WASHINGTON — The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s third-quarter earnings report was stacked with good news: record earnings and lending, fewer troubled loans and higher interest and noninterest income.

Yet there was one statistic that is likely to fuel more calls for help from Washington. The total number of FDIC-insured institutions fell below 6,000 during the quarter, dropping 78 to 5,980.

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