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  • With the same winter chill boosting demand for home heating, U.S. heating oil futures jumped 6 percent as refineries, including the region's largest in Philadelphia, curtailed production, threatening a supply squeeze. Delta Air Lines Inc's 185,000- barrel-per-day refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, appeared to be hit hardest. Intelligence group Genscape...

  • *Dow, S&P 500, Germany's DAX set intraday records. NEW YORK, Feb 20- The euro rebounded against the dollar and global equity markets surged to record highs on Friday after Greece and euro zone finance ministers reached an agreement to extend a Greek financial rescue package for four months. Before the deal was announced, Germany's DAX index hit a record intraday...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 20- U.S. stocks rose on Friday in a relief rally after Greece and euro zone finance ministers reached a deal to extend heavily indebted Greece's financial rescue by four months. News of the agreement, which removes the immediate risk of Greece running out of money next month and possibly being forced out of the single currency area, lifted U.S. indexes...

  • Aramark is now serving 50 million meals each year with fewer than five daily documented concerns, according to the review provided to The Associated Press through a records request. The state says Aramark is on track to save $17 million this year, compared to original estimates of $14 million annual savings. The prisons agency last year levied $272,000 in fines...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 20- Oil seesawed on Friday while the price of heating oil jumped more than 6 percent as severe winter cold crimped output at three U.S. refineries, raising worries about higher crude supplies and a possible squeeze on refined products. "It's sell crude, buy products today," said Dominick Chirichella, senior partner at the Energy Management Institute in...

  • Feb 20- At least three refineries that account for more than two-thirds of the U.S. East Coast's output experienced significant disruptions on Friday due to single-digit temperatures that sent the entire Northeast into a deep freeze. Delta Air Lines Inc's 185,000- barrel-per-day refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, appeared to be hit hardest.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 20- Oil seesawed on Friday while heating oil hit a more than four-month high as severe cold weather crimped output at three U.S. refineries, raising worries about higher crude supplies and a possible squeeze on refined products. "It's sell crude, buy products today," said Dominick Chirichella, senior partner at the Energy Management Institute in New...

  • FRANCONIA, Pa.— A worker at a suburban Philadelphia meat rendering plant has been charged with fatally stabbing a colleague a day after the co-worker yanked a chair out from under him as a prank. Authorities said Thursday that 32- year-old Peter Atem killed 25- year-old Danny Vazquez on Wednesday at the MOPAC plant in Franconia Township. Vazquez was killed one...

  • Factory activity improves at slower rate in Philly region Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 10:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Manufacturers in the Philadelphia area expanded at a slower rate in February compared with the previous month. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said Thursday that its index of regional factory activity fell to 5.2 this month from 6.3 in January. "The dip in the Philly Fed manufacturing index," said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at...

  • NEW HAVEN, Conn.— Officials at Tweed New Haven Regional Airport say they're negotiating with a Missouri- based airline to link southern Connecticut to Washington, D.C.. The New Haven Register reports reports that airport authority Chairman John Picard and Executive Director Tim Larson the airport is is negotiating with Buzz Airways of Branson, Missouri, to run...

  • UPDATE 1-Philadelphia approves five new charter schools Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 11:14 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA, Feb 18- Philadelphia's financially distressed school district, one of the country's biggest battlegrounds over the expansion of charter schools, approved five new charters on Wednesday in a contentious meeting marked by protests, shouting and arrests. The vote by the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, formed in 2001 as part of a state...

  • NBC channel is now live on PCs, devices in 10 markets Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 3:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Television viewers in 10 U.S. markets are now able to watch their local NBC stations live on computers and mobile devices— as long as they are paying customers. The 10 NBC markets cover New York, Los Angeles and other regions where NBC owns the local station. NBC affiliates, which carry NBC programs but are owned by others, are expected to be added throughout...

  • Stabbing at meat processing plant leaves 1 dead, 1 hurt Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 11:15 AM ET

    FRANCONIA, Pa.— Authorities say a stabbing outside a suburban Philadelphia meat processing plant has left one employee dead and another injured. Police and emergency responders in Montgomery County were called to the JBS plant in Franconia Township shortly after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The district attorney's office says 25- year-old Danny Vazquez was taken...

  • CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.— A Pennsylvania- based restaurant chain says it'll keep tossing salads while in bankruptcy protection. It says the company owes his JVSW LLC and WS Financial $11.4 million. Saladworks opened its first location a Cherry Hill, New Jersey mall in 1986. It has more than 100 stores in the U.S., Canada and Singapore and has planned to add 80 more.

  • PHILADELPHIA, Feb 18- Philadelphia's financially distressed school district, one of the country's biggest battlegrounds over the expansion of charter schools, will learn on Wednesday whether new charter schools will be approved for the first time in seven years. The American Federation of Teachers has fought against the nation's expansion of mostly...

  • Pennsylvania Real Estate reports 4Q results Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 5:03 AM ET

    PHILADELPHIA _ Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. Analysts expected $119 million, according to Zacks. Pennsylvania Real Estate expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $1.87 to $1.92 per share.

  • MSNBC's Brzezinski to host events for women Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The NBC Universal News Group is launching a series of live events where "Morning Joe" host Mika Brzezinski offers empowerment tips to women, a venture that illustrates an effort to find revenue-raising activities outside the traditional definition of news. Subsequent stops will be in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Boston and Orlando, the network said on...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to Feb 27 Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 8:00 PM ET

    Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Nathan Sheets participates in "A Conversation With Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Nathan Sheets" on the global economy at the Peterson Institute in Washington- 1345 GMT. NORWICH, England- Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane at the University of East Anglia lecture series- 1830...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to Feb 26 Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    SAN ANTONIO, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed" before a community luncheon sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas San Antonio branch- 1830 GMT. LONDON- European Central Bank executive board member Peter Praet to speak at AFME Conference- 1550 GMT. COVENTRY, England-...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday proposed a new 5 percent severance tax on the state's booming natural gas extraction industry, a turnabout from his Republican predecessor who opposed such a tax. Like other public schools in Pennsylvania, Caln gets about 30 percent of its funding from the state. Wolf noted that Pennsylvania ranks...