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  • US drops 2 to 1,835 rigs exploring for oil, gas Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:58 PM ET

    Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,411 rigs were exploring for oil and 422 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained four rigs while Alaska, New Mexico and Oklahoma gained one apiece. Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming lost one rig apiece.

  • Analysis: VP debate fierce and feisty Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Fierce and focused, Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan gave voters the kind of substantive showdown that was everything the presidential debate was not. "Not a single thing he said is accurate," Biden shot back when Ryan leveled a charge that President Barack Obama was projecting U.S. weakness.

  • Baucus, Tester urge EPA to finish Libby risk study Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:56 AM ET

    Max Baucus and Jon Tester said residents of Libby have grown frustrated waiting for a pending risk study to be completed. The company mined asbestos-containing vermiculite in Libby for decades. They blasted Grace for weighing in against the EPA proposal and alleged company officials had "traded profits for lives" in Libby.

  • AEG to allow booking of adjacent seats for friends Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 9:29 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- AEG, the sports and entertainment giant that is up for sale, is making it easier to book concert and sports tickets for friends without having to pay for them all at once. The owner of Staples Center and the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings is rolling out the feature, called AXS Invite, at some of its owned and operated venues starting this month.

  • VP debate tees up closing issues for Romney, Obama Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    DANVILLE, Ky.-- In a spirited debate that laid out stark choices, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan teed up pointed arguments on the economy, social policy and America's place in the world that President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney now will drive forward into the campaign's final stretch.

  • Wash. could become first state to OK pot sales Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:21 AM ET

    SEATTLE-- Washington state is on the verge of becoming the first in the nation to let adults over 21 buy taxed, inspected marijuana at state-licensed shops.

  • Forest Oil selling South Louisiana properties Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 7:16 AM ET

    DENVER-- Forest Oil is selling all of its South Louisiana properties for about $220 million as part of its plan to shed some non-core assets. Forest Oil Corp. previously announced that it is selling its East Texas natural gas gathering assets for $34 million. The Eagle Ford shale formation stretches from the western Texas- Mexico border to Louisiana.

  • Vestas says 2013 U.S. orders fall on tax uncertainty Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:29 AM ET

    COPENHAGEN, Oct 12- Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas on Friday said uncertainty surrounding a U.S. Production Tax Credit had led to a fall in turbine orders for next year in the country.

  • By John Whitesides and Andy Sullivan. Vice President Joe Biden leaped to the attack against Republican challenger Paul Ryan in a lively debate on Thursday, aggressively defending the Obama administration's economic and foreign policies to try to regain momentum in the White House race.

  • By John Whitesides and Andy Sullivan. Vice President Joe Biden leaped to the attack against Republican challenger Paul Ryan in a lively debate on Thursday, aggressively defending the administration's economic and foreign policies in a bid to regain momentum in the White House race.

  • OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 11- The city of Oakland has sued to block U.S. authorities from closing down a medical marijuana dispensary that bills itself as the world's largest, marking the latest clash with federal authorities over California's cannabis industry.

  • Vice President Joe Biden to deliver a feisty performance Thursday evening during a high-stakes debate against Republican challenger Paul Ryan and seize back momentum in the race for the White House.

  • CENTENNIAL, Colo., Oct 11- Attorneys for accused Colorado gunman James Holmes on Thursday proposed postponing a preliminary hearing on the merits of the case against him, likely until next year, while complaining that media meddling was delaying their work.

  • CENTENNIAL, Colo., Oct 11- Attorneys for accused Colorado gunman James Holmes on Thursday proposed postponing a preliminary hearing on the merits of the case against him, likely until next year, while complaining that media meddling was delaying their work.

  • Canada crude-Processing unit outages pressure spreads Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 3:11 PM ET

    CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 11- Canadian cash crude prices weakened on Thursday with some refineries and processing units in Canada and the United States going off line for maintenance.

  • Vice President Joe Biden to deliver a feisty performance Thursday evening during a high-stakes debate against Republican challenger Paul Ryan and seize back momentum in the race for the White House.

  • COLUMN-Is Mitt Romney a closet Keynesian? Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 11- John Maynard Keynes said back in 1936 that "practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist."

  • TX-based co. drills exploratory well in NY shale Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:59 AM ET

    OWEGO, N.Y.-- A Texas company has begun drilling a vertical well to explore the potential of the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation, joining about a dozen others probing the potentially lucrative rock beneath New York's southern tier. Carizzo Oil& Gas of Houston recently started digging its first well north of the Tioga County village of Owego.

  • DENVER, Oct 11- Prosecutors and attorneys defending accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes return to court on Thursday to spar over leaks to the news media, and the status of a hearing that could provide details of the massacre.

  • Oct 11- Stan Lee Media, a company that says it controls the rights to Marvel characters including Spider Man and Iron Man, has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Colorado against the Walt Disney Co seeking "billions of dollars of profits." Disney acquired Marvel Enterprises, which had been renamed Marvel Entertainment, in 2009 for $4.3 billion.