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1. First South Launches More Secure Cards -

First South Financial is preparing to roll out credit cards embedded with new chip technology that offer users more protection than the standard piece of plastic today.

Starting Oct. 1, the Memphis-based credit union will offer its Visa Platinum credit cards with new EMV chip technology. Cards with such technology, according to the Smart Card Alliance, contain embedded microprocessors that support “enhanced cardholder verification methods” and are regarded as more secure when making purchases online.

2. First Horizon Reports Positive Quarter -

For the second quarter of its 150th anniversary year, the Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank reported growth in profit as well as increases in loans, while continuing to reduce the drag of the mortgage business the company sold in 2008.

3. Alternative Banking – Is It For You? -

Ray's take: The world of banking is evolving. Over the past decade we’ve seen an increase in the number of online only, or alternative banks. Whether or not this is a good thing depends on whom you talk to about it.

4. Survey Finds Math, Science Grads Earn Top Dollar -

WASHINGTON (AP) – What you study – math and science are a plus – seems to matter more than whether your alma mater is public or private when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department.

5. High-Skilled Visas Snapped Up in Days -

Businesses seeking highly skilled workers from overseas took less than a week to snap up all 85,000 visas available for next year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday.

The agency had been accepting applications just since April 1 for the 2015 fiscal year quota of the highly coveted H-1B visas, which are used for computer programmers, engineers and other skilled workers employed in the Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

6. Trustee Not Accepting American Express -

The Shelby County Trustee isn’t accepting payments this tax season made with American Express.

Because of ongoing negotiations between a third-party vendor and American Express, the trustee’s office said it isn’t yet able to process property tax payments using American Express. The reason the trustee’s office is spreading this news is that 2013 tax bills and brochures indicated the office would be able to accept American Express in anticipation of an agreement being signed.

7. Trustee Not Accepting American Express -

The Shelby County Trustee isn’t accepting payments this tax season made with American Express.

Because of ongoing negotiations between a third-party vendor and American Express, the trustee’s office said it isn’t yet able to process property tax payments using American Express. The reason the trustee’s office is spreading this news is that 2013 tax bills and brochures indicated the office would be able to accept American Express in anticipation of an agreement being signed.

8. Fury and Frustration Over Target Data Breach -

NEW YORK (AP) – Potential victims of credit card fraud tied to Target's security breach said they had trouble contacting the discounter through its website and call centers.

Angry Target customers expressed their displeasure in comments on the company's Facebook page. Some even threatened to stop shopping at the store.

9. Target: 40 Million Card Accounts May be Breached -

Target is grappling with a data security nightmare that threatens to drive off holiday shoppers during the company's busiest time of year.

The nation's second largest discounter said Thursday that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend.

10. Federal Judge Approves Swipe Fee Settlement -

A U.S. federal judge has approved a $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. over credit card transaction fees.

11. Banks Tweak Checking, Online Options -

As the two banks with the biggest customer deposit shares in Memphis, First Tennessee Bank and Regions Bank must stay closely in touch with their clients’ checking and online banking needs.

12. Kelly Garners Accolade for Pro Bono Work -

To wrap up October as Pro Bono Month, Pamela Williams Kelly of the Law Offices of Pamela Kelly was presented with the Celebrate Pro Bono Award from the Memphis Bar Association Access to Justice Committee and the Memphis Area Legal Services Pro Bono Project.

13. Shutdown Puts Businesses, Foreign Workers in Limbo -

The partial government shutdown has left high-skilled immigrant workers and the companies that employ them in limbo.

The Labor Department’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification is closed and applications for job changes, new hires or any other adjustments for foreign workers are on hold until the government reopens.

14. Dow Average Adds Goldman Sachs, Nike and Visa -

The Dow Jones industrial average is dropping Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard and Alcoa, its three-lowest priced stocks, as part of a six-company shakeup of the most widely known barometer of the U.S. stock market.

