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  • Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town

    Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:55:47 GMT
    Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.
    Residents and emergency crews are waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.
  • Zimmer buying Biomet in deal valued at $13.35B

    Zimmer buying Biomet in deal valued at $13.35B

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:55:29 GMT
    Orthopedic device maker Zimmer is buying privately-held Biomet in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $13.35 billion. Zimmer says the deal will expand its product offerings and services.
    Orthopedic device maker Zimmer is buying privately-held Biomet for about $13.35 billion in a move aimed at helping expand its product offerings and services.
  • Southwest Airlines posts a record 1Q profit

    Southwest Airlines posts a record 1Q profit

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:55:19 GMT
    Southwest Airlines says it made a record $152 million in the first quarter, more than doubling the $59 million profit it had during the same time last year.
    Southwest Airlines Co. said Thursday that it made a record $152 million in the first quarter, more than doubling the $59 million it earned during the same time last year.
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