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  • HARRISBURG, Pa., May 29- Chevron Corp. has paid a reported $5 million to settle a lawsuit filed last year by the parents of a worker who was burnt to death in a gas well fire in western Pennsylvania. Local media reported the $5 million settlement, saying it had been approved by a judge in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in Pittsburgh earlier this month.

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 10 to 875 Friday, 29 May 2015 | 3:58 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 10 this week to 875.. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 646 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost four rigs, California declined by three and Arkansas,...

  • NEW YORK, May 28- A reported jump in weekly U.S. crude production data that set oil traders atwitter on Thursday was chiefly caused by revisions to two-month-old figures, not a surge in immediate output, a U.S. official said. On Thursday, the Energy Information Administration's Weekly Petroleum Status Report showed field production of crude oil rose by 304,000...

  • *Number of rigs in Marcellus has dropped- Baker Hughes. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production in the fast-growing field in Pennsylvania and West Virginia is set to remain flat for the next few years before beginning a very slow decline primarily because of depressed gas prices. The number of rigs in the area has dwindled in recent months to...

  • From Boston to Miami, New York to Los Angeles, more than half of tenants are paying what experts consider unaffordable rents, says a report by New York University's Furman Center, which studies real estate and urban policy, and bank Capital One, which is a leading affordable-housing lender and financed the research. The study analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data from...

  • Ocwen to cut 140 jobs at Houston Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 4:59 PM ET

    May 27- Private mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial Corp said it will cut 140 jobs as part of its move to stop residential servicing operations in Houston. Ocwen has sold more than $90 billion of servicing rights since February, which includes $45 billion of mortgage servicing rights to JPMorgan Chase& Co's consumer and commercial banking unit.

  • Texas oil patches brace for more rains, possible floods Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 12:44 PM ET

    HOUSTON, May 26- Texas oilfields could see strong rains and thunderstorms later this week, though they were spared the heaviest flooding that struck central and eastern Texas over the Memorial Day weekend, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday. There were reports of flooded roads in parts of the Permian Basin of west Texas and swollen creeks in the Eagle...

  • McDermott International shares rise on rig contract Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 8:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of McDermott International Inc. jumped in premarket trading Tuesday after the company said it was awarded a large offshore construction contract by oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco. The stock rose 39 cents, or 8.4 percent, to $5.06 before the opening of regular trading. The Houston- based engineering and construction company will work on twelve...

  • May 22- A small offshore oil platform caught fire in shallow water near the coast of Louisiana on Friday and a sheen was seen in the sea after workers were evacuated, officials said. All 28 workers aboard were taken from the platform, located about 20 miles east of the boot tip of Louisiana, onto a nearby supply vessel and taken ashore. It was unclear how much oil had...

  • NEW YORK, May 22- Oil fell more than 1 percent on Friday as a rallying dollar and profit-taking ahead of a long U.S. holiday weekend cut short a two-day run-up in crude prices. Drillers cut the number of U.S. oil rigs in operation by just one this week, the strongest sign yet that a nearly six-month slump in activity was ending, data from oil services firm Baker Hughes...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 3 to 885 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 1:22 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 885.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana lost four rigs, West Virginia declined by three and Kansas, North Dakota and Ohio each lost one. Alaska, California, Colorado, Texas, Utah and Wyoming were all...

  • Gulf of Mexico offshore Louisiana in the early hours of Friday, though no injuries were reported, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Fire-fighting crews worked to contain the fire on Friday near Breton Island, 50 miles offshore New Orleans, the Coast Guard said. It was unclear what caused the incident or how much oil leaked into the ocean, but the Coast Guard said it has...

  • *Coming up: Baker Hughes rig count at 1700 GMT. NEW YORK, May 22- Oil fell more than 1 percent on Friday as a rallying dollar and profit-taking ahead of a long U.S. holiday weekend cut short a two-day run-up in crude prices. U.S. crude was down 95 cents at $59.77 a barrel by 11:45 a.m. EDT.

  • HOUSTON— Vanguard Natural Resources LLC will acquire Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP in a $474 million deal. Vanguard Natural Resources will also assume $140 million of debt from Eagle Rock Energy Partners, which will become a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary. The company has operations in Texas, Wyoming, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Montana, Colorado,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The U.S. Federal Reserve did an about-face on Thursday and proposed allowing banks to count certain municipal bonds as liquid assets in order to comply with new rules designed to ensure banks can survive a cash crunch. The rule change will not apply only to banks regulated by the Federal Reserve that have $250 billion or more in total...

  • Bristow misses 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 5:24 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Bristow Group Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $15.1 million. The Houston- based company said it had profit of 43 cents per share. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.25 per share.

  • TIMELINE-Takata air bag recalls since 2008 Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:24 PM ET

    Honda and Takata deny fault and settle for an undisclosed sum. Her family sues Honda and Takata for more than $75 million in April 2011, claiming they knew of the air bag problems as early as 2004. Honda and Takata settle in January 2013 for $3 million, according to court documents. 2011: April 27- Honda recalls 896,000 Honda and Acura 2001-03 cars in order to find...

  • Man who caught listeria-related meningitis sues Blue Bell Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:14 AM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— A man is suing Blue Bell, saying he contracted listeria-related meningitis after eating ice cream produced by the company. David Philip Shockley seeks unspecified damages in the negligence lawsuit filed Tuesday in Austin. The lawsuit says Shockley was hospitalized with respiratory failure and septic shock in October 2013 after eating Blue...

  • RICHMOND, Texas— Four-year-old William Cole saw his father's face and reached out to touch it during a jail visit. The facility in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston, is among a growing number of jails and prison systems across the U.S. in which video visitation has replaced the more familiar in-person visits, where people are in the same room but separated by...

  • HOUSTON, May 20- U.S. oil companies, still smarting from the crude price rout, are attracting a wave of new investment from unlikely sources- hedge funds and private equity firms flocking to the energy market for the first time to bet on a rebound. "You've got generalist funds that have never invested in energy coming out of the woodwork," Michael Ames, an energy...