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  • NEW ORLEANS— The Latest on a Shell oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says its investigators are on Shell's Brutus platform to determine what caused the leak. Shell says crews are preparing to clean up an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after about 88,200 gallons of oil were released from a flow line about 90 miles off...

  • BONNYVILLE, Alberta, May 13- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday saw the devastation caused by a wildfire that blazed through the Alberta town of Fort McMurray and forced several oil sands operations to shut. "The people of Fort McMurray have been through so much and are still standing strong," Trudeau said via Twitter. Earlier, Trudeau met Fort...

  • BABYLON, N.Y.— Matt Price and his wife, Carla, are gambling that the devastation inflicted by Superstorm Sandy will be their key to the American dream of home ownership. Their prize was a modest, four-bedroom cape in Babylon that sits across from a boatyard and a canal that spilled over its bulkheads during the historic storm. "Sandy was a very unique situation," he said,...

  • FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta— Canada's Prime Minister arrived in wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray on Friday and after taking a helicopter tour to assess the damage said he doesn't think most Canadians comprehend yet the scope of what happened in the oil sands capital, where more than 88,000 people were forced to evacuate. Just Trudeau arrived in the northern Alberta...

  • WANDERING RIVER, Alberta, May 13- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will on Friday see the devastation caused by a wildfire that tore through the Alberta town of Fort McMurray and forced several oil sands operations to shut down. After touring the most damaged areas, Trudeau will hold a news conference with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at 5:15 p.m. ET in...

  • TORONTO, May 12- Payday lenders could take advantage of cash-strapped evacuees who were forced to leave their homes when a massive wildfire spread through the Fort McMurray, Alberta, area, an Alberta government minister said on Thursday. The remarks by Alberta's Service Minister Stephanie McLean came as the Canadian province announced a crackdown on payday...

  • EDMONTON, Alberta— Alberta will have a plan within two weeks for getting residents of the wildfire-ravaged oil sands capital Fort McMurray back into their homes, even as fire conditions were forecast to worsen, the province's municipal affairs minister said Thursday. Danielle Larivee told reporters she realizes how difficult it is for evacuees— thousands of...

  • KATHMANDU, Nepal— Nepal's earthquake reconstruction agency has increased by more than $1 billion its estimate of the money needed to rebuild nearly 1 million houses damaged by a powerful earthquake last year. The Reconstruction Authority said in a report Thursday that $7.86 billion will be required, up from the $6.69 billion estimated last year by the...

  • Below is a summary of changes insurance companies have made in the state in recent years, based on Oklahoma Insurance Commission filings:. Company Date Action Armed Forces Aug 8, 2014 Increases earthquake premiums by 1- 3 cents per Insurance $1,000 of coverage. Chubb Ltd Dec. 19, Increases earthquake premiums to $0.33 per $1,000 2014 of coverage from $0.30.

  • Meanwhile, the premier of the province of Alberta and the head of the Canadian Red Cross announced that residents of Fort McMurray, the oil-boom town that was evacuated last week because of the fire, would be offered direct financial aid. Smith said they would be flown to Suncor's Firebag site, about 120 km north of Fort McMurray, and transported by bus to the base...

  • FORT MCMURRAY/ LAC LA BICHE, Alberta, May 11- R econstructing Fort McMurray will be easier than first feared since much of the city's critical infrastructure remains intact but the once booming oil town will be smaller than before, according to its mayor. Fort McMurray Mayor Melissa Blake said the fire is a chance to "right size" the city after the energy slump left it...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, May 11- Brazilian regulators plan to tighten rules on dams used in the mining industry after a breach last year caused the nation's worst environmental disaster but the changes, while opposed by struggling companies, look unlikely to improve safety. But engineers, prosecutors and tailings dam experts interviewed by Reuters say the changes will...

  • EDMONTON, Alberta, May 11- Market participants are closely watching on Wednesday for the prospect of further restarts by Canadian oil sands producers near wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray as some companies began slowly bringing operations back online. Facilities north of the one-time Alberta boomtown that had been shuttered largely because of heavy smoke...

  • FORT MCMURRAY/ EDMONTON, Alberta, May 10- Oil sands companies around the Canadian energy center of Fort McMurray began to resume production on Tuesday after an out-of-control wildfire forced a shutdown a week ago, and energy executives met with province leaders who reported the town was less damaged than first feared. Royal Dutch Shell Plc became the first...

  • FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, May 10- Oil sands companies around wildfire-hit Fort McMurray hoped to resume production on Tuesday after an initial inspection found the Canadian boomtown was less severely damaged than first feared. Royal Dutch Shell Plc resumed production at its operation in the center of Canada's oil sands region, while Enbridge Inc began...

  • FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, May 10- Repair crews on Tuesday assessed wildfire damage to Fort McMurray after an initial inspection by officials showed the Canadian energy boomtown was spared the worst as nearby oil sands companies looked to resume production. But the blaze that began on May 1 continued to burn through the province of Alberta, engulfing 229,000...

  • Deadly Tornado rips through OK

    A massive tornado tore through parts of Oklahoma on Monday killing two people, caught on video by storm chaser Gabe Cox.

  • FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, May 10- Repair crews were expected to assess wildfire damage to the Canadian energy boomtown of Fort McMurray on Tuesday as the oil sands companies surrounding the ravaged city looked at bringing production back on line. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said they were encouraged by how much of it escaped destruction, estimating almost 90...

  • FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, May 9- Canadian officials who got their first glimpse on Monday of the oil sands boomtown of Fort McMurray since a wildfire erupted said they were encouraged by how much of it escaped destruction, estimating almost 90 percent of its buildings were saved. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said 2,400 structures had burned within the city while...

  • *June Syn trades at $2.65/ bbl over WTI. NEW YORK, May 9- Canadian crude prices climbed further on Monday as a raging wildfire in northern Alberta entered a second week and traders braced for possible supply constraints as the blaze had spurred some producers to shut facilities as a precaution. That was about half the total output from Canada's oil sands.