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  • 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...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 40 to 988 Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 2:22 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 40 this week to 988 amid depressed oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 760 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Alaska, California, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Utah and West Virginia were all unchanged.

  • NEW YORK— The nation's highway safety chief says his agency will push for quick action on a regulation requiring electronic speed limiters on big rigs. The statements Thursday by Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, came at a discussion with reporters ahead of his speech at a safety symposium in New York.

  • Worst VA health care wait times are in the South Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 3:00 AM ET

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.— A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists— and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms costing billions of dollars— government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all.

  • MIAMI— A federal judge rejected a bid by two women to join a high-profile sexual abuse lawsuit and ordered scandalous sex allegations against Britain's Prince Andrew and a prominent U.S. lawyer removed from the court record. The two women, identified as Jane Does No. 3 and No. 4, claim to be among dozens of women Epstein sexually abused as teenagers at locations...

  • 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.

  • UPDATE 1-Refiner Delek in talks to buy Alon Israel Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:42 AM ET

    Alon USA's refineries in Texas, California and Louisiana have an aggregate crude oil throughput capacity of about 217,000 barrels per day. Financial terms were not mentioned by either Alon USA of Delek in their regulatory filings disclosing the merger talks. As of Monday's close, Alon USA had a market capitalization of $1.11 billion and Delek was valued at...

  • March 20- The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States continued to decline this week, falling 41 to 825, the lowest rig count in four years, oil services firm Baker Hughes said in its closely-watched survey on Friday. U.S. crude futures have dropped by about 60 percent since June due to concerns OPEC and the United States are producing too much oil while...

  • CHICAGO, March 19- Drought pressures will increase in California and western areas of the United States this spring even as the dry season begins, the government's Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday. Drought is forecast to persist in California, Nevada, and Oregon through June with the onset of the dry season in April. "I see nothing that would indicate...

  • The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States fell by 64 to 922, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its weekly report. The number of oil rigs in use has fallen in 18 of the past 21 weeks, according to Baker Hughes. Texas, the state with the most rigs, again lost the most this week, shedding 32 to 537, the lowest since 2010, Baker Hughes said.

  • Feb 26- Western Refining Inc reported a better-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit on Thursday as lower crude oil prices helped improve refining margins. Growing output from the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico, where Western's refineries are located, has combined with inadequate pipeline infrastructure to create a glut and suppress crude...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- Five Republican state governors say they will not rescue a crucial part of Obamacare if it is struck down by the Supreme Court, underlining the prospect for a chaotic aftermath to a ruling that could force millions of Americans to pay much more for coverage or lose their health insurance. In response to Reuters' queries, spokespeople for the...