SYDNEY, Dec 19- London copper futures inched up in early trade on Friday as oil prices climbed, while Shanghai futures dipped on gloomy Chinese housing data. *The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slipped 0.44 percent to 4,5340 yuan a tonne. *China's top refined lead producer Henan Yuguang Lead and Gold Ltd has cut its output by up to 30...» Read More
Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher earned three bids apiece. Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, fun., Gotye, J. Cole, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, and Pitbull are each double nominees. Drake, Bieber, Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Rihanna are also in the running for artist of the year.
DALLAS-- Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus rolled out its annual holiday catalog Tuesday, and the priciest gift this year is a pair of "his and hers" timepieces for just over $1 million from Van Cleef& Arpels.
NEW YORK-- The tickers of coal companies occupied the top of the Standard and Poor's 500 index Tuesday, with investors seeing a potential for miners to capitalize on cooler temperatures and higher natural gas prices.
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio-- Josh Mandel, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, declines to take a stand on the 2009 bailout of the auto industry and reserves judgment on vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's plans for Medicare.
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill.-- Vasco Data Security lowered its full-year revenue forecast Monday due to lower orders from the banking industry. Vasco said that it expects revenue in the range of $150 million to $157 million for 2012. That's down from its forecast of revenue of $175 million or more that it issued in July.
WASHINGTON-- A top Senate Democrat said Tuesday that tax rates on the wealthy should go up and that tax breaks benefiting the middle class must be preserved.
JERUSALEM-- A boat carrying pro-Palestinian advocates from eight countries is en route to Gaza in the latest attempt to break Israel's naval blockade on the coastal territory, an activist on board said Tuesday. Dror Feiler, an Israeli on the boat, said it left Naples on Sunday and aims to reach Gaza in mid-October.
Thirty-seven years in the making, the $160 million national soccer center at Burton-upon-Trent in central England will be the permanent home for all 24 of England's senior and junior teams and the training base for aspiring coaches.
SOCHI, Russia-- With the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics less than 500 days away, IOC officials are back in Russia to check on preparations in Sochi. The IOC coordination commission began a three-day visit to the Black Sea resort Tuesday to inspect progress in construction, transportation, accommodation and other key areas.
LONDON-- The International Cricket Council has launched an "urgent investigation" following allegations by an Indian television station that several umpires were willing to fix matches for money.
The slide comes on the five-year anniversary of record high closes for the Dow and S&P 500. After the closing bell, Alcoa becomes the first major U.S. company to report third-quarter results. Investors expect overall earnings to decline for S&P 500 companies.
NEW YORK-- Airport services provider ABM Industries Inc. said Tuesday that it reached a deal to buy Air Serv Corp. for about $158 million in cash. The company provides facility management services for airlines and freight companies at over 50 airports throughout the U.S. and United Kingdom. ABM shares fell 1 cent to $18.29 in morning trading.
The amusement park in Arlington on Tuesday announced plans to implode the 200- foot-tall Texas Chute Out. Park officials say the implosion will happen Wednesday afternoon but Arlington city officials have asked that the exact time not be made public. Six Flags Over Texas is operated by Six Flags Entertainment Corp..