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STATES SUING POWER COMPANIES OVER POLLUTION EMISSIONS

ALBANY (AP) -- Eight states and New York City have joined to sue five of the country's largest power companies, saying the carbon dioxide they emit can destroy the environment and human health.

A draft statement obtained by The Associated Press states that global warming from greenhouse gases could have catastrophic effects, including increased asthma and heat-related illness, depletion of drinking water supplies, a decline in fisheries and erosion of infrastructure.

Attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin, along with New York City's corporation counsel, filed a public nuisance lawsuit Wednesday in federal district court in Manhattan.

The attorneys general are trying to force the power producers to cut carbon dioxide emissions and curb global warming. The companies named are: American Electric Power Co., Southern Co., Xcel Energy Inc., Cinergy Corp. and the federal Tennessee Valley Authority.

US AIRWAYS TO REDUCE DEPARTURES FROM PITTSBURGH

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- US Airways plans to offer fewer flights to fewer destinations from Pittsburgh International Airport this fall, the airline said Tuesday.

The airline's proposed schedule -- which is still dependent on delivery of new regional jets and other factors -- means US Airways could operate about 240 departures to 65 destinations. That's a decrease from about 370 flights now to 102 destinations.

Airline officials said a reduction of service from August through October will be due to reductions or eliminations in flights of affiliate airlines. A detailed schedule for the fall won't be available until August, the company said.

Earlier this year, Arlington, Va.-based US Airways announced it was modifying its hub-and-spoke network to a point-to-point network.

FREE TRADE WITH MOROCCO?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate committees gave unanimous backing to a trade agreement with Morocco on Tuesday, setting the stage for the north African country to become the United States' eighth free-trade partner.

The full Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure today, and the House on Thursday, with both chambers expected to endorse the measure by wide margins to send it to the president.

Action on Morocco comes less than a week after Congress approved a free-trade pact with Australia and would signify a rare double victory for free traders in an election year, when lawmakers are sensitive to charges that lowering trade barriers leads to the loss of American jobs.

Behind the overwhelming support was Morocco's role as a crucial political ally among Arab countries and general agreement among lawmakers that the country has made progress in worker rights.

DELTA PILOTS OFFER CONCESSIONS

ATLANTA (AP) -- Delta Air Lines' pilots union offered management a new wage concession proposal late Tuesday that it says will save the struggling carrier as much as $705 million annually.

The committee representing Delta's 7,500 pilots said in a statement to the company that its new offer includes a 23 percent pay cut as well as numerous productivity and work rule changes.

The union valued the relief package at $655 million to $705 million in annual savings.

The union said the proposed concessions will be contingent upon a comprehensive restructuring of all Delta's costs. In exchange for the concessions, the union said it is seeking financial returns and corporate governance.

UNITED AIR GETTING LOANS

CHICAGO (AP) -- United Airlines is in advanced negotiations for a new bankruptcy financing package that would extend its funding in Chapter 11 bankruptcy through next summer, doubling the amount of cash available, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

The negotiations also involve a new lender -- General Electric Co.'s GE Commercial Finance -- that would join United's existing financiers if talks are successful, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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