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  • March 11- A federal appeals court upheld a district judge's decision to drop manslaughter charges against two former BP Plc well site managers over their roles in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil drilling disaster that killed 11 people. Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine were the two highest-ranking supervisors on board the Deepwater Horizon rig when disaster...

  • Hunger for welders fuels community college demand Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    C.J. Molina, center, a veteran and father of four, takes a graveyard-shift welding class at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, Jan. 27, 2015.

    The demand has created an unusually close partnership between the energy industry and community colleges to train people for disappearing skills. The NYT reports.

  • U.S. gas prices climb in past two weeks -survey Sunday, 8 Mar 2015 | 2:28 PM ET

    March 8- The average price of regular grade gasoline rose 21 cents in the past two weeks, bringing it to $2.54 per gallon, according to the Lundberg survey released on Sunday. The highest price was in Los Angeles, at $3.48 per gallon. Prices are highest in Los Angeles because of the summer blend regulation deadline and California's global warming laws, Lundberg said.

  • While commonly used already by the Justice Department, non-prosecution agreements in the future could include drafts of charging documents that could be filed in court if a violation of the deal occurs, Caldwell said. Caldwell's comments come amid continued questions over whether the Justice Department overuses deferred prosecution agreements to...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. "Gold's just not in vogue right now and the average investor is trying to chase the stock market," said David Beahm, executive vice president for Blanchard& Co, a large precious metals retailer in New Orleans. Meanwhile, the spot gold market has been rangebound between $1,130- $1,392 per ounce for the past year.

  • Lithuania looks to U.S. for gas imports Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    OSLO, Feb 27- Lithuanian liquefied natural gas importer Litgas has signed a preliminary agreement with a U.S. supplier, looking to lessen the Baltic nation's dependence on Russia. Delfin LNG LLC is developing an offshore liquefaction and export facility in Louisiana with a total export capacity of 13 million tonnes of LNG per year. Last year, Litgas signed a...

  • Feb 26- South Carolina's Supreme Court ordered Johnson& Johnson to pay a penalty of $136 million, upholding a jury's finding that the drugmaker's Janssen unit had improperly marketed its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal and concealed its risks. A trial court had earlier ordered J&J to pay $327 million, but the Supreme Court more than halved that penalty, citing a...

  • Viking boats to cruise Mississippi River Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS, Feb 25- Viking Cruises Ltd will establish its first North American beachhead, a homeport in New Orleans, and will offer cruises up the Mississippi River starting in 2017, the company and Louisiana officials announced. The company- whose boats ply the rivers of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt- will begin cruising the Mississippi with two...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 23- Talks to end the largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years are not expected to resume this week, sources familiar with the negotiations said on Monday after the number of plants hit by walkouts increased over the weekend. The halt in talks comes after the USW pulled workers from three Motiva Enterprises LLC refineries in Louisiana and Texas...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 23- Talks to end the largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years are not expected to resume this week, sources familiar with the negotiations said on Monday after the number of plants hit by walkouts increased over the weekend. Face-to-face meetings between the United Steelworkers union and lead refinery owner representative Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of...

  • NEW ORLEANS, Feb 23- BP Plc on Monday appealed a federal judge's finding of the size of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which leaves the company potentially liable to pay $13.7 billion in fines. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans ruled that 3.19 million barrels of oil had spilled into the Gulf as a result of the disaster. That decision could result in a $13.7...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 22- The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week on Sunday as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has said its U.S. workers will get a raise to at least $9 an hour, while West Coast port workers have reached a tentative deal for a new...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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, 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,...