DUBAI, Dec 25- Saudi Arabia will lift state spending to a record in its 2015 budget while covering a deficit with its huge fiscal reserves, the government said, providing the first detailed look at how the world's top oil exporter aims to handle an era of cheap oil. But the budget, released by the Finance Ministry on Thursday, suggests authorities are confident of...» Read More
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- A federal judge has stopped enforcement of a ruling that would allow Kentucky grocery stores and other outlets to sell booze. District Judge John G. Heyburn II on Wednesday ruled that an appeal by state officials and package liquor stores is unlikely to succeed.
ARLINGTON, Ala.-- A small company won a $10 million federal grant to expand wireless service in one of Alabama's most isolated regions, a five-county area west of Montgomery where it's sometimes impossible to make a cellphone call.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina-- It survived the breakup of the Austrian empire, two world wars, the longest city siege in modern history and a bloody war in the 1990 s that killed 100,000 people. Yet after 124 years, Bosnia's National Museum closed its doors Thursday due to dwindling state funding and disputes among rival ethnic groups.
NEW ORLEANS-- Some New Orleans residents and city officials are pushing back against tour operators who bus out-of-towners into the city's Lower 9th Ward, where Hurricane Katrina unleashed a wall of water that pushed homes off foundations and stranded residents on rooftops when the levees failed.
SAN FRANCISCO-- Clothing retailer Gap Inc. said Thursday that September revenue at its stores open at least a year rose 6 percent, beating Wall Street predictions and reversing a drop of 4 percent in the same month last year. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected an increase of 5.3 percent.
GREENWICH, Conn.-- Starwood Property Trust says a public offering of 16 million shares raised about $368 million in gross proceeds. Shares of Starwood Property Trust Inc., based in Greenwich, Conn., fell 43 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $23.20 in morning trading Thursday. Its shares hit a 52- week high of $24.56 in mid-September.
CAMP HILL, Pa.-- Rite Aid Corp.' s revenue from established locations slid less than 1 percent last month, as the introduction of cheaper generic drugs helped knock down pharmacy sales for the nation's third largest drugstore chain.
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.-- Department store operator Kohl's Corp. said Thursday that revenue at stores open at least a year fell 2.7 percent in September, a bigger drop than Wall Street expected, hurt by lower demand for accessories and women's clothing. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters predicted a 0.2 percent decline.
HOUSTON-- Calpine Corp. said Thursday that it will buy a natural gas-fired power plant in Texas for about $432 million to boost its presence in a state where the supply of surplus power is shrinking. Calpine is buying the 800- megawatt plant near Laguna Park in central Texas from Bosque Power Co. LLC.
NEW YORK-- Stocks are opening mostly higher on Wall Street following an encouraging report on the labor market and better sales from retail chains. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 35 points to 13,530 shortly after the opening bell Thursday.
Romney said in his debate with President Barack Obama that he doesn't want the U.S. to turn into the equivalent of Spain _ which has unemployment of nearly 25 percent and a deep recession. Some Spaniards criticized him for singling out Spain.
SEATTLE-- Nordstrom Inc. said Thursday that sales in stores open at least one year rose 4.4 percent in September, slightly below analysts' expectations. Nordstrom said it was also competing against strong figures from September 2011 _ a 10.7 percent jump in same-store sales _ when the company offered free shipping and free returns for online purchases.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Discount retailer Stein Mart Inc. said on Thursday said that a key sales figure rose 2.4 percent in September, hurt in part by stores closing in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. Stein Mart operated 262 stores at the end of September, one more than it had a year earlier. Its shares rose 5 cents to $8.65 in morning trading.
Conditions worsened, though, in Kansas and Iowa, the nation's biggest corn producer, and nearly 98 percent of Nebraska was still deemed to be in one of the two worst categories. According to the map, which is put out by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, 75 percent of Iowa is enduring extreme or exceptional drought.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.-- The owner of the TJ Maxx and Marshalls clothing store chains said Thursday that revenue in shops open at least a year rose 6 percent in September, beating Wall Street predictions. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected an increase of 4.5 percent for TJX Cos.
CHICAGO-- The final case to stem from the corruption investigation into imprisoned former Illinois Gov. William Cellini, 77, was convicted last year for his role in trying to get a $1.5 million campaign contribution for Blagojevich from the Oscar-winning producer of "Million Dollar Baby" in exchange for state business.
ACRE, Israel-- Orthodox Jewish Israelis, the driving force of the West Bank settlement movement, have begun to turn their attention inward to Israel itself, moving into Arab areas of mixed cities in an attempt to cement the Jewish presence there.
Whatever the case, Hungary's decision to ban the ubiquitous slot machines seen in pubs, bars and parlors across the country goes against a gambling boom seen elsewhere in Eastern Europe, even as economic times get tougher.
"A guy like Romney should excite me," said Becker, 30, a Republican who manages real estate investments in Fairfield, a charming shoreline town on Connecticut's affluent "gold coast." That was before the 90- minute head-to-head matchup between Romney and President Barack Obama in Denver, their first of three debates before Election Day.
LOS ANGELES-- Clothing maker American Apparel Inc. said Thursday a key sales figure rose 15 percent in September, helped by online sales and fewer discounts.