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  • *U.S. National activity index June at 1230 GMT. LONDON, July 21- Copper steadied on Monday as risk-hungry investors saw value in a metal whose price lost 2.4 percent last week, though worries over China's property sector and a build-up of copper stocks kept gains in check.

  • HOUSTON, July 21- California refiners remain far behind peers elsewhere in the country in replacing expensive imports with cheaper North American crudes from a new production boom. More than half of the 1.7 million barrels of crude processed by California refineries each day is imported, largely from Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Iraq and Colombia.

  • VANCOUVER, Washington, July 21- California's chance to keep a lid on some of the nation's highest gas prices and join in the spoils of a domestic oil production boom is threatened by quickly growing opposition to a rail terminal in Washington state.

  • NEW YORK, July 20- A decision by a Florida jury to impose punitive damages of $23.6 billion against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company on Friday is likely to be rejected on appeal or the award reduced substantially, lawyers with expertise in jury awards said on Sunday.

  • NEW YORK, July 20- A decision by a Florida jury to impose punitive damages of $23.6 billion against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company on Friday is likely to be rejected on appeal or the award reduced substantially, lawyers with expertise in jury awards said on Sunday. A Florida state court jury decided the award in a case brought by Cynthia Robinson of Pensacola.

  • "The science is clear that mining the Pebble deposit would cause irreversible damage to one of the world's last intact salmon ecosystems," said Dennis McLerran, regional administrator for the EPA, in a statement.

  • The California cities of San Jose, Vallejo and San Diego all saw a heightened threat, as new fault lines have been recently discovered, the report said. It also upgraded the risks facing parts of the central and eastern United States, singling out areas near New Madrid, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina.

  • July 18- U.S. environmental regulators laid out proposed protections for Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed on Friday, outlining restrictions that would effectively block the development of the Pebble deposit, which could be one of the world's largest copper mines.

  • Advanstar is working with investment banks Goldman Sachs Group and Moelis& Co to assist with efforts to find a buyer, the people said, asking not to be named because the matter is not public. Advanstar is controlled by hedge fund Anchorage Capital Group and private equity firms Ares Management LP and Veronis Suhler Stevenson.

  • FACTBOX-Top 5 deadliest attacks on commercial airliners Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 4:48 PM ET

    LONDON, July 17- A Malaysian airliner was brought down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro- Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- Retirement payouts for 19.3 million U.S. state and local government workers in coming years are not likely to look much different from the iron-clad pensions that former teachers and police now get.

  • RPT-COLUMN-The real shale revolution: Kemp Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 10:01 PM ET

    LONDON, July 14- By now everyone knows the shale revolution was made possible by the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. "Horizontal drilling is the real marvel of engineering and scientific innovation," David Blackmon wrote in Forbes magazine last year.

  • COLUMN-The real shale revolution: Kemp Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    LONDON, July 14- By now everyone knows the shale revolution was made possible by the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. "Horizontal drilling is the real marvel of engineering and scientific innovation," David Blackmon wrote in Forbes magazine last year.

  • CHICAGO, July 8- Federal regulators widened the recall of salmonella-tainted chicken produced by Foster Farms to include products believed to have been sent to military bases in five states to feed personnel and their families, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday.

  • CHICAGO, July 8- Federal regulators widened the recall of salmonella-tainted chicken produced by California- based Foster Farms to include products believed to have been send to military bases in five states to feed personnel and their families, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday.

  • *Lynas, Molycorp hit by funding squeeze, delayed production ramp-ups. Australia's Lynas Corp and U.S. miner Molycorp Inc, the only two suppliers outside China, are boosting output at their plants in Malaysia and California, respectively. That has squeezed Lynas' and Molycorp's funding and their share prices have tumbled.

  • *Lynas, Molycorp hit by funding squeeze, delayed production ramp-ups. KUANTAN, Malaysia, July 3- Australia's Lynas Corp, one of only two rare earths producers outside China, expects to reach its initial output rate target by December at the latest which should shore up its shaky cash position, its new CEO said in her first interview.

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- U.S. officials have told energy companies that they may export a variety of ultra-light oil if it has been minimally refined, an apparent marginal loosening of a decades-old ban on selling U.S. crude abroad.

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- U.S. officials have allowed two companies to export a kind of ultra-light oil known as condensates, a first step that effectively loosens a 40- year ban on most U.S. crude exports, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- Senator Lisa Murkowski urged the Obama administration on Tuesday to fully lift the 40- year-old ban on crude exports after a news report said U.S. officials have allowed two companies to export shipments of a light oil called condensates.