TOKYO, July 30- Asian shares were subdued while the dollar held steady near an eight-month high against the euro on Wednesday, as investors awaited key U.S. data as well as a U.S. The Fed will not be updating its economic forecasts and Chair Janet Yellen will not hold a press conference, keeping investors' focus squarely on the statement.» Read More
ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York is being recognized for being an energy-efficient state. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy rated New York No. 3 behind Massachusetts and California in its state-by-state scorecard for energy efficiency released Wednesday.
DULUTH, Ga.-- Life insurance company Primerica agreed to buy back approximately 2.1 million shares of its common stock from private equity firm Warburg Pincus for just over $60 million. Primerica Inc. said Thursday that it agreed to pay $28.74 per share for the stock, which was where it closed on Wednesday.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.-- Penn State won't increase football season ticket prices or current donation levels in 2013, and announced tweaks to guidelines including a lower, $200 level of giving for booster-club members.
FRANKFURT, Germany-- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi nudged Spain and its European partners to take up bank's offer of help with the country's high debt costs, reassuring Madrid that the conditions for getting the assistance "don't need to be punitive."
BERLIN-- Germany's BASF SE says it plans to cut about 400 jobs at its construction chemicals business as it adjusts to a slump in building in parts of Europe. BASF said Thursday that it aims to offer the affected employees jobs elsewhere in the company "wherever possible."
PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling might have to sell or give up the famed blood-stained sock he wore on the team's way to the 2004 World Series championship to cover millions of dollars in loans he guaranteed to his failed video game company.
NEW DELHI-- India's finance minister says the Cabinet has endorsed higher levels of foreign investment in insurance and pension funds as part of a second wave of economic reforms in less than a month. Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said Thursday the government also approved changes to laws governing competition and company structures.
SANTA FE, N.M.-- New Mexico's Court of Appeals has ruled against a group of current and former Hobbs residents who sued an oil company because of illnesses and other damages. The court on Tuesday upheld a Lea County District Court decision not to grant a new trial in the case against Shell Oil Co. and Shell Western Exploration and Production Inc..
BERLIN-- Sportswear maker Adidas AG says it's looking into the possibility of setting up an industry fund to help workers in poor countries who are left with no income when suppliers' factories close. Clothing and sportswear companies have faced criticism from labor union groups and others over conditions at suppliers in developing countries.
LONDON-- Financial markets remained subdued Thursday as investors were reluctant to stake out positions ahead of key U.S. jobs data. The monthly U.S. nonfarm payrolls report, due Friday, is the week's main event in the markets following Thursday's monthly policy meeting of the European Central Bank.
PLEASONTON, Calif.-- Ross Stores Inc. on Thursday reported a sales figure that topped Wall Street expectations, and the discount store operator raised its outlook for third-quarter earnings. Earnings per share for the current quarter are now expected to be in the range of 70 cents to 71 cents, up from the previous guidance of 63 cents to 66 cents.
Peter Shumlin has set up an independent commission to review the siting of electric power generating projects including wind farms in Vermont.
SAN MATEO, Calif.-- WageWorks Inc. said Thursday that it will sell an additional 1 million shares of its stock, and company shareholders will sell 5 million shares. WageWorks provides employee spending account benefits programs which went public in May.
WASHINGTON-- Orders to U.S. factories fell in August, mostly because of a sharp drop in volatile aircraft orders. The decline offset an increase in orders that reflect corporate investment plans. The Commerce Department said Thursday that factory orders fell 5.2 percent in August, the biggest drop in more than three years.
NEW YORK-- An encouraging report on the labor market and better sales from Costco and other retail stores helped push the stock market higher Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 65 points to 13,559 shortly after 11:30 a.m. Bank of America led the 30 stocks in the Dow with a 3 surge, rising 26 cents to $9.37.
DETROIT-- The union for striking Detroit Water and Sewerage Department workers says it will continue the walkout until the city gives amnesty to 34 workers threatened with firing. The union struck Sunday to protest Detroit's plan to downsize the department and eliminate most of the jobs in the department over several years.
The boozy reality TV series about a group of self-proclaimed "guidos" and "guidettes" cohabiting in a run-down Seaside Heights, N.J., party house is winding down as its sixth _ and MTV promises final _ season gets under way almost three years after it debuted and became a pop-cultural situation spawning catchphrases, punch lines, hairdos and tabloid fodder.
BOSTON-- Tax collections in Massachusetts fell short of benchmarks for a third straight month, the state revenue department reported Wednesday, prompting officials to examine whether revenue projections for the current fiscal year should be thrown out.