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  • US rig count up 18 to 1,914 Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 3:51 PM ET

    Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 12 rigs, Pennsylvania gained five, Oklahoma gained four and Colorado and Alaska each gained one. Kansas lost three rigs and Arkansas, Ohio and West Virginia each lost one. California, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • State agency issues long-awaited fracking rules Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Stricter requirements for disclosing the use of chemicals are part of new proposed rules issued by the state Friday as part of the process of regulating fracking, the high-volume oil and gas drilling method that proponents hope will bring a surge of jobs to Illinois.

  • LONDON, Aug 29- Doubts about the sustainability of the North American oil and gas boom center on rapidly declining output from many shale wells after they are initially drilled.

  • Traders are bracing for the start of the autumn harvest in the Midwest in the coming weeks, with growers in Louisiana and Mississippi already bringing in crops with high yields.

  • Feds: Report shows progress in tribal prosecutions Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— Federal attorneys say an updated report released Tuesday on investigations and prosecutions on tribal lands shows continued improvement since a 5- year-old study that criticized the Department of Justice for turning its back on reservation crime.

  • Train derails on Canada border, prompts evacuation Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 5:03 PM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying unscented propane derailed near Canada's border with Minnesota and North Dakota early Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of about 40 people who live near the site, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

  • "Breaking Bad," AMC's unlikely tale of a teacher-turned-drug kingpin Walter White, won the night's biggest honor, the Emmy for best drama series, for the second year in a row while lead Bryan Cranston took best drama actor for the fourth time in that role.

  • 'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' win big at Emmys Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 12:04 AM ET

    Bryan Cranston, who played the memorable meth dealer Walter White on "Breaking Bad," won his fourth best drama actor Emmy at television's biggest awards show Monday night, tying him with another four-time winner, Dennis Franz. "Downton Abbey," made by Britain's ITV network, was shut out in the drama category, while the BBC's "Sherlock" won three awards.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 26- Producers, pipeline and storage operators, and oilfield service companies will get a credit ratings boost if the United States lifts its ban on most crude oil exports, the ratings agency Standard& Poor's said on Tuesday.

  • LOS ANGELES, Aug 25- " Fargo," the TV re-imagining of the Coen brothers' cult film, won best miniseries at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, while HBO's "The Normal Heart" earned best TV movie honors for its depiction of the early fight against AIDS. "Parsons won his fourth lead acting Emmy for playing the pedantic nerd Sheldon in CBS comedy" The Big Bang Theory.

  • US rig count down 17 to 1,896 Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 3:04 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell 17 this week to 1,896.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Kansas gained two rigs while Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia and Wyoming each rose by one.

  • EPA environmental crimes office opens in ND Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 5:29 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— The Environmental Protection Agency's law enforcement arm has opened an office in Bismarck so that it will have a bigger presence in the North Dakota's booming oil patch.

  • Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 3:19 AM ET

    HEXIGTEN, China— Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. This is the first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build, mostly in remote parts of the country where ethnic minorities have farmed and herded for centuries.

  • Record drought saps California honey production Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 2:35 AM ET

    LOS BANOS, Calif.— California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. The historic drought, now in its third year, is reducing supplies of California honey, raising prices for consumers and making it harder for beekeepers to earn a living.

  • Canada's Encana Corp invested $2 million to refrack two wells in Louisiana's Haynesville shale formation earlier this year, after seeing its production in the area dip 27 percent from 2012 levels. "There were a significant number of wells that we considered understimulated," said David Martinez, Encana's senior manager for Haynesville development.

  • Canada's Encana Corp invested $2 million to refrack two wells in Louisiana's Haynesville shale formation earlier this year, after seeing its production in the area dip 27 percent from 2012 levels. "There were a significant number of wells that we considered unstimulated," said David Martinez, Encana's senior manager for Haynesville development.

  • WILLISTON, Aug 18- A subsidiary of real estate developer The Prime Group Inc said on Monday it plans to build a $150 million convention center in Williston, North Dakota, aiming to supply a world-class meeting space for the fast-growing oil boom community.

  • Unemployment rises in most US states in July Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates fell in eight states in July and were unchanged in 12. At the same time, hiring rose in 36 states, fell in 13, and was unchanged in Iowa. Mississippi had the highest unemployment rate in July, at 8 percent, its first month with the highest since the 2008-2009 Great Recession.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug 15- More than $17 billion of Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm's fortune could be subject to division with his estranged wife, according to an economic analysis presented in their divorce trial, defining the stakes in one of the biggest battles ever over a marital estate.

  • Aug 15- The first new crude-by-rail project at a California refinery is likely to win approval next month after more than a year of scrutiny, the head of the Kern County planning division told Reuters, and it could help reopen the shuttered plant.