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  • WASHINGTON, Aug 14- The Obama administration will allow limited sales of U.S. crude to Mexico for the first time, a senior administration official told Reuters, marking another milestone in loosening a contentious ban on exporting domestic oil. The approvals come eight months after Mexico formally sought permission for a swap, a historic step for a nation where...

  • The added Coast Guard presence in the Chukchi Sea off Northern Alaska includes the Waesche, a 418 foot-long national security ship, which otherwise would be operating in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, fighting drug traffickers. "That for me is the opportunity cost," Admiral Paul Zukunft, commandant of the Coast Guard, told Reuters in his office at the...

  • Massachusetts marijuana groups seek pot legalization vote Wednesday, 5 Aug 2015 | 12:40 PM ET

    BOSTON, Aug 5- Two marijuana advocacy groups on Wednesday are set to submit proposed ballot initiatives that would allow Massachusetts voters to decide whether to legalize recreational pot smoking in the state. The proposals from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and the Bay State Repeal say legalizing the drug in Massachusetts would bow to...

  • 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Lisa Murkowski, a Republican senator from Alaska, has been a long-time advocate for lifting the ban, which she said was outdated due to the rise of the United States as an energy power.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- Square Inc., the mobile-payments company founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey, who is also the interim chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., has filed confidentially for an initial public offering, according to media reports. Square has been working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase& Co. on the IPO, Bloomberg and CNBC...

  • WASHINGTON, July 22- The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday granted Royal Dutch Shell its final two permits to explore for oil in the Arctic this summer, but said the company cannot drill into the oil zone until the required emergency equipment arrives to the region. The department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement conditionally granted...

  • WASHINGTON, July 22- The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday granted Royal Dutch Shell its final two permits to drill in the Arctic this summer, but said the company cannot drill into the oil zone yet. Shell must have emergency equipment called a capping stack deployable before drilling into the oil zone in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, the government said.

  • NEW YORK, July 22- When choosing retirement locales, a few factors pop to mind: climate, amenities, proximity to grandchildren, access to quality healthcare. Chris Cooper had something else to consider- marijuana laws. So when Cooper, 57, was looking for a place to retire, he ended up in San Diego, since California allows medical marijuana.

  • July 13- Royal Dutch Shell PLC said on Monday an icebreaker crucial to planned Arctic oil drilling will be sent to Portland, Oregon to repair a gash in its hull, but the issue is not expected to delay the beginning of drilling off Alaska later in July. Voyage time between Portland and southern Alaska should not delay the company's plans to begin drilling off...

  • WASHINGTON, July 9- Lifting the U.S. ban on oil exports would bolster energy security in Europe by allowing countries to find alternative sources, the Czech Republic ambassador to the United States told lawmakers considering a bill to do away with the trade restriction. "The larger the number of stable democracies among the world's exporters, the more robust the...

  • WASHINGTON, July 9- Lifting the U.S. ban on oil exports would bolster energy security in Europe by allowing countries to find alternative sources, the Czech Republic ambassador to the United States told lawmakers considering a bill to do away with the trade restriction. "The larger the number of stable democracies among the world's exporters, the more robust the...

  • Shell's ice management vessel damaged in Alaska Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015 | 3:16 PM ET

    July 7- Royal Dutch Shell Plc's icebreaker vessel Fennica returned to the Dutch Harbor in Alaska with a small breech in the hull, raising concerns about the company's plan to resume drilling in the Arctic later this month. Shell said in June it plans to restart drilling for oil in the Arctic off Alaska as early as the third week of July after a conditional approval...

  • SEATTLE, June 29- U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle- area port on Tuesday so a drilling ship could head for the Arctic on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell. The activists, who have staged frequent demonstrations during the past two months against Royal Dutch Shell's oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea off mainland...

  • 'Unusual' number of wildfires burn across Alaska Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 9:51 AM ET
    Willow Fire Capt. Leo Lashock responds to a wildfire burning near Willow, Alaska, June 14, 2015.

    Authorities in Alaska are reporting a high number of ongoing wildfires that are posing a new threat to homes.

  • The 10 worst states for business in America in '15 Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET
    n abandoned, graffiti-covered home stands adjacent to occupied properties in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana.

    From states with sluggish economies to the worst education systems, find out what set these locales back to make them the bottom 10.