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  • VANCOUVER, Jan 20- Alaska can use an existing British Columbia ferry terminal for several more years if Canada enforces an order blocking so-called "Buy America" purchasing rules from being applied to its reconstruction, a state official said on Tuesday. A $15 million plan to overhaul the Prince Rupert ferry terminal, which is located in Canada, has escalated...

  • WASHINGTON— The Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday rejected Democrats' bids to ban exports from the Keystone XL oil pipeline and to require building the project with American-made steel. In largely party-line votes, the Senate sidetracked the first two additions to a bill seeking to approve construction of the 1,179 pipeline. The Senate...

  • NEW ORLEANS, Jan 20- BP Plc, citing low oil prices, tried to whittle away at $13.7 billion in potential fines under the Clean Water Act on Tuesday as the penalty phase started in its trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He said a 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has slashed BPXP's value to about $5.1 billion, down from $16 billion just months ago.

  • The trail takes mushers and dogs through the Alaska Range, down the Yukon River and along the Bering Sea coast to the old gold rush town of Nome. Race organizers in 2003 moved the start of the race to Fairbanks on the north side of the Alaska Range because of low snow and poor trail conditions. Norwegian musher Robert Sorlie, who won the race in 2005, survived a...

  • FAIRBANKS, Alaska— Workers are building an ice playground in a city in Alaska's interior, including a pirate ship slide made from 65 refrigerator-sized blocks of ice. The work began Monday at the George Horner Ice Park in Fairbanks ahead of the annual world ice sculpture championships, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. That's when teams of artists...

  • VANCOUVER, Jan 19- The Canadian government signed an order on Monday blocking the United States from applying controversial "Buy America" purchasing rules on the demolition and reconstruction of a ferry terminal that is located on Canada's Pacific Coast but operated by Alaska's Department of Transportation. The state of Alaska has refused to waive the...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— The Canadian government has signed an order that would block the state of Alaska from updating a ferry terminal unless the two sides resolve an ongoing dispute over the use of U.S. steel in the project. The vast majority of construction funding for the project is expected to come from the Federal Highway Administration, which has "Buy America"...

  • WASHINGTON— Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected oilfield hiring in North Dakota and Texas may...

  • Alaska faces lean budget times as oil prices plunge Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 11:40 AM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices. When lawmakers left Juneau last April, the price of North Slope crude, Alaska's economic lifeblood, was $107 a barrel.

  • The White House said the studies, by the U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, showed a need for action to reduce rising world emissions of greenhouse gases. The scientists said the record temperatures were spread around the globe, including most of Europe stretching into northern Africa, the western United States, far...

  • US rig count plunges by 74 to 1,676 Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 2:02 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. tumbled by 74 this week to 1,676.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas' count dove by 44, North Dakota dropped six, Oklahoma fell five, California and Wyoming each lost four and New Mexico declined by three. Arkansas, Kansas and West...

  • Separate studies by the U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that the 10 warmest years on record have taken place since 1997.. The scientists said the record temperatures were spread around the globe, including most of Europe stretching into northern Africa, the western United States, far eastern Russia into...

  • Alaska seafood processor sells stake to StarKist owner Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    SITKA, Alaska— A seafood processor based in Alaska has sold a 12 percent ownership stake to the parent company of StarKist Co., giving the South Korea tuna producer greater access to salmon. The sale to Dongwon Industries by Sitka- based Silver Bay Seafoods has been public since November, but the Alaska processor outlined details this week to the Sitka Chamber of...

  • A look at 2014 US home foreclosure data Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 3:24 PM ET

    —As of Dec. 31, banks held some 421,164 unsold homes, down 17 percent from the year before. —As of Dec. 31, 642,927 homes were in some stage of the foreclosure process. —In the 12 months ended Sept. 30, nearly 1.5 million homes returned to positive equity, which means the home is valued at more than what the owner owes on the mortgage.

  • Jan 12- United Airlines is assessing whether to outsource jobs at airports around the country in a cost-cutting effort that could impact some 2,000 workers. The Chicago- based carrier informed employees Monday that jobs up for review included baggage handlers and gate and customer service agents at 28 airports that are not hubs, ranging from Atlanta to...

  • United Airlines may outsource 2,000 airport jobs Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 6:09 PM ET
    A United Airlines jet at San Francisco International Airport.

    United Airlines is assessing whether to outsource jobs at airports around the country in a cost-cutting effort.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 8- The treasuries of U.S. states with large energy sectors are swinging wildly from full to empty as oil prices take unexpected turns, a new report released on Thursday by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows. North Dakota follows, alongside Vermont, at 11.6 percent. In 2013 severance taxes made up 39.7 percent of Wyoming's revenue and 46.4 percent of...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 8- U.S. Senate Republicans were poised to move ahead on Thursday with a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, their top priority in a new campaign to roll back President Barack Obama's policies. Obama has threatened to veto the measure, setting up an early battle over the TransCanada Corp project that would link Canadian oil...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 8- U.S. Senate Republicans were poised to move ahead on Thursday with a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, their top priority in a new campaign to roll back President Barack Obama's policies. Obama has threatened to veto the measure, setting up an early battle over the TransCanada Corp project that would link Canadian oil...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 6- Republican senators this week made good on a campaign promise and kicked off the new Congress with a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, saying if President Barack Obama vetoes it, they have a plan to pass the measure later in the year. Senator John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, introduced a bill on Tuesday to approve TransCanada Corp's...