BEIJING, Dec 29- Google Inc's Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world's biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame. Large numbers of Gmail web addresses were cut off in China on Friday, said GreatFire.org, a China- based freedom of speech advocacy group. Almost all of Google's...» Read More
LOS ANGELES-- Mitt Romney may want to reconsider his campaign strategy involving the pint-size voters of tomorrow. The Republican presidential candidate skipped the chance to take part in Nickelodeon's "Kids Pick the President" special that includes President Barack Obama, said Linda Ellerbee, the show's host and executive producer.
SAN FRANCISCO-- California has set a state record for gasoline prices _ but the hikes may be slowing. The highest average price in the state, at $4.75, is in the San Luis Obispo, Atascadero and Paso Robles area.
SAN FRANCISCO-- Exactly one month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are both declaring they will win a race for the White House that remains anything but clear. Their trails are crossing again in Ohio, the state that could decide the election, and signs of urgency are emerging from each campaign.
LONDON-- British police on Monday arrested the man who told journalists he was responsible for scrawling graffiti on a mural by modern American master Mark Rothko at London's Tate Modern museum.
NEW YORK-- Jim Lehrer said Monday that he accomplished precisely what he wanted to while moderating the first presidential debate: get Mitt Romney and Barack Obama talking to each other.
GENEVA-- Swiss private bank Julius Baer says it plans to cut about 1,000 jobs from Merrill Lynch's wealth management operations outside the United States following a deal to buy the unit from Bank Of America.
When the Kinect system was unleashed two years ago for the Xbox 360, there were promises that the camera-based, gesture-detecting gadget could turn users' bodies into paintbrushes, allow them to chat with a virtual lad named Milo, transform real-world skateboards into digital ones and transport wannabe Jedis to a galaxy far, far away.
HOUSTON-- MRC Global Inc. on Tuesday issued strong third-quarter financial guidance and raised the high end of its revenue prediction for the full year. The Houston- based global energy products distributor, which went public in April, said it expects to post third-quarter net income of between 45 cents and 52 cents per share.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.-- Sears expects to receive about $446.5 million in gross proceeds from an offering tied to the spinoff of its Hometown and Outlet stores. Sears Holdings Corp. had signaled in February that it would split off the companies as a separate publicly traded entity.
NEW YORK-- Stock futures were mixed Tuesday with a new outlook on the global economic landscape y providing markets with fewer reasons to overlook what is likely to be a weak quarter for many of the biggest U.S. corporations.
MADRID-- Spain's Red Cross is launching its first-ever public appeal for donations to help the growing number Spaniards in need of help because of the country's economic crisis. The agency helped some 2 million people in Spain last year, most of who were in need of food or money. Spain is in its second recession in three years with near 25 percent unemployment.
NEW YORK-- Sterne, Agee& Leach is boosting its ratings on Shoe Carnival, citing sales and better-than-expected store growth potential. Shoe Carnival already has 17 leases signed for next year and 10 others that are close to being signed, Poser said. Poser raised his rating on Shoe Carnival Inc. to "Buy" from "Neutral" and gave a $28 price target.
NEW YORK-- Investors are hoping to see a rebound in profit from operations in China when Yum Brands Inc. reports its fiscal third-quarter earnings after Tuesday's closing bell. The China business had strong sales growth in the quarter, but inflation reduced its profit.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner met Tuesday with India's finance minister to discuss lowering trade and investment barriers just weeks after the Indian government started a drive to reignite the nation's declining economic growth.
TOKYO-- Sales of Japanese vehicles nosedived in China during September as anti-Japanese sentiment flared over a territorial dispute that threatens to hobble what was a booming business relationship between Japan and its biggest export market.
But the high-pitched row between Beijing and Tokyo over their ownership is exacting a growing toll on Japan, threatening to send its recovery from last year's disasters into reverse.
LUXEMBOURG-- European Union finance ministers grappled Tuesday with how to support their struggling banks and ensure that failing financial institutions don't have the power to drag down entire countries with them.
WOODLAND PARK, N.J.-- Chemical coating maker Cytec Industries Inc. said Tuesday it has agreed to sell its coating resins business to private equity firm Advent International for $1.03 billion.
PHILADELPHIA-- Destination Maternity said Tuesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter revenue dipped slightly, but the results still managed to beat Wall Street's expectations. Destination Maternity said that its quarterly revenue fell less than 1 percent to $128.5 million.
NEW YORK-- Small business owners are growing more pessimistic. A survey released Tuesday by the National Federation of Independent Business shows that owners became more pessimistic during September as employment and sales remained weak. The NFIB's index of owner optimism fell 0.1 point to 92.8.