15. Business Leaders Make Case for Immigration Reform -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Prominent business leaders and Republicans held a forum in Nashville on Wednesday to build support for immigration reform among the public and members of Congress.

The Senate passed a far-reaching immigration measure in June that includes border security, workplace enforcement and a path to citizenship. But the majority of House Republicans remain opposed to any path to citizenship, creating concerns that legislators will be unable to craft a compromise bill.

16. Car Company's Tunica Plans Haven't Come to Fruition -

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) – It seemed like a win for everyone involved when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in the Mississippi Delta, hire thousands of people and pump out a brand new line of fuel-efficient vehicles.

17. Probe May Cause Issues for More Than DHS Official -

WASHINGTON (AP) – An internal investigation of President Barack Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department has the potential to become a political headache for former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia.

18. Committee Nears Final Vote on Immigration Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Far-reaching immigration legislation neared a final committee vote on Tuesday as the White House and Democratic supporters pressed the panel's chairman to delay a showdown over the rights of gay spouses until a debate in the full Senate.

19. Companies Need to Think Like Venture Capitalists -

Last week we discussed the concept of the intrapreneur and our conviction that companies must add the pressures of failure and constrained resources to get ingenuity. Real entrepreneurs have vision, resilience and fortitude. Their natural drive, focus on survival and ability to pivot with the market is what generates market winners. It is the natural selection process at work. This is why VCs think the team is most critical, and companies looking to innovate should too.

20. More Retailers Object to Credit Card Settlement -

NEW YORK (AP) – A group of retailers and trade groups has launched a last-ditch effort to stop a settlement worth at least $6 billion that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.

21. Amex Paying $112.5 Million in Late-Fee Settlements -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American Express Co. is paying $112.5 million in refunds and fines to settle regulators' accusations that it charged unlawful late fees and deceived customers to pressure them to pay off old debts or buy extra credit card services.

22. Retail Group Opposes Card Fee Settlement -

The National Retail Federation is opposing a proposed $7.25 billion settlement that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.

23. Major Retailers to Launch Mobile App for Payments -

NEW YORK (AP) – A bevy of big-name retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best-Buy Co. and Target Corp., are teaming up to create a company that will give customers another way to make purchases: with their cellphones.

24. As Election Nears, New Rules are Facing Delays -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When the Obama administration agreed to set the first-ever federal limits on runoff in Florida, environmental groups were pleased. They thought the state's waters would finally get a break from a nutrient overdose that spawns algae, suffocates rivers, lakes and streams and forms byproducts in drinking water that could make people sick.

25. Wal-Mart Opposed to $6B Card Fee Settlement -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. urged retailers to reject a proposed $6 billion settlement that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.

26. Regions Unveils Credit Cards for Consumers, Businesses -

Regions Financial Corp. has launched a new suite of consumer and business credit card products, an outgrowth of the company’s announcement one year ago that it’s re-entering the credit card business.

27. Verizon, Comcast Team up to Offer Services -

Verizon Wireless and Comcast are teaming up in Memphis and Southaven to deliver – each other’s services.

Both companies are offering those services and a variety of other incentives for new and existing customers in Memphis, Collierville, Cordova and Southaven.

28. Haslam Won't Sign Foreign Charter School Limits -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam will allow a bill that limits the number of foreign workers at charter schools to become law without his signature, the Republican announced Wednesday.

29. Regions Rolls Out New Product Offerings -

Regions Financial Corp., the parent of the bank that has the second largest share of customer deposits in Memphis, has now finished a companywide rollout of a new suite of products to a new set of customers.

30. MasterCard, Visa Warn of Cardholder Data Breach -

NEW YORK (AP) – MasterCard and Visa said Friday that they had notified issuers of its credit cards of a potential breach of the security of customer accounts. Visa blamed a third company for the error.

