LONDON, Nov 27- The Swiss franc sank to a five-year low against the dollar on Friday, hurt by speculation the Swiss National Bank would be forced to follow suit if official euro deposit rates are cut deeper into negative territory next week. The euro, under pressure all week from expectations the ECB will loosen policy further to enliven the euro zone economy, fell...» Read More
LONDON-- A Russian man has claimed responsibility for scrawling graffiti on a mural by modern American master Mark Rothko at London's Tate Modern museum, saying Monday he never intended to decrease the work's value. The defaced painting was one of a series intended to decorate the Four Seasons restaurant in New York.
WICHITA, Kan.-- Machinists at the Bombardier Learjet plant walked the picket line early Monday, while the Wichita, Kan.- based company said it will continue operations during the strike. Traffic at the only gate open for non-striking employees was backed up for more than three miles Monday morning as picketers briefly stopped cars that were attempting to enter.
Delta plans to add a flight between Seattle and Shanghai starting on June 17, 2013. Delta, which is based in Atlanta, is also proposing a flight between Seattle and Tokyo-Haneda, Japan, set to begin in March.
THE DEAL: U.S. health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc. will spend about $4.9 billion to buy a majority stake in Brazilian health benefits and care provider Amil Participacoes SA. THE TARGET: Amil Participacoes is Brazil's largest health insurer, with a network of providers that includes 3,300 hospitals and 44,000 doctors.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Targacept Inc. said Monday it will eliminate 26 jobs, or 38 percent of its staff positions, as it tries to cut more costs after its second significant drug failure of the year.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Vringo, which buys and licenses patents, jumped more than 16 percent in heavy trading Monday, after the company said it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against ZTE Corp.' s U.K. subsidiary.
ATHENS, Greece-- Greek police have increased security and are preparing to close down large sections of the capital Athens to contain protests against Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who is visiting the city Tuesday for talks with the country's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
CLERMONT, Ky.-- Bourbon fan Tim Allen started his day of sightseeing by sipping whiskeys crafted at a Jim Beam distillery. Where else are pre-lunch nips more commonplace than in Kentucky bourbon country?
LONDON-- He's taken heat for talking about moving from France to Belgium to avoid high taxes _ and now he's raising eyebrows with an honor from the British Queen. Bernard Arnault, the luxury goods chief who is France's wealthiest man, is set to receive an honorary knighthood in Britain.
SAN DIEGO-- Optimer Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday it is selling its remaining stake in its Taiwanese affiliate Optimer Biotechnology for $60 million. Optimer Pharmaceuticals plans to use the proceeds from the sale to fund marketing of its drug Dificid and for other general corporate purposes.
Citi Research analyst P.J. Juvekar said that could lead to more U.S. natural gas being exported to Mexico. Natural gas futures fell 2 cents to $3.38 per 1,000 cubic feet in morning trading Monday. That could affect North American producers like CF Industries Holdings Inc. and Agrium Inc..
DALLAS-- American Airlines parent AMR Corp. said Monday that a key revenue measure rose 4 percent in September although traffic declined as the carrier struggled with widespread flight delays and cancellations. American's improvement in the revenue statistic beat the results of several other large U.S. airlines.
DENVER-- A Denver brewery is offering a new beer with a kick. The Wynkoop Brewing Co. on Monday will begin offering customers a Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, but it doesn't contain shellfish. Rocky Mountain oysters are a delicate delicacy made from bull testicles.
BETHESDA, Md.-- Lockheed Martin is reorganizing a portion of its business and cutting about 200 jobs. Lockheed Martin Corp. previously announced that Marillyn Hewson, who currently leads the electronic systems division, will become president and chief operating officer on Jan. 1. Kubasik will become the CEO of Lockheed Martin at the start of the new year.
DEARBORN, Mich.-- AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have risen roughly 3 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.91 per gallon. Of the Michigan cities it surveys, AAA Michigan said the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel is in the Marquette area, where it's about $3.76 a gallon.
AUGUSTA, Maine-- There's a little good news at the pump for Maine motorists as the average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in the state has fallen more than two cents. Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reports Monday that gas dropped to $3.93 per gallon in Maine in the past week.
CHICAGO-- The city of Chicago has big plans for the walkway along the Chicago River. Emanuel calls the Chicago River the city's second shoreline. Emanuel says he's charged the Chicago Department of Transportation with finding creative ways to finance construction of the last six blocks of the walkway.
ATLANTA-- After a spike in crashes involving farm equipment last year, Georgia agriculture and highway safety officials are continuing an effort aimed at reducing such wrecks.
CARSON CITY, Nev.-- Nevada has launched a new website to help empower the state's youth in their job searches. The site is available at http://www.NevadaYouth.org and includes tips on resumes, cover letters and interviews. Brian Sandoval says Nevada's future depends on preparing youth, and is encouraging parents and teens to explore the site's resources.