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  • *Washington has concerns about Kurdish sales, Iraq split. A sale of Kurdish crude oil to a U.S. refinery would infuriate Baghdad, which sees such deals as smuggling, and raises questions about Washington's commitment to preventing oil sales from the autonomous region.

  • USDA said wholesale pork prices will jump by 10 percent to 11 percent in 2014, hurt by declining supplies after a virus has killed millions of piglets in the past year.

  • FOX LAKE, Ill., July 25- The news about deadly crashes linked to a faulty ignition switch, followed by wave upon wave of recalls, did not bode well for General Motors dealers earlier this year. It conjured visions of worried, frustrated drivers pouring onto lots like Raymond Chevrolet, outside of Chicago.

  • FACTBOX-Talisman Energy's operations around the world Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:09 PM ET

    Calgary- based Talisman operates in some of the world's most desirable petroleum areas, including the Eagle Ford and Marcellus shales in the United States and Western Canada's burgeoning Duvernay and Montney shale regions.

  • Bankrupt Energy Future to auction stake in Oncor Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 5:02 PM ET

    DALLAS— Bankrupt power giant Energy Future Holdings terminated its restructuring agreement and announced plans to auction its stake in the profitable power transmission business Oncor Electric Delivery Co., according to a filing Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Airlines report big 2Q profits on strong demand Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:18 PM ET

    American Airlines announced Thursday that it would pay its first dividend in 34 years, and both American and United Airlines announced big plans to buy back their own stock, a strategy designed to boost the value of remaining shares.

  • *Washington has concerns about Kurdish sales, Iraq split. A sale of Kurdish crude oil to a U.S. refinery would infuriate Baghdad, which sees such deals as smuggling, and raises questions about Washington's commitment to preventing oil sales from the autonomous region.

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- Gas-rich states such as Texas should have the easiest time complying with planned Environmental Protection Agency regulations on carbon pollution from power plants, despite opposition from their lawmakers, a new study says.

  • Charles Schwab to add 1,200 jobs in Texas Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— Charles Schwab Corp. is getting nearly $6 million in incentives from Texas to open an El Paso operations center and increase its presence in Austin, creating more than 1,200 jobs.

  • Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:24 PM ET

    MIAMI— Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. The Associated Press has reviewed Close's various subsidy amounts and dates to verify the information, but she asked that her financial information and medical history not be published for privacy reasons.

  • The train originated in North Dakota and was bound for Tesoro Corp's 120,000 barrel-per-day Anacortes oil refinery, 80 miles north of the city, Tesoro confirmed.

  • Energy Future seeks longer bankruptcy as it scraps plan Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:08 PM ET

    July 24- Energy Future Holdings, the largest power company in Texas, asked a judge to extend the period in which it controls its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and said it is scrapping its original debt-cutting plan in favor of an auction of its Oncor unit.

  • July 24- Canada's Encana Corp, which is restructuring operations to end its reliance on low-value natural gas, said on Thursday oil and natural gas liquids production climbed 43 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2014.. Encana shares climbed 1.8 percent on the Toronto Stock Exchange to C $24.14.

  • AAA: Texas retail gasoline prices slip 4 cents Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    IRVING, Texas— Texas and nationwide retail gasoline prices have slipped 4 cents this week amid lower crude oil costs. The association survey found Amarillo has the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at $3.32 per gallon. Drivers in El Paso have the most expensive gasoline in Texas at $3.49 per gallon.

  • Noble Energy 2Q profit falls 49 percent Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    HOUSTON— Noble Energy Inc. on Thursday reported earnings that decreased by 49 percent in its second quarter, and beat analysts' expectations. The Houston- based company said net income fell to $192 million, or 52 cents per share, from $377 million, or $1.04 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

  • FACTBOX-Proposed U.S. nuclear power reactors Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    July 24- Southern Co, a power company, said it hopes to announce plans to build more nuclear reactors by the end of the year, a spokesman said late Wednesday.

  • Southwest reports record profit of $465M for 2Q Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 9:10 AM ET

    DALLAS— Southwest Airlines is reporting a record profit for the second quarter, more than doubling its earnings from a year ago. Southwest Airlines Co. is in the midst of several big changes, including phasing out the AirTran Airways brand, starting international flights on Southwest, and expansion in Dallas and other key markets.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:58 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits plunged last week, a sign that the economy is building strength. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless aid fell 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000. The fewest people sought benefits since February 2006, almost two years before the start of the Great Recession.

  • American Airlines boosts profit on higher revenue Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas— Profit and revenue are up at American Airlines, and the company will share some of the gains with shareholders. American Airlines Group Inc. said Thursday that it earned a record $864 million in the second quarter, up from the $507 million that American and US Airways earned separately a year ago, before their merger.

  • American Airlines to pay first dividend since 1980 Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:55 AM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas— American Airlines says it will pay its first dividend since 1980.. American Airlines Group Inc. made the announcement as it reported net income of $864 million in the second quarter, up from $220 million a year earlier. Southwest Airlines pays one, and Delta Air Lines restored its dividend last year.