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  • The veto was expected, though Walker has had talks with House Speaker Mike Chenault and Senate President Kevin Meyer on whether there might be a way forward that would bring both sides a measure of comfort. Any veto override would require the support of 40 of the Legislature's 60 members. Supporters of the bill, sponsored by Chenault, said Walker's proposal cast...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 34 to 954 Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 7:50 PM ET

    Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 34 this week to 954 amid depressed oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 734 rigs were seeking oil and 217 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas plummeted by 15 rigs; Oklahoma was down six;...

  • NY comptroller approves Medicaid contract for Xerox Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 2:44 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York's comptroller on Friday approved a $565 million contract award to Xerox to redesign and operate the information management system for the state's Medicaid program. The comptroller's office said its review found insufficient grounds in the protests by Computer Sciences Corp. and Hewlett-Packard to overturn the award.

  • Protesters meet Arctic drill rig in Washington harbor Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 10:36 AM ET

    PORT ANGELES, Wash.— Protesters in kayaks greeted a rig that could be used for oil drilling in the Arctic as it arrived Friday in Washington state following a journey across the Pacific that included being boarded by Greenpeace activists. Eric Ross of Shell No Action Coalition says kayakers are training for a "festival of resistance" in Seattle on May 16-18.

  • House passes bill to repeal estate tax Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Kevin Brady, R- Texas, who sponsored the bill. The bill now goes to the Senate where Democrats appear to have enough votes to block it. The White House has threatened to veto the bill in part because it would add $269 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. But first, Phillips must convince skeptical lawmakers from Hawaii to Maine, who are working frantically to keep powdered alcohol off limits. Mick Devin, a Democrat who introduced a bill to ban...

  • NEWARK, N.J.— Authorities say a wolverine tried to escape from its metal carrier at a New Jersey airport and had to be tranquilized. Joe Pentangelo with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says officers were called to Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. The wolverine was traveling from Norway to Alaska.

  • Climate change plan faces high-profile legal test Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 12:34 PM ET

    EPA officials say the rule would protect public health, fight climate change and lower electricity costs by 8 percent by 2030.. Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., sent a letter urging the governors of all 50 states to defy the EPA by refusing to submit the compliance plans. Opponents also are getting support from an unlikely ally, Harvard Law...

  • Correction: Cost of Aging story Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 4:33 PM ET

    NEW YORK— In a story April 9 about nursing home costs, The Associated Press misspelled the surname of the president and CEO of The Scan Foundation. His name is Bruce Chernof, not Chernoff. The annual "Cost of Care" report from Genworth Financial tracks the staggering rise in expenses for long-term care, a growing financial burden for families, governments and...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The federal government began the review process Friday on Royal Dutch Shell's plans to continue a drilling program it halted in 2012 in Arctic waters off Alaska's northern shore. The public will have until April 20 to comment on environmental aspects and until May 1 to comment on the overall revised plan, submitted by the subsidiary, Shell...

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- The U.S. Interior Department said on Friday it has received a plan by Royal Dutch Shell PLC to explore drilling opportunities in the Arctic. The company's plan envisions "exploration drilling in the shallow waters of the Chukchi Sea Outer Continental Shelf, off the northwest coast of Alaska." The Interior Department will now consider the...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 40 to 988 Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 2:22 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 40 this week to 988 amid depressed oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 760 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Alaska, California, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Utah and West Virginia were all unchanged.

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— If officials in Washington state wind up not allowing Royal Dutch Shell to base its Arctic drilling fleet in Seattle over environmental concerns, members of the Alaska Legislature suggest another business decision for its neighbor to the south. A resolution, from Alaska House Speaker Mike Chenault, a Republican, suggests public officials in...

  • The annual "Cost of Care" report from Genworth Financial tracks the staggering rise in expenses for long-term care, a growing financial burden for families, governments and insurers like Genworth. "Most people don't realize how expensive this care can be until a parent or family member needs it," said Joe Caldwell, director of long-term services at the National...

  • NEW YORK, April 8- The immediate outlook for U.S. oil production has rarely been more important for the financial world, with traders scrutinizing every scrap of data for signs of a sustained pull-back in output. "Things were much more straightforward at $100," says Bentek Energy analysis manager Anthony Starkey, whose Colorado- based firm publishes end-of-month...

  • LONDON— Oil and gas company Shell has agreed to buy British rival BG Group for 47 billion pounds, in a deal that may signal a new wave of mega-mergers as the energy industry tries to adapt to lower prices. Royal Dutch Shell said Wednesday it will pay the equivalent of 13.67 pounds in cash and stock for each share of BG Group, 50 percent more than Tuesday's closing price.

  • NEW YORK, April 8- The immediate outlook for U.S. oil production has rarely been more important for the financial world, with traders scrutinizing every scrap of data for signs of a sustained pull-back in output. "Things were much more straightforward at $100," says Bentek Energy analysis manager Anthony Starkey, whose Colorado- based firm publishes end-of-month...

  • April 7- Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it has filed a complaint in federal court in Alaska seeking an order to remove Greenpeace activists who climbed aboard an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean bound for the Arctic on Monday in a protest against Arctic drilling. "We're here to highlight that in less than 100 days Shell is going to the Arctic to drill for oil," 32- year-old...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Tuesday sued in federal court to remove six Greenpeace activists who boarded a vessel carrying an oil-drilling rig leased by Shell across the Pacific. The six on Monday used inflatable boats launched from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza to climb aboard the Blue Marlin, a heavy-lift ship carrying a...

  • The 400- foot Polar Pioneer, owned by Transocean Ltd., was on board a heavy-lift vessel about 750 miles northwest of Hawaii when the activists approached in inflatable boats and used climbing gear to get on board, Greenpeace spokesman Travis Nichols said. Shell USA spokeswoman Kelly Op De Weegh said by email that Greenpeace protesters illegally boarded the...