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  • US drops 13 to 1,826 rigs exploring for oil, gas Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 2:47 PM ET

    Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,408 rigs were exploring for oil and 416 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas dropped seven rigs and New Mexico fell by 5. Alaska and Oklahoma lost three apiece, and West Virginia was down by two.

  • Sandy pounds Bahamas after killing 39 in Caribbean Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 2:26 PM ET

    NASSAU, Bahamas-- Hurricane Sandy raged through the Bahamas on Friday after leaving 39 people dead across the Caribbean, following a path that could see it blend with a winter storm to hit the U.S. East Coast with a super-storm next week.

  • La. agency gets $1.3M from FEMA for Isaac costs Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 10:54 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reimbursed the Louisiana Department of Public Safety for nearly $1.3 million in costs associated with its response to Hurricane Isaac.

  • Federal judge throws out Entergy tax challenge Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 10:40 AM ET

    U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss rejected the argument made by New Orleans- based plant owner Entergy Corp. that the payment is not a tax and said federal court lacked jurisdiction over the case. Reiss granted the state's motion to dismiss the case saying, Entergy's challenge "could be brought directly in Vermont's state courts."

  • Offutt scores TV success, ready to abandon it Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Chris Offutt doesn't have HBO, so he's going to head over to a neighbor's house Sunday night to watch "Treme." He's felt the lure of Hollywood, heard the Sirens in the distance. And the 54- year-old Kentucky native has experienced enough success as a screenwriter and story editor on TV's brainiest shows that it felt real.

  • Pig welfare has a price for Europe's pork lovers Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 7:30 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 26- Europe's pregnant pigs will be happier next year but pork eaters will pay more and some breeders will go out of business as new porcine welfare rules compound the spiraling cost of the cereals for animal feed.

  • BP spill trial delayed for Mardi Gras, Super Bowl Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 12:52 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- To avoid disruptions from the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, a federal judge in New Orleans has postponed a trial for claims spawned by BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier announced during a hearing Friday that he is moving the start of the trial from Jan. 14 to Feb. 25.

  • On the Runway: Insiders and Outsiders Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 12:22 AM ET

    "Dream Catchers" was the theme of the Fashion Group International's annual Night of Stars benefit on Thursday, but it might as well have been something like "Insiders and Outsiders."

  • La. AG seeks trial for state claims over BP spill Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:06 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office is asking a federal judge to set a trial date for some of the state's economic loss claims against BP PLC stemming from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • La. accountants seek information on tax credit Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 3:37 PM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.-- Louisiana accountants have asked the Department of Revenue for more guidance on who is eligible for the state's alternative fuel vehicle tax credit, as Gov.

  • Voodoo adds tent camping to festival experience Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 2:33 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- The Voodoo Music+ Arts Experience is bringing a European music festival experience to New Orleans with overnight tent camping and more Euro-dance-based acts to its stage.

  • Networks, AP changing exit poll strategy Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- A growth in early voting and tough economy for the media are forcing changes to the exit poll system that television networks and The Associated Press depend upon to deliver the story on Election Night, all with the pressure-filled backdrop of a tight presidential race.

  • BP caps dome believed to be source of oil sheen Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:32 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- BP PLC said Thursday it has capped and plugged an abandoned piece of equipment that is believed to be the source of a sheen spotted near the site of its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP and the Coast Guard both say no oil has been seen leaking out of the container since it was capped and plugged.

  • AG: 5 drug companies to pay $18.6M to La. Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:25 AM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.-- Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office says five pharmaceutical companies will pay the state more than $18.6 million to resolve allegations they misreported drug price information to the state's Medicaid program.

  • Oklahoma tribe on track to buy La., Miss. casinos Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 4:39 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.-- An Oklahoma Indian tribe is moving forward with buying the DiamondJacks casinos in Bossier City, La., and Vicksburg, Miss.. Wilmington Trust, a Delaware institution, leads a syndicate holding $181 million in secured debt with the first claim on Legends assets.

  • Pinnacle Entertainment 3Q loss narrows, shares up Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 3:43 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS-- Shares of Pinnacle Entertainment hit annual highs Wednesday after the casino operator halved its losses for the third quarter and beat Wall Street expectations. Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. owns and runs a total of seven casinos, in Louisiana, Missouri, and Indiana, as well as a racetrack in Ohio.

  • BASF plant being constructed in Ascension Parish Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 9:56 AM ET

    GEISMAR, La.-- BASF is building a formic acid production plant in Louisiana's Ascension Parish that will create 20 new jobs. Bobby Jindal and company executives were at the groundbreaking Tuesday, at the company's 2,600- acre complex in Geismar, which is home to nearly two dozen chemical plants.

  • Gas gets cheaper, but still isn't cheap Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 12:26 AM ET

    The national average for a gallon of gas has dropped 13 cents in the past week to $3.625. That's the biggest weekly decline since the 7- day period ended Nov. 28, 2008, according to Oil Price Information Services analyst Fred Rozell. Rozell says gas has averaged $3.65 so far this year, 10 cents above the record set in 2011..

  • Oct 23- A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated a $9.2 million securities arbitration ruling against Morgan Keegan& Co stemming from a group of bond funds that became the subject of a civil fraud action by regulators.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 23- The U.S. Energy Department needs to explain how it will determine whether to allow more exports of the nation's bountiful supplies of natural gas, a top Democrat on the Senate Energy Committee, said on Tue sday.