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  • Correction: Medicaid-Computer System story Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 2:20 PM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— In a story April 4 about New Hampshire's Medicaid billing system designed by Xerox, The Associated Press erroneously reported the kind of system the company developed in Nevada. Additionally, the story should have made clear that Xerox's contract for a Medicaid system in New York is not finalized. CONCORD, N.H.— More than seven years— and $31 million—...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 6- A spring storm was expected to bring several inches of rain to some areas of drought-parched California and up to two feet of snow to mountains beginning late on Monday, just days after Governor Jerry Brown ordered sweeping cuts in water use. Brown last week ordered residents and businesses across California to cut water use by 25 percent in...

  • Oklahoma shakes, and fingers point to fracking Saturday, 4 Apr 2015 | 3:09 PM ET
    Floor hands work on an oil rig in the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, North Dakota.

    Scientists say thousands of Oklahoma quakes are caused by wells used to bury wastewater from oil and gas exploration, the NYT reports.

  • WASHINGTON, April 3- The Obama administration on Friday finalized its recommendation to expand protected areas of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, calling on Congress to block about 12 million acres from oil and gas drilling. President Barack Obama, in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner released by the White House, stood by his administration's...

  • WASHINGTON, April 3- The Obama administration on Friday finalized its recommendation to expand protected areas of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, calling on Congress to block about 12 million acres from oil and gas drilling. President Barack Obama, in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner released by the White House, stood by his administration's...

  • Here's why Obama is approving Arctic drilling again Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 1:55 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 1- For a leader who has made fighting climate change a priority, President Barack Obama's decision to approve Royal Dutch Shell's return to oil and gas exploration off Alaska was seen by many environmentalists as a contradiction. But Shell, which has already spent about $6 billion exploring the Arctic, expects to return to polar waters this...

  • With backing from Saudi Aramco and partnerships with well-known industry players including the Linde Group and Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem, Dineen hopes to break into natural gas processing with improvements that make the decades-old technology economical. Abundant domestic natural gas from the shale boom prompted plans by Royal Dutch...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday upheld a 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, moving Royal Dutch Shell a step closer to returning to oil and gas exploration in the Arctic since it suffered mishaps in the region in 2012.. "The Arctic is an important component of the Administration's national energy strategy, and we remain...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday upheld a 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, moving Royal Dutch Shell a step closer to returning to the Arctic since it suffered accidents in the region in 2012..

  • OTTAWA, March 30- Royal Dutch Shell will resume drilling off Alaska after suspending operations for two years in the wake of an accident, the special U.S. envoy to the Arctic said on Monday, but gave no details as to when. Shell has been moving oil rigs to Alaska as it awaits the green light from U.S. authorities. "Clearly Shell and others will resume drilling and...

  • March 27- The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States declined by 12 this week to 813, the smallest decline since December, oil services firm Baker Hughes said in its closely watched survey on Friday. With the decline this week, the number of oil rigs has fallen for a record 16th week in a row to the lowest level since 2011, according to Baker Hughes data...

  • CHICAGO, March 19- Drought pressures will increase in California and western areas of the United States this spring even as the dry season begins, the government's Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday. Drought is forecast to persist in California, Nevada, and Oregon through June with the onset of the dry season in April. "I see nothing that would indicate...

  • NEW YORK, March 12- Raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 or 25 years old would significantly reduce their use and tobacco-related illnesses in the United States, a study published Thursday found, suggesting that states and local authorities should consider passing such laws. Four states- Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah- have increased...

  • NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. aerospace company Exelis Inc is close to unveiling a low-altitude surveillance system for drones, the latest sign of how a "highway in the sky" is likely to evolve. But the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is working with Exelis and other companies, universities and government agencies, to develop an air traffic management...

  • *U.S. exports to Asia not profitable at current prices. Asia has traditionally taken more than 70 percent of annual global liquefied natural gas demand, and exporters developing new projects in the United States, Canada and Australia had been looking to China, Japan and South Korea- the world's top three buyers- as the most reliable outlets. Nuclear energy, coal and...

  • Road salt: The winter's $2.3 billion game changer Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 1:49 PM ET
    A garbage truck which slid off a road in Gorham, Maine.

    The economics surrounding a certain commodity can be a game changer for city officials in the snow belt. And it's sitting on your dinner table.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- Five Republican state governors say they will not rescue a crucial part of Obamacare if it is struck down by the Supreme Court, underlining the prospect for a chaotic aftermath to a ruling that could force millions of Americans to pay much more for coverage or lose their health insurance. In response to Reuters' queries, spokespeople for the...

  • In all three states, Alaska, West Virginia and Michigan, problematic funding gaps widened, the report said. In 2006, Alaska switched newly hired state workers from its two biggest traditional defined benefit plans to a defined contribution plan. In 2014, Alaska made a $3 billion cash infusion into the defined benefit plans to shore them up.

  • Feb 4- With snow piling up in much of the United States, it might seem a bit early to start thinking about summer. storm, "says Rick Seaney, chief executive officer of FareCompare.com, which analyzes airfares. Asia- and Latin America- bound vacationers might find some bargains, while the carriers' sharing alliances that dominate the business will probably limit the...

  • US probes Moody's over mortgage ratings: Report Sunday, 1 Feb 2015 | 3:47 PM ET
    Turnagain Arm on July 15, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska.

    Moody's Investors Service is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for some of its mortgage ratings, according to a report.