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  • US deficit tops $1 trillion for fourth year

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. budget deficit has topped $1 trillion for a fourth straight year, but a modest improvement in economic growth helped narrow the gap by $207 billion compared with last year. The Treasury Department said Friday the deficit for the 2012 budget year totaled $1.1 trillion.

  • CPUC gives initial nod to $2.2B gas safety plan

    The money is aimed at improving record-keeping and safety testing of PG&E's gas transmission lines after the Sept. 9, 2010, blast that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in the bedroom community.

  • LAS VEGAS-- Two men who say they're Berkeley, Calif., law school students have been arrested after police say they killed and decapitated an exotic bird that was part of a Las Vegas resort attraction.

  • Southwest changes tune, raises fares

    DALLAS-- Southwest Airlines is making a 180- degree turn and raising fares on many routes by up to $10 per round trip. But on Friday, Southwest raised fares $2 each way for trips under 501 miles, $3 each way for 501 to 1,000 miles, and $5 each way for longer trips.

  • DALLAS-- American Airlines says it will modify seats on 49 more planes to prevent rows of seats from coming loose during flight. Crews will add a "secondary locking device" to seats in most of American's Boeing 767 s, spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said Friday. The seats involved are made by Weber Aircraft LLC, which did not immediately return calls for comment.

  • NPS Pharma jumps ahead of Gattex FDA review

    NEW YORK-- Shares of NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc. surged to their highest price in more than six years Friday as investors hope that a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will recommend that the FDA approve NPS' bowel drug Gattex.

  • Earnings schedule for week of 10/15/2012

    Citigroup Inc. reports quarterly financial results. CSX Corp. reports quarterly financial results. Intel Corp. reports quarterly financial results.

  • Fitch upgrades Burger King on stronger sales

    Fitch Ratings upgraded its credit rating on Burger King Friday, saying it's attracting more customers with an updated menu, cutting costs and franchising stores. That cuts costs for Burger King Worldwide Inc. while increasing revenue with franchise fees and royalty. Burger King is also trying to ramp up growth by expanding overseas.

  • WORKDAY WORKS: Shares of Workday Inc. jumped 74 percent to close at $48.69 on their first day of trading Friday. ABOVE RANGE: The cloud-based human resources software provider priced shares at $28 apiece, above the projected range of $24- $26. TICKER TAPE: Pleasanton, Calif.- based Workday trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "WDAY."

  • AMR seen likely to try again to spin off Eagle

    DALLAS-- The CEO of American Eagle says he expects that the regional affiliate of American Airlines will still be sold or spun off as a separate company after American emerges from bankruptcy protection.

  • American says more planes need repairs to seats

    DALLAS-- American Airlines says it will do repairs on 49 more planes to prevent the seats from coming loose during flight. Airline spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said Friday that crews will add a backup locking device to seats in most of its Boeing 767 s. Huguely says the work started Thursday and will be done by Oct. 21.

  • WASHINGTON-- The United States has now spent $1 trillion more than it's taken in for four straight years. The Treasury Department confirmed Friday what was widely expected: The deficit for the just-ended 2012 budget year _ the gap between the government's tax revenue and its spending _ totaled $1.1 trillion.

  • Wells Fargo, Infosys, Ecolab are market movers

    NEW YORK-- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market:. Wells Fargo& Co., down 93 cents at $34.25. STMicroelectronics NV, up 36 cents at $6.

  • Administration delays China currency report

    WASHINGTON-- The Obama administration is delaying a decision that had been due Monday on whether China is manipulating its currency to gain trade advantages. GOP challenger Mitt Romney has attacked the administration for not targeting China for unfair trade practices.

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Backers of a proposal to increase Missouri's lowest-in-the nation cigarette taxes wrapped up a statewide bus tour Friday at the state Capitol. Missouri voters next month are considering an initiative that would raise the state cigarette tax to 90 cents per pack while also increasing taxes on other tobacco products.

  • Bunge-Ergon to close Vicksburg ethanol plant

    JACKSON, Miss.-- Bunge-Ergon will suspend ethanol production at its Vicksburg plant by the end of November, saying high corn prices make it impossible to profitably make ethanol. Ergon also operates an asphalt and lubricant oil refinery in Vicksburg and has a towboat company based there, with about 250 other employees.

  • LOS ANGELES-- The powerful Los Angeles Department of Water and Power sued air regulators Friday over demands to control dust from Owens Lake nearly a century after the exploding metropolis siphoned water to quench its growing thirst.

  • Santander pulls out of deal for UK RBS branches

    LONDON-- Royal Bank of Scotland said Friday that Spanish bank Santander has backed out of its deal to buy 316 of RBS branches in the U.K., leaving the bailed-out bank looking for a new buyer. In August 2010, Santander agreed to buy the 316 RBS branches in England and Wales, along with the NatWest branch business in Scotland, but the deal was delayed several times.

  • Definitions of government deficit and debt

    Here's what's meant by the deficit and the debt _ and how the government can address them:. The amount by which spending exceeds revenue during a budget year. The total U.S. debt tops $16 trillion.

  • Profits soar at 2 largest mortgage lenders

    The country's two biggest mortgage lenders, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase, reported Friday that a surge in home lending pushed them to record profits. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon declared that the housing market "has turned the corner." JPMorgan wrote $47 billion in mortgages, compared with $37 billion last year.