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  • BATON ROUGE, La.-- The LSU governing board backed a plan Thursday to deepen cuts to $152 million for the university-run public hospitals that care for the poor and uninsured, eliminating dozens of inpatient beds, clinic services and nearly 1,500 jobs.

  • Starbucks is making an app for that. A similar option will also be available on Square, a new payment app that Starbucks customers will be able to use starting in November.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- The Coast Guard says an estimated 76 gallons of crude oil spilled from an oil platform operated by Apache Corp. off the coast of southeast Louisiana. Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough said the spill was reported to authorities on Tuesday.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- Some New Orleans residents and city officials are pushing back against tour operators who bus out-of-towners into the city's Lower 9th Ward, where Hurricane Katrina unleashed a wall of water that pushed homes off foundations and stranded residents on rooftops when the levees failed.

  • They join returnees Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Kraftwerk among the 15 artists vying for entry.

  • Oct 3- American Airlines and its pilots union resumed contract talks Wednesday, but other problems continued to beset the bankrupt carrier. "I will never ride on American Airlines ever again," said Tony Palm, who was stranded when a connecting flight on American from Chicago to New York's LaGuardia airport was canceled last month.

  • Wednesday's decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans came amid a separate labor dispute by the airline's 8,000 pilots and its parent company, AMR Corp., which filed for bankruptcy in November.

  • Oct 3- American Airlines and its pilots union resumed contract talks Wednesday, but other problems continued to beset the bankrupt airline. "I will never ride on American Airlines ever again," said Tony Palm, who was stranded when a connecting flight on American from Chicago to New York's LaGuardia airport was cancelled last month.

  • CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF: A federal appeals court overturned a ruling that would have blocked a union election for passenger-service agents at American Airlines. The Communications Workers of America wants to represent them in contract bargaining with the company. National Mediation Board, 12-10680 at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

  • Oct 3- American Airlines, Inc lost a court battle in its effort to block a union election vote by nearly 10,000 passenger service agents. Wednesday's decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans came amid a separate labor dispute the airline's 8,000 pilots and its parent company, AMR Corp., which filed for bankruptcy in November.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • The decision conflicts with rulings by several other federal circuits, possibly setting the stage for a Supreme Court challenge.

  • 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.

  • John Ketterer complained that white co-workers at the Yellow Transportation Inc terminal in Dallas subjected him to harassment including obscene slurs, circling him in a threatening way and throwing a lit firecracker at him for his support of black and Hispanic co-workers.

  • *Hearings to start Oct. 15, extend into December* Entergy wants plant to run for another 20 years* New York Governor Cuomo opposes license renewal By Scott DiSavino.

  • *Entergy wants plant to run for another 20 years. Oct 1- A three-judge panel of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will start hearings Oct. 15 on challenges to the license renewal application for Entergy Corp's Indian Point nuclear power plant north of New York City.

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