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  • Rand Paul is fighting to transform his recent Capitol Hill victory into momentum with the voters who will select the next president. Yet he's seized the opportunity in interviews across the country this week before another showdown in Congress. "I think some of his ideas are a breath of fresh air," said Corey Brooks, an African-American pastor in the South Side of...

  • CHICAGO— Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican who was once third in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down on Thursday in Chicago. He is also charged with one count of lying to the FBI...

  • *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...

  • FCC head unveils proposal to narrow 'digital divide' Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:52 AM ET

    The FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, has emphasized that Internet access is a critical component of modern life, key education, communication and finding a keeping a job. The FCC says low-income Americans are more likely to rely on smartphones for Internet access. Lifeline was started in 1985 and expanded to include wireless phones in 2005. The FCC's proposal calls...

  • ABOARD THE EMPIRE BUILDER, May 28- Its passengers are mostly silver-haired retirees, oil-field workers and a few young families gazing out the windows of Amtrak's least-profitable and third-longest line, rumbling from Chicago through eight states and on to the American West Coast. A coach ticket between Spokane, Washington and Williston, capital of North...

  • Tidewater reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 9:54 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS _ Tidewater Inc. on Wednesday reported a fiscal fourth-quarter loss of $9.1 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 60 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $361 million.

  • May 26- Over 100,000 homes and businesses were still without power Tuesday afternoon after severe storms battered the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday and Tuesday, according to local utilities. That is down from about 170,000 customers without service on Tuesday morning. The storms moved from west to east, hitting Texas first before moving on to Louisiana and...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 26- Judging by the latest performance rankings, two 529 college savings plans in particular look enticing. SavingForCollege.com, a plan comparison website that publishes rankings each quarter, said the District of Columbia's direct-sold DC 529 College Savings Program topped the lists for one-, three- and five-year performance as of March 31.

  • NEW ORLEANS— Appeals court won't lift hold on Obama's action that could protect millions from deportation.

  • COLUMN-LME zinc bulls get fooled again: Andy Home Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 1:32 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, May 26- Appearances can be deceptive and never more so than when it comes to trading on the London Metal Exchange. Three-month metal was on a surge last month, powering up from a March low of $1,981.00 per tonne to an early May high of $2,404.50. Last week's delivery of 36,375 tonnes of zinc onto warrant at Johor in Malaysia blew away the tightness and sent...

  • ORANGE BEACH, Ala.— With the Memorial Day holiday just around the corner, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. Questions remain about the long-term environmental impacts of the BP...

  • Fire on coastal Louisiana oil platform extinguished Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 12:13 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A fire that burned for more than a day on an oil production platform off Louisiana's coast was extinguished early Saturday, the Coast Guard said. It was reported out around 6 a.m. after firefighting crews boarded the platform, Petty Officer Carlos Vega said. The Coast Guard reported that a light sheen of oil near the site appeared to be dissipating and...

  • Chris Christie's administration has reached a deal to pay $7.6 million to a firm the state contracted to help handle applications for its Superstorm Sandy housing recovery program. The state Department of Community Affairs reached the agreement on Thursday with Hammerman and Gainer Inc., also called HGI, department spokeswoman Lisa Ryan said.

  • The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. "Tick, tick, tick," said Robert Bea, a professor emeritus in civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1995, there have been more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Twenty-eight workers have been evacuated from an oil production platform that is on fire off Louisiana's coast. A Coast Guard news release says the fire was reported at 2:50 a.m. Friday near Breton Island, which is close to Louisiana's southeastern coast. The Coast Guard reported a light sheen of oil could be seen from the air along a more than...

  • 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...

  • The fire was still burning Friday evening, the Coast Guard and an environmentalist who flew over the site said. Workers were evacuated by an offshore supply vessel that reported the fire at 2:50 a.m. in state waters near Breton Island off Louisiana's southeastern coast, the Coast Guard said in a news release. Coast Guard officials later estimated the maximum...

  • 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,...