31. Paytopia CEO Seeks to ‘Fix’ E-Commerce -

Editor’s note: This is the first in a six-part series on entrepreneurs in the current round of Seed Hatchery’s boot camp.

This is how it starts.

An entrepreneur like Mike Hoffmeyer has a moment when the light bulb flashes. An idea is born, and possibilities for a new way of doing something – and the itch to build a company to do that new thing – start to germinate.

32. Obama Wants Small-Business Bill This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Seeking cooperation in a polarized climate, President Barack Obama called on Congress Tuesday to act quickly on bipartisan measures that would extend tax breaks for small businesses and help startup companies raise money. He said he would sign the legislation "right away."

33. Report: Facebook IPO Filing Could Come Next Week -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Facebook could file regulatory papers as early as Wednesday for its highly anticipated initial public offering of stock, according to a newspaper report.

The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter, said Friday that the social-networking company could raise as much as $10 billion in an offering that would value the company at $75 billion to $100 billion.

34. Analysts Expect Small Profit for Regions -

The bank that controls the biggest chunk of customer deposits in Tennessee and is one of the top two in the Memphis area is likely to post a small profit for the quarter as well as the full calendar year when it reports earnings Jan. 24.

35. New Regions Services Target Unbanked -

One of the biggest banks in the country is preparing to compete directly with payday lenders, check-cashing services and the like in an effort to reach consumers who don’t have a relationship with a traditional bank.

36. Bioworks Foundation Expands Team -

After receiving several competitive government grants, Memphis Bioworks Foundation is expanding its team by hiring for three new positions focused on bringing more bioscience industry jobs to the region.

37. Chase Rolls Out Chipped Card -

NEW YORK (AP) – Chase is rolling out a credit card embedded with a “smart” chip technology that reduces fraud and is already widely used outside the United States.

The British Airways co-branded card, available Monday, Nov. 21, is intended to appeal to frequent travelers who may experience hiccups with U.S. credit cards overseas.

38. Ex-UBS Banker Gets 5 Years' Probation in Tax Case -

MIAMI (AP) – A former banker at Swiss giant UBS AG was sentenced Friday to five years' probation and no jail time for tax fraud as a reward for helping U.S. prosecutors build other tax evasion cases.

39. US Curbs Work Program for Foreign College Students -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The State Department put a freeze Monday on expansion of a program that lines up summer jobs in the U.S. for foreign college students, citing persistent complaints about young people getting ripped off and exploited.

40. MasterCard Q3 Profit Up 38 Pct as Card Use Rises -

NEW YORK (AP) – MasterCard Inc. said Wednesday its third-quarter profit soared 38 percent on a big spike in card use around the world.

41. Celebrities to Sling Cocktails for CLC -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., television personality and former professional wrestler Jerry Lawler, and longtime Fox 13 news anchor Mearl Purvis are among the celebrity bartenders who’ll serve up cocktails Thursday, Oct. 27, at Strut Memphis, a benefit for the Community Legal Center.

42. Lawsuit Says MasterCard, Visa 'Price Fix' ATM Fees -

NEW YORK (AP) – Independent ATM operators are accusing MasterCard and Visa of fixing prices and forcing them to charge consumers set fees.

A lawsuit that the ATM operators filed Wednesday in federal court in Washington, D.C. claims MasterCard and Visa require them to agree to contracts that prevent them from charging less when consumers use cards that can access networks other than MasterCard's and Visa's.

43. Jackson Lewis’ Jones Helps Foreign Workers Come to U.S. -

Being a partner in a labor and employment law firm leads David Jones of Jackson Lewis LLP in many directions, assisting a range of talent from high-level executives to circus performers in their travels to the United States for work.

44. Bioworks Awarded $3.7M Grant -

Memphis Bioworks Foundation has been awarded a four-year, $3.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to deliver high-growth jobs training and jobs-placement assistance for long-term unemployed American workers.

