The budget for 2013 takes away the equivalent of a month's wages from many workers. More than a decade of meager growth compelled Portugal to ask for a $101 billion rescue last year to avert bankruptcy.
STOCKING UP: U.S. companies restocked their shelves at a solid pace in August while sales rose for a second straight month. The combination should help to boost economic growth. THE DETAILS: Business inventories grew 0.6 percent in August following a July gain of 0.8 percent that had been the strongest since January, the Commerce Department said Monday.
Recent data released by the Department of Education shows that students at for-profit schools have the highest default rates on student loans.
A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the IRS can subpoena banks for the records, despite the Miccosukee tribe's claims that it is protected by sovereign immunity.
BOSTON-- College savings plans offered through the states of Alaska, Maryland, Nevada and Utah earned top marks from Morningstar Inc. in the company's annual update to ratings of so-called 529 plans.
TRENTON, N.J.-- New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney says minimum wage increases should not be decided by politicians. It would ask voters to raise the wage by $1, to $8.25 per hour, and tie yearly increases to national economic data, called indexing. The Gloucester County Democrat says he decided to try to amend the constitution after Gov.
NEW YORK-- An Oppenheimer& Co. analyst downgraded shares of Celgene Corp. on Monday, saying he thinks the biotechnology company is getting ready to make some pricey new acquisitions. Peaker said he expects continued growth in sales of the cancer drug Revlimid, Celgene's biggest product, in the coming years.
Harris Corp.' s shares fell in trading Monday after a Lazard Capital Markets analyst downgraded his rating on the communication and information technology company's stock, citing worries about weaker revenue.
The FDA is not required to follow the drug panel's advice, though it often does. The disease occurs in about 1 in every 1 million people in the U.S., according to the FDA. The FDA said in its review that 69 percent of patients in a company trial lowered their bad cholesterol by about 15 percent after 26 weeks taking the drug.
The Commerce Department said Monday that retail sales rose 1.1 percent in September to $412.9 billion. Traders are looking ahead to a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels later this week. The dollar rose to 78.70 Japanese yen from 78.38 Japanese yen and to 0.9340 Swiss franc from 0.9329 Swiss franc.
LISBON, Portugal-- Portugal's government is taking the bailed-out country deeper into austerity, announcing Monday sharp tax increases next year that risk worsening a recession and stoking public discontent. The government says the measures are needed to cut the national debt as Portugal strives to restore its financial health.
Pennsylvania state officials said Monday about $200 million worth of impact fees from the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling industry are about to be sent out, with the largest portion being directed to counties where the drilling occurred. _ Clearfield County, $1.15 million. _ Fayette County, $1.45 million.
MADISON, Wis.-- The majority of Wisconsin public school districts will see less money in state aid this year. The state Department of Public Instruction said Monday that 64 percent of districts, or 272 out of 424, will get less money than they did last school year.
ABINGDON, Va.-- A grand jury in Virginia has returned charges against five West Virginia men for an alleged scheme to withdraw more than $10 million in cash from financial institutions to pay kickbacks to mine supply buyers. In exchange for a 10 percent fee, J.D. "Dot" McReynolds of Tazewell, Va., provided cash and fraudulent invoices to the coal operators.
NEW YORK-- Shares of New Oriental Education& Technology Group climbed more than 5 percent Monday as an analyst raised her rating on the Chinese education company because of the likelihood of a favorable outcome from an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
GROSSETO, Italy-- A theater in Italy turned into a courtroom Monday, providing extra space for all those who needed to hear the evidence against the captain of a shipwrecked cruise ship.
Citigroup, the country's third-largest bank, on Monday turned in a third-quarter performance that beat Wall Street expectations and pushed its stock higher. Gerspach also wasn't too certain that an upturn in mortgages, which dominated earnings reports from JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo last week, would be enough to rescue a struggling economy.