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  • The measure delays by eight more years the implementation of 2015 air pollution standards issued by the Environmental Protection Agency under the prior administration. Similar legislation is advancing in the GOP- controlled Senate. More than a dozen major health organizations opposed the bill, including the National Medical Association, the American...

  • July 18- BP Plc is looking at spinning off U.S. pipeline assets in the U.S. Gulf and Midwest in an initial public offering, the company said on Tuesday. They include rival Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which raised nearly $1 billion in an IPO of its midstream assets in June, 2014, along with independent refiners like Valero Energy Corp, Tesoro Corp, and Marathon Petroleum...

  • Maduro's leftist government vowed to proceed with the July 30 vote for the new Constituent Assembly despite what it called a "brutal interventionist" threat from its ideological foe. That official stressed "all options are on the table," including possible measures against Venezuela's vital oil sector, as Washington seeks to head off the July 30 vote, which it...

  • DALLAS— A third Texas man has pleaded guilty over what federal prosecutors call a more than $6 million diamond investment scam. The 65- year-old Otteson appeared before a judge in Dallas over a scheme that investigators say ran from March 2011 to late 2013.. Jay Bruce Heimburger of Dallas last week pleaded guilty to mail fraud.

  • PEARLAND, Texas— A 70- year-old Army veteran has been fired from a Houston- area Home Depot after trying to stop suspected shoplifters from taking thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise. KTRK-TV in Houston reports that Jim Tinney says he was fired last month from the store in Pearland. The Home Depot said in a statement that only trained company security...

  • WASHINGTON— Julian Senn-Raemont isn't convinced he needs to buy health insurance when he loses coverage under his dad's plan in a couple of years— no matter what happens in the policy debate in Washington, or how cheap the plans are. The 24- year-old musician hasn't known a world without a health care safety net. "I'm playing the odds," said Senn-Raemont, who lives in...

  • More than 500,000 visitors have flocked to Meow Wolf's kaleidoscopic walk- and crawl-through exhibit space since it opened in a converted Santa Fe bowling alley in early 2016. The offering appeals directly to Meow Wolf's fan base to help outfit a creative studio in Santa Fe with heavy manufacturing equipment, while hiring a new creative team.

  • HOUSTON, July 14- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 on Friday struck Stroud, Oklahoma, about 20 miles from the key oil storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Geological Survey said. Oil companies operating the tanks and pipelines around the Cushing hub have reported no damage to their facilities. The Cushing storage hub is the delivery hub...

  • CALGARY/ TORONTO, July 14- Cenovus Energy Inc's search for a new chief is focusing on external candidates with strong technical skills to help stabilize a company whose shares have nearly halved after an unpopular acquisition. Among the potential candidates Cenovus is likely to consider for the top job include Devon Canada President Rob Dutton, MEG Energy...

  • HOUSTON, July 14- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 on Friday struck Stroud, Oklahoma, about 20 miles from the key oil storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Geological Survey said. There have been no initial reports of damage from the quake, Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said by phone, cautioning that it was still...

  • HOUSTON/ HAVANA, July 13- Venezuela's crude and fuel deliveries to Cuba have slid almost 13 percent in the first half this year, according to documents from state-run oil company PDVSA viewed by Reuters, threatening to worsen gasoline and power shortages in the communist-run island. Venezuela's shipments of crude for Cuba's refineries dropped 21 percent to...

  • HOUSTON _ Luby's Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $396,000 in its fiscal third quarter. The Houston- based company said it had a loss of 1 cent per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • "Congress authorized scans of foreign nationals. That's not how a democracy is supposed to work, "said Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown University. Trials are underway at six U.S. airports— Boston, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Kennedy Airport in New York City and Dulles in the Washington, D.C., area.

  • MEXICO CITY— A consortium of Mexican and foreign private companies says a well drilled in shallow water has found between 1.4 and 2 billion barrels of crude oil equivalent in the Gulf of Mexico. Houston, Texas- based Talos Energy LLC says it has a 35 percent interest, along Sierra Oil and Gas and Premier Oil Plc. It's one of the largest discoveries made in shallow...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 12- A privately owned company plans to use robotic spacecraft to launch a series of commercial missions to the moon, some 45 years after NASAs last lunar landing, officials said on Wednesday. Cape Canaveral, Florida- based Moon Express is developing a fleet of low-cost robotic spacecraft that can be assembled like Legos to handle...

  • NEW YORK— At small businesses this summer, many owners won't be trying to figure out whether employees will be counting it as vacation time, personal days or sick leave when they send texts or emails that say, "I'm not coming in today." A growing number of companies combine vacation and sick time into one bucket called paid time off, or PTO. If you have a sick kid, need a...

  • NEW YORK— NRG Energy, the money-losing Northeast electric utility, will attempt raise up to $4 billion through asset sales as it tries lower debt by $13 billion, cut costs and generate profit. NRG Energy produces, sells and delivers energy in New York, Chicago, Houston, Washington, D.C., among other major markets. NRG Energy Inc. has lost more than $7 billion over the...

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 12- Argentina needs oil rigs to develop its vast shale oil and gas resources. But moving that machinery from the plains of Texas to the windswept Patagonian desert is proving complex and costly for global oil majors who say Argentina's protectionist past is slowing efforts to spark its own shale revolution. A move by Argentina's government to...

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 12- Argentina needs oil rigs to develop its vast shale oil and gas resources. But moving that machinery from the plains of Texas to the windswept Patagonian desert is proving complex and costly for global oil majors who say Argentina's protectionist past is slowing efforts to spark its own shale revolution. A move by Argentina's government to...

  • One of two Apple campuses in Austin. Texas' Apple operations are second only to the Cupertino/Bay Area in California. Apple employs more than 8,000 people in the Lone Star State.

    Texas again beat California as the top technology-exporting state in America as it attracts Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook and others.