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  • NEW YORK, Feb 13- A 120- car Norfolk Southern Corp train carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed and spilled in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, adding to a string of recent accidents that have prompted calls for stronger safety standards.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 13- A Norfolk Southern Corp train carrying crude oil derailed in Vandergrift in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, the company confirmed. The train, that was heading from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, was mainly carrying crude oil but included one car containing propane gas, a Norfolk Southern spokesman said.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- Dozens of Republican senators on Tuesday called on the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline as foes vowed to risk arrest at protests against the controversial project.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 10- California fracking opponents aiming to stop development of massive state oil reserves are focusing their drive this year around the state's record-breaking drought, arguing oil production would suck sorely needed water from farms and homes.

  • Feb 11- Lured by the promise of jobs created by the oil and gas boom, Mario Solano left his home in Miami to travel to a new life in the center of it all- North Dakota. Eventually, he found permanent employment working as a ranch hand in the town of Williston, making $14.50 an hour, or about $30,000 a year- plenty, Solano thought, to get a small place of his own.

  • Obamacare leaves some AIDS patients in limbo Saturday, 8 Feb 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    Hundreds of people with HIV/AIDS trying to obtain coverage under Obamacare are in danger of being thrown out of their insurance plan.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 8- Hundreds of people with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana trying to obtain coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform are in danger of being thrown out of the insurance plan they selected in a dispute over federal subsidies and the interpretation of federal rules about preventing Obamacare fraud.

  • *Baytex offers A $4.10 per share for Aurora Oil& Gas. CALGARY, Alberta/ SYDNEY, Feb 7- Canadian heavy oil producer Baytex Energy Corp has agreed to buy Aurora Oil& Gas Ltd for C $2.6 billion including debt, targeting the Australian company's Texas shale oil assets and driving its shares to a 15- month high.

  • HOUSTON, Feb 6- Independent oil refiner Tesoro Corp is replacing older railcars in its crude-by-rail fleet with ones that have the latest safety designs, Chief Executive Officer Greg Goff told analysts on Thursday.

  • HOUSTON, Feb 4- Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday it is ramping up production at its newest Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platform, its first to start up after BP Plc's 2010 Macondo oil spill fouled the basin and stopped drilling for months.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- Three companies operating in North Dakota's Bakken energy patch were on Tuesday were fined $93,000 for wrongly classifying crude oil being hauled from the field to tank car trains.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- The U.S. Department of Transportation said on Tuesday it had fined three oil companies $93,000 for wrongly classifying crude shipments in North Dakota's Bakken region, in the first sanctions issued by regulators since several fiery derailments.

  • HOUSTON, Feb 4- Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday it is ramping up production at its newest Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platform, the first to start up after BP Plc's 2010 Macondo oil spill fouled the basin and stopped drilling for months.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers voiced support on Tuesday for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, and did not rule out using legislation to force the White House to approve the Canada- to- Texas project.

  • CALGARY/ WASHINGTON, Feb 3- Cost overruns, logistical woes and regulatory uncertainty had already cast a shadow over the Canadian crude-by-rail boom even before a long-awaited report last week appeared to give a boost to the oil-train industry's main competitor, the Keystone XL pipeline.

  • Train derailment causes oil spill in Mississippi Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 4:24 PM ET
    A file picture of a Canadian National Railway freight car in Toronto.

    A Canadian National Railway train carrying fuel oil and other hazardous materials derailed and was leaking in southeast Mississippi on Friday, forcing the evacuation of nearby residents, officials said.

  • Which state leads in millionaires per capita? Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | 12:46 PM ET
    Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

    How does your state stack up when it comes to millionaire households? A new study crunches the numbers.

  • Danger on the rails: New rules could hit stocks Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 11:49 AM ET
    This photo provided by Cass County Commissioner Ken Pawluk shows a train derailment and fire west of Casselton, N.D.

    Recent accidents have analysts looking at companies that could be exposed to new rules governing oil shipments from the Bakken region.

  • 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.

  • Train collision forces N. Dakota town evacuation Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | 12:28 AM ET
    A train is derailed west of Casselton, North Dakota

    Two trains collided near Casselton, ND, on Monday afternoon and about 10 train cars were still engulfed in flames, a local sheriff said on Monday.