45. US Gets Chance to Catch Up on Credit Card Security -

NEW YORK (AP) – The next time you swipe your credit card at check-out, consider this: It's a ritual the rest of the world deems outdated and unsafe.

The United States is the only developed country still hanging on to credit and debit cards with those black magnetic stripes, the kind you swipe through retail terminals. The rest of the industrialized world has switched –or is in the process of switching– to "smart" chip-based cards.

46. Administration Moves Plan to Ax Hundreds of Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration disclosed plans Tuesday to cut or roll back hundreds of federal regulations, including some that will streamline tax forms at the Internal Revenue Service, let railroad companies pass on installing expensive new technology, and speed up the visa process for low-risk visitors to the U.S.

47. Credit Card Late Payments Hit 17-Year Low in Q2 -

Credit card users are so focused on keeping their accounts in good standing that they’ve driven the rate of late payments down to its lowest level in 17 years.

The national credit card delinquency rate, or rate of payments 90 days or more past due, fell to 0.60 percent in the second quarter, down from 0.92 percent a year ago. That’s the lowest rate since 1994, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion.

48. Bank of America to Sell Canadian Card Business -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Bank of America Corp. plans to sell its $8.6 billion credit card business in Canada to TD Bank Group and will exit its credit card businesses in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

49. Capital One to Buy HSBC US Credit Card Arm -

McLEAN, Va. (AP) – Capital One Financial Corp. said Wednesday that it will buy the U.S. credit card arm of Britain's HSBC for a premium of about $2.6 billion as a way to expand its domestic credit card business.

50. Colbert Gets Conditional OK on Campaign Finance -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Election Commission said Thursday that comedian Stephen Colbert can use his TV show's resources to boost his political action committee, but he must disclose some major expenses as in-kind contributions from the show's corporate owners.

51. Thompson Dunavant Official Earns Special Certification -

William Spilman, payment card industry (PCI) compliance practice leader with Thompson Dunavant PLC, has earned a specialized certification.

Spilman recently completed the education security training requirements necessary to perform a PCI compliance audit and consulting related to the protection of credit card data. He’s also received the Quality Service Assessor (QSA) designation.

52. Visa Makes Moves into Mobile Banking -

Visa Inc. announced two moves on Thursday into mobile banking, buying a company that makes software for mobile banking for users in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and striking an agreement with another company that works with bank customers.

53. Travel Industry Rep Wants US to Speed Up Visas -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A top commercial travel industry representative said Tuesday the U.S. is losing visitors to other countries by making it unnecessarily slow and difficult for prospective international travelers to get visas.

54. Comprehensive Immigration Reform Probably Doomed -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama revisited a key campaign promise when he hosted a White House meeting of elected officials and experts on immigration. But if a major overhaul of the nation's immigration policy is his goal, Republicans in Congress say he shouldn't hold his breath.

55. House Committee Delays Vote on School ID Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House State and Local Government Committee has delayed for a week a vote on a bill that attempts to identify the number of illegal immigrant children in the state's public schools.

56. Judge to Hear Motions in Debit Fee Lawsuit -

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge will hear motions in a bank's lawsuit against the Federal Reserve on the constitutionality of regulations limiting the fees a bank can charge retailers for debit card transactions.

57. Paper Unemployment Checks Being Phased Out -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Paper unemployment checks will be phased out in the state beginning Monday in West Tennessee.

A Visa debit card will be issued instead. The new procedure will begin in East Tennessee April 11 and in Middle Tennessee April 18.

58. Cybercrime Keeps Businesses Attuned to IT Security -

With recent personal information heists receiving national attention, many local business owners are on high alert when it comes to cybercrime.

As Internet crime is evolving every day, so too must the security measures used in order to keep merchants and consumers safe.

59. Dems: Congress Will OK Aid for 9/11 Responders -

WASHINGTON (AP) – New York's two senators said Monday that the votes are there for Congress to approve a scaled-back bill providing extra benefits to emergency workers who responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center.

