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Great Woman of Texas; Stacie McDavid

“I’ve always been a maverick in a number of ways,” says businesswoman and philanthropist Stacie McDavid.

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Thousands rally across US after Ferguson decision

Thousands of people rallied late Monday in U.S. cities including Los Angeles and New York to passionately but peacefully protest a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo.

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Fort Worth Thanksgiving schedule announced

Thanksgiving closures have been announced, with most Fort Worth city offices – including City Hall – set to close Thursday Nov.27 and Friday Nov. 28 for the holiday, according to a city news release.

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Hope Lancarte of Joe T. Garcia's dies

Hope Lancarte, who ran her father's restaurant, Joe T. Garcia’s, for decades, died Thursday morning.. She was 86.

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Earthquake hits on Saturday near Irving

A 3.3 magnitude earthquake shook the Dallas-Fort Worth area around 9:15 p.m. Saturday night, according to the United State Geological survey.

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Crude oil slightly down ahead of US jobs report


The Associated Press

The price of oil fell slightly Friday as market players readied for the release of a crucial U.S. jobs report.

Benchmark U.S. crude for March delivery was down 16 cents at $97.68 a barrel at 0630 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 46 cents to close at $97.84 a barrel on Thursday, boosted by a positive report on the U.S. labor market and colder temperatures.

Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, rose 12 cents at $107.31 a barrel.

"I think the market is waiting for the U.S. non-farm payrolls figure tonight," said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney, Australia. He said market players may be "positioning and book squaring prior to the jobs figure."

With chilly temperatures across the middle of the U.S. and into the Northeast, demand for heating oil remains strong. That should boost refinery demand for crude oil.

Spooner said he did not expect a lot of movement in the oil price if the jobs figure is not too far away from expectations or even a bit away, given the cold weather that has kept oil prices steady over recent weeks.

The Labor Department said Thursday the number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined 20,000 last week to 331,000, suggesting that Americans are facing fewer layoffs and better job prospects.

In other energy futures trading in New York:

— Wholesale gasoline rose 0.6 cents to $2.689 a gallon.

— Natural gas was down 2.4 cents at $4.955 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil price rose 1.1 cents at $3.006 a gallon.

 

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