PARIS, Jan 29- Steel pipe maker Vallourec plans to write down the value of its assets by 1- 1.2 billion euros, reflecting a drop in demand from oil company customers following the plunge in crude prices. Vallourec confirmed its June warning that underlying profits would fall by around 10 percent from a year earlier, but said the real concern lay ahead.» Read More
LOS ANGELES-- The price of gasoline equaled the all-time average high in California of $4.61 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced supply and a volatile market. AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge report released Saturday said the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded across California rose 12 cents from its Friday mark of about $4.49.
BERLIN-- A senior European Central Bank official is insisting that the bank can't help Greece by agreeing to roll over the government bonds it holds or accept lower interest rates. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who wants more time to enact reforms and budget cuts, has suggested the ECB could help that way.
LOS ANGELES-- California gas prices will increase for several more days before leveling off after a temporary reduction in supply triggered a price spike that saw fuming motorists paying $5 or more per gallon in some locations and station owners shutting down pumps in others.
BEIJING-- Foxconn Technology Group said Saturday that production at its central Chinese factory that makes Apple's iPhones was continuing without interruption, denying a labor watch group's report that thousands of workers at the plant had gone on strike.
The staffers who compute the U.S. unemployment rate work in an agency of the Labor Department. Officials who have overseen the work say it's prepared under tight security with no White House input or supervision. The only BLS employee appointed by the White House is the commissioner, who operates independently of the White House.
Thousands of miners have been laid off this year across Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, many with little hope of getting their jobs back as power plants and the coal mines that once fed them shut down.
WICHITA, Kan.-- The machinists union at Bombardier Learjet is recommending workers to reject a contract offer Saturday and vote to strike. Machinists union spokesman Bob Wood told The Wichita Eagle that a main sticking point is health insurance. The machinists union represents 825 hourly workers in Wichita.
AMSTERDAM-- The Netherlands' central bank president has reportedly explained why he broke ranks with German peer Jens Weidmann and agreed to support a European Central Bank plan to buy bonds issued by financially stressed governments such as Spain's.
BEIJING-- A labor watch group says thousands of workers at a Chinese factory that makes Apple's iPhones have gone on strike over increased quality control demands and having to work during an extended national holiday.
NEW YORK-- What do such disparate cultural icons as the Chrysler Building, the Dunkin' Donuts logo and Big Bird have in common? The private Brooklyn institution is kicking off the celebration with a gala Oct. 15 at the Waldorf- Astoria hotel, designed in 1929 by _ who else _ another Pratt alumnus.
QUITO, Ecuador-- An international arbitration body has ruled Ecuador should pay $1.769 billion to Occidental Petroleum Corp. for revoking the U.S. company's operating concession in 2006..
TULSA, Okla.-- About 450 mechanics and fleet service workers at American Airlines' Tulsa maintenance base will be laid off by February, the company and union officials announced Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO-- Nasdaq has told Diamond Foods Inc. that its failure to file its latest annual report on time is another factor that could lead to the delisting of the snack maker's shares from the Nasdaq Stock Market. The payments _ an estimated $20 million in 2010 and $60 million in 2011 _ skewed Diamond's financial results.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- Efforts are under way to speed up trade and travel between Canada and the United States, a move that could help North Dakota sell even more goods to its northerly neighbor, officials said Friday during a conference about the border.
LOS ANGELES-- California gas prices continued surging Friday, adding another 17 cents per gallon on average, and the increases are expected to continue for at least several more days, ensuring long lines and short tempers at pumps around the state.
SolarCity Corp., an installer of rooftop solar electric systems, on Friday filed initial paperwork for taking the company public in stock offering that could raise about $200 million. The company, based in San Mateo, Calif., will trade on the Nasdaq Global Market under the ticker symbol "SCTY."
BAD MEDICINE: The Food and Drug Administration has ordered operators of about 4,100 websites to immediately stop selling unapproved medications to U.S. consumers. FDA SHOT: Three companies that operate most of the sites have been sent warning letters ordering them to stop.
WASHINGTON-- Sasquatch might as well have traipsed across the White House lawn Friday with a lost Warren Commission file on his way to the studio where NASA staged the moon landing. Officials at the Labor Department said the jobs figures are calculated by highly trained government employees without any political interference.
FAIRFAX, Va.-- Mitt Romney was still celebrating his widely praised debate performance when the campaign lurched in a different direction. Incumbent and challenger alike campaigned in battleground states during the day, each man starting out in Virginia before the president headed for Ohio and Romney flew to Florida.
Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch set off a wave of conspiracy theories Friday by tweeting, "Unbelievable jobs numbers.. these Chicago guys will do anything.. can't debate so change numbers." "Chicago" refers to President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters. " _ "If there's anyone who knows about slashing American jobs, it's Jack Welsh.