HONG KONG— A popular Hong Kong pro-democracy website has closed, citing political pressure. It's the latest sign of mounting tensions over Beijing's desire to hobble democratic reforms in the semiautonomous Chinese city, with activists threatening to shut down Hong Kong's heart with a major rally.» Read More
Manning and Hardaway join a minority group that includes singer and actor Justin Timberlake and a couple of Memphis businessmen, the person told The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because Pera's purchase of the Grizzlies is pending approval by the NBA.
SPOKANE, Wash.-- Clearwater Paper Corp. said Friday that it has named Linda Massman as its next CEO. The company also said Friday that its vice chairman and lead director of the board, Boh Dickey, will take over as chairman of the board beginning Jan. 1. Clearwater Paper, based in Spokane, Wash., makes tissue, paperboard and pulp.
South Korea's Kospi added 0.3 percent to 1,997.84 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.2 percent to 20,958.21. Benchmarks in Taiwan and New Zealand also rose. Later in the day, the Bank of Japan will announce the outcome of its two-day policy meeting.
The lawsuit, filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, claims that the $150 annual fee being assessed on 825,000 rural properties is actually an illegal tax that required a two-thirds vote of the Legislature rather than the simple majority vote it received in 2011. Targeted property owners began receiving the tax bills in August.
NEW YORK-- Jay-Z is live-streaming the last of his eight concerts at New York City's Barclays Center for the launch of his new YouTube channel. The rapper announced Thursday his performance at the new Brooklyn sports arena will be live-streamed on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.
LOS ANGELES-- In an Oct. 3 story about the James Bond franchise, The Associated Press erroneously reported that all of MGM's owners booked a loss on $5 billion in loans to the studio backing the franchise. In fact, whether the owners gain or lose in the deal will depend on how much they can reap from their ownership stakes and for how much they obtain the bonds.
SAN FRANCISCO-- Landscaping business owner Sebastian Figueredo stood Thursday at a Union 76 gas station near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, holding his phone up high so he could get a photo of the price sign.
MINUTES COUNT: Federal Reserve officials spent time at their Sept. 12-13 meetings exploring ways to provide a clearer signal on when they might raise interest rates.
FORT WORTH, Texas-- American Airlines is cancelling dozens of flights as it scrambles to fix seats that could pop loose during flight.
NEW YORK-- Arbor Realty Trust Inc. said Thursday that it plans to sell 3.5 million shares of its stock. Arbor Realty plans to use the proceeds to make investments, repurchase or pay liabilities and for general corporate purposes. Arbor Realty had 27.7 million shares on the market as of Aug. 3.
NEW YORK-- Starbucks Corp. is testing a variety of toasty croissants and baked goods in nine San Francisco stores, with plans to eventually expand distribution nationally. Lisa Passe, a spokeswoman for Starbucks, noted that this was an operational test to see how stores would handle deliveries and warming up the items.
to Warner Bros. in a three-year deal that puts digital copies of its newer titles for sale on Warner's Flixster online movie service.
NEW YORK-- Summary of revenue at stores open at least a year in September for drugstore chains, with percentage increase or decrease over the same month last year. These figures are a key indicator of a retailer's health because they exclude revenue at newly opened stores. Rite Aid Corp. -0.7 pct.
NEW YORK-- Summary of revenue at stores open at least a year in September for department store chains, with percentage increase or decrease over the same month last year. These figures are a key indicator of a retailer's health because they exclude revenue at newly opened stores. Bon-Ton Stores Inc. 0.6 pct.
The Buckle Inc. -0.8 pct. Ross Stores Inc. 5 pct. Stein Mart Inc. 2.4 pct.
NEW YORK-- Summary of revenue at stores open at least a year in September for discount chains, with percentage increase or decrease over the same month last year. These figures are a key indicator of a retailer's health because they exclude revenue at newly opened stores. Costco Wholesale Corp. 6 pct.
Fortis Inc. is a step closer to completing its acquisition of CH Energy Group Inc. following the expiration of an antitrust waiting period, the companies said Thursday. Fortis said in February that it planned to buy CH Energy in a roughly $1.5 billion deal that marked the Canadian utility's entry into the regulated U.S. electric and gas distribution market.
NEW YORK-- Dave& Buster's Entertainment Inc. said Thursday that it is withdrawing its proposed initial public offering because of unfavorable market conditions. Dave& Buster's, based in Dallas, registered its IPO in July 2011, saying it expected to sell $150 million in stock.
OLYMPIA, Wash.-- The state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that the state's hazardous substances tax is constitutional.