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  • Ex BP-employee settles US insider-trading charges Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. government says a former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has settled federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock.

  • Let's defend 'Obamacare,' some Democrats say Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections. Yet pro-Democratic activists in Alaska are doing just that, and a number of strategists elsewhere hope it will spread.

  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:27 PM ET

    Activists in one Senate race are doing just that. And the Congressional Budget Office— the government's fiscal scorekeeper— said it expects only a minimal increase in customers' costs for 2015. Over the next decade, CBO said the new law will cost taxpayers $100 billion less than previously estimated.

  • Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:45 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President Barack Obama. Mary Landrieu is vying for a fourth term representing Louisiana; Alaska Sen.

  • Congress is giving states the transportation blues Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 1:56 PM ET

    But Congress will have to act fast. Foxx's warnings this week echo ones by President Barack Obama, who cautioned in February that unless Congress finished a bill by summer's end then "we could see construction projects stop in their tracks."

  • Democratic Senator: I'm willing to defy Obama Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:46 AM ET
    Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.

    The senator says she battles for oil and gas jobs, even if that means defying President Barack Obama.

  • CenturyLink: 4,500 calls failed during 911 outage Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 10:11 PM ET

    SEATTLE— About 4,500 calls failed to get through during a six-hour Washington state 911 outage last week, CenturyLink said Monday. The problem did not involve the computer bug known as "Heartbleed," nor any malfunction in CenturyLink's network, the Monroe, La., company said in a statement.

  • WebMd and Citigroup are big market movers Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 4:32 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Edwards Lifesciences Corp., up $8.03 to $81. Citigroup Inc., up $1.99 to $47.67.

  • Goodrich Petroleum rises after completing La. well Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 3:38 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of Goodrich Petroleum climbed Monday after the oil and gas company reported results from a new oil well in eastern Louisiana. The well is in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, which spans parts of Louisiana and western Mississippi. Goodrich Petroleum Corp. stock rose $5.11, or 27.8 percent, to $23.51 in afternoon trading.

  • April 14- Goodrich Petroleum Corp drilled its second successful well in the Tuscaloosa Marine shale prospect in Louisiana, bolstering confidence in the fast-growing field and sending the company's shares up as much as 39 percent.

  • USDA lending $8.5M to 2 Louisiana businesses Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— The U.S. Department of Agriculture says its rural development program is lending $7.1 million to a New Orleans sausage maker and $1.3 million to a Bunkie senior care company.

  • April 14- Within hours of the U.S. government's unprecedented release last week of a trove of Medicare billing data, a small fraternity of lawyers who specialize in representing whistleblowers in healthcare fraud cases began to mobilize.

  • Business Highlights Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 6:30 PM ET

    Stung by the abrupt change in sentiment, the stocks of recent stars such as Netflix, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are 20 percent to 45 percent below their recent peaks. NEW YORK— Investors drove the stock market lower for a second straight day Friday as they grew anxious that earnings growth was faltering.

  • Alaska ad proudly ties Dem senator to 'Obamacare' Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— After months of watching Democrats get hammered over President Barack Obama's health care law, friends of an embattled senator are fighting back by proudly linking him to "Obamacare." An independent group in Alaska is airing a TV ad that praises Democratic Sen.

  • US rig count up 13 to 1,831 Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 1:46 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 13 this week to 1,831.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained nine rigs, Texas increased by seven, California gained three and New Mexico increased by one.

  • 4 years after spill, questions on long-term health Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    CHALMETTE, Louisiana— When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.

  • 11 Senate Democrats to Obama: Approve Keystone XL Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.

  • Energy regulator: Steps underway to protect grid Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:31 PM ET

    Cheryl LaFleur, acting chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, told the Senate Energy Committee on Thursday that employees are "wiping and scrubbing all databases" and taking other steps to protect sensitive information.

  • Democratic senators on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31.

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- Eleven U.S. Democratic senators on Thursday called on President Barack Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31.

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