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  • With backing from Saudi Aramco and partnerships with well-known industry players including the Linde Group and Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem, Dineen hopes to break into natural gas processing with improvements that make the decades-old technology economical. Abundant domestic natural gas from the shale boom prompted plans by Royal Dutch...

  • LONDON, April 1- More than 1 million barrels of crude oil move by train across the United States every day, according to data published for the first time by the government on Tuesday. The volume of crude shipped by rail has increased more than 50- fold in five years, from just 630,000 barrels in January 2010 to 33.7 million barrels in January 2015, the Energy...

  • WASHINGTON, April 1- Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas...

  • Judge: Jury can decide Alabama's Gulf-oil-spill claims Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 5:07 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A judge says Alabama's Gulf oil-spill-damage claims under the federal Oil Pollution Act can be heard by a jury. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans rejected the oil giant's arguments in a ruling released late Monday. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange hailed the ruling in a Tuesday news release.

  • UPDATE 1-Refiner Delek in talks to buy Alon Israel Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:42 AM ET

    Alon USA's refineries in Texas, California and Louisiana have an aggregate crude oil throughput capacity of about 217,000 barrels per day. Financial terms were not mentioned by either Alon USA of Delek in their regulatory filings disclosing the merger talks. As of Monday's close, Alon USA had a market capitalization of $1.11 billion and Delek was valued at...

  • A look at top car, truck speed limits across the US Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 mph. But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas. Here is a look at the top speed limits for cars in...

  • NEW ORLEANS— With a hearing scheduled to decide how much money thousands of people are owed for Chinese drywall damage to their homes, the manufacturer has made payments required to participate, including $3.2 million to seven homeowners in Virginia. The April 28 hearing will determine damages to as many as 4,000 homes built or repaired in Virginia, Florida,...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 21 this week to 1,048 amid falling oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 813 rigs were seeking oil and 233 exploring for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas each...

  • CHICAGO, March 26- A cool April in the U.S. southern Plains and Delta region will slow some planting of corn, soybeans and other crops but below-normal rainfall across the main crop belt should prevent any major planting delays this spring, an agricultural meteorologist said on Thursday. "We'll see delays continue across some southern areas but when you get into...

  • HOUSTON, March 26- Motiva Enterprises said on Thursday that operations at its Convent and Norco, Louisiana, refineries will be integrated to take advantage of increased production of lower-cost U.S. shale oil. Gas oil produced by the Convent refinery will go to the expanded hydrocracker and 112,000 bpd catalytic cracking unit at the Norco plant.

  • ATLANTA— In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact. Rand Paul slams "rotten to the core" propaganda forced on children by an initiative that has no curriculum at all. Even so, the 2016 GOP presidential prospects who are criticizing Common Core have a point— if an overstated one— when they dispute the notion that it is strictly a...

  • DENVER— Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to finish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Coffman and other lawmakers are angry that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded thousands of dollars in bonuses to its top construction official, Glenn Haggstrom, even though hospitals in Denver, Las Vegas, New...

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • NEW YORK— The FCC says the first lawsuits filed against the government's new Internet traffic rules are "premature" and may be dismissed because they were filed too early. The Federal Communications Commission's new rules on broadband service are meant to uphold "net neutrality," and so prohibit providers such as Comcast and Verizon from slowing or blocking Web...

  • Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the third-ranking GOP leader in the House, cited two reasons for the rank and file to approve the budget, saying it would "get our economy moving again, and also set the stage for a repeal of Obamacare." Democrats criticized the plans in both houses without letup, particular the repeal of the health care law and the billions of dollars in...

  • New power grid manager poised to open at Little Rock Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 1:43 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— A nonprofit company that manages the power grid from the Gulf Coast to Manitoba unveiled a new operations center in Arkansas on Tuesday, saying it moved to the state because it's not prone to hurricanes and has an increasingly talented workforce. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator control room will manage power production and...

  • MIDDLEBURY, Vt.— A 2012 tip led investigators to look into whether millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst played a role in the 1971 disappearance and presumed death of a Middlebury College freshman, police said Tuesday. The tip was not connected with the producers of the HBO show "The Jinx," which focuses on the life of Durst, who's facing murder charges in the 2000...

  • Broadband industry trade group USTelecom filed a lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which has in the past twice rejected the FCC's net neutrality regulations. Texas- based Internet provider Alamo Broadband Inc challenged the FCC's new rules in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, making a...

  • March 23- The U.S. shale oil industry may have forever abandoned its heavy-spending ways in the face of sliding crude prices, Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, said on Monday. Spending cuts already announced by producers- to the tune of 25 to 60 percent- have dropped the rig count by 45 percent since late 2014, and output will soon...

  • Counties seek to keep impact fee on shale wells Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 11:31 AM ET

    Tom Wolf's proposal to replace a fee on Marcellus Shale natural gas wells with a flat annual payment, primarily to governments where wells are hosted. Keeping the impact fee intact is the second-highest priority of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, its executive director, Doug Hill, said Monday during the group's annual spring...