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Top News Links: Wednesday, Oct. 24

BP and plaintiff lawyers: Ignore dissenters

BP has asked a federal judge for final approval on a multibillion-dollar settlement related to Gulf oil spill damages despite objections that have been raised. — The Miami Herald

US downplayed effect of Deepwater oil spill on whales, emails reveal

The plight of wildlife caught up in the oil spill – especially endangered species such as sea turtles and sperm whales – has enormous financial implications for BP. — The Guardian

Honda plans for U.S. growth

According to the company's CEO, Honda's North American sales will rise to "more than 2 million" units by 2016.  — Automotive News

Jefferson County figures in national financial debate

JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs scandals referenced in debate surrounding the power of big banks.— Reuters

Another $400 million loans non-performing

Birmingham-based Regions Financial Corp. fell 7.6 percent, the most in almost a year in New York trading, after the bank said it would move as much as $400 million in loans to non-performing status.— BusinessWeek

Airbus focuses on U.S./Ala.; UK missed out

After failed merger with BAE Systems, Airbus will focus efforts on increasing its presence in the largest aerospace market, the U.S. — The Guardian

Land conservation program 1st of 10 on ballot

The Forever Wild Amendment, which if passed would renew Alabama's wildlife preservation program for another 20 years, may face opposition come November. — WAFF

Trinity Medical appeals for suburban move

Trinity Medical Center appealed a lower court's decision to block the proposed move of the unfinished HealthSouth hospital on U.S. 280.— al.com

Tallassee auto supplier to add 20 jobs

E & I, Inc., an automotive supplier for Hyundai and Kia, announced plans to add 20 jobs and invest $2 million in its operations at Tallassee Industrial Park.— The Birmingham News

Austal administration expansion for Navy contracts

Austal celebrates opening of new Navy Administration Building near Addsco Road to be occupied by the end of the month.— Marine Link

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