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  • SPRING, Texas-- Investigators say a man suspected of trying to steal copper wire has been found dead at an electrical substation near Houston. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office on Thursday said investigators believe 37- year-old Harold Gene Schneider was electrocuted in the theft process.

  • HOUSTON-- Oil and natural gas driller Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. said Thursday that its third-quarter net income fell almost 38 percent as demand fell for drilling rigs in the U.S. The company earned $50.8 million, or 33 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30.

  • Emergency authorities in Texas City lifted the shelter-in-place order shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday in a storage tank spill involving hydrochloric acid. Diane Tracy with New Jersey- based Dallas Group of America Inc. says company officials are investigating Wednesday night's accident.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Four years after a private eye went to prison for wiretapping phones of the rich and famous on behalf of celebrities and Hollywood heavyweights, his clients are facing hefty bills for his skullduggery.

  • HOUSTON-- National Oilwell Varco Inc. said Thursday that third-quarter profit rose 14 percent, and it predicted strong fourth-quarter demand for drilling rigs used in deep water. Net income was $612 million, or $1.43 per share, compared with $532 million, or $1.25 per share, a year earlier.

  • DALLAS-- Two business associates of former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Eugene Lockhart Jr. have been sentenced to prison in a $20 million mortgage scam. A federal judge in Dallas on Wednesday sentenced William Randolph Tisdale Jr. to 10 years for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud.

  • PORTLAND, Ore.-- Precision Castparts Corp. said Thursday its fiscal second-quarter net income rose 13 percent on demand for commercial airplane parts and the benefit of recent acquisitions. The company earned $332.7 million, or $2.29 per share, compared with $294.7 million, or $2.07 per share, a year earlier.

  • The latest numbers show that young adults 25-29 are the primary out-of-state movers; they had the biggest gain in 13 years as they struck out on their own to test the job market in urban, high-tech meccas such as Washington, D.C.; Denver; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; and Austin, Texas.

  • Emergency authorities in Texas City lifted the shelter-in-place order shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday in a storage tank spill involving hydrochloric acid. Diane Tracy with the Dallas Group of America Inc. says company officials are investigating Wednesday night's accident.

  • FORT WORTH, Texas-- Cash America, a pawn shop and payday lender, on Thursday reported a big drop in earnings but still beat Wall Street's expectations for the third quarter. Cash America International Inc. makes money from loans to consumers, from service fees and from selling jewelry, electronics and other goods in its pawn shops.

  • CHICAGO-- People who collapse from cardiac arrest in poor black neighborhoods are half as likely to get CPR from family members at home or bystanders on the street as those in better-off white neighborhoods, according to a study that found the reasons go beyond race. The findings suggest a big need for more knowledge and training, the researchers said.

  • HOUSTON-- Two Texas pilots who were released after being arrested in Panama on suspicion of money laundering arrived home Wednesday in Houston. American Jet International pilots Carl Moody and Kenneth Chonoski were greeted at George Bush Intercontinental Airport by a crowd of family, friends and co-workers that included company CEO Roger Woolsey and U.S.

  • Emergency authorities in Texas City lifted the shelter-in-place order shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday in a storage tank spill involving hydrochloric acid. Homeland Security coordinator Bruce Clawson says four firefighters and five workers at the Dallas Group of America Inc. unit were transported to a hospital.

  • FRANKFURT, Germany-- BASF SE saw third-quarter profits fall 21 percent as its chemicals business suffered from lower demand, as well as from troubles at a key Texas facility. However, stronger oil sales helped soften the blow, now that the company's facilities in Libya are working again after being shut down last year during the civil war.

  • FRANKFURT, Germany-- Chemicals and oil company BASF SE says profits fell 21 percent in the third quarter as its chemicals business suffered from lower demand and troubles at a key Texas facility. Stronger oil sales helped soften the blow now that now that the company's facilities in Libya are working again after being shut down by fighting last year.

  • HOUSTON-- Retail gasoline prices have taken a tumble this week across Texas. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the statewide average price fell 12 cents to settle at $3.39 per gallon. The association survey found El Paso has the most expensive gasoline in Texas at $3.49 per gallon.

  • Net income rose to $31.3 million, or $1.32 per share, matching the forecast of analysts surveyed by FactSet. A year earlier, the company earned $21.5 million, or 91 cents per share. The shares fell $3.19, or 5.2 percent, to $58.65 in midday trading.

  • *$3 billion bid tops offer from Nationstar Mortgage Holdings. Oct 24- Ocwen Financial Corp and Walter Investment Management Corp on Wednesday prevailed in a bankruptcy auction for Residential Capital LLC's mortgage business with a $3 billion bid that topped rival Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc..

  • DALLAS-- The CEO of American Airlines said the company expects to hire 2,500 pilots over the next five years as it ramps up international flights.

  • DALLAS-- Trinity Industries Inc.' s shares fell in after-hours trading Wednesday after the industrial manufacturer said that manufacturing investments would hurt its performance for the remainder of the year. The Dallas- based company's net income nearly doubled to $63.2 million, or 80 cents per share, for the period that ended Sept. 30.