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  • US begins flying home deported Mexicans Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:12 AM ET

    SAN DIEGO-- The U.S. government began flying Mexican deportees home on Tuesday in a two-month experiment aimed at relieving Mexican border cities overwhelmed by large numbers of people ordered to leave the United States, some who fall prey to criminal gangs.

  • T-Mobile USA to merge with MetroPCS Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:06 AM ET

    BERLIN-- The parent company of T-Mobile USA says it is merging its cell phone business with MetroPCS Communications. MetroPCS's shareholders will have the remaining stake and receive a payment of about $1.5 billion.

  • Pearson chief executive to step down Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:00 AM ET

    LONDON-- Pearson PLC, the U.K. publisher and education company, said Wednesday that chief executive Marjorie Scardino has decided to step down.

  • Labor standoffs silence orchestras in Minn., Ind. Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- The Minnesota Orchestra was called the world's greatest not long ago, welcome recognition for musicians based outside a top cultural center. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra has already cancelled concerts through Nov. 25 as negotiators argue over a proposal to trim the performers' average salary by $46,000 a year.

  • Ranchers see increase in grass thefts amid drought Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:07 AM ET

    VAUGHN, N.M.-- Petty crime and burglaries aren't unusual in New Mexico's isolated Guadalupe County, but lately Sheriff Michael Lucero has seen thieves steal something a bit unexpected: grass.

  • Rare century-old $5 Alaska bill to be auctioned Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:02 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska-- The $5 bill displayed for decades on Charles Fairbanks IV's wall was long a treasured family heirloom from Alaska. The rare find is expected to fetch as much as $300,000 at auction this month when a Texas auctioneer plans to put it up for bids in Dallas and online as part of the American Numismatic Association National Money Show.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- European stocks were set for a slightly lower open on Wednesday as new gloomy economic data and uncertainty about Spain's debt crisis eclipsed underlying optimism about coordinated monetary support from central banks across the world.

  • UPDATE 1-NORDIC STOCKS - Factors to watch on Oct 3 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:29 AM ET

    HELSINKI, Oct 3- The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Wednesday:. The government, which owns 13.5 percent of Nordea's shares, has been clear it wants to sell its stake and has a mandate from the parliament. It already sold 6.3 percent of Nordea shares in February 2011.

  • NORDIC STOCKS - Factors to watch on Oct 3 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:11 AM ET

    HELSINKI, Oct 3- The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Wednesday:. The Oslo- listed oil driller said it plans to replace Chief Executive Alf Thorkildsen with Fredrik Halvorsen, the head of its Archer affiliate, and is looking to relocate management outside Norway.

  • AA jet returns to DFW due to landing-gear warning Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:39 AM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas-- American Airlines says a jet returned to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport shortly after takeoff because of a cockpit indicator that showed a problem with the landing gear. Airline spokesman James Faulkner said Tuesday that the landing gear was still working and the plane made a safe landing.

  • AA and unions agree to resume contract talks Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:10 AM ET

    DALLAS-- American Airlines and its pilots' union have agreed to resume stalled contract negotiations. Thomas Horton, CEO of American parent AMR Corp., which is operating under bankruptcy protection, said Tuesday he was pleased that "intensive bargaining" was scheduled to begin this week.

  • Cash-strapped states weigh tax policy on drilling Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio-- For decades, one tiny county in the rolling hills of Ohio's rural reaches was a depressed farm community saddled with double-digit unemployment. Now, Carroll County boasts more active oil and gas wells than any other in the state, and the tax dollars are flowing right along with the crude and natural gas.

  • *London, Dubai, Singapore and Houston under consideration. Oct 2- Seadrill Ltd, the world's biggest driller by market capitalisation, said it plans to replace CEO Alf Thorkildsen with the head of its Archer Ltd affiliate, and is looking to relocate management outside Norway.

  • AA pilots expect contract talks to resume Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 7:30 PM ET

    DALLAS-- American Airlines and its pilots' union have agreed to resume stalled contract negotiations. Thomas Horton, CEO of American parent AMR Corp., which is operating under bankruptcy protection, said Tuesday he was pleased that "intensive bargaining" was scheduled to begin this week.

  • *New F-35 official, Navy arms buyer visited Lockheed plant. WASHINGTON, Oct 2- Talks between the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin Corp about a fifth order of F-35 fighter planes have been elevated to a senior level as the two sides debate the last $100- million- plus dividing them, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.

  • American says installation job caused seat snafu Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 5:07 PM ET

    The first sign of trouble showed up last Wednesday, when crews noticed loose seats on a plane that had flown from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Vail, Colo. The seats were tightened again that day in Boston. The same plane had to make an emergency landing Monday when seats came loose shortly after takeoff on a New York- to- Miami flight.

  • TEXT-Fitch cuts Tenet Healthcare notes to 'B-/RR5' Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 5:03 PM ET

    Oct 2- Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings for Tenet Healthcare Corp.' s. The ratings apply to approximately $4.9 billion of debt at June 30, 2012.

  • S&P upgrades outlook on Group 1 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:58 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services upgraded its rating outlook on Group 1 Automotive Inc. Tuesday, saying that the automotive retailer's credit measures have improved since the recession and may make further gains soon. Group 1' s shares rose 93 cents to close at $61.50. The stock has traded between $33.31 and $61.34 in the past 52 weeks.

  • Activists send fake email to Shell workers Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:37 PM ET

    HOUSTON-- Two activist groups said Tuesday they sent an email to more than 71,000 Shell Oil employees that pretended to be from a fake company division and provided information about a U.S. Supreme Court case involving the company.

  • Labor standoffs silence orchestras in Minn., Indy Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:24 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- The Minnesota Orchestra was called the world's greatest not long ago, welcome recognition for musicians outside a top cultural center. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra has already cancelled concerts through Nov. 25 as negotiators argue over a proposal to trim the average musicians' salary by $46,000 a year.