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  • HOUSTON, Feb 22- The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines as of 12 a.m. CST on Sunday, according to union officials. After the latest breakdown between the two sides, Steelworkers leaders targeted Shell, which is the U.S. arm of...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 21- The U.S. refinery strike widened on its 20th day, with workers at the nation's largest refinery walking off jobs and joining picket lines on Saturday as the United Steelworkers union pushes for a new contract that improves wages and safety. Shortly after talks between union and oil company representatives ended on Friday night, the union...

  • Refinery workers strike spreads to biggest US location Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 1:04 PM ET

    The United Steelworkers union said Saturday that workers at the largest refinery in the U.S., the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, started their strike at midnight Friday. The union said in a statement that it expanded the strike that started Feb. 1 at refineries largely in Texas and California because the industry has refused to "meaningfully...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 21- The U.S. refinery strike widened as workers at the nation's largest refinery walked off their jobs at 12 a.m. CST on Saturday, according to the United Steelworkers union. Shortly after talks between union and oil company representatives ended on Friday night, the union notified Motiva Enterprises of a strike by its members at the company's...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 20- The U.S. refinery strike was widening on Friday night as workers at the nation's largest refinery gave notice of a walkout beginning at 12 a.m. on Saturday, the United Steelworkers union said. The USW is also giving notices of strikes to begin in 24 hours at Motiva's refineries in Convent and Norco, Louisiana, and the Shell Oil Co. chemical plant in...

  • Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. isn't cooperating with the government's investigation of its air bags, the National Highway Safety Administration said Friday as it imposed fines of $14,000 a day that will continue until key safety information is provided. Here are five things to know about the Takata air bag recalls:. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE AIR BAGS?

  • US rig count decreases 48 to 1,310 Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 1:46 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 48 this week to 1,310 amid depressed oil prices. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas' count fell by 22, Oklahoma lost 16, North Dakota and Wyoming each lost four, Alaska lost three, Colorado lost two and California and Utah...

  • HACKENSACK, N.J.— That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Lauren Koniaris, a specialist in pulmonary critical care at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. At Hackensack, a handful of patients at risk for heart failure are asked to use a fitness tracker to count steps walked and flights...

  • WASHINGTON— Pay little attention to the official agenda for this weekend's meeting of the National Governors Association. And for none is the scrutiny more heightened than for New Jersey Gov. Christie aides, making the rounds in a luxury Washington hotel on Friday, sought to project a sense of calm in the face of news that some longtime backers, both in New Jersey...

  • Feb 19- A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected BP Plc's attempt to reduce the maximum civil fine it could face for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, leaving it potentially liable to pay $13.7 billion under the federal Clean Water Act. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans agreed with the federal government that the maximum civil penalty that BP could...

  • Superior Energy misses Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 4:48 PM ET

    HARVEY, La. _ Superior Energy Services Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $66.1 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 49 cents per share. Analysts expected $1.2 billion, according to Zacks.

  • Judge rejects BP attempt to lessen fines for Gulf spill Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 4:45 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A federal judge has rejected an attempt by BP to lower the fines it faces from its catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010.. District Judge Carl Barbier on Thursday agreed with government lawyers that BP should face paying up to $4,300 for each barrel of oil spilled. In a statement, BP spokesman Geoff Morrell, said the company disagrees with the...

  • Nielsen's top 20 prime-time programs for Feb. 9-15 Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 8:07 PM ET

    2. "NCIS," CBS, 18.77 million. 3. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 16.19 million. 6. "Scorpion," CBS, 11.86 million.

  • Indian guest workers win $14M award in trafficking case Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 6:12 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A federal jury on Wednesday awarded $14.1 million to five Indian guest workers who claimed they were defrauded and made to live in squalid conditions after being lured to work for an Alabama- based marine and fabrication company following Hurricane Katrina. The jury issued its verdict against Mobile, Alabama- based Signal International LLC and...

  • Long Island engineering firm raided in Sandy probe Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 11:27 AM ET

    UNIONDALE, N.Y.— The New York attorney general's office executed a search warrant Wednesday at a Long Island engineering firm that has been accused in civil lawsuits of submitting bogus inspection reports on homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy. HiRise was one of a host of engineering companies hired after Sandy to investigate damage to buildings insured...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 17- President Barack Obama's administration faces a difficult and possibly lengthy legal battle to overturn a Texas court ruling that blocked his landmark immigration overhaul, since the judge based his decision on an obscure and unsettled area of administrative law, lawyers said. The failure to do so, Hanen wrote, was a violation of the 1946...

  • *Department of Justice to appeal. WASHINGTON, Feb 17- President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday delayed implementing his unilateral steps to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation after a judge blocked the actions at the urging of 26 states accusing Obama of exceeding his powers. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration put its new deportation-relief program on hold Tuesday on the eve of its launch, complying reluctantly with a federal judge's order that roiled immigrant communities nationwide and seemed to harden an already-tense stalemate on Capitol Hill. On Capitol Hill, Johnson's agency stood 10 days away from losing funding, but...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday delayed implementing his unilateral steps to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation after a judge blocked the actions at the urging of 26 states accusing Obama of exceeding his powers. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the Texas border with Mexico,...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- A judge in Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's orders to shield millions of people who are in the United States illegally from deportation, backing 26 states that argued Obama had overstepped his legal authority. The White House said on Tuesday the Justice Department would appeal Monday's action by U.S.