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  • SYDNEY, April 8- London copper was steady and in a narrowing trading band on Tuesday as top consumer China returned from holiday, with traders expecting the strength of Chinese appetite to help spur a technical breakout in near term direction. *The most-traded July copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange edged up 0.4 percent to 46,690 yuan a tonne.

  • Rio Tinto to give away Pebble Mine project shares Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 1:21 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— A major shareholder of a company behind a contentious Alaska mine project on Monday announced it was giving its shares away to two Alaska charitable organizations, at least one of which belongs to a larger group that has come out publicly against the project.

  • Researchers at Wichita State and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical universities who conducted the study said airlines delivered their best performance in 2013 in the 23- year history of the quality rating.

  • TORONTO, April 7- Global miner Rio Tinto said on Monday it will give away its 19.1 percent stake in Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd, owner of Alaska's huge Pebble deposit, after determining that the project does not fit its strategy.

  • US rig count up 9 to 1,818 Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 7:13 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by nine this week to 1,818.. Louisiana lost six, Alaska fell by three, Kansas lost two and California, Colorado and Wyoming lost one each. Arkansas, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah and West Virginia were unchanged.

  • Brittany Murphy's last film gets 4-state test run Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 1:41 PM ET

    EUGENE, Ore.— Brittany Murphy's final movie opens Friday in Eugene before going on a limited run. That year she worked on a psychological thriller called "Something Wicked," and much of it was filmed in Eugene and other parts of Lane County.

  • WASHINGTON, April 4- Republican lawmakers said on Friday over regulation has prevented a shale oil boom in California and if eased, could boost production in the state and reduce its dependence on foreign energy.

  • Report: Poor management led to Shell grounding Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 6:17 PM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Poor risk assessment and management were among factors that led to the grounding of a Shell oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Alaska in 2012, the Coast Guard said in a report released Thursday. Royal Dutch Shell PLC believed the drill vessel would have qualified as taxable property on Jan. 1, 2013, if it was still in Alaska waters.

  • Wyoming had lowest state-local tax burden in 2011 Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 6:43 AM ET

    The report released by the Tax Foundation shows that taxpayers in Wyoming paid 6.9 percent of their collective incomes in state and local taxes in 2011.. Wyoming overtook Alaska, which had been the least-taxed for multiple decades. After Wyoming and Alaska, the next lowest-taxed states were South Dakota, Texas, and Louisiana.

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- A rare burst of good news on President Barack Obama's healthcare program has given Democrats their first glimmer of hope in months on an issue that has helped drag the party down ahead of November's U.S. congressional elections.

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- The U.S. Commerce Department could help energy companies start to bypass a 40- year ban on most U.S. crude oil exports by allowing shipments of a type of petroleum that has become abundant during the energy boom, a key senator said on Wednesday.

  • HOUSTON, March 27- The number of ships waiting to move through the Houston Ship Channel on Thursday morning had fallen by 20 from the day before as the cleanup of a Saturday oil spill in Galveston Bay continued to gain momentum, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

  • NEW YORK, March 25- The West Coast of the United States, long a battle ground for industrial and environmental interests, is set for another round of disputes as the region attracts key energy projects. As this happens, the West Coast, from California to Washington, has become a major focus for energy developers.

  • *Coast Guard says no timeline for reopening Houston Channel. TEXAS CITY, Texas, March 23- The closure of major Texas shipping channels that deliver crude to more than a tenth of the nation's refining capacity looked set to run to a third day as crews were still working on Sunday evening to clean up after an oil spill.

  • Don't lift ban on crude exports: Energy CEO     Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    Philadelphia Energy Solutions CEO Phillip Rinaldi talks about why he opposes lifting the ban on US crude oil exports right now, as well as why he believes it will result in higher prices for refiners, and consumers at the gas pump.

  • Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) speaks to CNBC's Sharon Epperson about her call to expand oil exports from the United States. She also discusses the importance of the Keystone pipeline.

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- As the years-long fight over the Keystone XL pipeline grinds toward resolution, green groups are broadening their focus to include the possibility that the Obama administration will loosen curbs on how much oil and gas the United States exports.

  • LONDON, March 3- The White House could lift. the ban on U.S. oil exports in stages, according to an analysis of past presidential decisions prepared for Senator Lisa Murkowski, the highest-ranking Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The president could act alone without needing fresh legislation from a sharply divided Congress.

  • VANCOUVER, Feb 28- U.S. environmental regulators moved on Friday to block development of the Pebble mine in Alaska, which could be one of the largest copper projects in the world, citing potential "irreversible harm" to the state's salmon fishery.

  • VANCOUVER, Feb 28- U.S. environmental regulators moved on Friday to block development of the Pebble mine in Alaska, which could be one of the largest copper projects in the world, citing potential "irreversible harm" to the state's salmon fishery.

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