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  • NEW ORLEANS-- A landfill executive awaiting trial on charges he conspired with his brother-in-law to embezzle nearly $1 million from a New Orleans- based construction management company was indicted Thursday on new charges stemming from an alleged tax fraud scheme.

  • *Coming up: Baker Hughes gas drilling rig data Friday. NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. natural gas futures edged lower early on Friday, which traders blamed on some profit taking after the front month rose to a fresh 2012 high in electronic trade. As of 9:51 a.m., front-month November natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY-- Oklahoma-based Devon Energy Corp. says it will close its office in Houston and transfer operations to Oklahoma City. The oil and gas company has about 500 employees in its Houston office, which now serves as the operations center for Devon's oil and natural gas fields in south and east Texas and Louisiana.

  • DENVER-- Forest Oil is selling all of its South Louisiana properties for about $220 million as part of its plan to shed some non-core assets. Forest Oil Corp. previously announced that it is selling its East Texas natural gas gathering assets for $34 million. The Eagle Ford shale formation stretches from the western Texas- Mexico border to Louisiana.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- Louisiana- made films are being shown alongside the work of filmmakers from across the world at the New Orleans Film Festival, which opened Thursday night with a red-carpet showing of the Louisiana- shot thriller "The Paperboy."

  • NEW ORLEANS-- Federal scientists and BP say oil appears to have leaked last month from the drilling wreckage lying at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico near where a BP well blew out in 2010, causing the nation's worst offshore spill.

  • ,operator of the largest independent fleet of for-hire oil trucks in the United States, said on Thursday it has agreed to buy OMNI Energy Services Inc for $445 million to boost the size of its U.S. oilfield production and environmental services business.

  • BEREA, Ohio-- With as much purpose as any tackle he's ever made, Scott Fujita delivered a shot to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Angered by Goodell's handling of the New Orleans Saints' bounties scandal, Fujita accused the commissioner of misusing his power, questioned his record on player safety, and the Browns linebacker vowed to keep fighting to clear his name.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- The New Orleans Film Festival opens Thursday with a red carpet showing of the Louisiana- shot thriller "The Paperboy."

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- U.S. natural gas futures edged higher early on Thursday as near-term cool weather and continuing nuclear power plant outages kept demand strong ahead of a weekly inventory report.

  • Oct 11- Devon Energy Corp:. *Will close its office in Houston. *Reorganization charges are expected to approximate $125 million, with $100.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- The Coast Guard says an oil sheen near the site of the massive BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico matches oil from the 2010 disaster. The Coast Guard says its tests established the oil came from the BP well.

  • WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • WASHINGTON-- Supreme Court justices sharply questioned the University of Texas' use of race in college admissions Wednesday in a case that could lead to new limits on affirmative action. Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could be decisive, looked skeptically on Texas' defense of the program. "

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. natural gas futures traded nearly flat early on Wednesday, with some follow-through buying after the previous day's modest rally underpinning prices despite milder Northeast and Midwest weather forecasts for next week that should slow demand.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith and the NFL players union left little doubt they remain determined to challenge Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority to suspend players in connection with the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.

  • Another $18 million has been provided for other types of individual assistance, according to FEMA. FEMA spokesman Ray Perez provided the latest figures Tuesday. More than 194,000 people have registered for FEMA help.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- The School of Nursing at Loyola University of New Orleans has received a two-year, $700,000 federal grant from the Health Research and Services Administration. The university said Tuesday that the money is to support doctoral students pursuing the credential of "Advanced Practice Registered Nurse" in primary care.

  • GRAPEVINE, Texas-- Spirit Airlines Inc. on Dec. 1 will open a flight attendant and pilot crew base at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as it expands operations in Texas. The low cost carrier also plans an open house in Dallas for potential flight attendants.

  • NEW ORLEANS, Oct 9- New Orleans on Tuesday canceled an advisory about possible bacterial contamination of its water supply, the second time in two years that a power outage in its aging water system had prompted a health warning. "Tests confirmed water in the city is safe to drink," the Louisiana port city's government said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.