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WASHINGTON— In a story July 29 about consumer debt reported to collection agencies, The Associated Press erroneously indicated that 80 percent of Americans have no debt on file. The study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute found that 20 percent of Americans with credit records have no debt on file.
SAN ANTONIO— Valero Energy Corp. on Wednesday reported earnings that climbed by 26 percent in its second quarter, and fell short of analysts' expectations. The San Antonio- based company said net income increased to $588 million, or $1.10 per share, from $466 million, or 85 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.
NEW YORK— Jacquie Whitt's trip to the Galapagos with a group of teenagers was memorable not just for the scenery and wildlife, but also for the way the kids preserved their memories. For this generation, "digital devices are now part of the interpretive experience," said Whitt, co-founder of Adios Adventure Travel.
The Oakland Raiders are exploring whether to relocate the team to San Antonio, according to a report.
DETROIT— A Texas lawyer has filed a lawsuit against General Motors on behalf of 658 people who were injured or killed in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan in New York City names 29 people who were killed in crashes and 629 who were hurt.
ISTANBUL/ LONDON, July 30- Iraqi Kurdistan's attempts to export oil independently of Baghdad hit another obstacle on Wednesday, as a Turkish energy official and industry sources said the autonomous region's pipeline to the Mediterranean has been shut for the past week.
*Twitter rallies after blockbuster results. *Biotechs rally on Amgen results, Regeneron trial data. Twitter Inc surged on heavy volume, jumping 25 percent to $48.25 in its biggest one-day advance ever after reporting that monthly active users had risen a better-than-expected 24 percent in the second quarter.
July 30- Mortgage servicers in the United States are evolving into the next big lenders, sidestepping regulatory scrutiny to win business in a gap left by the retreat of big banks from the home-loan market.
July 30- Valero Energy Corp, the largest U.S. independent refiner, on Wednesday reported an increase in quarterly profit as the company processed higher volumes of crude oil. San Antonio- based Valero said second-quarter profit rose to $651 million, or $1.22 per share, from $463 million, or 84 cents, in the same period a year earlier.
DALLAS— Prosecutors in Dallas say a member of a "swatting" ring that made hoax 911 calls has pleaded guilty to computer-related conspiracy and retaliation counts. Jason Allen Neff of Omaha, Nebraska, faces up to five years in federal prison in a plea deal over the investigation since 2006..
WASHINGTON— A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.- Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to offer some response to the crisis before adjourning for the summer.
The yearlong investigation by Republican staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee paints a portrait of inspection delays, government errors in risk assessment and industry loopholes in a $595 million terror prevention program passed by Congress in 2006..
Westport Petroleum Inc, the Franklin, Tennessee- based shipping arm of Japanese trader Mitsui& Co, chartered the BW Zambesi, an LR1 tanker, also known as a Panamax class vessel, in mid-July for the voyage. The tanker, owned by BW Group, docked at the Galveston terminal in Texas on Tuesday, AIS data on Reuters showed.
Some test takers experienced slowness or difficulty in returning completed exams Tuesday to company servers using ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. software, vice president of marketing Kenneth Knotts said.
HOUSTON, July 29- A high-stakes dispute over a tanker carrying $100 million in Iraqi Kurdish crude took a surprising turn on Tuesday when a U.S. judge said she lacked jurisdiction given the ship's distance from the Texas shore and urged that the case be settled in Iraq.
THE WOODLANDS, Texas— Anadarko Petroleum Corp. on Tuesday reported net income that declined by 76 percent in its second quarter, and missed analysts' expectations. The company based in The Woodlands, Texas, said earnings declined to $227 million, or 45 cents per share, from $929 million, or $1.83 per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.
*EU reaches deal on Russia sanctions, prompts short rally. NEW YORK, July 29- Brent crude ended slightly higher on Tuesday as new sanctions on Russia looked set to worsen relations between Moscow and the West, while U.S. prices slipped after a Kansas refinery fire curbed demand for WTI crude.
Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil liberties groups, the White House and Republicans.
JUDGE SAYS' COURT HAS NO JURISDICTION' OVER KURDISH CRUDE TANKER NEAR TEXAS AFTER IRAQ'S LAWYER SAYS IT IS ABOUT 60 MILES OFFSHORE.
NEW YORK, July 29- A U.S. federal appeals court has upheld a $67 million jury verdict against TD Bank, part of Canada's Toronto-Dominion Bank, for helping convicted former lawyer Scott Rothstein run a Florida Ponzi scheme that cost investors more than $1 billion.