60. Stores Push Gimmicks for Super Saturday -

Many stores are pushing discounts and other gimmicks for the last weekend before Christmas. Research firm ShopperTrak predicts Saturday will be the second or third busiest shopping day of the year.

61. Good Time to Start A Business in China -

China has become a place where you may increase chances for success.

A non-stop flight to China is 15 hours or “five or six movies” relates John Chen, 36, COO of Sunshine Enterprises of Memphis and a Chinese immigrant. John and partner Wei Chen have 60 workers in the U.S. and 300 in China. He graduated from the University of Memphis and began an import/export business here.

62. Target September Sales Fall Short of Estimates -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A key revenue measurement at Target Corp. rose 1.3 percent in September, missing Wall Street's expectations.

63. DOJ Sues 3 Big Credit Card Cos, May Settle With 2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department on Monday sued the three largest U.S. credit card companies for anticompetitive practices and reached a proposed settlement with two of them, MasterCard and Visa.

64. Despite Economy, Americans Don't Want Farm Work -

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) – As the economy tanked during the past two years, a debate has raged over whether immigrants are taking jobs that Americans want. Here, amid the sweltering vineyards of the largest farm state, the answer is no.

65. MasterCard Sees 20 Percent Profit Growth for 2010 -

NEW YORK (AP) — MasterCard Inc. expects its net income to rise at least 20 percent this year, helped by a small boost from foreign exchange and a modest decline in expenses.

66. Pitfalls Remain With Gift Cards, Despite New Rules -

NEW YORK (AP) – New federal rules for gift cards mean you have longer to use them and don't face as many costs up front. But many problems remain.

For starters, the rules that went into effect last month don't cover all gift cards. And the Americans who spend tens of billions of dollars each year on gift cards – $23.6 billion last November and December alone – still have to pay fees for not using them, and those fees aren't capped.

67. Triche Pays City’s Kindness Forward at Community Legal Center -

When attorney Alicia Triche heard of a job opening at the Memphis Community Legal Center, she was quick to call and express her interest.

“I wanted to give something back to the city that had sheltered me during Hurricane Katrina,” she said.

68. Senate Sends Obama $600M Border Security Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Determined to show a commitment to stopping the flow of illegal immigrants, the Senate convened a special session Thursday and passed a $600 million bill to put more agents and equipment along the Mexican border.

69. Siskind at Forefront of Immigration Law -

When attorney Greg Siskind first thought of opening a solo practice in immigration law in the early 1990s, he wasn’t sure he’d be able to generate enough work for it to be a viable option.

Then he discovered what were then called “newsgroups” on an online service he was playing around with called CompuServe. He knew that would be his ticket.

70. GM CEO Expects Good Demand When Co. Sells Shares -

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – General Motors Co., anxious to get out from under government ownership, expects to sell all of its stock at once when it offers shares to the public, CEO Ed Whitacre said Thursday.

71. MLGW Introduces New Electronic Bill Service -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division will introduce a new My Account electronic bill payment service Saturday that will give residential customers additional payment options.

Payment methods for residential customers will include bank checking or savings account, Visa, MasterCard credit or debit card, Discover card and ATM debit card.

72. Shoppers, Wary of Credit Cards, Get Creative -

NEW YORK (AP) - Shoppers are doing all they can to keep their credit cards in their wallets this holiday season.

They're paying with cash, direct debits from bank accounts, taking advantage of free financing and even cashing in frequent flier miles.

73. Sex Slavery Not Foreign to Memphis, Mid-South -

Among the charges filed against North Carolina mother Antoinette Nicole Davis after her daughter’s body was found in a wooded area Nov. 16 was human trafficking – that she had sold her child into prostitution.

74. Late Credit Card Payments Drop Unexpectedly in Q3 -

For the first time in a decade, more people paid their credit card bills on time in the third quarter this year compared to the second quarter.

