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  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico— Droves of Native American and other indigenous performers and spectators have converged in the southwestern state of New Mexico for the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow. More than 3,000 dancers, drummers and singers representing some 700 tribes from the United States and Canada typically attend the...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 22 to 932 Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:25 PM ET

    Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 703 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 19 rigs; North Dakota lost five; Oklahoma was down three; and Alaska, New Mexico and West Virginia each lost one. Louisiana gained two rigs, while Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas and Pennsylvania each gained...

  • Actor Loren Anthony told The Associated Press on Thursday that he and eight others quit the production of the satirical Western "The Ridiculous Six" after producers ignored their concerns about its portrayal of Apache culture and the inappropriate use of props. "The Ridiculous Six" is produced by Sandler and Allen Covert and is slated for a Netflix- only release.

  • LOS ANGELES— More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found. The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to...

  • States where health law seems to increase food-stamp use Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:29 PM ET

    Under the law, many states tried to improve Medicaid and food-stamp enrollment systems by making it easier for people to register for food benefits when they sign up for health coverage. Below is a list of the 11 states with recent enrollment increases in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of...

  • Health law brings growth in food stamps in some states Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:01 PM ET

    CHICAGO— President Barack Obama's health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves. West Virginia's food-stamp enrollment increased 4 percent after a Medicaid expansion that was part of the health care changes. Ten of those states expanded their...

  • HOUSTON— A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases. Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries said Tuesday, a day after recalling all its products, that it is getting closer to pinpointing the cause of the...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— New Mexico's largest electric provider is defending its plan to replace power from part of an aging coal-fired plant with a mix of coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar generation. Public Service Co. of New Mexico said Monday in a filing with state regulators that rejecting the plan could jeopardize the continued operation of the San Juan...

  • Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 10:22 PM ET

    BRENHAM, Texas— Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria. Five others in Kansas and Texas were sickened with listeriosis, which can cause fever, muscle aches,...

  • WASHINGTON— Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress. A Democrat in the White House probably would use the waiver to build bridges to Republican governors and state legislators opposed to the law. But "you would be hard pressed to find a state that doesn't know what...

  • There's no better place for a Craigslist transaction than Los Lunas police headquarters. Los Lunas is joining the wave of police departments and sheriff's offices around the country that are establishing safe sites for such transactions. There have been robberies, carjackings and even killings that have stemmed from online classified listings in other...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 34 to 954 Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 7:50 PM ET

    Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 34 this week to 954 amid depressed oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 734 rigs were seeking oil and 217 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas plummeted by 15 rigs; Oklahoma was down six;...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A state hearing examiner on Friday rejected a plan by New Mexico's largest electric provider that called for raising rates for residential and business customers and charging more for new solar customers to connect to the grid. The finding followed an outcry from environmentalists, one of the state's largest water utilities and others who...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration took a first step Friday toward a possible increase in fees charged for oil and gas companies to drill on federal lands. The Bureau of Land Management issued a notice seeking public comment on whether regulations are needed to give the government more flexibility in setting its fees. The Government Accountability Office...

  • Delek said it would buy 33.7 million Alon USA shares, valuing each share at $16.985, which is a premium of more than 8 percent to the stock's Tuesday close. Alon USA's shares were up 5 percent at $16.50 in trading after the bell on Tuesday, while Delek's shares rose 3.2 percent to $39.10. For a year after that, Delek can acquire up to 49.99 percent of Alon USA at its...

  • Delek said on Tuesday it would buy 33.7 million Alon USA shares and that the deal value was based on Delek's closing price of $37.90 on Tuesday. Delek said it would pay $200 million in cash, 6 million in stock and issue Alon Israel an unsecured $145 million promissory note maturing in January 2021. Delek has refineries in Tyler, Texas and El Dorado, Arkansas while...

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- The U.S. consumer bureau and the Navajo Nation filed charges on Tuesday against companies and executives they say used H&R Block franchises to operate an illegal tax-refund scheme. The CFPB said Jeffrey Scott Thomas and his company, J. Thomas Development of NM Inc, no longer own the four H&R Block franchises and that H&R Block did not...

  • NEW YORK, April 13- Oil production from the fastest-growing U.S. shale plays is set to fall some 45,000 barrels per day to 4.98 million bpd in May from April, the first monthly decline in over four years, projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed on Monday. Oil production from the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico were forecast to...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Jill Mooney recently took out a $300 loan from a storefront business to get out of a financial jam, putting up her $1,400 car as collateral. High-interest lending practices have been a target of consumer advocates for decades in New Mexico, one of the poorest states in the country. Small loan lenders contributed more than $103,000 to New Mexico...

  • Oklahoma shakes, and fingers point to fracking Saturday, 4 Apr 2015 | 3:09 PM ET
    Floor hands work on an oil rig in the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, North Dakota.

    Scientists say thousands of Oklahoma quakes are caused by wells used to bury wastewater from oil and gas exploration, the NYT reports.