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Dec 11- Southwest Airlines Co plans to bid aggressively for takeoff and landing rights at Reagan National Airport near Washington, as it looks to bring more competition to the nation's capital, a senior company executive said.
SINGAPORE, Dec 11- U.S. oil futures traded at their highest in six weeks above $98 a barrel on Wednesday after U.S. data showed a larger-than-expected drop in crude inventories.
In an open letter on Tuesday to Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Ray Conner, the state's two senators and 10 representatives emphasized the congressional support that would come with putting the jet factory in their state.
Those controls are needed to keep the units compliant with federal environmental rules proposed since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. There are about 318 gigawatts of coal-fired power plants in the United States, about 30 percent of the nation's 1,051 GW generation fleet.
DALLAS-- An airfare watchdog says Delta Air Lines Inc. is raising fares as much as $10 each way, although it is not yet clear whether the price hike will stick. Rick Seaney of FareCompare.com said the increase of $4 to $10 each way for flights within the U.S. went into effect on Tuesday.
*To focus spending on Australia, US, Trinidad and Tobago. LONDON, Dec 10- BHP Billiton, the world's largest miner and a top investor in U.S. onshore oil and gas, said on Tuesday its U.S. shale business should generate cash from 2016, contributing almost $3 billion a year to the group by the end of the decade.
FORT WORTH, Texas-- The new CEO of American Airlines will get stock awards worth more than $15 million at Tuesday's share price for the world's biggest airline company. American Airlines Group Inc. said in a regulatory filing that Doug Parker will get 626,637 shares that begin to vest in December 2015.
HOUSTON, Dec 10- The U.S. Gulf Coast region may see a rebirth in power trading as Entergy Corp and utilities in four states join the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, one of the world's largest grid operators and wholesale energy markets, later this month.
WASHINGTON, Dec 10- U.S. Supreme Court justices offered President Barack Obama's administration some encouragement on Tuesday as it weighed the lawfulness of a major federal air pollution rule regulating emissions that cross state lines.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Little Rock- based Bank of the Ozarks says it has reached an agreement to acquire Bancshares Inc. of Houston. Bank of the Ozarks said Monday that it will purchase all the outstanding common stock of Bancshares in a deal estimated about about $23 million.
WASHINGTON-- For months, the talk was all about computer code. People who didn't know a URL from an http were blithely expounding on software snags and web design, thanks to the clunky launch of healthcare.gov, the insurance marketplace for the government's big health care overhaul.
Dec 10- Oil and gas producer Pioneer Natural Resources Co and its unit Pioneer Southwest Energy Partners said their fourth-quarter results could fall short of their expectations after a severe winter in Texas hurt production.
From 2 to 8 inches of snow was forecast to fall from northern Virginia, across Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and into southern New England, Brian Korty, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said in a forecast. Federal government offices in the Washington, D.C., area were shut on Tuesday, according to the Office of Personnel Management said.
NEW YORK, Dec 10- If you are in the market for a new home, you have probably noticed that almost all the houses in your local listings are anything but new. New-home construction this year is still 40 percent below normal long-term levels, says Jed Kolko, chief economist at real estate website Trulia.com.
MEXICO CITY, Dec 9- Mexican Senate committees on Monday gave general approval to a draft energy bill allowing private investment in the world's No. 10 oil producer in what would be the biggest opening of the state-controlled sector in its 75- year history.
DALLAS-- A key revenue figure for Southwest Airlines Co. fell in November, as the late Thanksgiving holiday may have pushed some travel into December. Southwest, which also operates AirTran Airways, said that passenger revenue for every seat flown one mile last month dropped 6 percent from November 2012.
*TransCanada says Gulf Coast oil pipeline fill begins. Brent's premium to U.S. oil was further eroded by news that TransCanada Corp has begun filling its 700,000 barrel-per-day oil pipeline, which will transport crude from the Cushing, Oklahoma, storage hub to Gulf Coast refiners.
MEXICO CITY, Dec 9- Mexican Senate committees on Monday resumed debate of a draft energy bill that would open up the world's No. 10 oil producer to private investment by allowing lucrative contracts in what would be the sector's most dramatic revamp in 75 years.
DALLAS, Dec 9- American Airlines Group, the world's biggest airline after AMR Corp's merger with US Airways Group, intends to take advantage of its broad global network to win more corporate customers, the company's president said. American Airlines parent AMR Corp and US Airways sealed their $18 billion merger on Monday.
As much as 5 inches of snow were forecast for Monday night into Tuesday for an area stretching from Virginia into New York, the National Weather Service said. "I don't think things are going to warm up anytime soon," said Bruce Sullivan, National Weather Service meteorologist.