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Air France-KLM Group, Europe's largest carrier, plans to eliminate more than 5,000 jobs from its French workforce as it seeks a return to profitability. The cuts, equivalent to 10 percent of posts at the Air France unit, will be achieved through voluntary departures and attrition, with the Paris-based company seeking to avoid firings, it said today in a statement. Jean-Cyril Spinetta, recalled as chief executive officer last year after a profit drop forced the exit of Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, said in January he's seeking a deal to deliver more than $2.5 billion in annual savings that he reckons are needed to secure the long-term future.

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The mastermind of a crime ring that crafted phony credit credits to go on a million-dollar shopping spree at Apple stores around the country is headed to a New York prison for 41/2 to nine years. Shaheed Bilal was sentenced Thursday. Prosecutors say his scheme involved 27 people and victimized Apple stores from Orlando to Portland, Ore. The 29-year-old Bilal pleaded guilty in April to grand larceny.

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A consultant's study for Georgia transportation officials found that high-speed passenger trains connecting Atlanta with Jacksonville; Louisville, Ky; and Birmingham, Ala.; would be economically feasible. Morris News Service reports consultant HNTB presented the study's findings to Georgia's State Transportation Board on Wednesday. The study identified possible train stations in Griffin, Macon, Savannah and Brunswick on the route through Georgia. Officials say the feasibility study was the first of many steps in setting the final course of the train routes and securing funding.

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Moody's Investors Service lowered the credit ratings of 15 of the world's largest banks late Thursday, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, saying their long-term prospects for profitability and growth are shrinking. The ratings agency said it was especially concerned about banks with significant financial markets businesses because those markets have become so volatile. Some of the largest European banks were also downgraded, including Barclays, Deutsche Bank and HSBC.

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"The steady drip of dreary economic data and deteriorating labor market is reshaping public expectations."

JOSEPH BRUSUELAS, Bloomberg LP senior economist, on news that the share of households viewing the economy as heading in the right direction fell to 22 percent, the lowest since January

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$78B

THE AMOUNT that Spain's bank bailout could cost, according to independent auditors hired by the government to assess the country's struggling financial sector.

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THE BOTTOM LINE: The annual cost to charge an iPad is just $1.36, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit research and development group funded by electric utilities ... Turner Broadcasting System is in talks to buy San Francisco-based sports news website Bleacher Report.

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