The delinquency rate on bank-issued cards such as those bearing MasterCard and Visa logos fell to 1.1 percent for the June-to-September period, from a rate of 1.17 percent in the prior three months, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion.

75. Investor Announces $1B Auto Plant for Tunica -

TUNICA COUNTY – Renowned for growing cotton and building casinos, Tunica County soon will make a name for manufacturing cars.

GreenTech Automotive Inc.’s Chinese owner on Tuesday announced plans to bring one of the most ambitious manufacturing and economic development projects in recent history to the Mid-South.

76. Investor Announces $1B Auto Plant for Tunica -

TUNICA COUNTY – Renowned for growing cotton and building casinos, Tunica County soon will make a name for manufacturing cars.

GreenTech Automotive Inc.’s Chinese owner on Tuesday announced plans to bring one of the most ambitious manufacturing and economic development projects in recent history to the Mid-South.

77. Susser Reflects on 15 Years in Immigration Law -

Lynn Susser, managing partner of Siskind Susser LLP, has been selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in immigration law.

78. State Sues Notario Publico For Misleading Ad -

The Tennessee Attorney General has filed a settlement and a lawsuit against companies for using misleading advertisements aimed at Hispanic immigrants.

State officials say companies and individuals calling themselves “notarios publicos” are not licensed to practice law in Tennessee and should include that disclaimer in all advertisements.

79. New Elvis Credit Card To Help Foundation -

There’s now an Elvis Presley credit card.

Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. and CardPartner Inc. have jointly launched the Elvis Presley Visa Platinum Rewards credit card.

80. AP Analysis: Banks Added 10,000 Branches in Boom -

DALLAS (AP) - Banks expanded at a breathtaking pace over the past five years, adding more than 10,000 full-service branches, but barely 1 in 10 were in inner-city, minority neighborhoods, another sign the financial spending spree skipped over substantial parts of the country.

81. Petitions for US Worker Green Cards Down Sharply -

DALLAS (AP) - The number of petitions from employers trying to bring foreigners to work permanently in the U.S. has declined dramatically over the last two years, an Associated Press review of government data has found.

82. SunTrust Banks Posts Smaller Q2 Loss -

SunTrust Banks Inc. on Wednesday reported a $164 million loss for the second quarter, hurt by higher credit costs and the absence of a gain on the sale of stock a year earlier.

83. Regions Financial Loses $244M in Q2 -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Regions Financial Corp., parent company of Memphis-based Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., reported Tuesday it recorded a loss during the second quarter as it nearly tripled its provision for loan losses – a problem nearly all banks are facing amid the ongoing recession.

84. Q1 Credit Card Delinquency Rate Jumps 11 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) - Credit card holders who in ordinary years might have used their tax refunds to pay down their balances apparently spent the money elsewhere as the recession deepened in the first quarter.

85. SunTrust Raises Most of $2.16B Capital Shortfall -

ATLANTA (AP) – SunTrust Banks Inc. reported Monday that it has raised nearly all of the $2.16 billion in capital required under the government’s stress tests.

86. Credit Card Delinquencies Decline in 4th Quarter -

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans are managing their credit better as the recession deepens – possibly a sign that the new era of responsibility that President Obama has been talking about is taking shape.

87. Foreign Workers Face Stress as Unemployment Rises -

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - For foreign professionals in the United States, the rising unemployment rate is especially daunting.

Laid-off foreign workers are scrambling for temporary visas and seeking advice from immigration attorneys about how long they can legally stay in the country while hunting for jobs.

88. Motel Room Raid Leads to Theft Charges -

Federal prosecutors say it is an identity theft scheme they haven’t seen.

Gabriel Cirlan, 32, is charged with attaching his own card reader to automatic teller machines to steal bank account information and cash. The elaborate scheme also involved Cirlan allegedly hiding computer cameras near the ATMs to steal personal identification numbers from people using them.

