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Top News & Analysis United States

  • *BHP's Vanselow, Xstrata's Davis in frame as replacements. LONDON, Oct 26- Anglo American's Chief Executive Cynthia Carroll has quit after more than five years in the job, under pressure from investors over the mining group's lagging share price and continued dependence on strike-hit South Africa.

  • Meanwhile, workers in Ocean City, Md., filled sandbags, and Maryland Gov. "Delaware is smack dab in the crosshairs based on the current path projections," said Chip Guy, a spokesman for Sussex County, home to southern Delaware's beaches. Forecasters expect the hurricane to turn inland around Delaware, but said it could still hit as far north as New York.

  • Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,408 rigs were exploring for oil and 416 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas dropped seven rigs and New Mexico fell by 5. Alaska and Oklahoma lost three apiece, and West Virginia was down by two.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A sell-off of items from the former headquarters of Curt Schilling's failed video game company in Providence brought in about $650,000. An initial auction, at a studio in Maryland acquired by 38 Studios, raised $180,000. 38 Studios was lured to Rhode Island from Massachusetts with a $75 million state loan guarantee.

  • WASHINGTON _ Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. Eastern; Labor Department releases third-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for October, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for September, 10 a.m..

  • NEW YORK-- The NHL has canceled all its games through the end of November because of the labor dispute between owners and players. The league made the announcement on Friday in a brief statement. It said that a total of 326 regular-season games, more than 26.5 percent of the season, were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Nov. 30.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 26- Spain has made progress in reforming its financial sector, but needs to keep up the momentum as more steps need to be taken, the International Monetary Fund said in a statement on Friday.

  • *Euro falls broadly on Greece uncertainty. NEW YORK, Oct 26- The euro fell against the dollar for a fourth straight day on Friday, hitting a two-week low on concerns about political uncertainty in Greece and fears it may miss its austerity targets. ``People are still concerned about Spain asking for a bailout and Greece remains a problem too.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- Global investors seem happy to feed off central banks' reflation policies but not necessarily their eventual success. In an otherwise punchy, policy-driven year of double-digit western equity gains, October is set to be first month in the red since May for both MSCI's all-country world stock index and U.S. blue chips in the S&P 500.

  • *Arch Coal surges after results. ``The fact that this was a two percent GDP number is still pathetic in the overall scheme of life- we ought to be growing at four percent, not two percent,'' said Phil Orlando, chief equity market strategist, at Federated Investors, in New York.

  • NASSAU, Bahamas-- Hurricane Sandy raged through the Bahamas on Friday after leaving 39 people dead across the Caribbean, following a path that could see it blend with a winter storm to hit the U.S. East Coast with a super-storm next week.

  • BELLEVUE, Wash.-- Clearwire Corp.' s third-quarter loss from continuing operations narrowed as the wireless network operator reduced expenses. The company's loss from continuing operations was $41.3 million, or 22 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 26- A U.S. appeals court said Argentina discriminated against bondholders who refused to take part in massive debt restructurings in 2005 and 2010 by deciding to pay them later than holders who agreed to participate.

  • Oct 26- Asset manager Legg Mason Inc said on Friday quarterly profit topped expectations as the company reported its first quarterly net inflows of client funds since 2007.. Although some flow trends remained negative, the results could ease pressure on Legg Mason.

  • *Earnings of $1.32 a share before items beat estimate of $1.12. Oct 26- Rockwell Collins Inc reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Friday and said its commercial business would expand over the next year, while defense operations face U.S. budget challenges.

  • Oct 26- WhiteWave Foods Co shares rose almost 12 percent in their New York Stock Exchange debut on Friday, as investors bet on the growth of the organic foods sector. Shares of the Dallas, Texas- based Dean Foods Co spinoff opened at $19, up 11.8 percent, after pricing at $17, above the expected range.

  • Oct 26- Oshkosh Corp's board unanimously rejected billionaire investor Carl Icahn's offer to buy the specialty truck maker, calling the bid ``inadequate,'' the company said on Friday.

  • JetBlue, US Airways and Spirit Airlines are offering waivers to customers who wish to reschedule their flights without paying the typical fee of up to $150. The airlines have only canceled a handful of flights so far, nearly all of them in and out of Florida and the Caribbean.

  • NASSAU- Hurricane Sandy pounded the Bahamas with battering winds and rain on Friday, sweeping over the island chain after killing 21 people across the Caribbean and posing a menacing threat to the U.S. East Coast.

  • NEW YORK-- The young Citigroup analyst was researching Facebook before it went public. Friday, Massachusetts' top securities regulator dragged the incident into the spotlight, slapping Citigroup with a consent order and charging the bank $2 million for failing to oversee its employee.