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  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- The biggest U.S. East Coast refinery in Philadelphia began restoring production after Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday and a smaller nearby plant operated without trouble as energy firms began assessing the storm's damage.

  • *Philadelphia 330,000 bpd refinery, biggest on coast, undamaged-source. NEW YORK, Oct 30- The biggest U.S. East Coast refinery in Philadelphia appears to have emerged undamaged from Hurricane Sandy and a smaller nearby plant operated without trouble, sources said on Tuesday as energy firms began assessing the storm's damage.

  • *BP, Justice Department seek to settle civil, criminal charges.

  • Oct 26- Individual donors to U.S. presidential candidates can contribute up to $2,500 for the state-by-state party nominating contests and another $2,500 for the general election.

  • HOUSTON-- Robbins& Myers Inc. still intends to close a $2.5 billion sale of the company to National Oilwell Varco Inc. by the end of the year, despite additional regulatory review of the deal.

  • HOUSTON-- Global Geophysical Services Inc. on Friday named Richard White its new president and chief executive officer. He replaces Richard Degner as president and CEO; Degner will continue as non-executive chairman of Global Geophysical and as president of Autoseis Inc., a subsidiary. Global Geophysical shares fell 15 cents, or 3 percent, to close at $4.88.

  • HOUSTON-- The Public Utility Commission of Texas has approved NRG Energy Inc.' s proposed all-stock acquisition of GenOn Energy Inc., the companies said Friday. The deal must still receive the approval of state regulators in New York, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the two companies' shareholders before it can go forward.

  • HOUSTON-- Oil and gas company Endeavour International Corp. said Friday it was given 7 new licenses to explore areas in the U.K. North Sea. The licenses were awarded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Houston- based Endeavour focuses on acquiring, exploring and developing energy reserves in the North Sea and U.S.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 26- A federal judge on Friday delayed until February 2013 the start of a massive trial to determine liability from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, citing tourist events that will keep New Orleans' hotels booked.

  • Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,408 rigs were exploring for oil and 416 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas dropped seven rigs and New Mexico fell by 5. Alaska and Oklahoma lost three apiece, and West Virginia was down by two.

  • Oct 26- Chemical producer LyondellBasell Industries NV posted a 6 percent drop in quarterly profit on Friday due in part to higher costs in European operations. For the third quarter, the company reported net income fell to $846 million, or $1.46 per share, from $895 million, or $1.33 per share, in the year-ago period.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Cabot Oil& Gas Corp. jumped to a new high Friday after the company reported better-than-expected third-quarter net income, helped by higher oil production and prices.

  • *CEOs demand Congress find debt solution. WASHINGTON, Oct 25- Chief executives of more than 80 big U.S. corporations, including Goldman Sachs, Cisco Systems and Boeing, joined forces to press Congress to reduce the federal deficit in a rare show of broad corporate unity.

  • *CEOs demand Congress find debt solution. WASHINGTON, Oct 25- Chief executives of more than 80 big U.S. corporations, including Goldman Sachs, Cisco Systems and Boeing, joined forces to press Congress to reduce the federal deficit in a rare show of broad corporate unity.

  • *CEOs demand Congress find debt solution. WASHINGTON, Oct 25- Chief executives of more than 80 big U.S. corporations, including Goldman Sachs, Cisco Systems and Boeing, joined forces to press Congress to reduce the federal deficit in a rare show of broad corporate unity.

  • Oct 25- ConocoPhillips reported a lower third-quarter profit on Thursday that beat analysts' estimates, as it produced more crude than expected from high-margin fields such as the Eagle Ford and Bakken.

  • AUSTIN, Texas-- Texas school districts are racking up escalating taxpayer debt to build new classrooms and buy equipment, the state's Republican comptroller said Thursday, as a trial gets under way on how the state funds public schools after slashing spending by $5.4 billion.

  • HOUSTON-- ConocoPhillips said Thursday that net income fell 30 percent in the third quarter as it sold assets and oil and natural gas prices fell. Houston- based ConocoPhillips made $1.8 billion, or $1.46 per share, compared with $2.6 billion, or $1.91 per share, a year earlier.

  • HOUSTON-- Noble Energy, while wresting with falling natural gas prices and a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, topped Wall Street expectations for the third quarter. The Houston energy producer said Thursday that its net income totaled $221 million, or $1.23 per share, in the July-through-September quarter.

  • HOUSTON-- Linn Energy LLC posted a $430 million loss for the third quarter on Thursday because of losses from commodity derivatives intended to reduce fluctuations in cash flow. The company said that without the hedging losses, it would have earned $89.8 million, or 45 cents per share.