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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 6:00 AM

Updated: Dec 17, 2013 6:00 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) The new CEO of American Airlines will let employees settle a dispute over the fleet's appearance by letting them pick a design for the tails of planes. They'll get to choose between a stylized eagle that graced the tails for many years, and the bold red, white and blue horizontal bars that replaced the bird earlier this year. Doug Parker, who became CEO last week with the closing of Fort Worth-based American's merger with US Airways, says voting will run through Jan. 2.

DALLAS (AP) AT&T has closed on its deal with Crown Castle International Corp. to lease the rights of 9,000 of its company-owned wireless towers and sell approximately 600 more. The Dallas-based company received approximately $4.83 billion at closing. AT&T says it plans to use the proceeds to buy back stock and pay off debt.

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) Southwest Airlines is adding two new nonstop flights to Portland, Ore., and Oakland, Calif., from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Dallas-based Southwest says the seasonal service begins June 8. The new destinations from BWI Airport were part of the airline's June 2014 schedule update.

HOUSTON (AP) KBR Chairman, President and CEO William Utt will retire from his positions next year. The Houston-based engineering, construction and services company says KBR Inc.'s board has created a search committee to help find Utt's successor. The company says Utt will remain in his current roles until a new CEO is named.

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