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  • UPDATE 1-Tropical Depression Bill batters Texas, kills one Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 11:16 AM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas, June 17- Tropical Storm Bill was downgraded to a tropical depression on Wednesday as it moved across Texas but still brought heavy rains that flooded streets and left at least one person dead in the state where severe weather killed about 30 people last month. Rainfall is expected to be 4 to 8 inches over eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma and 3 to 6...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, June 17- Tropical Storm Bill was downgraded to a tropical depression on Wednesday as it moved across Texas, bringing heavy rains that flooded streets and snarled transportation in the state where severe weather killed about 30 people last month. Rainfall is expected to be 4 to 8 inches over eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma and 3 to 6 inches over...

  • HOUSTON, June 17- Tropical Storm Bill headed further into central Texas with heavy rains and high winds on Wednesday before losing its punch and no serious injuries were reported, relieving officials and residents just three weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state. "This is a rain event," Houston Mayor Annise Parker said at a news conference.

  • Tropical Storm Bill charges across Texas Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 1:01 AM ET

    HOUSTON, June 17- Tropical Storm Bill headed further into central Texas with heavy rains and high winds on Wednesday but no serious injuries were reported, relieving officials and residents just three weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state. "This is a rain event," Houston Mayor Annise Parker said at a news conference. Despite the weakening storm...

  • UPDATE 4-Tropical Storm Bill soaks Texas coast Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | 6:27 PM ET

    HOUSTON, June 16- Tropical Storm Bill hit the Texas coast with strong rains and high winds on Tuesday though no serious injuries were reported, relieving officials and residents just three weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state. "This is a rain event," Houston Mayor Annise Parker said at a news conference. Despite the weakening storm system,...

  • UPDATE 2-Tropical Storm Bill hits Texas coast Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | 1:49 PM ET

    HOUSTON, June 16- Tropical Storm Bill punched the Texas coast with heavy rains and strong winds on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, just three weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state. Flash flood watches were in effect for central Texas and the Houston area, regions where floods over the Memorial Day weekend late last month swept over...

  • HOUSTON, June 16- Tropical Storm Bill hurtled toward the Texas coast from the Gulf of Mexico early on Tuesday with heavy rains and strong winds, the National Weather Service said, weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state. Flash flood watches were in effect for central Texas and the Houston area, regions where floods last month swallowed thousands of...

  • LONDON, June 16- U.S. crude oil prices edged up on Tuesday, supported by warnings that a tropical storm threatened to hit the coast of the oil-producing state of Texas, but oversupply weighed on Brent. U.S. crude, also known as West Texas Intermediate, was up 34 cents at $59.86 a barrel at 1044 GMT, staying within a range of $57- $62 per barrel that has been in place since the...

  • Tropical Storm Bill bears down on Texas coast Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | 5:08 AM ET

    HOUSTON, June 16- Tropical Storm Bill hurtled toward the Texas coast from the Gulf of Mexico early on Tuesday with heavy rains and strong winds, the National Weather Service said, weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state. Flash flood watches were in effect for central Texas and the Houston area, regions where floods last month swallowed thousands of...

  • SINGAPORE, June 16- Crude prices rose after a cautious start on Tuesday, boosted by warnings that a tropical storm was about to hit the coast of oil producing state Texas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning on Tuesday morning at 0200 GMT for the Texas coast from Baffin Bay to High Island. "On the forecast track the center... is expected to...

  • HOUSTON, June 15- A tropical disturbance packing heavy rains in the Gulf of Mexico was slated to drench the coast of Texas just weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state, the National Weather Service said. Flash flood watches were in effect for central Texas and in the Houston area, regions where flooding last month turned streets into rivers,...

  • Two shark attacks less than an hour apart Monday, 15 Jun 2015 | 8:24 AM ET
    Two shark attacks less than an hour apart

    Two teenagers are in the hospital after they were attacked by sharks at North Carolina beaches, reports CNBC's Becky Quick.

  • Zoo animals freed after deadly floods in Tbilisi Monday, 15 Jun 2015 | 8:23 AM ET
    Zoo animals freed after deadly floods in Tbilisi

    At least 12 people are dead and 20 missing after floods hit the capital of the country of Georgia, reports CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin.

  • TOKYO, June 12- Japan's environment ministry is pushing back on the growing use of coal to generate power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster led to the shutdown of the nation's reactors, as concerns mount over greenhouse gas emissions. Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki said on Friday he will submit an objection to the powerful industry ministry over...

  • June 11- A divided federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by a coalition of environmental groups to revoke federal approval of Royal Dutch Shell Plc's oil spill response plans related to drilling on Alaska's remote Arctic coast. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is...

  • June 11- A divided federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by a coalition of environmental groups to revoke federal approval of Royal Dutch Shell Plc's oil spill response plans related to drilling on Alaska's remote Arctic coast. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is...

  • James Murdoch likely to become CEO of Fox: Sources Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 9:48 AM ET
    James Murdoch likely to become CEO of Fox: Sources

    Rupert Murdoch is expected to hand the Fox CEO title to son James, and Chase Carey is expected to step down as Fox COO, reports CNBC's David Faber.

  • Rupert Murdoch expected to step down Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 9:47 AM ET
    Rupert Murdoch expected to step down

    Rupert Murdoch expected to hand Fox CEO title to son James, reports CNBC's David Faber.

  • NEW YORK, June 10- A federal judge has approved $53.8 million in settlements for 82 unionized cleanup workers who claimed they were made ill by exposure to toxic dust near the World Trade Center site, court papers showed. The workers were among roughly 1,000 to seek compensation in federal court in Manhattan for alleged injuries stemming from their cleanup work...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, June 8- Canadian Natural Resources Ltd expects two oil sands projects in northern Alberta to return to normal rates of production this week, the company said on Monday, more than two weeks after output was first shut in by wildfires. Fellow Canadian oil company Cenovus Energy Inc also evacuated its 135,000 bpd Foster Creek project in northern...