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Lower fuel costs add up to bigger profits for Southwest Airlines

Southwest's fuel bills dropped, thanks to the sharp slide in oil prices since last summer. The airline paid $2 per gallon, down from $3.08 a year ago, and the savings added up to $437 million.

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A small victory for fliers: Summer domestic fares take a tiny dip

The average roundtrip domestic ticket this summer now stands at $454, down $2 from last summer.


Drought expands across large sections of America's crop lands

Drought conditions have broadened in the Midwest, affecting nearly a quarter of the country's corn production.

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Obama praises federal payday lender rules, says he'll veto limitations

The President's remarks come after a federal proposal to set rules on payday lenders, a multibillion-dollar business that has been regulated only at the state level.

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Higher nursing home bills squeeze insurers, drive up rates

In 2014, the average bill for a shared room in a nursing home topped $6,000 a month. With rising costs, many insurance companies have either scaled back or stopped selling long-term care policies.  


Harvard business grad accused of defrauding investors in $40M mutual fund

Daniel Thibeault of Massachusetts was a manager of a mutual fund that claimed to invest in consumer loans to people with graduate degrees, but he spent the money on himself. 


T-Mobile offers new phone deals to people with bad credit

The nation's No. 4 wireless carrier said Thursday that such deals were previously only available to people with good credit.

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Barra: 1st year as General Motors CEO was marked by disappointment, progress

Barra says GM wiould support a national database so automakers can quickly find owners of recalled cars.

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