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  • Fire on coastal Louisiana oil platform extinguished Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 12:13 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A fire that burned for more than a day on an oil production platform off Louisiana's coast was extinguished early Saturday, the Coast Guard said. It was reported out around 6 a.m. after firefighting crews boarded the platform, Petty Officer Carlos Vega said. The Coast Guard reported that a light sheen of oil near the site appeared to be dissipating and...

  • Chris Christie's administration has reached a deal to pay $7.6 million to a firm the state contracted to help handle applications for its Superstorm Sandy housing recovery program. The state Department of Community Affairs reached the agreement on Thursday with Hammerman and Gainer Inc., also called HGI, department spokeswoman Lisa Ryan said.

  • The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. "Tick, tick, tick," said Robert Bea, a professor emeritus in civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1995, there have been more...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Twenty-eight workers have been evacuated from an oil production platform that is on fire off Louisiana's coast. A Coast Guard news release says the fire was reported at 2:50 a.m. Friday near Breton Island, which is close to Louisiana's southeastern coast. The Coast Guard reported a light sheen of oil could be seen from the air along a more than...

  • 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...

  • The fire was still burning Friday evening, the Coast Guard and an environmentalist who flew over the site said. Workers were evacuated by an offshore supply vessel that reported the fire at 2:50 a.m. in state waters near Breton Island off Louisiana's southeastern coast, the Coast Guard said in a news release. Coast Guard officials later estimated the maximum...

  • A series of settlements in 2010 Gulf oil spill Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 5:48 PM ET

    In a separate development, oil giant BP— which leased the rig from Transocean— reached settlements resolving years of complicated spill-related litigation with Transocean, and with contractor Halliburton, which did cement work on the rig before it exploded in April 2010. But Transocean and Halliburton also were found to have some responsibility.

  • NEW ORLEANS— A federal magistrate judge Wednesday rejected a company's bid to preserve the confidentiality of numerous emails and reports about its failed efforts to halt a decade-old Gulf of Mexico oil leak. The documents could be evidence in a lawsuit that a coalition of environmental groups, led by the New York City- based Waterkeeper Alliance, filed...

  • 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...

  • Nielsen's top programs for May 11-17 Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 5:10 PM ET

    1. "NCIS," CBS, 14.94 million. 2. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 13.61 million. 7. "Survivor," CBS, 9.61 million.

  • NEW YORK— A plan to tackle "the worst financial crisis" in the history of the New York City Housing Authority includes leasing unused land in housing complexes for private residential development, a proposal that has caused controversy in the past, as well as other steps like modernizing rent collection, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. The city has grappled for...

  • NEW YORK, May 18- CME Group Inc said on Monday it would launch a zinc futures contract next month, stepping up a global battle for metals market share with the London Metal Exchange amid expanding Asian markets. The statement did not explain JPMorgan's role in the zinc contract. "We're pleased that CME Group has responded swiftly and decisively to industry...

  • MILWAUKEE— A Wisconsin woman says a Southwest Airlines flight attendant barred her from calling her husband after he sent her a suicidal text, and she's wondering if more could have been done to save his life. "I started shaking the minute I got the text and I was panicked, I didn't know what to do," she told WTMJ-TV for a story this week. "I go to sleep at night thinking what...

  • Drilling begins 3 miles from epicenter of BP oil spill Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 6:08 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Just 3 miles from the catastrophic BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a Louisiana company is seeking to unlock the same oil and natural gas that turned into a deadly disaster. "Now that five years have passed it seems that some of the emotions are less raw," said Pavel Molchanov, an energy analyst with the investment firm Raymond James in Houston.

  • LONDON, May 13- The London Metal Exchange has announced another change in its warehousing rules to force a faster reduction in the load-out queues that have caused so much controversy in the aluminum market. Its new regime of linking load-in to load-out rates, LILO for short, is now in force, albeit after a near one-year delay caused by a failed legal challenge from...

  • Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia kills 5 people Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 9:49 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, mangling the front of it, killing at least five people and injuring several more. Train 188, a Northeast Regional, had left Washington, D.C. The front of the train was going into a turn when it started to shake before coming to a sudden stop.

  • NEW ORLEANS— Deep-water drilling is set to resume near the site of the catastrophic BP PLC well blowout that killed 11 workers and caused the nation's largest offshore oil spill five years ago off the coast of Louisiana. A Louisiana- based oil company, LLOG Exploration Offshore LLC, plans to drill into the Macondo reservoir, according to federal records reviewed...

  • Nielsen's top programs for May 4-11 Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 3:55 PM ET

    1. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.6 million. 2. "NCIS," CBS, 14.5 million. 3. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 13.4 million.

  • NEW YORK— Another week, another audience win for CBS. The Nielsen ratings company handed CBS its 11th straight prime-time win in viewership last week, with 13 of the Top 20 programs. Longtime late-night star David Letterman notched a prime-time win of his own with a CBS retrospective looking back on his decades hosting the "Late Show" as he prepares to retire on May...

  • NEW ORLEANS— A federal appeals court has opened the door for BP to appeal some claims related to a settlement reached after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ordered a lower court judge to change a procedure that effectively blocked appeals. The settlement agreement was hailed by all involved when it was signed,...