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  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The president of Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days. And in an interview with The Associated Press Marvin Odum said he expects further protests against the company's plans for Arctic drilling...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 1- U.S. Navy shipbuilders Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc and General Dynamics Corp on Tuesday said they were keen to build new icebreakers for the Coast Guard, after President Barack Obama pushed for quicker work on the program. Obama on Tuesday proposed buying a heavy icebreaker by 2020 instead of 2022, the previous goal, given that quickly...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 1- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercut threats by fellow Republicans to hold the budget process hostage in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood, saying conservatives do not have enough support in Congress to cut off the group, which is under fire from abortion opponents. Republicans have threatened to push for cutting off the...

  • WASHINGTON— The last major piece of President Barack Obama's health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members when it takes effect in 2018.. The so-called Cadillac tax was meant to discourage extravagant coverage. Critics say it's a tax on essentials, not luxuries.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 1- Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc, which builds aircraft carriers and U.S. Navy warships, on Tuesday said it was keen to bid to build new icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard, after President Barack Obama pushed for quicker work on the program. Huntington Ingalls spokesman Bill Glenn said his company had responded to a request for information...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The White House on Tuesday praised the decision by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to thousands of residents over the wishes of the Republican-led Legislature, calling it the "right decision." Alaska on Tuesday became the 29th state to expand Medicaid, opening up health care through what it calls the Healthy Alaska Plan to an...

  • VARADERO, Cuba, Sept 1- Cubans are flocking to the beach in record numbers before a possible end to the U.S. travel ban that would open the gates to American tourists and bump up prices. Experts say many of those visiting beaches and hotels are able to afford it because they receive money from relatives living abroad, especially in the United States.

  • In the first step of Obama's new timetable, the government would buy a heavy icebreaker by 2020 instead of the previous goal of 2022. The United States used to have seven icebreakers, but the fleet has dwindled to three creaky vessels, only one of which is a heavy-duty vessel, the White House said. "Russia, on the other hand, has 40 icebreakers and another 11 planned or...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 1- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercut threats by fellow Republicans to hold the budget process hostage in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood, saying conservatives do not have enough support in Congress to cut off the group now under fire from abortion opponents. Some Republicans have threatened to push for cutting off the...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— A federal appeals court ruling has revived a bid by environmentalists to block drilling for oil and gas on public lands in Montana until the government looks more closely at climate change impacts. The Montana Environmental Information Center, WildEarth Guardians and Earthworks' Oil and Gas Accountability Project want the government to...

  • The White House said move is required for safety in the changing Arctic- and to keep up with Russia. The U.S. Coast Guard used to have seven icebreakers, but the fleet has dwindled to three creaky vessels, only one of which is a heavy duty vessel, the White House said. "Russia, on the other hand, has 40 icebreakers and another 11 planned or under construction," the White House...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 31- The United States is considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets, several U.S. officials said on Monday. A move against Chinese entities or individuals before Xi's trip, the officials said, is possible but unlikely because of the strain it could put on the...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 31- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a rare public forum on Monday, seeking support for painful belt tightening to solve the city's fiscal crisis, at a meeting dominated by protests over the closing of a high school in an African-American neighborhood. Chants and boos greeted Emanuel, who was forced to agree to meet for the first time with 12 protesters...

  • WASHINGTON— A federal judge on Monday sided with an anti-abortion group in its challenge of a key birth control provision of the Obama administration's health care overhaul. March for Life, which holds annual anti-abortion marches in Washington, was founded in 1973 following the Supreme Court's Roe v. March for Life closely resembles religious groups in that...

  • WASHINGTON— Aides to Hillary Rodham Clinton at the State Department complained about the limitations of using email to discuss sensitive diplomatic information, according to the latest batch of emails released by the agency from Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. The email appears to focus on civil unrest in Iran during the period preceding the Green...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Submerged countries, abandoned cities and floods of refugees await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned Monday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska. His speech to an Arctic climate summit set the tone for a three-day tour of Alaska that will put the state's...

  • Asian imports of Iran oil fall slightly in July Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 1:10 AM ET

    Imports by Iran's four biggest buyers- China, India, Japan and South Korea- totalled just over 1 million barrels per day last month, down 1.3 percent from a year earlier, government and tanker-tracking data showed. Under the accord reached in Vienna on July 14, Iran will be subject to longer-term restrictions on its nuclear programme in return for the removal of U.S.,...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 30- The White House is considering applying sanctions against companies and individuals in China it believes have benefited from Chinese hacking of U.S. trade secrets, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. Suspicions that Chinese hackers were behind a series of data breaches in the United States have been an irritant in relations between...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 30- The White House is considering applying sanctions against companies and individuals in China it believes have benefited from Chinese hacking of U.S. trade secrets, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. Suspicions that Chinese hackers were behind a series of data breaches in the United States have been an irritant in relations between...

  • NYMEX-Oil prices fall on U.S. interest rate comments Sunday, 30 Aug 2015 | 9:04 PM ET

    *Some 31 U.S. senators have pledged to support the nuclear deal with Iran ahead of a Congressional vote by Sept. 17, moving President Barack Obama a step closer to having sufficient backing to ensure the deal stands. *Libya's National Oil Company and Central Bank chairmen met 26 oil majors including BP and ExxonMobil at meetings in London last week in a renewed...