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  • *Marathon to purchase refinery for $598 million. HOUSTON, Oct 8- Marathon Petroleum Corp struck a deal to buy BP Plc's Texas City refinery and related infrastructure for up to $2.5 billion, a purchase that will make Marathon the fourth-largest U.S. refiner and give it a bigger potential slice of the market for refined product exports.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 5- The unprecedented surge in California's wholesale gasoline market this week has many hallmarks of a classic short squeeze, traders said on Friday, evoking a once common ploy in unregulated oil markets.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 5- The unprecedented surge in California's wholesale gasoline market this week has many hallmarks of a classic short squeeze, traders said on Friday, evoking a once common ploy in unregulated oil markets.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 5- Chesapeake Energy Corp said on Friday it has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act. As part of the deal that still requires court approval, the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, company will pay a $600,000 fine.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ LOS ANGELES, Oct 5- An unprecedented spike in California gasoline prices showed signs of easing on Friday, with some supply-stricken service stations preparing to reopen and retail rates poised to ease after topping $5 a gallon in many places.

  • Ark. property owners sue over drilling waste wells Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:59 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- A group of residents in Independence and Faulkner counties are suing three natural gas drilling companies, claiming that waste fluids are improperly being pumped underneath land the companies don't own or lease. Houston- based Southwestern Energy Co. was the only company named in the original version of the suit, which was filed in August.

  • Property owners sue over gas drilling waste wells Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:48 PM ET

    Houston- based Southwestern Energy Co. was the only company named in the original version of the suit, which was filed in August. Southwestern Energy filed a motion to dismiss the original suit, arguing the plaintiffs didn't show they had a claim.

  • By Braden Reddall and Nichola Groom. SAN FRANCISCO/ LOS ANGELES, Oct 5- Californians awoke on Friday to yet another unprecedented spike in the price of gasoline that brought the one-week increase in the Golden State to a whopping 36 cents a gallon. "It's insane," said Matt Hurd, 35, as he filled up at a San Francisco gas station near the Bay Bridge. "

  • US drops 11 to 1,837 rigs exploring for oil, gas Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:34 PM ET

    Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,398 rigs were exploring for oil and 437 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 10 rigs, Louisiana and North Dakota each dropped by three and Alaska and Oklahoma were down two apiece.

  • --Houston- based McJunkin Red Man Corp. is seeking to issue a $750 million term loan due 2019 and plans to use proceeds to refinance existing debt. Rating Action On Oct. 5, 2012, Standard& Poor's Rating Services revised its rating outlook on McJunkin Red Man Corp. to positive from stable and affirmed the' B+' corporate credit rating on the company.

  • Daryl Hannah arrested in Texas protesting pipeline Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:22 AM ET

    HOUSTON-- Actress Daryl Hannah of "Splash" fame was arrested in northeast Texas on Thursday, along with a 78- year-old landowner as the pair protested an oil pipeline designed to bring crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

  • AP Exclusive: Wyo. Range gas lease buyout planned Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:08 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.-- A land conservation group has reached a long-sought agreement with a petroleum company to prevent a controversial gas drilling project inside a national forest by buying out a vast area of federal oil and gas leases in northwest Wyoming.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- The booming business of transporting Bakken crude has thrown a lifeline to U.S. railroads, at a time when shipments of coal, their main commodity by volume, have fallen sharply. Coal accounted for just over 43 percent of rail car loadings by weight, and 25 percent of gross revenues, last year according to the Association of American Railroads.

  • Astros let radio broadcast team go Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:18 AM ET

    HOUSTON-- The Houston Astros say they'll have a new radio broadcast team next season. In a statement issued Thursday, the Astros say they've begun a search for a successor to veteran broadcaster Milo Hamilton, who announced that 2012 would be his last season as lead play-by-play announcer.

  • Indian FX/debt factors to watch - Oct 5 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:48 PM ET

    *Asian shares rose and the euro kept most of its overnight gains on Friday as investor risk aversion eased after the European Central Bank said it was ready to buy bonds of troubled euro zone countries, while markets awaited a key U.S. jobs report.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- Ninety-one people including doctors, nurses and other medical professionals were charged criminally in a new sweep of Medicare fraud involving seven U.S. cities and $430 million in alleged false billing, officials said on Thursday.

  • Red Bulls' Cahill is 4th-highest-paid MLS player Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:52 PM ET

    He joined Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez on the high-spending Red Bulls, who replaced general manager Erik Soler with Jerome de Bontin on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- Ninety-one people including doctors, nurses and other medical professionals were charged criminally in a new sweep of Medicare fraud involving seven U.S. cities and $430 million in alleged false billing, officials said on Thursday.

  • Oct 4- A plan laid out by Southern California Edison on Thursday to restart one of two damaged nuclear reactors faces months of regulatory review plus skepticism from industry critics. SCE, a unit of power company Edison International.

  • California pump prices poised to break record Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:58 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Oct 4- Pump prices in California have soared this week and are poised to break a record set in the summer of 2008 due to low inventories and disruptions at key Golden State refineries. The state average for a gallon of regular gasoline jumped to $4.315 on Thursday, 18.2 cents higher than last week and 49 cents higher than a year ago, according to AAA data.