CARACAS, Feb 28- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had captured American citizens involved in "espionage activities," and said U.S. citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to the OPEC nation. Speaking during a rally, he said his government will prohibit some U.S. officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for...» Read More
TRENTON, N.J.-- New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney says minimum wage increases should not be decided by politicians. It would ask voters to raise the wage by $1, to $8.25 per hour, and tie yearly increases to national economic data, called indexing. The Gloucester County Democrat says he decided to try to amend the constitution after Gov.
NEW YORK-- An Oppenheimer& Co. analyst downgraded shares of Celgene Corp. on Monday, saying he thinks the biotechnology company is getting ready to make some pricey new acquisitions. Peaker said he expects continued growth in sales of the cancer drug Revlimid, Celgene's biggest product, in the coming years.
Harris Corp.' s shares fell in trading Monday after a Lazard Capital Markets analyst downgraded his rating on the communication and information technology company's stock, citing worries about weaker revenue.
The FDA is not required to follow the drug panel's advice, though it often does. The disease occurs in about 1 in every 1 million people in the U.S., according to the FDA. The FDA said in its review that 69 percent of patients in a company trial lowered their bad cholesterol by about 15 percent after 26 weeks taking the drug.
The Commerce Department said Monday that retail sales rose 1.1 percent in September to $412.9 billion. Traders are looking ahead to a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels later this week. The dollar rose to 78.70 Japanese yen from 78.38 Japanese yen and to 0.9340 Swiss franc from 0.9329 Swiss franc.
LISBON, Portugal-- Portugal's government is taking the bailed-out country deeper into austerity, announcing Monday sharp tax increases next year that risk worsening a recession and stoking public discontent. The government says the measures are needed to cut the national debt as Portugal strives to restore its financial health.
Pennsylvania state officials said Monday about $200 million worth of impact fees from the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling industry are about to be sent out, with the largest portion being directed to counties where the drilling occurred. _ Clearfield County, $1.15 million. _ Fayette County, $1.45 million.
MADISON, Wis.-- The majority of Wisconsin public school districts will see less money in state aid this year. The state Department of Public Instruction said Monday that 64 percent of districts, or 272 out of 424, will get less money than they did last school year.
ABINGDON, Va.-- A grand jury in Virginia has returned charges against five West Virginia men for an alleged scheme to withdraw more than $10 million in cash from financial institutions to pay kickbacks to mine supply buyers. In exchange for a 10 percent fee, J.D. "Dot" McReynolds of Tazewell, Va., provided cash and fraudulent invoices to the coal operators.
NEW YORK-- Shares of New Oriental Education& Technology Group climbed more than 5 percent Monday as an analyst raised her rating on the Chinese education company because of the likelihood of a favorable outcome from an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
GROSSETO, Italy-- A theater in Italy turned into a courtroom Monday, providing extra space for all those who needed to hear the evidence against the captain of a shipwrecked cruise ship.
Citigroup, the country's third-largest bank, on Monday turned in a third-quarter performance that beat Wall Street expectations and pushed its stock higher. Gerspach also wasn't too certain that an upturn in mortgages, which dominated earnings reports from JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo last week, would be enough to rescue a struggling economy.
Separately, the check-in system at Tam airlines, Brazil's biggest, was down for three hours early Monday at all locations around the world where the company operates, adding to the air transport chaos in Latin America's biggest nation.
NEW YORK-- The NHL and locked-out players' union will resume negotiations Tuesday in Toronto after a four-day break following two days of meetings last week. Discussions on how to divide hockey-related revenue took a back seat last week in New York when the league and union worked on secondary issues that also need to be resolved.
Last month's average temperature was 60.2 degrees Fahrenheit worldwide, which is 1.2 degrees above normal, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. NOAA climate monitoring chief Deke Arndt said it may be worth studying why September, more than other months, keeps setting world records.
SAN DIEGO-- Home prices in the San Francisco Bay area have risen to their highest level in four years. The San Diego research firm DataQuick reports Monday that the median price for Bay area homes last month was $429,000. It's also $139,000 higher than the mid-2009 low.
HOUSTON-- A former attorney in Houston who portrayed himself as a real estate investment tycoon has pleaded guilty in a $7.8 million Ponzi scheme. Federal prosecutors in Houston say 67- year-old Billy Frank Davis pleaded guilty Monday to wire fraud. Investigators say more than 20 investigators were scammed.
AUSTIN, Texas-- University of Texas regents approved a plan Monday to offer courses to students around the world through an advanced online platform alongside Harvard, MIT and the University of California-Berkeley.
PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A Rhode Island economist says he sees some "real strength" and possible momentum in the state's economy. University of Rhode Island Professor Leonard Lardaro said in his "Current Conditions Index" report for August that the state economy seems to be gaining momentum, along with the U.S. economy.