*Continental shares underperform Britain's FTSE. LONDON, Dec 19- Continental European stocks edged lower on Friday as a late advance was hindered by Swiss drugmaker Roche after two of its major drugs failed tests, with Italian banks under pressure from a downgrade by S&P. However, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares, which was boosted by a 1.2...» Read More
NEW YORK-- Shares of Clearwire Corp., which operates a wireless data network, hit a 52- week high after Japan's Softbank Corp. agreed to pay $20.1 billion for a 70 percent stake in Sprint Nextel Corp.. THE SPARK: Sprint owns 48 percent of Clearwire but doesn't control its board. It's also Clearwire's biggest customer, reselling access to its network as " Sprint 4 G."
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia-- Southeast Asia's top budget carrier AirAsia said Monday it has aborted an $80 million deal to buy Indonesia's Batavia Air because it will be too risky for shareholders. Our aggressive focus in Indonesia remains and we will push our Indonesian IPO plans while still maintaining close co-operation with Batavia Air. "
WASHINGTON-- Asia's top powers have doubled defense spending in the past decade, spurred by the explosion in military expenditure by China, new research shows. The research covers China, Japan, India, South Korea and Taiwan, which account for some 87 percent of Asia's defense spending.
BALTIMORE-- Millennial Media Inc. raised its third-quarter revenue forecast Monday on increasing demand, but the mobile advertising company said it expects to post a net loss for its third quarter. The Baltimore- based company anticipates revenue of $46.5 million to $47 million, up from its prior outlook of $43.5 million to $45 million.
CHICAGO-- Economists foresee only tepid growth for the coming year, with unemployment back above 8 percent for the first half of 2013.. The quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economists released Monday predicts growth will be weak overall but should slowly accelerate through 2013..
BANGKOK-- Asian stock markets fell Monday as hopes dimmed for aggressive moves by China to stimulate its slowing economy.
Students walking to their apartments might encounter executives heading to a conference on Cornell NYC Tech's park-like campus on Roosevelt Island, according to a plan being submitted Monday for a city review.
All three parties promised radical policy changes, including increased wages and lower taxes, while the Social Democrats said that Lithuania should postpone introducing the euro until Europe could straighten out its current financial mess.
SAN FRANCISCO-- Corrosion that went unchecked _ the suspected cause of a fire at Chevron Corp.' s Richmond refinery in August _ has been linked to a fire at the plant in October 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.
VILNIUS, Lithuania-- Opposition populists and leftists in crisis-worn Lithuania hinted they were prepared to form a government coalition after an exit poll late Sunday indicated their parties would take first and second place in the country's parliamentary elections.
BRUSSELS-- The leader of a separatist party won the race to become mayor of Antwerp, Europe's second biggest port city, and vowed Sunday to use the power base to seek wider autonomy for Belgium's wealthy Dutch-speaking region of Flanders.
Gibbs Sports Amphibians says its new Quadski, which can drive on land as well as in the water, will go on sale before the end of this year. _ PRICE: The company says it will cost around $40,000. Dealerships will be concentrated in New York, Boston, the Great Lakes, Florida and Texas.
DETROIT-- Amphibious vehicles could soon be zooming out of James Bond's garage _ or pond _ and into yours. Michigan- based Gibbs Sports Amphibians Inc. hopes to sell the vehicle worldwide by 2014.. It's sort of magic, "the founder of Gibbs Sports Amphibians, Alan Gibbs, told The Associated Press in a recent interview.
VILNIUS, Lithuania-- An exit poll shows that Lithuania's ruling conservative coalition is poised to muster 25 percent of the vote in Sunday's parliamentary election and a populist party will finish first with nearly 20 percent.
BRUSSELS-- The leader of a separatist party has won the race to become mayor of Antwerp, Europe's second biggest port city, and vowed to use the power base to seek wider autonomy for Belgium's wealthy Dutch-speaking region of Flanders.
LONDON-- Several supporters of the anti-corporate Occupy movement chained themselves to the pulpit of St. Paul's Cathedral during a service Sunday in an action marking the anniversary of its now-dismantled protest camp outside the London landmark.
TOLEDO, Ohio-- Long before smartphones turned so many of us into amateur photographers and revolutionized how we depict each other through social media, there were the works of French Impressionist Edouard Manet.
BRUSSELS-- Early results from Belgian municipal elections Sunday showed widespread gains for a separatist party that is seeking autonomy for the wealthy Dutch-speaking region of northern Flanders.
CONCORD, N.H.-- Public policy experts estimate that New Hampshire could net more than $50 million a year if it builds a casino in the southern part of the state. Moore, a 43- year-old sales manager from Seabrook, gambles at Connecticut casinos about four times a year, dropping roughly $250 per visit.
LOS ANGELES-- Federal regulators failed to pursue recalls after they found cadmium-tainted jewelry on store shelves, despite their vow to keep the toxic trinkets out of children's hands, an Associated Press investigation shows.