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  • Diamondback Energy IPO is complete Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 2:10 PM ET

    MIDLAND, Texas-- Diamondback Energy said Wednesday that completed an initial public offering of 12.5 million shares. It raised $218.8 million in the IPO, which was priced at $17.50 apiece. Diamondback Energy Inc. had projected a price of $17 to $19 per share.

  • Extravagant Home Features of the One Percent Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 1:07 PM ET

    Home theaters and wine cellars have trickled down to the masses. What follows are truly exceptional features that you won’t see in just any mansion!

  • Wanted: A few good recruits at American Airlines Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Wanted: A few good recruits for an airline that's seen better days. To replace some of its departing staff, American Airlines will hire 1,500 flight attendants starting next month, with training beginning in January.

  • Top Destination States for Jobs Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    Read ahead to see what they are, and find out what employment data, industries and companies are located there to make them top destination states.

  • Beckett company sues over endangered ocelot Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:45 AM ET

    LAREDO, Texas-- A company owned by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett is suing a pipeline builder on claims that habitat for the endangered ocelot was destroyed on a South Texas ranch. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Laredo says Eagle Ford Midstream LP violated the federal Endangered Species Act by clearing land to build a natural gas pipeline.

  • Praise, skepticism as Cuba eases travel rules Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:16 AM ET

    HAVANA-- For the first time since the height of the Cold War more than half a century ago, Cuba is giving its people the freedom to leave the country without government permission, scrapping the detested exit visa that kept many from traveling outside the communist nation for even a few days. said Mercedes Delgado, a 73- year-old retiree. "

  • Ky. man sentenced to 8 years in investment scheme Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:02 AM ET

    OWENSBORO, Ky.-- An Owensboro, Ky. man has been sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution for a scheme to defraud investors in three states. Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. also Tuesday ordered 28- year-old Cory B. George to forfeit contents of three bank accounts totaling about $484,000 to be applied toward final restitution.

  • Armstrong stepping down as Livestrong chairman Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas-- Lance Armstrong is stepping down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity to it can focus on its mission instead of its founder's problems. Armstrong's announcement came minutes before Nike Inc., announced it is terminating its personal contract with him.

  • American Airlines parent loses $238M in 3Q Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 8:37 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- American Airlines parent company AMR lost $238 million in the third quarter on employee severance payouts and other costs related to its bankruptcy. A year ago, AMR lost $162 million, or 48 cents per share. AMR Corp. said its core performance improved.

  • Pawn shop chain First Cash 3Q profit up 3 percent Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 8:13 AM ET

    ARLINGTON, Texas-- First Cash Financial Services Inc.' s third-quarter net income rose 3 percent as the company made more money from its pawn shops and fees and saw continued strength in Mexico.

  • Halliburton 3Q profit falls on drilling slowdown Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 7:28 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Halliburton Co. said Wednesday its third-quarter net income fell 12 percent as drilling activity declined and costs rose in its core North American business. Halliburton is a major provider of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," services that unlock oil and natural gas from underground shale deposits.

  • Texas landowners take a rare stand against Big Oil Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 3:19 AM ET

    SUMNER, Texas-- Oil has long lived in harmony with farmland and cattle across the Texas landscape, a symbiosis nurtured by generations and built on an unspoken honor code that allowed agriculture to thrive while oil was extracted. In the minds of some landowners approached by TransCanada for land, the company has broken the code.

  • 2nd worker injured in Okla. refinery blast dies Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 12:44 AM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY-- A second man who was injured in an explosion at an Oklahoma oil refinery has died. A University of Oklahoma Medical Center spokesman says Russell Mann of Davis died Tuesday at the Oklahoma City hospital.

  • Texas Comptroller: Rainy Day Fund climbs to $8.1B Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 12:40 AM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas-- The balance in Texas' Rainy Day Fund is climbing to $8.1 billion. A director from the Texas comptroller's office Wednesday told lawmakers the state's emergency savings account is expected to hit that number when nearly $2 billion in anticipated oil and gas tax collections is transferred into the fund next month.

  • SF, South Florida, Houston bid for Super Bowls Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- Houston, San Francisco and South Florida are bidding for the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls. NFL owners will vote next May between San Francisco _ the 49 ers are building a new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., _ and South Florida for the 50th Super Bowl in 2016. The loser of that race will then compete with Houston for hosting the 2017 game.

  • Helix Energy to sell 3 vessels for $252.8M Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 6:17 PM ET

    HOUSTON-- Offshore energy services contractor Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. said Tuesday that it will sell three pipeline installation vessels and related equipment in two separate transactions valued at $252.8 million.

  • Varied returns for 3 Wed. shows; 'Arrow' a CW hit Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 5:34 PM ET

    ABC, NBC and the CW all debuted new dramas last Wednesday to varied receptions. It finished a strong second behind CBS' long-running "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" at the 10 p.m. ET slot. Despite that showing, long-slumping NBC can boast about its best showing for an early TV season in a decade.

  • Nielsen's top prime-time programs for Oct. 8-14 Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 4:59 PM ET

    2. "NCIS," CBS, 18.51 million. 4. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 15.18 million. 5. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.23 million.

  • Baggage handler at NYC airport gets life in prison Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 4:12 PM ET

    Former American Airlines baggage handler Victor Bourne was found guilty last year of charges he used his behind-the-scenes access at New York City's busiest airport to orchestrate the smuggling of more than 330 pounds of cocaine from 2000 to 2009.. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said at the sentencing in federal court in Brooklyn.

  • Texas meat company recalling beef, pork products Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 4:02 PM ET

    DALLAS-- Federal health officials say a Dallas- based meat distributor is recalling about 8,200 pounds of beef and pork products because they weren't inspected and were improperly labeled.

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