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  • HOUSTON, July 29- A high-stakes dispute over a tanker carrying $100 million in Iraqi Kurdish crude took a surprising turn on Tuesday when a U.S. judge said she lacked jurisdiction given the ship's distance from the Texas shore and urged that the case be settled in Iraq.

  • Entergy 2Q profit climbs 16 percent Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 8:50 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Entergy Corp. on Tuesday reported earnings that rose by 16 percent in its second quarter, and fell short of analysts' expectations. The New Orleans- based company said profit after paying preferred dividends increased to $189.4 million, or $1.05 per share, from $163.7 million, or 92 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

  • LONDON, July 29- On the surface at least, much has changed in the London Metal Exchange warehousing business over the past year. The exchange has much more work to do if it wants to rectify a delivery system that has ruptured relations with some of its users and generated a spate of lawsuits in the United States.

  • Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:51 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? In all likelihood, most voters in Louisiana and Virginia aren't either. Even some lawmakers say they never heard of the Export-Import Bank before becoming members of Congress.

  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The ship soon sets sail for South America, its 80,000 tons of coal destined for power plants and factories, an export of American energy— and pollution.

  • Promises of easier nuclear construction fall short Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    The first two reactors built after a 16- year lull, Southern Co.' s Vogtle plant in Georgia and SCANA Corp.' s VC Summer plant in South Carolina, are being assembled in large modules. The factory in Louisiana that constructed the prefabricated sections struggled to meet strict quality rules.

  • HOUSTON, July 25- Exxon Mobil Corp is considering a multibillion-dollar plan to expand its Beaumont, Texas, refinery into the country's largest, the first major refining investment of the U.S. shale oil boom, people with knowledge of the deliberations said.

  • US rig count up 12 to 1,883 Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

    Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, North Dakota and Louisiana gained six each, Ohio and Oklahoma were up two apiece and Colorado one. Texas lost 10 rigs, Alaska was off four, California and New Mexico were down two each and Kansas and Pennsylvania each dropped one. Arkansas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • U.S. Senate panel to consider 'too big to fail' report Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:08 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, July 24- A U.S. Senate panel will meet next Thursday to discuss results of a much anticipated government study that looked at whether the biggest banks can borrow at lower interest rates because investors think they would be bailed out in a crisis.

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- Gas-rich states such as Texas should have the easiest time complying with planned Environmental Protection Agency regulations on carbon pollution from power plants, despite opposition from their lawmakers, a new study says.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- U.S. regulators and 15 states announced a wave of lawsuits on Wednesday against law firms and mortgage assistance companies they said have scammed borrowers since at least 2011 by falsely promising home loan modifications and other foreclosure relief.

  • "EPA goes beyond the plain reading of Clean Air Act Section 111 directing states to achieve questionable emission reduction targets from a limited menu of economically damaging and legally questionable' options'," said Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, the committee's top Republican.

  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday.

  • 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.