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  • NEW YORK, Jan 6- Commodity merchant Louis Dreyfus Energy Services may have manipulated North Dakota power markets four years ago, U.S. regulators said on Monday. At the time, the unit was part of a joint-venture between privately held trader Louis Dreyfus and JPMorgan Chase& Co hedge fund Highbridge.

  • CHICAGO/ CLEVELAND, Ohio, Jan 6- A blast of Arctic air gripped the vast middle of the United States on Monday, with the coldest temperatures in two decades threatening lives, forcing businesses and schools to close and canceling thousands of flights.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 6- A blast of Arctic air gripped the mid-section of the United States on Monday, bringing the coldest temperatures in two decades, forcing businesses and schools to close and causing widespread airline delays and hazardous driving conditions.

  • LONDON, Jan 6- The rising number of serious accidents involving oil tank cars over the past 12 months suggests that shippers are underestimating the safety risk of transporting crude by rail. If the industry and regulators do not resolve these issues promptly, it is only a matter of time before a major disaster occurs in the United States.

  • MILWAUKEE/ COLUMBUS, Jan 5- As the Midwestern United States shivered through the region's lowest temperatures in two decades and forecasters warned that life-threatening cold was heading eastward, officials in Chicago and other districts said schools would be closed on Monday.

  • UPDATE 1-'Life-threatening' cold bites U.S. Midwest Sunday, 5 Jan 2014 | 3:42 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE/ COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan 5- Residents of the Midwestern United States on Sunday braced for the region's coldest weather in two decades, with temperatures that forecasters warned would be life-threatening seen heading eastward during the week.

  • 'Life-threatening' cold bites U.S. Midwest Sunday, 5 Jan 2014 | 1:12 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE, Jan 5- Residents of the Midwestern United States on Sunday braced for the coldest weather in two decades, temperatures that forecasters warned would be life-threatening. But fans of the NFL's Green Bay Packers vowed to brave the weather to see a playoff matchup that could stand as one of the coldest ever games in league history.

  • After crash, N.D. Republican asks to slow oil boom Friday, 3 Jan 2014 | 6:14 PM ET
    A floor hand for Raven Drilling, helps line up a pipe while drilling for oil in the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, North Dakota.

    A prominent North Dakota Republican has called for a slowdown in the state's oil production boom following a train crash Monday.

  • *Libya hopes to restart El Sharara output. SINGAPORE, Jan 3- Brent crude rose above $108 a barrel on Friday after posting its biggest daily percentage drop in six months in the previous session, although expectations for a rise in Libyan supply and speculation of a build up in U.S. stockpiles capped gains.

  • *Libya hopes to restart El Sharara output. SINGAPORE, Jan 3- Brent crude rose towards $108 a barrel on Friday after posting its biggest daily percentage drop in six months in the previous session, although expectations for a rise in Libyan supply and speculation of a build up in U.S. stockpiles capped gains.

  • Brent rises toward $108; Libya, US inventories in focus Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 10:57 PM ET

    *Libya hopes to restart El Sharara output. SINGAPORE, Jan 3- Brent crude rose towards $108 a barrel on Friday after posting its biggest daily percentage drop in six months in the previous session, although expectations for a rise in Libyan supply and speculation of a build up in U.S. stockpiles capped gains.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 2- Crude oil produced in North Dakota may be more flammable and prone to explosions than earlier thought, U.S. officials said on Thursday as they examine whether gas trapped in crude-by-rail shipments could explain a spate of fiery accidents.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 2- Crude oil produced in North Dakota may be more flammable and prone to explosions than earlier thought, U.S. officials said on Thursday as they examine whether gas trapped in crude-by-rail shipments could explain a spate of fiery accidents.

  • Bakken oil safety warning issued by federal govt Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 1:23 PM ET

    The federal government issued a safety alert that crude oil being transported from the Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude.

  • U.S. agency warns of extra-flammable Bakken crude oil Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 1:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 2- The U.S. pipeline safety agency on Thursday issued a safety warning that the type of crude oil produced in the Bakken region in the northern United States "may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil."

  • UPDATE 1-BNSF Railway reopens tracks after train crash Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    BNSF, owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, had been rerouting trains while the tracks were closed since Monday. Some oil trains were being routed through Sheridan, Wyoming, while some coal and merchandise trains were rerouted from Aberdeen, South Dakota, to Laurel, Montana.

  • The 106- car BNSF Railway Co oil train struck a derailed grain train on Monday afternoon about a mile west of Casselton, a town of 2,300 people. "The environment within the city limits of Casselton is now safe for residents to return to their homes," the Cass County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

  • CASSELTON, North Dakota, Dec 31- Emergency responders lifted mandatory evacuation orders on Tuesday afternoon in Casselton, North Dakota, where a BNSF train carrying oil collided with another on Monday setting off a series of blasts and a fire that is still raging.

  • CASSELTON, North Dakota, Dec 31- In this tiny North Dakota town, the shock of watching a dozen oil tank cars erupt into flames just a mile or two from residents' homes and businesses stirred little anxiety over the safety of the thriving oil-by-rail business.

  • CASSELTON, N.D., Dec 31- Tests of air over a small North Dakota town shrouded in smoke from a fiery oil train crash show that the pollution level is dropping and residents who were evacuated might be able to go home soon, authorities said on Tuesday.

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