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  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Vermont can breathe easy— it won't be required by new federal rules to lower power plant emissions. Vermont, Alaska and Hawaii are the only states exempted from rules the Environmental Protection Agency issued Monday that require other states to cut power plant emissions by 32 percent by 2030, said Chris Recchia, commissioner of the Public...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count down 2 to 874 Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 2:21 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 874.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained three rigs, Louisiana gained two and North Dakota, Ohio, Texas and Wyoming each gained one. Kansas lost four rigs, Utah declined by three, Alaska and...

  • SPARKS, Nev.— Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno. Dressed in polo shirts, tie-dyes and button-downs, about 75 people with medical marijuana cards lined up outside Silver State Relief, between a sub shop and pizza...

  • A blockade in Portland, Oregon, that included environmental protesters dangling from a bridge unsuccessfully attempted to keep a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving for oil drilling in the Arctic. Royal Dutch Shell PLC and other companies want to tap into U.S. Offshore Alaska offers some of the most prolific, undeveloped hydrocarbon basins in the world,...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Authorities used boats, personal watercraft, poles and their bare hands to remove protesters in kayaks and hanging from bridges who had tried to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker bound for an Arctic drilling operation. The Fennica left dry dock Thursday afternoon and made its way down the Willamette River toward the Pacific Ocean soon after...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade. Several Greenpeace activists appeared to bow to orders from police to lower themselves into...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- Greenpeace protesters dangling from a bridge in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday forced back an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in Alaska to start drilling in the Arctic. The 13 Greenpeace protesters, who rappelled down from the bridge over the Willamette River early on Wednesday, are hoping to shorten Shell's Arctic drilling season...

  • WASHINGTON, July 30- The U.S. Senate Energy Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would lift a decades-old ban on the export of crude oil. Senate Energy Committee chair Lisa Murkowski, a Republican senator from Alaska, has been a long-time advocate for lifting the ban, which she said was outdated due to the rise of the United States as an energy power.

  • Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A U.S. Senate panel approved energy legislation Thursday that would lift the 40- year-old ban on crude oil exports and open more areas of the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas exploration. Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, chairman of the panel, championed the bill, which passed by a party-line vote of 12-10. She said...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- Greenpeace protestors dangling from a bridge on Thursday in Portland, Oregon, halted an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in northern Alaska before it can start drilling into the region's oil zone. The 13 Greenpeace protestors, who rappelled down from the bridge over the Willamette River early on Wednesday, are hoping to shorten...

  • *HollyFrontier shares surge, Tesoro falls. July 30- Tesoro Corp held talks to buy smaller rival oil refiner HollyFrontier Corp earlier this year in a bid to join the top echelons of the competitive U.S. refining industry, according to people familiar with the matter. The sources did not disclose Tesoro's offer price for HollyFrontier, which has a market...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— A federal judge in Alaska on Thursday ordered Greenpeace USA to pay a fine of $2,500 for every hour that protesters dangle from a bridge in Oregon and block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving for oil drilling in the Arctic. There was no sign that the protesters were going to abandon the blockade in Portland after the ruling in Anchorage by...

  • Virgin America's 2Q profit beats Wall Street forecasts Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 8:51 AM ET

    Virgin America's second-quarter profit beat Wall Street expectations on cheaper fuel, and the airline plans to grow at a double-digit rate next year after it starts flying to Hawaii. For example, he said, Virgin will resume flights between San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and offer an additional daily flight to New York from both San Francisco and Los...

  • Shell to cut jobs to cope with long period of cheap oil Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 2:52 AM ET

    LONDON— Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on Thursday as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices. Brent crude, a benchmark for North Sea oil, averaged about $62 a barrel during the period, down from $110 in the second quarter of 2014.. Shell plans to bolster earnings through the $70 billion acquisition of...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Mary Hudetz, a former Associated Press journalist and current editor of Native Peoples Magazine in Phoenix, will return to the AP in August to become the news cooperative's law enforcement reporter in Albuquerque. "We are excited to have her join our team in Albuquerque." Her nearly two-year stint as editor of the bimonthly Native Peoples...

  • Cathay Pacific departs Aleutians after emergency landing Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 10:27 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles departed from a remote U.S. air base in the Aleutian Islands late Wednesday morning, hours after making an emergency landing because smoke was detected on board. Flight 884 landed early Wednesday at Eareckson Air Station in Shemya Island, Alaska, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman...

  • Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard said the activists have enough water and food to last for days, and can hoist themselves to allow other marine traffic to pass. The Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica arrived in Portland for repairs last week. "These climbers hanging on the bridge really are at this point the last thing standing between...

  • NEW YORK, July 29- When Matt and Jen Osmun opened their vape shop in Bethel, Connecticut, last December, they didn't expect to get a boost from the local medical marijuana outlet. "Sales are going really well, and getting better every month," said Jen Osmun, who started the business with her husband, a former plumber, after he was injured in an accident.

  • Northrim posts 2Q profit Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 4:11 PM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska _ Northrim BanCorp Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $4.8 million. The holding company for Northrim Bank posted revenue of $25.8 million in the period. Keywords: Northrim BanCorp, Earnings Report.

  • DETROIT— The National Wildlife Federation accused the U.S. Transportation Department on Tuesday of not enforcing a federal law that requires pipeline owners and operators to establish safety response plans for worst-case oil spills in lakes, rivers and other waterways. While the pipelines that spurred the group's action are two side-by-side conduits...