89. Airport Motel Room Search Leads To Identity Theft Charges -

A man arrested in an Airport area motel room Dec. 1 was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on three counts of identity theft.

Gabriel Cirlan, 32, is charged with attaching his own card reader to automatic teller machines to steal bank account information and cash. The elaborate scheme also involved Cirlan allegedly hiding computer cameras near the ATMs to steal personal identification numbers from people using the ATMs. With the information, he would then allegedly use an encoder to turn Bass Pro Shops and AMEX gift cards into bank ATM cards.

90. Identity Theft Suspect Accused In Elaborate ATM Plot -

A man arrested in an Airport area motel room Dec. 1 was indicted today by a federal grand jury on three counts of identity theft.

Gabriel Cirlan, 32, is charged with attaching his own card reader to automatic teller machines to steal bank account information and cash. The elaborate scheme also involved Cirlan allegedly hiding computer cameras near the ATMs to steal personal identification numbers from people using the ATMs. With the information, he would then allegedly use an encoder to turn Bass Pro Shops and AMEX gift cards into bank ATM cards.

91. More Americans Resume Using Old-Fashioned Cash -

NEW YORK (AP) - Cash or credit? For more Americans, who have already maxed out their credit cards or are just trying to manage their spending better in the tough economy, the answer is increasingly the old-fashioned one.

92. Delta Has Drawn $1B From Credit Line -

Delta Air Lines Inc. reported this week it has drawn $1 billion from a credit line to give it more financial flexibility as it heads toward completion of its buyout of Northwest Airlines Corp.

The Atlanta-based company, which disclosed that its liquidity declined by $600 million in July, also reported it has reached a deal to extend an agreement with one of its credit card processors.

93. Strong Debit Use Lifts Visa, MasterCard Revenues -

NEW YORK (AP) - As Americans see their home prices plunge, bills climb, and credit lines shrink, they are swiping their credit cards less and their debit cards more - and Visa and MasterCard are still raking in the fees.

94. Federal Reserve Bank Branch Ends Check Processing -

The long-awaited staff cuts at the Memphis branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis became a reality over the weekend as 36 check processing employees were formally laid off, slashing its workforce of 136 by about a quarter.

95. Regions Financial Upgraded by Analyst Based on Valuation -

NEW YORK (AP) - A Citi Investment Research analyst upgraded Regions Financial Corp. Thursday based on the regional bank's valuation.

Analyst Greg Ketron raise his rating on Regions Financial to "Hold," as the bank now trades below his price target of $21.

96. Superior of Ex-Priest Claims He Lied to Pope -

A Dominican priest has claimed he lied to now-deceased Pope John Paul II when he told the pontiff in a letter that he had tried to get other church assignments for a Memphis priest who sexually abused a 14-year-old boy in 2000.

97. FedEx Spends $5.5M to Lobby in 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) - FedEx Corp. spent roughly $5.5 million in 2007 to lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure form posted online Thursday by the Senate's public records office.

98. Girl at Center Of Custody Fight Headed to China -

MEMPHIS (AP) - An 8-year-old girl taken from an American couple and returned to her Chinese parents after a seven-year custody fight faces another big adjustment - moving to China.

Anna Mae He rejoined parents Shaoqiang and Qin Luo He in July under orders from the state Supreme Court. She grew up with an American couple who took her in as an infant to help her financially strapped parents and then refused to give her back.

99. Wells Fargo Loses $1.4B on Equity Loans -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After avoiding major trouble most of the year, Wells Fargo & Co. has finally bogged down in the mortgage muck that's muddying one major bank after another.

Wells Fargo is the fifth-largest U.S. bank and came out in October as the biggest residential real estate lender in the Memphis metro market with $12.22 million in loans, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

100. Frey Named Alpha Eta Society National President -

Dr. William R. Frey recently was selected as the national president of the Alpha Eta Society, the largest scholastic honor for allied health professionals. The organization has more than 60 chapters throughout the U.S.