NEW YORK, Dec 6 - A federal judge on Friday rejected a last-ditch effort by consumers and travel agents to stop American Airlines and US Airways from merging next week, a move they fear would drive prices up and service down and make planes more crowded.
Dec 6 - As millions of people shop online for new insurance plans under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, about 10 percent of applications to the main website are not being accurately transmitted, a government spokeswoman said on Friday.
NEW YORK, Dec 6 - U.S. crude oil ended up for a sixth day on Friday in its longest rally since July and gold and many other commodities rose too as stronger-than-expected hiring by American employers in November boosted confidence in the No. 1 economy.
NEW YORK, Dec 6 - General Electric Co has agreed to pay as much as $18.25 million to settle a class action lawsuit accusing it of rigging bids for municipal securities, court papers filed on Friday show.
* Says Brent-WTI spread widened on U.S. refinery maintenance
MUMBAI - A 700 billion rupee sale of shares in state-run Power Grid Corp Ltd received bids for 6.7 times the stock on offer by close on Friday, in an issue that helps the government inch toward its asset-divestment target.