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  • DALLAS— Southwest Airlines says it has reached an agreement with union negotiators on terms for a new contract with pilots, whose approval would be needed before it takes effect. Southwest Vice President Craig Drew says the process is far from complete but the company is pleased to have this agreement. Shares of Dallas- based Southwest Airlines Co. fell 29 cents...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 3- Puerto Rico is getting attention from 2016 presidential hopefuls, who are making early stops in the U.S. territory, likely in part because of the fast-growing number of Puerto Ricans living in the key battleground state of Florida. Then comes Florida with 987,663; New Jersey with 478,439; Pennsylvania with 418,792, Massachusetts with 283,568;...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 3- Before they found fame, or found each other, what did celebrity couples like Dr Phil and Robin McGraw do in their first jobs? In the latest in Reuters' monthly' First Jobs' series, we talked to couples who work as TV personalities, actors, models or authors about their first gigs and found their starts were often humble. Phil: Back in Oklahoma City, I had...

  • ZURICH, Sept 3- A ship built by the CIA for a secret Cold War mission in 1974 to raise a sunken Soviet sub is heading to the scrap yard, a victim of the slide in oil prices. Christened the Hughes Glomar Explorer, after billionaire Howard Hughes was brought in on the CIA's deception, the 619- foot vessel eventually became part of the fleet of ships used by Swiss company...

  • COLUMBUS, Ky.— Part of the Mississippi River was closed as crews investigated an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday. The cargo tank was ruptured, causing thousands of gallons of oil to spill into the river, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard said it was working with the barge owner, Inland Marine Services, and an oil...

  • CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, Sept 2- The closure of two ethanol plants this week and proposed sale of a third highlight the growing challenges faced by small producers located far from cheap feedstock supplies in the U.S. The biggest producers such as No. 1 Archer Daniels Midland Co and Green Plains Inc said they have benefited this summer from better-than-expected fuel...

  • DALLAS— More than 14.2 million people are expected to fly over the seven days surrounding the Labor Day holiday, a 3 percent increase from last year, according to Airlines for America, the industry's trade and lobbying group. For instance, 1.14 million people are expected to use intercity buses, an increase of 5 percent compared to last year, according to the...

  • The New York- based Islamic Circle of North America has erected 100 billboards over the summer that feature statements such as: "Muhammad believed in peace, social justice, women's rights" and "Muhammad always taught love, not hate; peace, not violence." They are in cities including Boston; New York; Phoenix; San Diego; El Paso and Austin, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee;...

  • NCI Building beats 3Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 4:21 PM ET

    HOUSTON TEXAS, Texas _ NCI Building Systems Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $7.2 million. The Houston Texas, Texas- based company said it had net income of 10 cents per share. NCI Building shares have dropped 46 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Sept 2- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it would reopen in late October to early November five U.S. stores whose closure had prompted a union to file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board claiming retaliation against workers for organizing. Wal-Mart announced the store closures in April to fix plumbing and other repair issues. In the complaint the UFCW...

  • BOSTON, Sept 2- An Oscar-nominated HBO documentary that showed American homeowners near hydraulic fracturing sites setting fire to their tap water may have been the main trigger for a surge in public opposition to the oil and gas production technique, according to a study to be published next month. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this year concluded...

  • The retailer will start hiring workers for the stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and California, and would encourage previous employees and those that had transferred to other stores to apply, company spokesman Lorenzo Lopez said.

  • Fed report shows autos and housing fueling US growth Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— While U.S. housing and auto sales showed strength over the summer, manufacturers were feeling pressure from China's economic slowdown and the oil industry was squeezed by lower energy prices. One of the Fed's regions— Cleveland— reported only slight growth. The recent stock market turbulence, triggered by worries about China's slowdown, has led...

  • Blue Bell resumes production at Oklahoma facility Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 7:52 AM ET

    BROKEN ARROW, Okla.— Blue Bell Creameries has resumed operations at a northwestern Oklahoma facility a day after the company's products returned to the shelves at select locations in Texas and Alabama. The Texas- based company says limited production resumed Tuesday at the facility in Broken Arrow, a Tulsa suburb. A facility in Sylacauga, Alabama started...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. transportation officials on Wednesday offered $10 million in grants for states to upgrade highway-rail crossings and tracks in response to a recent surge in flammable fuel shipments. The announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation comes as rail crossing collisions have increased over the past several years, following more...

  • SHERMAN, Texas— A judge in Sherman has sentenced a man to 17 ½ years in prison for swindling investors with a fake story about a Walt Disney theme park in North Texas. Thomas W. Lucas Jr. of Plano was also ordered to pay $8.4 million in restitution Tuesday. The Walt Disney Co. has denied rumors of a North Texas theme park.

  • The data paints a clearer picture of the racial disparity in arrests and deaths across California and comes as a number of high-profile, police-involved deaths of young black men has ignited a national debate on police practices. In addition to being arrested and dying in disproportionate numbers, black juvenile males who are arrested are booked into jail at...

  • NEW YORK— Energy company ConocoPhillips, which has already cut 1,000 jobs this year, says it will eliminate around 1,810 more positions following a plunge that took oil prices to their lowest levels in years. ConocoPhillips plans to eliminate more than 500 jobs in Houston, where it is based. ConocoPhillips had 18,100 employees on June 30.

  • JERUSALEM— Egypt's new natural gas bonanza is causing an uproar in Israel, with energy stocks plummeting and recriminations over indecisiveness and infighting that have delayed production from the country's own gas fields. The government is currently struggling to get parliament to approve its natural gas business plan, but observers fear Israel may need...

  • 7-Eleven expands deliveries, but Slurpees not included Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 | 12:26 PM ET

    Customers in Chicago, Los Angeles and parts of New York can order other items from the convenience store chain, including chicken wings, cold medicine and paper towels. Stores in Washington D.C. and Boston will offer delivery in the coming months, the companies said, and more cities are planned. McDonald's, Chipotle and Starbucks are working with delivery company...