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  • 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,...

  • NEW YORK, May 21- Russia's EuroChem is open to selling potash fertilizer together with rival Uralkali once it finishes building two mines, but it is too soon to pursue the idea, a senior executive in the private company said on Thursday. EuroChem, which has revenues of $5 billion, expects to complete construction of its Volgakaliy and Usolskiy mines in Russia's...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- Two U.S. Louisiana Senator David Vitter withdrew a proposed amendment to the financial regulatory bill that aimed to end "too big to fail" by requiring certain mega banks to face new 10 percent capital levels. Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey withdrew another proposed change that would have repealed a major provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...

  • A series of settlements in 2010 Gulf oil spill Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 5:48 PM ET

    In a separate development, oil giant BP— which leased the rig from Transocean— reached settlements resolving years of complicated spill-related litigation with Transocean, and with contractor Halliburton, which did cement work on the rig before it exploded in April 2010. But Transocean and Halliburton also were found to have some responsibility.

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the pact that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck with attorneys general in 31 states. "I am pleased that our agreement brings about reforms that will provide for more effective dealings and better communication between consumers and the credit reporting agencies," said Alabama Attorney General Luther...

  • NEW ORLEANS— A federal magistrate judge Wednesday rejected a company's bid to preserve the confidentiality of numerous emails and reports about its failed efforts to halt a decade-old Gulf of Mexico oil leak. The documents could be evidence in a lawsuit that a coalition of environmental groups, led by the New York City- based Waterkeeper Alliance, filed...

  • TAMPA, Fla., May 20- A record dolphin die-off in the northern Gulf of Mexico was caused by the largest oil spill in U.S. history, researchers said on Wednesday, citing a new study that found many of the dolphins died with rare lesions linked to petroleum exposure. Millions of barrels of crude oil spewed into Gulf waters, and a dolphin die-off was subsequently seen...

  • Scientists link dolphin deaths in Gulf to 2010 BP spill Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:04 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— In a new study, a team of scientists says there's a definite link between the massive BP oil spill in 2010 and a record number of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf of Mexico. The study involved federal scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "No feasible alternative causes remain that can reasonably explain the...

  • Nielsen's top programs for May 11-17 Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 5:10 PM ET

    1. "NCIS," CBS, 14.94 million. 2. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 13.61 million. 7. "Survivor," CBS, 9.61 million.

  • WASHINGTON— Conservatives dominating the GOP- controlled House said Tuesday that they are increasingly confident of killing a little-known federal agency that subsidizes overseas purchases of U.S. exports. Conservative critics say the bank provides too much of its credit assistance to help huge, well-connected corporations like The Boeing Company and...

  • OAKLAND, Calif.— Three baggage handlers at Oakland International Airport are accused of using their security clearance to get marijuana-packed suitcases past checkpoints and onto planes as part of a drug smuggling ring involving 11 other people, federal prosecutors said. The group was operating as early as July 2012, according to the complaint.

  • NEW YORK— A plan to tackle "the worst financial crisis" in the history of the New York City Housing Authority includes leasing unused land in housing complexes for private residential development, a proposal that has caused controversy in the past, as well as other steps like modernizing rent collection, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. The city has grappled for...

  • HOUSTON, May 18- U.S. refiner Tesoro Corp has ordered new crude oil railcars with features that surpass safety standards that federal regulators set this month, executives told Reuters. The 210 tank cars being built in northern Louisiana are so-called pressure cars, with the same design as those that carry liquid petroleum gases such as propane and butane, gas...