*Asia stocks steady; China up, Japan, Australia down. TOKYO, Sept 24- U.S. air strikes in Syria left Asian stock markets jaded on Wednesday, setting the stage for another soft session for European shares.» Read More
BEIRUT-- Syrian warplanes hammered a strategic city captured by rebels, leaving behind scenes of carnage captured Thursday on amateur videos that showed a man holding up two child-sized legs not connected to a body and another carrying a dismembered arm.
JACKSON, Miss.-- A line of severe storms packing strong winds and possible tornadoes swept across the Southeast overnight, injuring four people in Mississippi, downing power lines and trees and damaging homes around the region, authorities said early Thursday. At least six northern counties in Mississippi reported damage, Rent said.
OLYMPIA, Wash.-- Washington state is still adding jobs, but the growth in employment isn't as robust as it was a few months ago, officials said Wednesday. The state Employment Security Department said the unemployment rate dipped down to 8.5 percent in September from 8.6 percent in August.
BELFAST, Northern Ireland-- The first abortion clinic on the island of Ireland opened Thursday in Belfast, sparking protests by conservatives from both the Catholic and Protestant sides of Northern Ireland. That's the law in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, where abortion is otherwise illegal.
THE RESULTS: Philip Morris International Inc.' s third-quarter net income fell more than 6 percent to $2.23 billion, despite higher prices, as the company sold fewer cigarettes.
NAIROBI, Kenya-- More than 80 percent of people living in a conflict zone in Sudan's southern region are eating only one meal a day, compared with 10 percent one year ago, a U.S. advocacy group said Thursday, citing research collected from a region where aid groups aren't allowed to operate.
HONOLULU-- A state appeals court is upholding Honolulu's handling of a half-billion dollar contract for the construction of a commuter rail line. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation said Wednesday the Intermediate Court of Appeals affirmed the city's decision to disqualify one of the bidders, Bombadier Transportation USA, Inc..
JACKSON, Miss.-- The College Board stalled discussion of a $50- a-semester building fee on full-time students at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University, with members saying they want a committee to consider it.
HARRISBURG, Pa.-- A new state tax incentive designed to encourage companies to hire in Pennsylvania passed both chambers of the Legislature on Wednesday and was sent to Gov. "The beauty of this approach is that this is not revenue that is in the state currently," Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman, R- Centre, told colleagues. "
Catholic Health East of Newtown Square, and Trinity Health of Novi, Mich., announced Wednesday that they have signed a non-binding letter of intent to consolidate.
BOSTON-- Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump is urging the state to tighten up oversight of its MassHealth program.
ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- A South Korean company and five of its employees are accused in an indictment of stealing the recipe from the DuPont Co. to the high-tech fiber used to make Kevlar body armor, prosecutors announced Thursday.
CARRINGTON, N.D.-- The U.S. Treasury Department has provided $3.4 million to a group of 36 North Dakota cities to support loans to small businesses. Every $1 in federal money must be matched with $10 in private sector investment, which will lead to $34 million in private sector funding.
NEW ORLEANS-- The U.S. Department of Energy says it needs more time to consider an environmental group's objections to a Texas company's plans to build an export terminal for liquefied natural gas in southwest Louisiana.
NEW YORK-- Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend at least $10 million of his personal fortune promoting moderate candidates around the country in the final weeks before Election Day, he announced Wednesday, adding himself to the list of wealthy Americans pouring millions of dollars into the 2012 election.
LONDON-- Barclays PLC has set aside another 700 million pounds to compensate customers who bought payment protection insurance which they didn't need. The unscheduled announcement came ahead of the bank's third-quarter earnings report due on Oct. 31.
NEW YORK-- The stock market headed slightly lower on Thursday, following a leap in claims for unemployment benefits and weak results from American Express. The increase suggested that layoffs were increasing, however the Labor Department noted that there were technical reasons behind the swing, mainly delayed figures from one large state, California.
WASHINGTON-- The average U.S. rate on a 30- year fixed mortgage has fallen to near its record low set earlier this month. The rate on the most popular mortgage dipped to 3.37 percent from 3.39 last week, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday. Two weeks ago, the rate reached 3.36 percent, its lowest level on records dating to 1971..