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  • NEW YORK— To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson's calendar, it's also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day. So last year, he started charging $1,500 to $4,000 for "national day" proclamations.

  • The oil rig count rise of 12 to 640 followed a six-month slump in activity that reduced the number of active rigs from a peak of 1,609 in October to a nearly five-year low last week, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. Drillers added rigs in all of the major U.S. shale oil basins- three in the Eagle Ford in South Texas, two in the...

  • Want a national day? Check a website in North Dakota Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 11:12 AM ET

    NEW YORK— To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson's calendar, it's also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day. So last year, he started charging $1,500 to $4,000 for "national day" proclamations.

  • June economic report echoes previous signs for Midwest Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 8:22 AM ET

    "Much weaker business conditions for firms tied to energy are restraining the overall reading," said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey. "Weaker conditions were particularly evident in Oklahoma and North Dakota, two energy-producing states. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota,...

  • New pipeline reclamation program handling 11 complaints Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 7:45 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— A program that aims to help North Dakota landowners and tenants resolve issues with companies over pipeline reclamation problems is handling nearly a dozen complaints. Two of five ombudsmen contracted by the state Agriculture Department are handling 11 cases, The Bismarck Tribune reported. There are more than 20,000 miles of pipeline already...

  • —Craig Randleman, 50, of Bend, Oregon, and Thomas Joy, 28, of Spokane, Washington, rescued an 8- year-old boy from attacking pit bulls in Spokane in April 2014. —Robert A. Pritchard Jr., 13, of Jacksonville, Florida, rescued a 6- year-old girl from a burning mobile home in June 2014. —S. Alexander Smith, 16, of Aloha, Oregon, drowned trying to rescue his 13- year-old brother from...

  • Investors Real Estate Trust reports 4Q results Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 7:27 PM ET

    MINOT, N.D. _ Investors Real Estate Trust on Monday reported a key measure of profitability in its fiscal fourth quarter. The Minot, North Dakota- based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $22 million, or 16 cents per share, in the period. The company said it had net income of $7.9 million, or 7 cents per share.

  • The rule— a response to calls from the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress for the EPA to clarify which smaller waterways are protected— was published in the Federal Register on Monday and takes effect Aug. 28. The EPA did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press. The other states involved are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri,...

  • YORK, Pa.— Bon-Ton, like a number of other retailers, is turning some of its real estate in to cash. Sears Holdings Corp. Sears is planning to sell more than 250 properties to a REIT it created. The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., with headquarters in Milwaukee and York, Pennsylvania, runs 270 stores in 26 states.

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 859, the first weekly gain since December. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 628 rigs were seeking oil and 228 explored for natural gas. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,...

  • It was the 29th straight weekly decline, bringing the total down to 628, the lowest since August 2010, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. In the latest week, drillers removed two rigs in the Permian, the biggest U.S. shale oil play in West Texas and eastern New Mexico, and three in the Bakken centered in North Dakota.

  • June 26- A headless body daubed with Arabic writing was found on Friday at a factory in southeast France owned by Air Products and Chemicals Inc, a U.S.-based industrial gas and chemicals company. *Founded in 1940, the Allentown, Pennsylvania- based company reported $991.7 million in net income on $10.4 billion in sales in its most recent fiscal year.

  • CHICAGO— Throughout the country, relief was the dominant emotion among consumers who get help from the government to lower their health insurance costs following Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding the subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. I didn't vote for him, "said Salt Lake City resident Paige Preece, whose...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Tribal leaders from an oil-prolific portion of North Dakota's Fort Berthold Reservation say they can't count on federal or state regulators— or their own tribal government— to monitor the boom, so they are moving to do it themselves. The leaders have sent about 3,000 letters to oil companies requiring them to register with the commission and...

  • Board urged to adopt buffers between homes, oil drilling Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 5:50 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Farmers and environmentalists urged Montana regulators on Wednesday to establish buffer zones around homes to protect them from oil and gas drilling. North Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado require companies to keep drilling activities at least 500 feet from occupied dwellings. Montana has no such rule.

  • WASHINGTON— Congressional Republicans are poised to deal a sharp blow to their traditional allies in the business community by allowing the federal Export-Import Bank to go out of business at the end of the month. Over the past year it's also become a surprising test of GOP purity, as tea party-backed lawmakers and outside conservative groups have denounced...

  • June 23- A U.S. judge in Wyoming on Tuesday granted a request by four states and several energy industry groups to temporarily stop new federal rules on hydraulic fracturing on public lands from taking effect on Wednesday. IPAA and the Western Energy Alliance were joined by Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and Utah in seeking to stop the new rules from taking...

  • OTTAWA/ MONTREAL, June 22- The Canadian government on Monday charged the Montreal Maine& Atlantic Canada Railway Ltd, its affiliate and eight people with violating federal railway safety and environmental laws in connection with a 2013 oil train crash that killed 47 people and flattened the heart of the Quebec village of Lac-Megantic. Canada's transport...

  • OTTAWA, June 22- Charges were brought on Monday in connection with the 2013 oil train crash that killed 47 people and flattened the heart of the Quebec village of Lac-Megantic, the Canadian government said. Montreal Maine& Atlantic Canada Railway Ltd and its affiliate, the Montreal Maine& Atlantic Canada Co., along with Robert Grindrod, chief executive officer of...

  • OTTAWA, June 22- Charges were brought on Monday in connection with the 2013 oil train crash that killed 47 people and flattened the heart of the Quebec village of Lac-Megantic, the Canadian government said. The disaster occurred in July 2013 after a single engineer parked his train for the night on a main line uphill from the small town of Lac-Megantic.