IRVINE, Calif. _ Standard Pacific Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $57.2 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 15 cents per share. Standard Pacific shares have increased 22 percent since the beginning of the year.» Read More
WASHINGTON-- A federal appeals court in Washington is considering whether marijuana should be reclassified from its current status as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use.
AMSTERDAM-- Thieves broke into a Rotterdam museum on Tuesday and walked off with works from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse potentially worth hundreds of millions. "Those thieves got one hell of a haul," said Chris Marinello, who directs the Art Loss Register.
WARWICK, R.I.-- Rhode Island officials have announced $110 million in federal funds to pay for a runway extension project at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick. Lincoln Chafee, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, and the interim head of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, Peter Frazier, discussed the plan Tuesday afternoon at a news conference at the airport.
CITY OF LOVE: The transformation of Batumi, an ancient city of 180,000 near the Turkish border, is a vivid example of Georgia's drive to capitalize on its tourism potential, boosting the economy of an ex-Soviet nation where roughly one person in five lives in poverty.
NEW YORK-- In the latest effort to beat Amazon.com at its game, Target says that for the first time it will match prices that customers find on identical products at select online competitors this holiday season.
PROFIT DROP: Third-quarter net income dropped 7 percent for health care giant Johnson& Johnson, to $2.97 billion, or $1.05 per share, but after adjusting for one-time charges, it beat Wall Street expectations. SALES CLIMB: Revenue rose 6.5 percent to $17.05 billion.
NEW ORLEANS-- A federal magistrate judge has ordered NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to provide the court with documents related to the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said league officials have already discussed the order with Knowles and have agreed to comply.
INDIANAPOLIS-- The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and its musicians agreed a new contract Tuesday to end a weekslong lockout and clear the way for the resumption of concerts.
HAMILTON, Bermuda-- Hurricane Rafael is expected to unleash heavy winds and rain as it passes east of Bermuda late Tuesday en route to open sea, where it is expected to lose strength. It was located 225 miles south of Bermuda late Tuesday morning, moving north-northeast at 24 mph.
YOUNG AT WORK: Electronics manufacturer Foxconn said it found underage interns as young as 14 working at one of its factories in China. China's minimum legal working age is 16.. THE COMPANY: Foxconn, owned by Taiwan's Hon Hai, is best known as the manufacturer of Apple's iPhone but said the factory in question had no connection with its work for Apple.
Parliament must approve the measures within the next few weeks so that Greece can keep receiving bailout money it desperately needs to stay solvent.
THE DEAL: In Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son's latest mega-deal, the Japanese company is taking 70 percent stake in Sprint Nextel Corp. for $20 billion. THE DEAL-MAKER: The biggest foreign acquisition in the history of Japan Inc. underlines Son's unusual status in a corporate culture that has long favored stability over risk-taking.
Among the stock activity stories for Tuesday, Oct. 16, from AP Business News:. _ State Street Corp. shares rose on after the custody bank's third-quarter earnings topped Wall Street expectations due to expense cutting and growth in investment management revenue.
KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- Medical device maker Stryker Corp. said Tuesday that it reached a deal to buy privately held Surpass Medical Ltd. for $100 million in cash, plus up to $35 million in milestone payments.
Among the stock activity stories for Tuesday, Oct. 16, from AP Business News:. _ Shares of WD-40 Co. fell after the maker of spray lubricant and cleaning products reported disappointing quarterly results and a sharp decline in sales to European customers.
THE DEAL: A Hong Kong media magnate highly critical of China, Jimmy Lai, is selling one of his Taiwanese companies to a group headed by Jeffrey Koo Jr., a local businessman whose family has substantial interests on the mainland, for about $580 million.
NEW YORK-- Share of Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. climbed Tuesday after the hedge fund Deerfield Management Co. disclosed a stake in the beleaguered company. THE SPARK: Deerfield President James Flynn disclosed ownership of 3.5 million Questcor shares, or a 5.8 percent stake in the Anaheim, Calif., drugmaker.
LITERARY ACTOR: Johnny Depp will help run a HarperCollins Publishers book imprint with the same name as his production company, Infinitum Nihil, meaning "Nothing is forever." WRITING ABOUT MUSICIANS: Set for release in 2015 is "The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan." It will be based in part on interviews with Dylan by best-selling historian Douglas Brinkley.
NEW YORK-- Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc. said Tuesday that it has completed its initial public offering of 5.1 million shares. Kythera is based in Calabasas, Calif., company, and it is developing an injectable treatment for double chins called ATX-101. Shares of Kythera rose $2.63, or 12.7 percent, to $23.38 in afternoon trading.