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  • US rig count down 12 to 1,918 Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 2:27 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 12 this week to 1,918.. Oklahoma decreased by seven rigs, New Mexico was down four, Alaska was off two and Arkansas, California and North Dakota each dropped one. Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah were unchanged.

  • Immigration-control group starts ads in 10 states Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— An immigration-control group on Wednesday began running more than $1 million in ads that criticize lawmakers for not doing more to stop the flow of new workers into the United States. NumbersUSA will run the 30- second ad in 10 states where there are competitive Senate races. The group claims it has 2 million activists who want to reduce the numbers...

  • COLUMN-Oil market proves mightier than OPEC: Kemp Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:21 AM ET

    "If the shale revolution can be sustained in the United States, and successfully exported to other countries, some combination of OPEC production cuts or lower oil prices to encourage demand and forestall more investment, will be inevitable by 2015-16," I wrote last year. "The massive rise in prices means Saudi Arabia will face intense competition from shale," I...

  • John Green's first book to be reissued in 2015 Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 7:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK— John Green's "Looking for Alaska," published nearly a decade ago, will be reissued in a special anniversary edition. "Looking for Alaska" was Green's first book. Sarah Polley, the actress and director, is planning a film adaptation of "Looking for Alaska."

  • As the U.S. oil boom of the last six years builds an excess of light crude along the Gulf Coast refining hub, calls have risen for Congress and the Obama administration to relax the ban on shipments to global customers. The report was issued by the manufacturing branch of the Aspen Institute, which is supported by energy companies including Exxon Mobil Corp,...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 14- Ending a 40- year old ban on U.S. crude oil exports would not raise domestic gasoline prices because it would put more petroleum onto global markets, where fuel prices are primarily set, a study by The Aspen Institute said on Tuesday. As the U.S. oil boom of the last six years builds an excess of light crude along the Gulf Coast refining hub, calls have...

  • US rig count up 8 to 1,930 Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 1:56 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by eight this week to 1,930.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained three rigs, Ohio, West Virginia and Wyoming each increased by two and Kansas, Texas and Utah each gained one. North Dakota lost seven rigs,...

  • Seed money: 'Ganjapreneurs' compete for investors Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    "The Marijuana Show" allows for pot-entrepreneurs to compete for rare investment opportunities for their start-up ideas.

  • Wary candidates fear boomerangs in jobless debate Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 4:11 AM ET

    Less than an hour later, another GOP candidate from the same state gets attacked for it. For example, Georgia Republican Senate nominee David Perdue doesn't miss a chance to blame President Barack Obama and a Democratic-led Senate for the nation's slow economic recovery. "This president sold us a bill of goods," Perdue told a raucous crowd at the Georgia state...

  • Lego to scrap Shell deal after Arctic protest Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 6:18 AM ET

    Environmental activists Greenpeace launched in July a video showing an Arctic landscape with a Shell drilling platform made of Lego bricks covered in oil. He added Lego had urged Greenpeace to have a direct conversation with Shell. Royal Dutch Shell PLC has plans to drill in the Arctic coast of Alaska, but did not pursue them in 2013 or 2014 because of technical...

  • Oct 9- A year of increasingly vocal support for easing a decades-old ban on U.S. crude exports has failed to convince American voters that doing so would be a good idea, according to a new Reuters-IPSOS poll that highlights the political perils of opening the door to shale oil sales abroad. Only a handful of politicians, most prominently Republican Senator Lisa...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 8- Where is retirement going to take you? They nixed Australia from their list, but over the years have done about 10 group tours, including two weeks in Alaska this year. Consider this: Viking River Cruises, one of the largest riverboat cruise operators, will carry more than 250,000 passengers in 2014 with a median age of 55, and 75 percent of them will do...

  • WASHINGTON/ TOPEKA, Oct 8- The Republican Party is making an 11th- hour push to hold a historically conservative U.S. Senate seat in Kansas, where some polls show independent Greg Orman pulling ahead of incumbent Pat Roberts just weeks before the Nov. 4 election. Republicans, who hope to wrest Senate control from Democrats, have raised money and sent top strategists...

  • Oregon cities scramble to tax pot before its legal Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 12:24 PM ET

    ASHLAND, Ore.— At least 20 cities and counties around Oregon are racing to approve local taxes on marijuana in case voters in November decide to legalize recreational pot. The idea for a local tax came to Ashland city administrator Dave Kanner last February, and it was approved by the City Council in August. With 400,000 tourists a year coming to Ashland to attend...

  • *Republicans plan to force a vote if they win Senate. The $10 billion Keystone project to connect Canadian oil sands with U.S. refineries will top the list of Republican energy priorities if they gain control of the Senate after the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

  • *1st export of Alaskan crude to South Korea in more than a decade. NEW YORK/ SEOUL, Sept 30- The first U.S. export of Alaskan crude to South Korea in more than a decade set sail at the weekend, according to a company source and shipping data, marking another milestone as booming shale oil output forces domestic drillers to seek new customers.

  • *1st export of Alaskan crude to South Korea in more than a decade. NEW YORK/ SEOUL, Sept 30- The first U.S. export of Alaskan crude to South Korea in more than a decade set sail at the weekend, according to a company source and shipping data, marking another milestone as booming shale oil output forces domestic drillers to seek new customers.

  • Other companies likely to receive approval are HeliVideo Productions LLC, Aerial MOB LLC, Pictorvision Inc, RC Pro Productions Consulting LLC, Astraeus Aerial and Snaproll Media LLC.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 18- The United States ramped up pressure on Guatemala to better protect workers' rights on Thursday by restarting a trade case that could lead to hefty fines for the Central American nation.

  • Sept 18- The mothballed Hovensa refinery, once the largest in the Western hemisphere, could be the latest "zombie refinery" to come back to life, revived by the U.S. shale boom.