TOKYO, Dec 27- Japan's government approved on Saturday stimulus spending worth $29 billion aimed at helping the country's lagging regions and households with subsidies, merchandise vouchers and other steps, but analysts are sceptical about how much it can spur growth. The government said it expects the stimulus plan to boost Japan's GDP by 0.7 percent.» Read More
LITTLE FALLS, N.J.-- Cantel Medical Corp. said Thursday its net income more than doubled in the fiscal fourth quarter, helped by a tax benefit and stronger results from its endoscopy and water filtration units. Cantel, which anti-infection equipment for hospitals, said it earned $9.6 million, or 35 cents per share, in the three months ended July 31.
The court earlier ordered the seizure of the Argentine tall sailing ship at Tema harbor following judgments against Argentina issued by the United States District Court and supported by similar court rulings in the United Kingdom. Justice Richard Agyei-Frimpong said Thursday that Argentina had not shown why the injunction on the ship should be set aside.
NEW YORK-- Shares of coal mining companies surged Thursday and Dahlman Rose& Co. predicted that demand may be on the rise from steel manufacturers in China.
NEW YORK-- The nation's crude oil supplies increased last week, the government said Wednesday. Crude supplies grew by 1.7 million barrels, or 0.5 percent, to 366.4 million barrels, which is 8.5 percent above year-ago levels, the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report.
HONG KONG-- Hong Kong authorities said one woman has died and three others have been hospitalized after undergoing a beauty treatment involving blood transfusions. Hong Kong's Hospital Authority said a 46- year-old woman died Wednesday of septic shock after receiving the treatment at a beauty clinic.
STOCKHOLM-- Chinese writer Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, a cause of pride for a government that had disowned the only previous Chinese winner of the award, an exiled critic. The Swedish Academy, which selects the winners of the prestigious award, praised Mo's "hallucinatory realism" saying it "merges folk tales, history and the contemporary."
TORONTO-- The Canadian government announced Thursday it is extending its review period for the proposed $15.1 billion takeover of Nexen Inc. by Chinese state-owned CNOOC as it needed more time to conduct a "thorough" review of the deal _ China's biggest overseas energy acquisition.
BEIJING-- Cases of people being forcibly evicted from their homes and land have risen significantly in China, becoming the single greatest source of public discontent and a serious threat to the country's social and political stability, Amnesty International said Thursday. Forced demolitions have long been a way of life in China.
JOHANNESBURG-- Striking miners killed one man by setting him on fire Thursday while another was fatally shot, apparently by police, in rekindled labor unrest in South Africa that saw police firing tear gas and rubber bullets. The violence near an Anglo American Platinum mine has escalated since the company dismissed 12,000 striking miners on Friday.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- To all the girls and boys, makin' all that noise: Alice Cooper has found you some new toys. The heavy metal icon was in South Dakota on Wednesday to help kick-off a 6,000- square-foot rock `n' roll academy for local Boys& Girls Club members.
MIAMI-- A third victim of a massive parking garage collapse at a Miami college died Thursday morning, just hours after rescuers pulled him from beneath piles of twisted steel and crumbled concrete, police said. Samuel Perez, 53, had been trapped in the collapse Wednesday at Miami Dade College.
The agency reported Thursday it expects Kansas growers to harvest 82.5 million bushels of soybeans. The estimate for corn production in Kansas of 382.2 million bushels remains unchanged from last month.
The USDA now estimates that farmers will harvest 10.71 billion bushels of corn, down from last month's estimate of 10.73 billion bushels. The USDA said 69 percent of the nation's corn crop has been brought in from the fields as of Monday, more than double the average rate of the previous five years.
ALBANY, N.Y.-- The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets says a Brooklyn company is recalling herring fillets because they may be contaminated by listeria. The Four Seasons Dairy Inc., is recalling herring "Fillet Atlantic Recipe in Oil." The product, sold in the New York City area, was packaged in a 1- pound/500g, clear plastic tub with a white lid.
SALT LAKE CITY-- Utah's September foreclosure rate remains the 16th highest in the nation for a second month. Data released Thursday by RealtyTrac Inc. shows that one in every 903 Utah housing units saw a foreclosure filing in September. Florida, California, Illinois, Arizona and Nevada had the highest foreclosure rates in the nation in August.
Yongda Huang Harris, 28, was taken into custody at Los Angeles International Airport last week during a stopover on a trip from Japan, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed he was wearing the bulletproof vest under his trench coat, along with flame-retardant pants and knee pads.
BEREA, Ohio-- With as much purpose as any tackle he's ever made, Scott Fujita delivered a shot to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Angered by Goodell's handling of the New Orleans Saints' bounties scandal, Fujita accused the commissioner of misusing his power, questioned his record on player safety, and the Browns linebacker vowed to keep fighting to clear his name.
Pennsylvania's public employee pension system said Wednesday it will revoke Jerry Sandusky's $59,000 annual pension in the wake of his conviction and sentence in the child sexual abuse scandal.