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  • Oct 3- American Airlines and its pilots union resumed contract talks Wednesday, but other problems continued to beset the bankrupt airline. "I will never ride on American Airlines ever again," said Tony Palm, who was stranded when a connecting flight on American from Chicago to New York's LaGuardia airport was cancelled last month.

  • News Summary: American Airlines loses union ruling Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:05 PM ET

    CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF: A federal appeals court overturned a ruling that would have blocked a union election for passenger-service agents at American Airlines. The Communications Workers of America wants to represent them in contract bargaining with the company. National Mediation Board, 12-10680 at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

  • American Airlines loses bid to block union vote Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:35 PM ET

    Oct 3- American Airlines, Inc lost a court battle in its effort to block a union election vote by nearly 10,000 passenger service agents. Wednesday's decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans came amid a separate labor dispute the airline's 8,000 pilots and its parent company, AMR Corp., which filed for bankruptcy in November.

  • Unemployment rates for Southern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET
  • WASHINGTON, Oct 3- It's a sad, sticky and increasingly common situation: An elderly relative insists on managing his money, but you suspect he's losing his ability to handle that. Roughly 14 percent of people over 71 have some level of dementia, according to the National Institutes of Health.

  • U.S. West Nile outbreak likely to be second-worst -CDC Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:53 PM ET

    Oct 3- The outbreak of West Nile virus that has hit Texas and other states remains on pace to make 2012 the second-worst year on record for the disease in the United States, with another 424 cases and 16 deaths reported last week, government figures showed on Wednesday.

  • American Airlines loses ruling on union election Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:43 PM ET

    DALLAS-- A federal appeals court has ruled against American Airlines, which tried to block a union election among nearly 10,000 employees. It argued that the union didn't gather enough signed cards from employees to qualify for an election under new rules approved by Congress. In February, Congress raised the standard to 50 percent.

  • Interveners drop out of lawsuit against RiceTec Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- More than four dozen rice farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas who sought to intervene in a lawsuit against RiceTec Inc. have decided to withdraw from the legal action. Alvin, Texas,- based RiceTec announced Tuesday that the 51 farmers are opting out of the lawsuit.

  • Entergy replaces union workers after talks fail Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    PORT GIBSON, Miss.-- Entergy Corp. has locked out union security workers at its nuclear plant near Port Gibson, Miss., after contract negotiations with the United Government Security Officers of America Local 36 failed.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. natural gas futures slid more than 3 percent early Wednesday amid profit-taking after gaining more than 24 percent over six straight winning sessions. But many traders remained concerned that gas priced at well above $3 per million British thermal units would continue to lose market share to coal for power generation.

  • Online schools face backlash as states question results Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:54 AM ET

    In Maine, New Jersey and North Carolina, officials have refused to allow new cyber-schools to open this year, citing concerns about poor academic performance, high rates of student turnover and funding models that appear to put private-sector profits ahead of student achievement.

  • Judge tosses BP fuel dealers' brand-name claims Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:51 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed claims by BP fuel stations and convenience stores that the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico diminished the value of the oil giant's brand and cost them business.

  • La. lawmakers agree to regulations for tax breaks Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:14 PM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.-- Louisiana lawmakers agreed Tuesday to regulations that will govern a package of new business tax breaks pushed by Gov. Louisiana's economic development secretary will be able to offer three tax incentives to businesses considering whether to relocate or expand here.

  • Home price changes in each state in August Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:37 PM ET
  • FEMA individual aid hits $95 million for Isaac Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:03 AM ET

    Homeowners and renters have received $78 million for housing assistance and $17 million for other types of aid, according to FEMA. FEMA spokesman Ray Perez provided the latest figures Monday. More than 191,000 people have registered for FEMA help.

  • Md. LNG terminal fight heads to court Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    PRINCE FREDERICK, Md.-- Both sides asked a judge Monday to rule in their favor without trial in a fight over a proposal to build a multi-billion-dollar terminal in southern Maryland to export liquefied natural gas.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- U.S. natural gas futures slid nearly 2 percent early on Tuesday in some profit-taking from their five-day, nearly 23 percent run up to their highest mark this year. There are a lot of nuclear plants off line and some near-term cold, but we need to see where the market stands after this cold spell, "one Texas- based trader said.

  • Authorities: Hornets exec faces gun charge in NJ Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:40 AM ET

    NEWARK, N.J.-- Authorities say an executive with the NBA's New Orleans Hornets has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon after a handgun was found in his checked baggage at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport.

  • Court: Child porn victims can get restitution Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:29 AM ET

    The decision conflicts with rulings by several other federal circuits, possibly setting the stage for a Supreme Court challenge.

  • US oil sale helps SPR to fight cavern shrinkage Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:25 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 2- Last year's sale from U.S. emergency crude oil reserves has helped battle shrinking capacity or "creep" at the 62 salt caverns in Texas and Louisiana that form the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the Energy Department's inspector general said on Tuesday.