NEW YORK— A Latvian computer code writer who helped create a virus that spread to more than a million computers worldwide and corrupted some at NASA may be returning home soon after pleading guilty to a federal charge on Friday. Deniss Calovskis, soft-spoken and bespectacled, pleaded guilty in Manhattan to conspiring to commit computer intrusion.» Read More
NEW YORK-- Downbeat reports from Alcoa and Chevron at the start of corporate earnings season pulled stock indexes lower for a third straight day Wednesday. Alcoa, the aluminum producer, beat Wall Street's earnings estimates on Tuesday night but said it expects a slowdown in China to weaken demand for aluminum.
A small Coke bottler in Minnesota says it's stopping production of the bottles, which customers could return to get back a 20- cent deposit. The company in Winona, Minn., had been refilling the returnable bottles since 1932 but said it no longer makes business sense to continue doing so.
NEW YORK-- FedEx Corp., the world's second-largest package delivery company, on Wednesday detailed its plan to boost profit by $1.7 billion annually by shedding jobs, aircraft and underused assets. FedEx aims to reach that goal within three years through cost cuts and efficiency improvements.
LOS ANGELES-- California gas prices dipped half a penny Wednesday, leaving experts split on where they will go next. Gas prices went up 50 cents a gallon between Oct. 1 and Oct. 8, from $4.168 to $4.668, the largest one-week price spike in California history, said AAA spokesman Avery Ash.
BOSTON-- Netflix will offer closed captions on all TV and movie content by 2014 after a deaf Massachusetts viewer sued the company. A Netflix spokesman says the company is an industry leader and offering high quality captioning on the more than 1,000 devices on which Netflix is available is a "tall order."
TWO BAD REPORTS: Alcoa beat Wall Street earnings estimates but cut its demand expectation for the year, mostly because of a slowdown in China. Chevron said slumping oil prices and production would hurt its earnings. WAL-MART GREETS A RECORD: Wal-Mart Stores surged $1.28 to $75.42 and touched an all-time high, $76.81.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- The CEO of a bankrupt southern Kentucky oil company was indicted Wednesday on federal charges that he failed to pay more than $1.6 million in taxes over two years and with making false statements to a licensed gun dealer.
WABASH, Ind.-- An energy drink maker is planning a $25 million expansion that's expected to bring up to 200 new jobs to a northern Indiana city. Living Essentials, the producer of 5- hour ENERGY, announced Wednesday it would build and equip a plant in Wabash with a total of 1 million square feet to be added in phases.
THE CHALLENGE: The leaders of France and Spain said Wednesday that the 17 countries that use the euro already have all the tools they need to solve their debt crisis and now must put their promises into action.
NEW YORK-- The Dow Jones industrial average is finishing sharply lower after downbeat reports from two stocks in the average, Alcoa and Chevron. Alcoa, the aluminum company, beat Wall Street earnings estimates on Tuesday night but cut its demand expectation for the year, mostly because of a slowdown in China.
NEW YORK-- DRINK UP: A small Coke bottler in Minnesota says it will no longer make the 6.5- ounce returnable, glass bottles it had been making since 1932.. The Coca-Cola Co. notes that its 8- ounce recyclable glass bottles are nearly identical and still widely available.
BAG O' HURT: Thousands of motorists may be driving cars and trucks installed with dangerous counterfeit bags and they should have them replaced at their own expense, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. :In government tests last month of 11 counterfeit bags, 10 failed to inflate properly or didn't inflate at all.
NEW YORK-- The fall TV season has claimed its first victim: the CBS series "Made in Jersey." CBS announced Wednesday the legal drama had been pulled from the Friday lineup after just two airings. The network, which is part of CBS Corp., is replacing it with the fourth season of the reality series "Undercover Boss," starting Nov. 2.
STEADY GOLD: The price of gold rose 10 cents an ounce to $1,765.10 on a rough day for the broader financial markets. SEESAW CRUDE: Oil closed down $1.14 to $91.25 per barrel. AG REPORT: Grain investors are waiting for a report Thursday from the Agriculture Department on world supply and demand.
John Lynch said Wednesday that New Hampshire is in pretty good financial shape after achieving a $13.8 million budget surplus in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
HARRISBURG, Pa.-- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a permit for a new electric power plant that will be supplied at least partly with locally produced natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.
Carmen Wilkerson ran for mayor of St. George with one clear goal in mind for the tiny Missouri town: Get rid of it. In 2008, St. George _ known as a local speed trap _ had spent $200,000 more than it took into its coffers, according to county records. In its budget woes, St. George is far from alone.
In the end, it was the reluctance of governments in Germany, Britain and France that led to the demise of the $45 billion deal that would have combined Britain's BAE Systems, with EADS NV, of Germany and France. Questions were also raised about what the deal would do to the delicate balance that Germany and France have achieved in EADS after years of bickering.
NEW YORK-- Shares of AuRico Gold surged more than 17 percent on Wednesday, as the Canadian gold mining company announced that it is selling the Ocampo mine, adjacent exploration projects and half of the Orion development project for $750 million.