*German wholesale power is cheaper than in France, Netherlands. LONDON/ FRANKFURT, May 21- German households are paying for ever cheaper wholesale power supplies to industry as the government uses money from soaring domestic bills to subsidise renewable energy, in turn creating overcapacity on the country's grid.» Read More
Chu lauded Gregoire, a Democrat who served as governor of Washington state from 2005 until mid-January and is long-time backer of President Barack Obama.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 1- Apple Inc became the top mobile phone seller for the first time in the lucrative U.S. market during the fourth quarter of 2012, outshining arch rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, a report by Strategy Analystics showed.
PARIS, Feb 1- Google is to pay 60 million euros into a special fund to help French media develop their presence on the Internet under a top-level deal signed on Friday, but will not pay them for posting links to their content.
NEW YORK, Feb 1- Major world stockmarkets rose to their highest levels in nearly two years on Friday helped by manufacturing and employment data indicating the global economic recovery is on track.
NEW YORK, Feb 1- Dell Inc is edging closer to an agreement to sell itself to a buyout consortium led by Michael Dell, its founder and chief executive, and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners in a deal that could top $24 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.
PARIS, Feb 1- Car sales extended their declines in France, Spain and Italy last month, data showed on Friday, leaving little hope of a European auto market rebound anytime soon. "The French passenger car market started 2013 on as weak a note as it exited 2012," analyst David Arnold at Credit Suisse said in a note.
WASHINGTON, Feb 1- A panel of small business experts on Friday urged U.S. securities regulators to encourage the creation of a new exchange to list smaller companies to make it easier for them to enter the public market. The recommendation by the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies to the Securities and Exchange Commission is not binding.
*Russia bans imports of U.S. beef and pork. MOSCOW/ LOS ANGELES, Feb 1- Russia has decided to ban imports of U.S. beef and pork due to the feed additive ractopamine, which they may contain, Russia's Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Surveillance Service said in a statement.
DETROIT, Feb 1- BMW North America said U.S. group sales in January rose 2.3 percent to 20,195..
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 1- The world of criminal computer hacking has traditionally been far removed from the cyber-spying efforts of governments, but security experts say several recent cases suggest the lines are starting to blur.
*Mexico is the world's No. 7 oil producer and a top exporter to the United States. The government warns that Mexico could become a net oil importer as early as 2018 if major new oil finds cannot be developed.
MILAN/ SIENA, Feb 1- The charitable foundation that controls Italy's scandal-hit Monte dei Paschi bank took on excessive debt and entered into risky derivative trades with the tacit consent of the Treasury, sources with direct knowledge of the situation said.
WASHINGTON, Feb 1- The Obama administration on Friday offered a compromise on controversial new health care rules that would allow religious employers to exclude contraceptives from health insurance for their employees, but would still guarantee those employees access to free coverage for birth control.
*Average hourly earnings rise four cents. WASHINGTON, Feb 1- U.S. employment grew modestly in January and factory activity touched a nine-month high, supporting views the economy's mild recovery remained on track.
WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Feb 1- Two top Federal Reserve officials painted a picture of cautious optimism on Friday for the U.S. economy in 2013, helped by stronger global growth as the central bank aggressively prints money to curb the nation's lofty rate of unemployment. But New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley and St.
Feb 1- NBC News President Steve Capus will be leaving the network in the coming weeks after struggles at the unit including lower ratings for its flagship morning show "Today." Capus had been the president of NBC News since 2005. No replacement has been named, according to a company memo obtained by Reuters.
BORJOMI, Georgia, Feb 1- If there's a way to dilute the bitterness in relations between Russia and Georgia after a 2008 war, it may lie in a lush valley south of the Caucasus Mountain border between the feuding former Soviet republics.
*Kearl budget rises by C $2 bln to C $12.9 bln. *Q4 EPS C $1.26/ shr vs year-earlier C $1.18/ shr. CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 1- Imperial Oil Ltd said on Friday the cost of its recently completed Kearl oil sands project in northern Alberta ballooned to C $12.9 billion, nearly 20 percent above its last estimate, because of transportation delays and a harsh winter.
A teaser for Mercedes-Benz showcasing a supermodel's body has already drawn the ire of some media watchdogs.
SEATTLE, Feb 1- A Seattle- bound Alaska Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Oregon after its veteran pilot passed out in the passenger cabin, in the second such fainting spell involving the U.S. carrier in 10 days, the airline said on Friday.