Bank One Corp.'s credit card problems brought down both its third-quarter earnings and the chief executive officer of its First USA subsidiary.

Along with its posting of a 12% earnings decline -- one that marred the otherwise stellar string of gains reported by top banking companies in recent days -- Bank One said Tuesday that Richard W. Vague, who until recently had been increasing his consumer credit responsibilities and taking on rising-star status, had "decided to resign to pursue other interests."

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