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  • 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.

  • Tenet Healthcare closes offering of $800M in notes Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 3:45 PM ET

    DALLAS-- Tenet Healthcare Corp. said Tuesday that it completed its private offering of $500 million of its 4.75 percent senior secured notes due 2020 and $300 million of its 6.75 percent senior notes due 2020.. The Dallas- based hospital operator plans to use the proceeds to buy its 7.375 percent senior notes due 2013 through a tender offer.

  • AP source: Beyonce set for Super Bowl halftime Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 11:21 AM ET

    A source familiar with Super Bowl XLVII told The Associated Press the Grammy-winning diva will take the stage at the halftime show on Feb. 3, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The 31- year-old sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 in her hometown of Houston when the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers.

  • Vikings fans share ideas for new football stadium Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 11:17 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- Minnesota Vikings fans expressed strong opinions late Monday about features they want in the team's new stadium, from a retractable roof and more leg room _ to it being shaped like a giant castle.

  • Basic Energy cuts 3Q outlook, gets SEC subpoena Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 11:10 AM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas-- Basic Energy Services, which provides services for oil and gas wells, lowered its third-quarter revenue forecast Tuesday, as some of its September results came in weaker than expected.

  • Murphy to split off its retail division Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:18 AM ET

    EL DORADO, Ark.-- Murphy Oil is splitting in two in order to better focus on the separate tasks of exploration and production, and the sale of gasoline and other goods through its retail locations. Murphy Oil will continue to explore for and produce oil in the U.S., Canada and Malaysia.

  • Murphy to split into separate E&P, retail company Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 9:18 AM ET

    EL DORADO, Ark.-- Murphy Oil is splitting in two in order to better focus on the separate tasks of exploration and production, and the sale of gasoline and other goods through its retail locations. Murphy will become an independent oil exploration and production company focused on the U.S., Canada and Malaysia.

  • Earnings Preview: Southwest seen posting profit Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 6:58 AM ET

    DALLAS-- Traffic and average prices both weakened in September, but analysts believe Southwest Airlines still made money in the third quarter. Southwest, which carries the most passengers within the U.S. of any airline, is scheduled to report financial results on Thursday.

  • Boardwalk unit buys remaining PL Midstream stake Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 6:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP said Monday that a subsidiary has purchased the remaining 65 percent equity interest in PL Midstream LLC from Boardwalk Pipelines Holding Corp. for $269 million. The holding corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Loews Corp. and the parent of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners' general partner.