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  • LONDON, Aug 15- The bears are massing in the London copper market. On the London Metal Exchange benchmark three-month metal has this week tumbled out of its tight $6,950- 7,200 per tonne range to hit a two-month low of $6,821 on Thursday.

  • Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. Phoenix- based Elio plans to start making the cars next fall at a former General Motors plant in Shreveport, Louisiana.

  • Agent gives Hollywood edgy look with 'real' people Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.— You couldn't miss Hollywood talent agent Sid Levin's office in the old days: It wasn't much bigger than a closet and it was sometimes filled with burglars, bank robbers and gang members, all trying to break into the movies.

  • LONDON/ FARGO, North Dakota, Aug 14- Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday announced the sale of two onshore U.S. shale gas assets in exchange for $2.1 billion and acreage in different gas-rich areas as the energy company restructures its North America business and reins in costs.

  • LONDON, Aug 14- Royal Dutch Shell Plc announced on Thursday the sale of onshore U.S. shale gas assets as the energy company restructures its North America production and reins in costs.

  • Shell sells shale gas rights for $2.1 billion Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 9:13 AM ET

    Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell drilling rights in shale formations in Louisiana and Wyoming for $2.1 billion in two transactions. Shell will sell its Pinedale acreage in Wyoming to Ultra Petroleum for $925 million and 155,000 acres in the Utica and Marcellus shale formations in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

  • Aug 14- Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it had agreed to sell its natural gas-producing properties in Wyoming's Pinedale field and Louisiana's Haynesville field for about $2.1 billion in cash.

  • $48 million settlement OK'd in Louisiana sinkhole Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 7:20 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A federal judge has granted final approval of a $48.1 million class-action settlement for Louisiana residents affected by a 37- acre sinkhole that opened two years ago has been swallowing land ever since. District Judge Jay Zainey said Wednesday there were no objections to the settlement.

  • Age limit to oust some Louisiana court officials Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 12:37 PM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.— A new law preventing anyone 70 or older from running for constable or justice of the peace in Louisiana is facing stiff opposition— especially among the officials who are about to be banned from re-election because of their age.

  • Louisiana exports up 9.3 percent at midyear Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:44 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Louisiana exports grew by 9.3 percent to $32.1 billion during the first half of the year.

  • Ship strikes tanker, barge docked on Miss. River Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:01 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— The U.S. Coast Guard says a ship lost power and steering and collided with another ship and a barge docked on the Mississippi River near New Orleans. Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally says the accident happened Tuesday night at a terminal on the river and there were no injuries.

  • Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law. Of the 8 million people who signed up for private coverage through President Barack Obama's law, more than 2 million at one point had discrepancies of some sort that affected their eligibility.

  • Marvel heroes and villains fight it out _ live Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Marvel Entertainment, which muscled into pop culture with comic books, TV cartoons and movies, is gambling on attracting new fans as it tackles 3- D— but forget the silly glasses. "We pushed ourselves so much on this project to do things that have never been done before," said producer Juliette Feld, who is a Feld Entertainment executive vice president. "

  • SYDNEY, Aug 12- London copper steadied on Tuesday not far from six-week lows, as worries eased over geopolitical tensions in Iraq and Ukraine that could hold back global growth and dent the demand outlook for metals.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 12- London copper skidded to within sight of its lowest since June on Tuesday, as concerns over geopolitical tensions in Iraq and Ukraine clouded the outlook for demand amid thin summer trade.

  • Trial set for ex-BP executive in oil disaster Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 7:10 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A trial is expected to begin the week of March 9 for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt issued Monday after a status conference in the case of David Rainey.

  • In NYC, US mayors vow to fight income inequality Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 2:45 PM ET

    The task force, called Cities of Opportunity and hosted by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, was formed in June during a meeting of mayors in Dallas. Other mayors who attended the meeting and voiced similar ideas included Marty Walsh of Boston, Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and Mitchell Landrieu of New Orleans.

  • AIDS activist takes up a new fight: defending FDA Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    A quarter century later, Gonsalves still travels to Washington, but with a different agenda: to defend the FDA. The efforts include new state laws designed to undercut the FDA's authority by giving patients early access to unapproved drugs and a lobbying push by industry groups to speed up the time it takes the FDA to review new treatments.

  • LONDON, Aug 11- Zinc bulls, and there are plenty, have just received another lesson in the perils of timing. One stand-out of the first Commitments of Traders report issued last week by the London Metal Exchange was the speculative positioning in the exchange's zinc contract.

  • Martin Midstream will buy rest of Cardinal Gas Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Oil and natural gas distributor Martin Midstream Partners said Monday it will pay $120 million to get full ownership of Cardinal Gas Storage Partners, which helps run four natural gas storage facilities in North Louisiana and Mississippi.