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  • 4 years after spill, questions on long-term health Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    CHALMETTE, Louisiana— When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.

  • 11 Senate Democrats to Obama: Approve Keystone XL Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.

  • Energy regulator: Steps underway to protect grid Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:31 PM ET

    Cheryl LaFleur, acting chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, told the Senate Energy Committee on Thursday that employees are "wiping and scrubbing all databases" and taking other steps to protect sensitive information.

  • Democratic senators on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31.

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- Eleven U.S. Democratic senators on Thursday called on President Barack Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31.

  • Jindal joins those calling for lawmaker to resign Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 4:39 AM ET

    MONROE, La.— Embattled Louisiana Rep. The best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress, "Jindal said. There was milder pressure from Washington, where House Speaker John Boehner said after talking to McAllister, "He's got decisions that he has to make.

  • NY lawmakers question auto insurance rate factors Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    "The more accurate we can make our premiums the more savings we can provide," said Kristina Baldwin, an assistant vice president at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, a trade group.

  • Gov't says report on power grid threats mishandled Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 5:54 PM ET

    The document created by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should have been kept secret as a national security matter, Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman said. The report followed a comment by former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff that an April 2013 attack on a California electric substation was terrorism.

  • WASHINGTON, April 9- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved the nomination of Justice Department official Terrell McSweeny to be the third Democratic commissioner on the five-member Federal Trade Commission. "We are delighted that the Senate has confirmed Terrell McSweeny to serve as an FTC Commissioner.

  • April 9- Hearst TV said on Wednesday it signed an agreement with Dish Network Corp ending a blackout that affected Dish subscribers who could not see programs from ABC, NBC and CBS broadcast affiliate stations in 25 markets. "We appreciate the support and patience of our viewers, advertisers and local communities served by our stations," Hearst said in a statement.

  • Dish, Hearst TV battle as TV programs in 25 cities cut Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    April 9- Dish Network Corp customers in 25 markets across the United States can no longer view programs from ABC, NBC and CBS broadcast affiliate stations due to an impasse between the satellite provider and Hearst Television. Hearst owns 29 local TV broadcast affiliate stations in 25 markets, including Baltimore, Boston and New Orleans.

  • VANCOUVER, April 9- Just over a year ago, Canadian trucking firm Bison Transport took a bet on a potentially game changing technology, buying 15 big rigs powered by liquefied natural gas. After 14 months on the road, though, the Winnipeg- based company has found that the reality- at least initially- is less rosy.

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- The United States should strengthen a century-old law designed to protect the domestic shipping industry, rather than relax it under pressure from the energy industry, the chair of the Senate Energy Committee said on Tuesday.

  • La. public school funding short $55M this year Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 4:17 PM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.— State financing for Louisiana's public schools is short $55 million of what is needed to cover all the state's students this year, Superintendent of Education John White told lawmakers Tuesday.

  • *Louisiana jury orders $6 bln damages from Takeda, $3 bln from Eli Lilly. *Award unlikely to stand after Takeda and Eli Lilly challenges. Eli Lilly and Co, Takeda's co-defendant in the case, was ordered to pay $3 billion in punitive damages by the jury in Louisiana on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- A U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday approved Timothy Massad as the next chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and two other commissioners to head the swaps and futures markets watchdog. The only nominee to draw a "no" vote, from Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, was Sharon Bowen, a partner at law firm Latham& Watkins in New York.

  • *Louisiana jury orders $6 bln damages from Takeda, $3 bln from Eli Lilly. SAN FRANCISCO/ TOKYO, April 8- Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd said it would contest $6 billion in punitive damages imposed by a U.S. federal jury in a case alleging that Japan's largest drugmaker had concealed cancer risks associated with its Actos diabetes drug.

  • US jury hits Takeda, Eli Lilly with $9B penalty Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 3:33 AM ET

    TOKYO— A U.S. jury ordered Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and its U.S. counterpart, Eli Lilly and Co., to pay $9 billion in punitive damages over a diabetes medicine linked to cancer. The U. S District Court in western Louisiana ordered a $6 billion penalty for Takeda and $3 billion for its business partner and co-defendant Eli Lilly.

  • *Louisiana jury orders $6 bln damages from Takeda, $3 bln from Eli Lilly. TOKYO, April 8- A U.S. jury ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd to pay $6 billion in damages over claims that it concealed cancer risks associated with its Actos diabetes drug, the plaintiffs' lawyer said on Tuesday.

  • Supporters of payday loan limits point to new data Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 4:26 PM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.— Organizations seeking to toughen regulations on payday loans Monday pointed to a report by the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions that shows state residents shelled out about $146 million in fees and interest on the loans last year. Advocates for payday loan reform used the report at a House Commerce Committee hearing to back Rep.

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