WASHINGTON, Oct 3- It's a sad, sticky and increasingly common situation: An elderly relative insists on managing his money, but you suspect he's losing his ability to handle that. Roughly 14 percent of people over 71 have some level of dementia, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Oct 3- The outbreak of West Nile virus that has hit Texas and other states remains on pace to make 2012 the second-worst year on record for the disease in the United States, with another 424 cases and 16 deaths reported last week, government figures showed on Wednesday.
DALLAS-- A federal appeals court has ruled against American Airlines, which tried to block a union election among nearly 10,000 employees. It argued that the union didn't gather enough signed cards from employees to qualify for an election under new rules approved by Congress. In February, Congress raised the standard to 50 percent.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- More than four dozen rice farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas who sought to intervene in a lawsuit against RiceTec Inc. have decided to withdraw from the legal action. Alvin, Texas,- based RiceTec announced Tuesday that the 51 farmers are opting out of the lawsuit.
PORT GIBSON, Miss.-- Entergy Corp. has locked out union security workers at its nuclear plant near Port Gibson, Miss., after contract negotiations with the United Government Security Officers of America Local 36 failed.
NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. natural gas futures slid more than 3 percent early Wednesday amid profit-taking after gaining more than 24 percent over six straight winning sessions. But many traders remained concerned that gas priced at well above $3 per million British thermal units would continue to lose market share to coal for power generation.
In Maine, New Jersey and North Carolina, officials have refused to allow new cyber-schools to open this year, citing concerns about poor academic performance, high rates of student turnover and funding models that appear to put private-sector profits ahead of student achievement.
NEW ORLEANS-- A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed claims by BP fuel stations and convenience stores that the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico diminished the value of the oil giant's brand and cost them business.
BATON ROUGE, La.-- Louisiana lawmakers agreed Tuesday to regulations that will govern a package of new business tax breaks pushed by Gov. Louisiana's economic development secretary will be able to offer three tax incentives to businesses considering whether to relocate or expand here.
Homeowners and renters have received $78 million for housing assistance and $17 million for other types of aid, according to FEMA. FEMA spokesman Ray Perez provided the latest figures Monday. More than 191,000 people have registered for FEMA help.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md.-- Both sides asked a judge Monday to rule in their favor without trial in a fight over a proposal to build a multi-billion-dollar terminal in southern Maryland to export liquefied natural gas.
NEW YORK, Oct 2- U.S. natural gas futures slid nearly 2 percent early on Tuesday in some profit-taking from their five-day, nearly 23 percent run up to their highest mark this year. There are a lot of nuclear plants off line and some near-term cold, but we need to see where the market stands after this cold spell, "one Texas- based trader said.
NEWARK, N.J.-- Authorities say an executive with the NBA's New Orleans Hornets has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon after a handgun was found in his checked baggage at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport.
The decision conflicts with rulings by several other federal circuits, possibly setting the stage for a Supreme Court challenge.
WASHINGTON, Oct 2- Last year's sale from U.S. emergency crude oil reserves has helped battle shrinking capacity or "creep" at the 62 salt caverns in Texas and Louisiana that form the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the Energy Department's inspector general said on Tuesday.
HOUSTON, Oct 1- Entergy Corp and ITC Holdings Corp took another step to advance Entergy's $1.78 billion plan to spin off its electric transmission business, late last week.
DENVER-- CenturyLink Inc. workers in 13 western states have voted to authorize a strike if union leaders can't reach a new contract with the communications company. The union and Monroe, La.- based CenturyLink are trying to reach a new contract for 13,000 employees, who formerly worked for Qwest Communications, before the current contract expires Saturday night.
MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Alabama Power's agreements to purchase wind-generated power put it among the leading investor-owned utilities in the Southeast to pursue the renewable source, a national organization said.
Oct 1- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services said today that it assigned its' BB' issue-level rating and' 4' recovery rating to Monroe, La.- based incumbent telephone company CenturyLink Inc.' s.