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  • New safety rules proposed to curb oil train fires Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 10:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under U.S. regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.

  • CHICAGO, July 23- As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool- giant sausage-shaped storage bags- to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc..

  • Officials probe fire at North Dakota company Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 2:32 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— Federal and state investigators are at a Williston oil supply and logistics company where a massive fire erupted and disrupted road and air traffic.

  • ND wants specifics on backlogged grain shipments Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota's congressional delegation is pressing Canadian Pacific Railway to provide details of its backlog of grain shipments, saying farmers need detailed information with fall harvest fast approaching. But Sen John Hoeven, R- N.D., Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D- N.D., and Rep.

  • ND saltwater spill cleanup could take years Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 9:50 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— The site where an underground pipeline leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater into the North Dakota badlands earlier this month could take years to clean up, an official of Native American tribes involved in the cleanup said Monday.

  • Cause of fire at Williston company unknown Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— More than half a day after an industrial fire broke out in the North Dakota oil patch town of Williston, authorities still were unable to say what caused the massive blaze.

  • July 21- Delta Air Lines Inc, trying to boost savings on manufacturing of jet fuel, said on Monday it reached a five-year agreement with a Dallas energy company for 65,000 daily barrels of U.S. crude oil to be supplied to its Pennsylvania refinery.

  • Great Plains shale tested for possible energy uses Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 1:01 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Tests this summer on Pierre Shale that stretches across much of the Great Plains could help build the case for an underground lab and, if feasible, lead to energy production or underground storage in the rock formation.

  • VANCOUVER, Washington, July 21- California's chance to keep a lid on some of the nation's highest gas prices and join in the spoils of a domestic oil production boom is threatened by quickly growing opposition to a rail terminal in Washington state.

  • HOUSTON, July 21- California refiners remain far behind peers elsewhere in the country in replacing expensive imports with cheaper North American crudes from a new production boom. More than half of the 1.7 million barrels of crude processed by California refineries each day is imported, largely from Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Iraq and Colombia.

  • Lightning a threat to ND saltwater disposal sites Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling— not the oil wells or drilling rigs— that were to blame.

  • US states with higher minimum wages gain more jobs Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    A Congressional Budget Office report earlier this year lent some support for that view. It found that a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, as President Obama supports, could cost 500,000 jobs nationwide.

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- North Dakota's Bakken oil patch has thrived thanks in large part to the once-niche business of hauling fuel on U.S. rail tracks.

  • La. jobless rate rises in June for second month Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in June 2013. Both sets of figures— adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes— were released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.

  • Mississippi jobless rate rises to worst in nation Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi's unemployment rate rose to worst in the nation at 7.9 percent in June, as the state's economic recovery lags behind others. Phil Bryant, who has made economic development a central focus, acknowledged the poor figure but said Mississippi's economy has improved since he took office.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • Nebraska jobless rate drops to 3.5 percent in June Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 10:15 AM ET

    Nebraska, Utah and Vermont had the second-lowest rate in the nation last month, trailing only the 2.7 percent of North Dakota. The Nebraska Labor Department said the new Nebraska figure remained well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 6.1 percent in June, which was two-tenths of a point below the revised May figure of 6.3 percent.

  • Railroads say up to 44 oil trains weekly cross NY Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— As many as 44 trains a week, each loaded with at least a million gallons of volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region, move through upstate New York, according to documents released Tuesday by the state.

  • CSX optimistic long-term but predicts flat 3Q Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— CSX is optimistic about its long-term performance, but the railroad's profit during this quarter will likely be relatively flat. The company discussed its second-quarter results Wednesday after edging out Wall Street profit expectations.

  • COLUMN-The Big One: Russia's Bazhenov shale: Kemp Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    LONDON, July 16- As U.S. and EU policymakers have imposed targeted sanctions on Russian individuals and firms in response to the crisis in Ukraine, Western companies have sought to insulate their own projects from the political imbroglio and continue developing the country's vast oil and gas resources.