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  • HOUSTON, July 23- U.S. oil and gas company Apache Corp told Reuters it is looking at ways to wring more cash out of its valuable mineral rights, as it and other energy companies face investor pressure to tap more profits from the North American shale boom.

  • Gulf oil spill: Ex-BP engineer's retrial postponed Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— The August retrial of a former BP engineer accused of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been postponed while an appeals court decides whether a judge was right to throw out his earlier conviction.

  • Southwest, South score low on child-welfare index Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 12:28 AM ET

    New Mexico, Nevada, Louisiana and Arizona round out the bottom five states. Tennessee was one of five states that showed the biggest improvements in the last year, moving from 39th to 36th. In education, a focus of major reform in Tennessee the last few years, the state improved from 42nd to 37th.

  • New Orleans putting smoked butts in a better place Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 2:55 PM ET

    Developers of the program say New Orleans is the first U.S. city to participate in a large-scale recycling effort launched in Canada last year. Trenton, New Jersey- based recycling company TerraCycle Inc. developed the program in 2012. The first citywide receptacles were placed in Vancouver, British Columbia, in November 2013.

  • Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    The anti-tax Club for Growth Action last month had its second best fundraising haul this election cycle as it raised money to pour into Chris McDaniel's bid to deny incumbent Republican Thad Cochran a seventh term in the Senate.

  • Obama: US must retrain workers who lose jobs Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama says all American workers deserve to know that if they lose their jobs, their country will help them train for a better one. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says Congress has taken steps in the right direction by approving job-training legislation.

  • Judge finds Chinese drywall maker in contempt Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 5:57 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A federal judge has ordered a China- based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees— and to stop doing business in the United States— as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product. District Judge Eldon Fallon found Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. in contempt of court.

  • La. jobless rate rises in June for second month Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in June 2013. Both sets of figures— adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes— were released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • Chinese chemical company coming to Louisiana Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 9:28 PM ET

    VACHERIE, La.— A China- based company is opening a methanol manufacturing facility on the Mississippi River in St. James Parish that's expected to create 350 to 400 permanent jobs.

  • WASHINGTON, July 17- The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to reauthorize a federal terrorism risk insurance program that was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

  • House passes $20B bill cutting IRS tax enforcement Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 4:10 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The GOP- controlled House passed a $20 billion measure Wednesday that would slash budgets for enforcing tax laws and new financial regulations, and a healthy food initiative that's a pet cause of first lady Michelle Obama.

  • House votes to allow marijuana-related banking Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House voted Wednesday in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal pot shops and providers of medical marijuana.

  • California hearing addresses oil refinery rules Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 3:28 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Residents of modest neighborhoods near three of the largest oil refineries in California called on the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to crack down on plant emissions, saying the pollution is choking their children and endangering their health.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. court revives BP retirement-plan lawsuit Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 8:07 PM ET

    July 15- A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit in which participants in four BP Plc employee retirement savings plans claimed they were deceived into buying and holding BP stock before and after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

  • July 15- A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit in which participants in four BP Plc employee retirement savings plans alleged they were deceived into buying and holding BP stock before and after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

  • Senate backs 2 nominees to serve on energy panel Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate approved two nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday under an unusual political deal in which a FERC staff member will eventually be promoted to lead the commission.

  • July 15- Royal Dutch Shell Plc said on Tuesday it had found roughly 100 million barrels of oil equivalent in the Gulf of Mexico' s Norphlet formation, its third discovery there. The company, the gulf's largest operator, found the oil near its Rydberg well, roughly 75 miles off the Louisiana coast.

  • LHC to acquire Life Care Home Health Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    LAFAYETTE, La.— Lafayette- based home nursing firm LHC Group will buy 14 home health agencies from a Tennessee company for $10 million in cash. Life Care Home Health Inc.' s agencies are spread across seven states. The Life Care agencies are in Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah and Washington.

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- Delayed maintenance has dogged the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve with capacity issues that limit officials' ability to quickly draw down the emergency stockpile, the Energy Department's inspector general said on Tuesday.