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  • Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. He was joined by incoming Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R- Alaska, who...

  • Study will test survivors' blood to treat Ebola Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:02 PM ET

    The Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $5.7 million to scale up production of the treatments for the project in Guinea and other Ebola-affected countries in Africa. Besides helping Ebola patients now, plasma "could be a tool for a future epidemic as well" from different viruses, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said in an interview with The Associated...

  • UPDATE 6-Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in U.S. Senate Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 8:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from an expected veto of legislation that several fellow Democrats supported. She has staked her hopes of winning a fourth Senate term on the Keystone gambit. The tally was 59 to 41 on TransCanada Corp's $8 billion project,...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- The U.S. auto safety regulator on Tuesday called on Japanese supplier Takata and five automakers to expand nationwide a regional recall of potentially deadly air bags, increasing pressure on the industry to act more swiftly in the growing scandal. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also scolded Takata for what it called "an...

  • UPDATE 5-Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in Senate Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:08 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from having to veto legislation that several fellow Democrats supported. The measure fell just short of the 60 votes needed for passage, despite frantic last-minute lobbying by supporters, including Democratic Senator...

  • BP fights on to oust oil spill claims chief Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:24 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company filed notice Tuesday that it plans to file with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. It sought his removal by a federal judge in motions claiming that he had a conflict of...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- The U.S. auto safety regulator on Tuesday announced it has called on Japanese supplier Takata and automakers to expand nationwide their previously regional recall of flawed air bags. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator David Friedman told reporters on Tuesday that Takata has so far expressed an "...

  • Safety agency to push for national air bag recall Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 5:06 PM ET

    The action Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers driver's side air bags equipped with inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan. Takata has said that prolonged exposure to moisture can cause the air bag propellant to burn faster than designed, causing the problem. Up until now, about 8 million cars in the U.S. with Takata inflators...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Keystone XL's top supporter in the U.S. Senate frantically lobbied colleagues on Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt to find enough "yes" votes to approve the oil pipeline from Canada. TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline has broad support in Louisiana, an oil-producing state, where Landrieu faces an uphill battle to win a new six-year term in a...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Keystone XL supporters in the U.S. Senate faced tough odds on Tuesday in passing a bill to approve the oil pipeline from Canada after one lawmaker they hoped might be a "yes" said he would vote against the project. "Congress is not- nor should it be- in the business of legislating the approval or disapproval of a construction project," Senator Angus...

  • Allegiant announces non-stop New Orleans service Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Discount airline Allegiant Air will begin nonstop service to New Orleans from four destinations beginning in early February. Officials with Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport said Tuesday that Allegiant will have nonstop flights from Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; and Florida's Orlando-Sanford International...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Keystone XL supporters in the U.S. Senate faced tough odds for passing a bill to approve the oil pipeline from Canada on Tuesday after one lawmaker they hoped might be a "yes" said he would vote against the project. With the 100- member Senate one vote short of the needed 60 to pass a version of a bill that sailed through the House of Representatives...

  • LONDON, Nov 18- The biggest product of the U.S. petroleum industry is not oil, gas or condensate but water-- billions and billions of gallons containing dissolved salts, grease and even naturally occurring radioactive materials. The five old oil- and gas-producing states of Texas, California, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana accounted for almost three quarters of...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Backers of the Keystone XL oil pipeline hope a vote in the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday will send a bill clearing the way for the controversial project to President Barack Obama. Republican Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, who introduced the bill with Landrieu, was asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program on Tuesday if there were enough votes to...

  • US Senate rejects Canada-Texas oil pipeline Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The 59-41 Senate vote was one short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure, and marked a severe blow to embattled Sen. The vote was one of the last acts of this Senate controlled...

  • U.S. Senate heads for vote on Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Backers of the Keystone XL oil pipeline hope a vote in the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday will send a bill to the desk of President Barack Obama. Backers of the bill in the 100- seat Senate need 60 votes to prevent a filibuster by opponents. The Senate is expected to vote as early as 6:15 p.m. ET on the TransCanada Corp pipeline, which would transport...

  • Keystone Pipeline vote on Tuesday Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— On the eve of a showdown, Maine independent Sen. King made his comments as Louisiana Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota, was more cautious.

  • Miss. could be site for $1.2 billion aluminum mill Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:22 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi appears to be the favored location for a proposed $1.2 billion aluminum mill that would hire 650 or more workers to supply aluminum for auto bodies. The company won't say what locations it's considering, but has filed for environmental permits at a site near Golden Triangle Regional Airport, just west of Columbus in Lowndes County.

  • Oil spill-related grants announced by foundation Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:14 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A national conservation agency on Monday announced more than $99 million in projects funded through a settlement resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill— including more than $13 million for restoration work on Louisiana's coast. Alabama is receiving $9.6 million of the latest grants, which will fund four projects; Mississippi is getting...

  • Honda quietly will repair air bags nationwide Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    DETROIT— Honda is quietly offering to replace potentially defective air bag inflators across the U.S., even though its latest recall for the problem only covers cars in 13 high-humidity states and territories. Honda's action, plus a report of an exploding air bag that injured a Ford Mustang driver in North Carolina, is likely to give more ammunition to lawmakers...