Fewer US banks failing as industry strengthens - Article Photos 1/4

In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 photo, people walk past a Bank of America branch in Philadelphia. U.S. banks are closing the year with the strongest profits since 2006 and fewer failures than at any time since the financial crisis struck in 2008. They're helping support an economy slowed by high unemployment, flat pay, sluggish manufacturing and anxious consumers. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)