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  • Oct 22- With the closest known U.S. cases of Ebola diagnosed about 160 miles away in Dallas, Cary Griffin is taking no chances. For many, the three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States so far since late September represent a new potential disaster and a reason to run to the store. Chad Huddleston, an anthropologist at the University of Southern Illinois at...

  • Congressman's corp. loses Texas charter over taxes Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A Texas- based business co-owned by U.S. Vance McAllister has lost its right to do business as a Texas corporation after missing deadlines to pay state franchise taxes. Chris Ryan with the Texas Comptroller's Office said Tuesday that Texas Coastal Energy Co. LLC could have its corporate charter reinstated if it complies with the state tax code by...

  • 'Easy Rider' chopper at auction might be phony Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    CALABASAS, Calif.— The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" is up for auction this weekend in California. Gordon Granger of Texas says he bought the original "Easy Rider" motorcycle in 1996 from Dan Haggerty, an actor with a bit part in the 1960 s counterculture classic. But the actor acknowledged to the Los Angeles Times this week that he...

  • Federal offshore oil lease sale set for March Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Oil and gas leases for 40 million acres off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will be offered by the federal government in a March sale at the Superdome in New Orleans, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Friday. "As one of the most productive basins in the world, the Gulf of Mexico is a cornerstone of our domestic energy portfolio,...

  • Court battle over giant emerald nears resolution Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— An incredible hulk of an emerald weighing 840 pounds was hauled out of a Brazilian mine more than a decade ago and began a global odyssey that ended in Los Angeles Superior Court, where a fight over its ownership is nearing resolution. Downie was the second claimant to be eliminated from consideration by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge...

  • Texas abortion clinics reopen after court reprieve Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— Texas abortion clinics that closed under tough new restrictions began reopening Wednesday after winning a reprieve at the U.S. Supreme Court, but the facilities were scheduling women with uncertainty and skeleton staffs. A five-sentence ruling late Tuesday blocked parts of a sweeping Texas abortion law that required clinics to meet...

  • Oil spill plaintiff lawyers: keep claims chief Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 5:47 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A move by oil giant BP to have a court fire the administrator of a damage claims settlement arising from the 2010 BP oil spill was opposed Wednesday by the administrator as well as by lawyers for Gulf Coast interests claiming harm from the disaster. Among the reasons: They said Juneau once represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process...

  • Britain's Court of Appeal last week overturned a previous High Court ruling that the LME's consultation on linking load-in and load-out rates at log-jammed warehouses was unlawful. This, however, looks little more than defiant posturing, given that the Court of Appeal expressly denied it the right of further appeal. Just a shame then that the two aluminium...

  • Treasury clears way for oil spill recovery grants Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 4:44 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— The U.S. Treasury Department says it has cleared the way for Gulf Coast states and local governments to begin applying for recovery grants through a federal RESTORE Act trust fund containing money from civil penalties in the 2010 BP oil spill. Under rules finalized Tuesday, 35 percent of the Gulf Restoration Trust Fund will be divided equally among...

  • New methanol plant planned for Plaquemines Parish Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 3:12 PM ET

    BELLE CHASSE, La.— State officials have announced that Castleton Commodities International LLC plans a $1.2 billion methanol manufacturing plant in Plaquemines Parish. Castleton expects to begin construction in 2016. The plant is planned for the Braithwaite area along the Mississippi River. "The project location situated along the Mississippi River near...

  • DALLAS/ NEW YORK, Oct 6- The fifth American to contract Ebola in West Africa arrived in the United States for treatment on Monday as the first patient diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil fought for his life at a Dallas hospital, officials said. A private plane carrying Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance cameraman for NBC News who contracted Ebola in Liberia, landed in...

  • DALLAS/ NEW YORK, Oct 6- The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital and appeared to be receiving none of the experimental medicines for the virus, a top U.S. health official said. Thomas Eric Duncan became ill after arriving in Texas from Liberia two weeks ago, heightening concerns that the worst Ebola...

  • DALLAS/ NEW YORK, Oct 5- The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital on Sunday and appeared not to be receiving any of the experimental medicines for the virus, a top U.S. medical official said. Thomas Eric Duncan became ill after arriving in the Texas city from Liberia two weeks ago, heightening concerns...

  • DALLAS, Oct 5- The first person to develop Ebola in the United States was struggling to survive at a Dallas hospital on Sunday after his condition worsened to critical, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said. Thomas Eric Duncan became ill after arriving in the Texas city from Liberia two weeks ago- heightening concerns that the worst Ebola...

  • COLUMN-Andy Home: Who's got all the copper? Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON, Sept 26- September has been a cruel month for industrial metals, with prices sinking pretty much across the board.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 24- BP Plc cannot recoup what it says were inflated claims paid under a multi-billion dollar settlement program to compensate people hurt by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday. U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans has thrown out many of those complaints and turned the company down again on Wednesday.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 24- A U.S. judge has ruled that BP Plc cannot recoup what it says were inflated claims paid under a multi-billion dollar settlement program to compensate people hurt by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, NOLA.com reported on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, Sept 19- The zinc rally has run out of steam. But the benchmark LME three-month price has over the last couple of weeks retreated from above $2,400 per tonne to a current $2,260. The LME's Commitments of Traders Report showed money managers trimming their net long position by 12,271 lots, or 306,775 tonnes, in the week to Sept. 12.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St edges higher after Fed; Dow sets record Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:42 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. stocks edged higher in volatile trading on Wednesday after the U.S.

  • COLUMN-Who cares about the lead market?: Andy Home Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 12- On Tuesday this week base metals prices tumbled. Shanghai traders led the bear charge, which spilled over into London, where the subsequent sell-off was accelerated by technical traders of all shapes and sizes.