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  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 688 rigs sought oil and 167 explored for natural gas this week. Texas added six rigs and Alaska, Colorado, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Wyoming each gained one. Arkansas, California, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah and West Virginia were unchanged.

  • BUFFALO, New York, April 21- Laicie Manzella lived in a rundown house on Buffalos east side when three of her children tested with dangerously high levels of lead in their blood. A Reuters investigation found at least four city zip codes here where 40 percent of children tested from 2006 to 2014 had high lead levels, making Buffalo among the most dangerous lead...

  • NEW SHOREHAM, R.I.— Twelve miles and a ferry ride from the New England shore, Block Island is one of the last major tourist destinations in the United States without Uber or Lyft— and islanders want it to stay that way. "This is our livelihood," said taxi driver Champlin Starr, a retired oil tanker captain whose family first landed here in the 1660 s. "People come to Block...

  • Russian bombers fly near Alaskan coast again

    Russian bombers buzzed the Alaskan coast Tuesday afternoon, the second time in as many days, according to NBC News.

  • SEATTLE— Thursday marks marijuana culture's high holiday, 4/ 20, when college students gather— at 4:20 p.m.— in clouds of smoke on campus quads and when pot shops in legal weed states thank their customers with discounts. But in recent years, a consensus has emerged around the most credible explanation: that it started with a group of bell-bottomed buddies from...

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— It's the fish tank featuring a colorful reef made of glass marijuana pipes that ultimately sets the Speakeasy Vape Lounge apart from any other strip-mall bar and confirms what it really is: one of the United States' only legal pot clubs. The fact that it and a few dozen like it already exist in Colorado was all but lost in a recent fight over...

  • US fighter jets intercept Russian bombers near Alaska

    The U.S. scrambled jet fighters to intercept two Russian bombers flying near the Alaskan coast Monday night, officials told NBC News.

  • DALLAS— United Airlines' profit plunged 69 percent in the first three months of the year, and that was before the terrible publicity surrounding the dragging of a bloodied passenger off a plane. The cost of fuel, labor and maintenance all rose sharply in the first quarter, helping push United's profit down to $96 million, despite higher revenue.

  • HOUSTON, April 17- BP Plc said workers on Alaska's North Slope had brought under control a company-operated well that spewed oil and gas over the weekend. The leak was discovered on Friday and a team from BP, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and local government was brought in to coordinate efforts.

  • HOUSTON, April 17- BP Plc said workers on Alaska's North Slope had brought under control a company-operated well that spewed oil and gas over the weekend. The leak was discovered on Friday and a team from BP, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and local government was brought in to coordinate efforts.

  • U.S. residents paid Uncle Sam an average of $8,943 per person in federal income, payroll and estate taxes in 2016.. A look at how the District of Columbia and the states rank in per capita federal taxes:. 1. District of Columbia: $36.569.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Federal and state workers have reduced the amount of pressure in an oil well that is misting natural gas on Alaska's frozen North Slope, officials said Sunday. Workers from the Alaska Department of Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Saturday night were able to connect hoses to valves that allow pressure in the well...

  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— Danielle Randolph squinted through rain-splattered windows as the sea freighter lunged upward sharply, then fell into the trough of a 30- foot-tall wave. It was 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 1, 2015, and the Atlantic was boiling over. El Faro, sailing near San Salvador Island in the Bahamas, was being knocked about by the strongest October storm to hit these...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A subsidiary of BP is reporting a crude oil spill on Alaska's North Slope. BP Exploration Alaska Inc. told state regulators Friday that oil is spraying from a well onto a pad and possibly onto the snow-covered tundra. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the spill is ongoing and the volume is unknown.

  • *U.S. firms complain of "structural impediments" in China. Business executives are also worried that President Donald Trump's focus on curtailing North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes could undercut U.S. commercial interests in China. The U.S. business community should not be used as a "bargaining chip", said James Zimmerman, a Beijing- based lawyer and the...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Alaska's picturesque Cook Inlet is home to endangered beluga whales and wild salmon— and a spider web of oil and natural gas pipelines on the sea floor, many of them placed there five decades ago. Cook Inlet's petroleum production is often overshadowed by Alaska's giant North Slope oil fields, but the inlet is in the spotlight as millions of...

  • DENVER— Colorado lawmakers have backed off plans to regulate marijuana clubs, saying the state could invite a federal crackdown by approving Amsterdam-style pot clubs. The Colorado bring-your-own club proposal could have been the nation's first statewide pot club regulation, with Alaska pot regulators recently putting on hold plans there to regulate...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Thursday that 683 rigs sought oil and 162 explored for natural gas this week. New Mexico added seven rigs, Oklahoma gained three, Texas increased by two, and California, North Dakota and Ohio each gained one. Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming were all unchanged.

  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— Danielle Randolph squinted through rain-splattered windows as the sea freighter lunged upward sharply, then fell into the trough of a 30- foot-tall wave. It was 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 1, 2015, and the Atlantic was boiling over. The El Faro, sailing near San Salvador Island in the Bahamas, was being knocked about by the strongest October storm to hit...

  • NEW YORK, April 11- U.S. airlines are bumping passengers off flights at the lowest rate since 1995, a Reuters analysis of federal data showed on Tuesday, even as United Continental Holdings has kicked up a storm over the practice. Passengers bumped off Alaska Airlines flights got the highest average compensation of $1,605, followed by those of JetBlue, who...