*Shanghai copper gets lift via upbeat China economic survey. SYDNEY, Dec 18- London copper was lower on Thursday, shedding modest overnight gains in step with weaker oil, while Shanghai copper futures ended flat, stabilised by a positive economic survey of Chinese companies. Sales, profits, and employment in China improved "a bit" during the second half of the year,...» Read More
WASHINGTON-- The federal budget deficit has topped $1 trillion for a fourth straight year. The Treasury Department said Friday that the deficit for the 2012 budget year totaled $1.1 trillion.
A Thursday bankruptcy court hearing involving retired Atlanta police Detective Jaqueline Barber's home in Fayetteville did not go her way, said Tim Franzen, a leader of Occupy Our Homes ATL. Franzen said more than 30 people were camped out in the yard on Friday, and several of the officers who worked with Barber on the Atlanta force joined the effort.
Shares of online travel companies fell Friday after Travelzoo Inc. warned investors that its third-quarter profit would likely shrink 40 percent from the prior year. Online travel companies such as Travelzoo, Expedia Inc. and Priceline.com Inc. are in intense competition for customers, who remain somewhat cautious about their spending.
PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A nonprofit that promotes urban ecology in part through environmental job training has transformed a contaminated lot in Providence into a nursery with 300 trees. Groundwork Providence on Friday morning marked the opening of the Hope Tree Nursery in the city's Elmwood section.
BOISE, Idaho-- The lawyer for a would-be Tamarack Resort buyer under federal indictment wants off the fraud case, citing deep communication problems over legal strategy and a potential conflict of interest.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Sears Holdings Corp.' s spinoff of its Hometown and Outlet Stores are rising on their debut trading day. The Hoffman Estates, Ill., company, which runs Kmart and Sears stores, had signaled in February that it would split off Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. as a separate publicly traded entity.
Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,411 rigs were exploring for oil and 422 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained four rigs while Alaska, New Mexico and Oklahoma gained one apiece. Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming lost one rig apiece.
NEW YORK-- Shares of LinnCo LLC, a subsidiary of oil and natural gas developer Linn Energy LLC, rose nearly 4 percent in its first day of trading on the Nasdaq. The Houston company raised about $1.1 billion in its initial public stock offering, selling 30.3 million shares for $36.50 each. Trading under the "LNCO" symbol, shares added $1.30 to $37.80 in afternoon trading.
UnitedHealth Group Inc. has spoiled the surprise for investors by already stating that its third-quarter net income will top Wall Street expectations, but the nation's largest health insurer will release more details on Tuesday.
They fault President Barack Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency for new clean air rules they deride as a devastating blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that has been the lifeblood of Appalachia for generations.
JOHANNESBURG-- A strike by 20,000 truckers in South Africa ended Friday with an agreement to increase wages, said the strikers' union. The truckers signed a three-year wage deal that gives them a 10 percent pay raise in the first year, said Vincent Masoga, spokesman for the South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union.
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The Greenbrier resort is buying one of the nation's oldest golf courses after it failed to sell at auction over the summer, the resort's owner told The Associated Press on Friday. Greenbrier owner Jim Justice confirmed the purchase of Oakhurst Links.
But this isn't the first time Congress has pushed for more authority over the industry. And with a gridlocked Congress at its most unproductive in decades, experts don't expect to see new laws passed anytime soon.