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  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Google Inc. perked up in premarket trading Friday as analysts soothed investors shocked by an earnings report that dropped prematurely on Thursday. Google was supposed to release its report after the market closed Thursday, but they leaked prematurely, setting off the stock plunge.

  • By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for November delivery was up 36 cents to $92.46 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, which many U.S. refiners use to make gasoline, was up 40 cents to $112.82 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

  • This five-foot-tall character with a foam head painted with outrageous red lips, a shrill voice and a penchant for salacious details rules Puerto Rico's gossip circuit, with legions tuning into her show every afternoon ready for the latest bombshell.

  • NEW YORK-- Three small, silver spoons elegantly engraved with the words "Waldorf Astoria" have come full circle: Stolen eight decades ago by an employee of the famed hotel, they passed through two Brooklyn homes and another three in New Jersey.

  • NEW YORK-- Janney Capital Markets cited the meteoric rise in Snap-On shares this as it stepped back from its "buy" rating Friday, a day after the stock was driven to an all-time high by a stellar third quarter. Wherley did question whether Snap-on has found the most profitable use for all of next year's expected free cash flow.

  • NEW YORK-- A pair of analysts lowered estimates for Supervalu on Friday after the grocery chain reported softer-than-expected second-quarter results. On Thursday Supervalu Inc., whose chains include Albertsons, Cub Foods, Jewel-Osco and Save-A-Lot, reported a loss of 52 cents per share.

  • NEW YORK-- ABC News said it wanted to step beyond reporting on the gang violence in Chicago to explore ways of reducing it. There have been more than 400 murders in Chicago this year, with the murder rate four times what it is in New York, ABC said.

  • NEW YORK-- Tough competition in the U.S. and the weakening economy abroad was a double whammy for McDonald's in the third-quarter, sending the burger chain's net income down nearly 4 percent.

  • DENVER-- Three men were arrested for investigation of murder after a Denver bar was set on fire to cover up five killings committed during a robbery, authorities said Thursday. Ronald Saunier said of the early Wednesday deaths and blaze at Fero's Bar& Grill. "

  • NEW YORK-- The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one behind the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday.

  • Its shares, which dipped below $40 in late 2008 as the financial crisis intensified, peaked this April at $442.40 as the burrito chain posted double-digit increases in revenue year after year. But Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. on Thursday forecast that revenue growth in stores open at least a year would be flat to a low-single-digit percentage gain next year.

  • Google surprised investors twice Thursday, releasing earnings hours before they were expected, and putting up awful revenue numbers. After the worst sell-off in shares since September 2008, Google shares were flat in premarket trading Friday. The National Association of Realtors posts existing home sales figures at 10 a.m. Eastern.

  • NEW YORK-- GE's net income rose 49 percent in the third quarter to $3.49 billion as its recovery from the 2008 financial crisis continues. When adjusted to remove the effect of restructuring costs and a gain from the sale of NBC, the company posted earnings of 36 cents per share, which is what financial analysts expected, on average, according to FactSet.

  • Microsoft also disappointed with its latest update, contributing to a broad retreat in technology stocks, as did McDonald's and General Electric. By the time markets closed in Europe, Germany's DAX was down 0.8 percent at 7,380 while the CAC-40 in France fell 0.9 percent to 3,504. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.3 percent lower at 5,896..

  • BANGKOK-- Oil prices fell slightly Friday as traders awaited the end of a two-day European Union summit on shoring up the region's stricken banks. Benchmark crude for November delivery was down 12 cents to $91.98 a barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Britain's FTSE 100 lost 0.1 percent to 5,910.04 in early trading. Microsoft said net income fell a worse-than-expected 22 percent to $4.47 billion in the fiscal first quarter, which ended Sept. 30. BB&T bank, Philip Morris International and Boston Scientific also reported results that fell short of forecasts.

  • "If we can get this fruit harvested, it's a perfect storm for Washington," said Todd Fryhover, president of the Apple Growers Association. " Washington is likely to have a harvest of 108 million bushels, its second highest number on record, industry representatives said.

  • NEW YORK-- At the Missouri college where Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis enrolled, a classmate said he often remarked that true Muslims don't believe in violence.

  • BANGKOK-- Oil prices were nearly flat Friday as traders awaited the end of a two-day European Union summit on shoring up the region's stricken banks. Benchmark crude for November delivery was down 2 cents to $92.08 a barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Markets in mainland China, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and India were down. Microsoft said net income fell a worse-than-expected 22 percent to $4.47 billion in the fiscal first quarter, which ended Sept. 30. Microsoft shares fell in after-hours trading.