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  • AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 12:16 AM ET
    Indonesian officers move the flight data recorder of the AirAsia flight QZ8501

    The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control.

  • SINGAPORE/ JAKARTA/ PARIS, Jan 31- The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said. The Airbus A320 jet plunged into the Java Sea while en...

  • Stop letting countries manipulate FX: US Senator Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 11:00 PM ET
    Orin Hatch

    The Obama administration must insist that U.S. trading partners pledge not to manipulate currencies when negotiating trade deals, the Senate Committee on Finance chairman said on Friday.

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 30- California's Kern County was put on notice for a possible downgrade on Friday by ratings agency Moody's Investor Service, three days after the county declared a fiscal emergency. On Tuesday, Kern County in California's Central Valley declared a fiscal emergency, citing plunging oil prices and growing pension debt as the main reasons for a...

  • In a speech laying out his conditions for supporting trade deals, Republican Orrin Hatch said addressing currency concerns was key to winning lawmakers' support for a bill to fast-track trade agreements through Congress, and deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. "The administration must engage much more effectively with Congress on this issue if...

  • Uber probed by U.S. judge on driver benefits Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 30- A U.S. judge appeared skeptical on Friday about Uber's bid for a quick pretrial ruling that its drivers are contractors and not employees, a critical question facing Silicon Valley's sharing economy. App-based ride service Uber, and smaller rival Lyft, face separate lawsuits seeking class action status in San Francisco federal court,...

  • DIARY- Government Debt Auctions to Mar 31 Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 7:03 PM ET

    Jan 31- For other diaries, please see:. Index of all available diaries. Australia time is in Australian eastern daylight time.

  • Concern about drone dangers intensified this week after a toy quadcopter crash-landed on the lawn of the White House. Many observers have been baffled by the lack of rules governing such burgeoning use of inexpensive toy drones and are expecting the FAA to address them in its rule, which is months overdue. On Friday, the FAA said the revised description was...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 12 Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    SARASOTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Executive Vice President David Altig and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Senior Vice President Mine Yucel participate in "The Economic Outlook, Monetary Policy and Energy: Thoughts from Federal Reserve Research Directors" event hosted by the New College of Florida and the Global Interdependence...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 30- Food distributor Sysco Corp and its biggest rival, US Foods Inc, have offered to sell a smaller competitor 11 facilities in order to convince skeptical antitrust regulators to approve their $3.5 billion merger, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters. The deal, proposed in December 2013, is seen as problematic because Sysco and US Foods are...

  • Wilmington, Del., Jan 30- Hedge funds lost a court bid to get extra cash for their shares of online family research site Ancestry.com Inc, in a ruling involving an increasingly popular hedge fund strategy. A Delaware judge ruled on Friday that a private equity firm paid a fair value of $32 per share in 2012 to acquire Ancestry.com and rejected hedge fund claims the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 30- Food distributor Sysco Corp and its biggest rival, US Foods Inc, have offered to sell a smaller competitor 11 facilities in order to convince skeptical antitrust regulators to approve their $3.5 billion merger, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters. To overcome Federal Trade Commission concerns, the companies have offered to sell 11...

  • SEATTLE, Jan 30- International Business Machines Corp brought back annual performance bonuses for its chief executive and her top lieutenants for 2014 despite falling profits and a tumbling stock price, a regulatory filing showed on Friday. The bonuses returned as a feature of IBM's executive compensation for 2014, according to a document filed with...

  • WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 30- AT&T Inc spent close to half the total in the record-setting U.S. sale of airwaves for mobile data, with Dish Network Corp spending heavily to manage a surprise win at No.2 ahead of Verizon, results showed on Friday. Verizon and T-Mobile bids were $10.4 billion and $1.8 billion, respectively, according to the results of the Federal...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 30- GFI Group Inc shareholders on Friday voted down a proposed takeover by CME Group Inc, the companies said, opening the door for a hostile bid from rival BGC Partners. CME Group, the world's largest futures exchange operator, for months has been locked in a bidding war for GFI Group, a derivatives broker, with BGC Partners Inc.. CME Group had planned to...

  • SAO PAULO, Jan 30- A Brazilian state court on Friday seized an 8.9 percent stake in Investimentos e Participações em Infraestrutura SA owned by construction group OAS SA, alleging the debt-ridden builder is in imminent risk of insolvency. Judge Roberto Corcioli Filho of the Justice Court of São Paulo state said in a telephone interview that the seizure had...

  • CME Group, the world's largest futures exchange operator, for months has been locked in a bidding war for derivatives broker GFI Group with inter-dealer broker BGC Partners Inc. CME Group first agreed to acquire GFI Group last July for a total of around $820 million. CME Group had pursued GFI Group to acquire two GFI units that would allow it to expand its reach in...

  • It is seen as a potential distribution center for the Caribbean and Central and South America and is at the heart of a special development zone designed to attract foreign investment in Cuba. The United States and Cuba are restoring diplomatic relations after five decades of hostilities, though full trade and travel will take longer as President Barack Obama...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 30- Oil prices rallied on Friday following the sharpest weekly drop in U.S. oil rig count in nearly 30 years, while the dollar index ended January with its longest run of gains since the greenback was floated in 1971.. The S&P 500 was down 3.1 percent for January, its biggest monthly slide since January 2014. In a rally that may spur speculation that a...

  • "Argentina was already exporting biodiesel to the United States and will continue to export volumes not that different to previous ones," he said, estimating exports to the United States of no more than 300,000 tonnes this year. Argentina last year exported 200,000 tonnes of biodiesel to the United States, a fraction of the 1.4 million tonnes it exported...