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  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- Some hedge funds seem to have missed out on this week's big rally in U.S. natural gas, cutting bullish bets on the fuel before prices hit six-week highs, government data suggested on Friday.

  • American Airlines fares back on Orbitz after deal Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK— After a three-day public tiff, American Airlines fares have returned to Orbitz. Orbitz said Friday that it has reached an agreement with the airline that will allow it to continue selling American Airlines and US Airways tickets on its websites.

  • US rig count up 18 to 1,914 Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 3:51 PM ET

    Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 12 rigs, Pennsylvania gained five, Oklahoma gained four and Colorado and Alaska each gained one. Kansas lost three rigs and Arkansas, Ohio and West Virginia each lost one. California, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • Startups offer banking for smartphone users Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 3:38 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The latest banks are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Startups, such as Moven and Simple, offer banking that's designed specifically for smartphones, enabling users to track their spending on the go. Like traditional banks, customers open a checking account, get a debit card and are able to make check deposits and pay their bills.

  • Firm drops bid to force drilling on holdouts Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 2:29 PM ET

    NEW BEDFORD, Pa.— Hilcorp has dropped its bid to force holdout property owners in Pennsylania to accept drilling under their land, saying Friday the energy company wants to move beyond a protracted fight and begin producing oil and gas.

  • LONDON, Aug 29- Doubts about the sustainability of the North American oil and gas boom center on rapidly declining output from many shale wells after they are initially drilled.

  • Potential 2016 hopefuls hoping to wow conservatives Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 9:08 AM ET
    Rand Paul (L) and Rick Perry (R).

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence are appearing at a gathering of Americans for Prosperity in Dallas.

  • AUSTIN, Texas— Federal judge blocks Texas law that would stop abortions at majority of facilities statewide.

  • In Texas, big school finance questions remain Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 2:02 AM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— Pumping an extra $3.4 billion into Texas public schools didn't convince a judge that the state is adequately funding classrooms. State District Judge John Dietz ruled Thursday that Texas' school finance system is unconstitutional, failing to provide adequate funding or to distribute it fairly between rich and poor areas.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- Morgan Stanley has quietly filed plans to build and run one of the first U.S. compressed natural gas export facilities, the first sign the bank is plunging back into physical commodity markets even as it sells its physical oil business.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 29- U.S. crude futures stayed above $94 a barrel on Friday, holding overnight gains as positive economic data boosted the outlook for demand in the world's largest oil consumer. *U.S. crude had edged down 2 cents to $94.53 a barrel by 0024 GMT, after settling up 67 cents on Thursday.

  • HOUSTON, Aug 28- A tanker near Texas loaded with $100 million of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude has disappeared from satellite tracking, the latest development in a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse between Baghdad and the Kurds.

  • NAB acquired regional lender Great Western in 2008 for just below $1 billion to get more involved in funding agribusiness in the United States, but the operation lacks the scale of larger competitors in the western states where it operates.

  • *BP says expects minimal impact from late Wednesday blaze. WHITING, Ind., Aug 28- Wholesale gasoline prices surged in Chicago on Thursday after a fire hit a piece of equipment used to produce gasoline at BP Plc's refinery in nearby Whiting, Indiana, trade and industry sources said.

  • Famous barbecue restaurant dropping Oklahoma name Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 9:55 AM ET

    The restaurant, which has three locations in the Kansas City area, will be known as Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que, co-owner Jeff Stehney said. During President Barack Obama's July visit to Kansas City, about $1,400 worth of ribs, pork, sausage and side dishes was shipped to Air Force One.

  • LONDON, Aug 28- The independent companies at the forefront of the U.S. shale boom will finally earn enough from selling oil and gas to cover their capital expenditures next year, for the first time since 2008.. That compares with a shortfall of around $9 billion in 2013 and $32 billion in 2012..

  • Frontier adds flights from Cincinnati-area airport Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    CINCINNATI— Low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines announced Thursday it is doubling its service from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Frontier will begin daily flights to Dallas-Fort Worth on Oct. 26, with multiday service also coming to Las Vegas; Phoenix; and Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  • ANKARA, Aug 28- Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped over 8 million barrels of oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan since May, sources and energy officials said, as the autonomous region employs new tactics to establish independent oil sales in defiance of Baghdad.

  • Iraq to appeal U.S court decision on Kurdish oil Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    However, the court gave Baghdad 10 days to resubmit its case. The United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying about $100 million worth of Kurdish crude, has been anchored in the Gulf of Mexico for weeks, with the Iraqi region of Kurdistan locked in a legal battle over ownership with the central government of Iraq.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 8:40 AM ET

    California: Down 8,771, no reason given. Florida: Down 1,462, due to fewer layoffs in farming, manufacturing, retail and services. Illinois: Down 1,442, no reason given.