RICHMOND, V.A. Oct 8 - A U.S. bankruptcy court approved Patriot Coal's restructuring plan at a hearing on Thursday, including the sale of a major part of its mines and coal reserves to privately held Blackhawk Mining of Lexington, Kentucky.
* Sept Fed meeting minutes underscore concern about global economy
(Adds flows data, analyst comment, table) By Sam Forgione NEW YORK, Oct 8 - Investors in U.S.-based funds pulled $36.2 billion out of taxable bond funds in the third quarter, marking the biggest outflows from the funds since the fourth quarter of 2008, preliminary Lipper data showed on Thursday. Funds that hold investment-grade corporate bonds posted $30.6 billion in outflows over the quarter to mark their biggest quarterly outflows since Lipper records began in 1992, t
* Asks to extend control over bankruptcy until March 15 (Recasts with potential plan to sell assets)
NEW YORK, Oct 8 - Investors in U.S.-based funds pulled $8 billion out of stock funds in the week ended Oct. 7, marking the biggest outflows from the funds in four weeks, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday.
* Oil adds to gains after forecast (Updates to U.S. markets closing levels)
NEW YORK, Oct 8 - A former senior trader at Deutsche Bank AG pleaded guilty on Thursday to engaging in a scheme to manipulate Libor, the benchmark interest rate at the center of global investigations involving various banks, the U.S. Justice Department said.
NEW YORK, Oct 8 - Billionaire bond investor Bill Gross sued his former employer Pacific Investment Management Co and its parent Allianz SE for $200 million, saying a greedy "cabal" of executives drove him out of the bond fund giant he helped found because they wanted his huge bonus for themselves.
* Treasury Dept. sells $13 billion in 30-year bonds * Wall. St. rallies after FOMC meeting minutes * FOMC minutes support bets on rate hike in 2016 By Tariro Mzezewa NEW YORK, Oct 8 - U.S. Treasuries prices fell on Thursday as the minutes from the Federal Reserve's September policy meeting strengthened the view that the central bank would not raise interest rates this year, spurring investors to pile into stocks from bonds. The minutes showed most Fed policymakers
NEW YORK, Oct 8 - Los Angeles has dropped a lawsuit accusing Citigroup of discriminatory mortgage lending, marking the second time a major bank has escaped claims that it steered the city's minorities into high-cost loans and led to foreclosures and neighborhood blight.
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