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Frontier flying to Florida

Frontier Airlines will begin flying from Philadelphia International Airport to Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, Fla., on Saturday. On Sunday, Frontier will begin flights from Philadelphia to Cancun, Mexico, for Apple Vacations in Newtown Square. Frontier also sells seats on the Cancun flight to the public. Frontier said it plans to fly to Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., and Chicago from Philadelphia in the spring. The dates have not been announced. - Linda Loyd

Flight attendants get raises

American Airlines management has agreed to restore about $81 million in annual pay raises to flight attendants lost when members last month defeated a tentative contract by 16 votes out of 16,000 cast. American flight attendants' negotiating committee met Thursday with CEO Doug Parker and other executives who agreed to revise the contract imposed in arbitration last week. The 6.5 percent higher pay gives American's 24,000 flight attendants "the highest hourly rates among our network peers," the company said in a statement. The pay scale, effective Jan. 1, includes a top hourly rate increase from $50.17 to $53.52. - Linda Loyd

Pa. jobless rate falls

Pennsylvania's jobless rate has fallen to another post-recession low even as payrolls remain static and below pre-recession levels, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry. November's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 5.1 percent, which is 0.3 percent lower than October. However, Pennsylvania's payrolls remain below pre-recession levels, while the nation's payrolls surpassed the pre-recession high in May and hit another record high in November. - AP

First Niagara cuts jobs

Buffalo-based First Niagara Financial Group Inc., which has bank branches in the Philadelphia region, said it will eliminate up to 200 management jobs companywide, but will hire 200 people in other positions, aiming for better customer service and to boost competitiveness. - AP


Staples: 1.16M cards affected

Staples Inc., the largest U.S. office-supply retailer, said 1.16 million payment cards may have been affected in a series of data breaches that occurred from July into September. The theft occurred after criminals deployed malware on point-of-sale systems at 115 of Staples' 1,400 U.S. stores, the company said. - Bloomberg News