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  • May 22- A small offshore oil platform caught fire in shallow water near the coast of Louisiana on Friday and a sheen was seen in the sea after workers were evacuated, officials said. All 28 workers aboard were taken from the platform, located about 20 miles east of the boot tip of Louisiana, onto a nearby supply vessel and taken ashore. It was unclear how much oil had...

  • Gulf of Mexico offshore Louisiana in the early hours of Friday, though no injuries were reported, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Fire-fighting crews worked to contain the fire on Friday near Breton Island, 50 miles offshore New Orleans, the Coast Guard said. It was unclear what caused the incident or how much oil leaked into the ocean, but the Coast Guard said it has...

  • HOUSTON— Vanguard Natural Resources LLC will acquire Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP in a $474 million deal. Vanguard Natural Resources will also assume $140 million of debt from Eagle Rock Energy Partners, which will become a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary. The company has operations in Texas, Wyoming, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Montana, Colorado,...

  • WASHINGTON— In Congress' roiling debate over trade, one senator calls his efforts to protect the U.S. catfish industry a matter of averting "the dangers of exposure to foreign agriculture drugs." "His effort to end it is among several proposed trade amendments awaiting Senate action this week. At issue is a long-delayed law intended to shift catfish inspections...

  • TAMPA, Fla., May 20- A record dolphin die-off in the northern Gulf of Mexico was caused by the largest oil spill in U.S. history, researchers said on Wednesday, citing a new study that found many of the dolphins died with rare lesions linked to petroleum exposure. Millions of barrels of crude oil spewed into Gulf waters, and a dolphin die-off was subsequently seen...

  • Scientists link dolphin deaths in Gulf to 2010 BP spill Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:04 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— In a new study, a team of scientists says there's a definite link between the massive BP oil spill in 2010 and a record number of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf of Mexico. The study involved federal scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "No feasible alternative causes remain that can reasonably explain the...

  • INDIANOLA, Miss.— Outside Indianola, B.B. King was a blues superstar, a guitar legend who inspired Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and countless other musicians. He would stay there practically all day, "said Ruthie King, a 65- year-old who is not related to the bluesman. B.B. King, born as Riley B. King, died at 89 on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas.

  • Worry over Shariah law in Idaho jeopardizes child support Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 12:13 PM ET

    The move by Idaho threatens an effort involving dozens of nations that set out more than a decade ago to improve procedures that have made it difficult, sometimes impossible, for parents' to get the money. Idaho leaders now face pressure to reverse their decision and have called a special legislative session, which begins Monday and will cost taxpayers tens of...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Reversing an action it took three years ago, the Vermont House voted Tuesday to go along with the Senate's long-standing wish to end the philosophical exemption that allowed some parents not to get their kids fully vaccinated. Peter Shumlin opposed eliminating the exemption when lawmakers considered the issue in 2012. He said last week that he...

  • COLUMBIA CITY, Ind.— Bird flu has been found in a backyard poultry flock in northeastern Indiana, and it's the first time the specific strain in question has been detected in the central U.S., animal health officials said Monday. The H5N8 virus found in Whitley County is different from the H5N2 virus that has led to the loss of more than 30 million chickens, turkeys and...

  • Why homebuyers face a tough spring Monday, 11 May 2015 | 6:12 AM ET

    Eager to buy your first home this spring? Bidding wars have broken out in hot real-estate markets like Denver and Los Angeles, where there aren't enough houses to meet demand. "Inventory is still fairly low in a lot of markets across the country," said Skylar Olsen, senior economist at real estate data firm Zillow.

  • SPRING CITY, Tenn.— Tom Wallace started working at the Watts Bar nuclear plant as a young man in 1979, hoping he could eventually become a reactor operator. It remains a work-in-progress for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Meanwhile, the nuclear industry has designed a generation of entirely new plants now being built in Georgia and South Carolina.

  • WASHINGTON, May 7- Sixteen hospitals will pay $15.69 million to resolve allegations they were reimbursed from Medicare for services that were unnecessary, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. As part of the settlement, Health Management Associates Inc and 14 of its formerly associated hospitals will pay $15 million, Community Health Systems and its...

  • More than 21 million birds have been killed or are expected to be condemned, and three states- Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa- have declared a state of emergency. Below is a timeline of the spread of the viruses, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Canada's Food Inspection Agency, and responses by the...

  • NEW YORK, May 1- New U.S. and Canadian speed limits for oil trains will do little to temper the likelihood and severity of explosive accidents that have grown in frequency over the past two years, critics of new regulations said on Friday. Walking a line between increasing safety and keeping oil shipments moving at a clip on North American rails, regulators...

  • The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dec. 19, 2014- Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain confirmed in a...

  • Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service told Reuters the H5N2 virus- along with two other highly pathogenic strains of bird flu- will likely be passed among birds at breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canada through the summer. The USDA statement marks a shift in tone in the agency's...

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. "This is a big deal," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said during a conference call on Monday.

  • unit of Wells Fargo& Co, added eight advisers from Morgan Stanley and brokerage firm Edward Jones. G. "Carey" Revels, Craig Goldberg and Jonathan Zucker joined Wells Fargo Advisors from Morgan Stanley. Revels managed more than $108 million in client assets at Morgan Stanley and joined Wells Fargo's Hattiesburg, Mississippi office.

  • NEW YORK, April 22- Financial companies are among the standouts of the first-quarter earnings reporting season, but their dazzling profit growth has failed to impress investors, who are finding reasons for caution behind the headline numbers. Both Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs blew through expectations, with respective profit growth of 59 percent and 48...