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  • 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.

  • Dec 31- Most of a small North Dakota town has been evacuated after a train carrying crude oil crashed into another train that had derailed, officials said on Tuesday. Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney told CNN that 10 to 12 cars of the 106- car BNSF Railway Co oil train were still burning about a mile west of the town of Casselton.

  • 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.

  • Local residents heard five powerful explosions just a mile outside of the small town of Casselton after a westbound 112- car train carrying soybeans derailed. Residents within 5 miles of Casselton were urged to evacuate to avoid contact with the smoke.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration already had approved limited use of drones in the United States for law enforcement, surveillance, atmospheric research and other applications. They also are a growing business for companies such as Boeing Co, Northrop Grumman Corp, Lockheed Martin Corp and AeroVironment Inc..

  • FARGO, N.D., Dec 30- A BNSF train carrying crude oil in North Dakota collided with another train on Monday setting off a series of explosions that left at least 10 cars ablaze, the latest in a string of incidents that have raised alarms over growing oil-by-rail traffic.

  • Dec 30- Vanguard Natural Resources LLC said it would buy natural gas and oil properties in the Pinedale and Jonah fields of southwestern Wyoming for $581 million from a unit of Anadarko Petroleum Corp.. Vanguard Natural shares rose 1 percent to $29.27 in early trading on Monday, while those of oil and gas producer Anadarko were unchanged at $79.45.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 26- Crude oil futures ended higher on Thursday, boosted by demand for refined products after industry data earlier this week showed a steep decline in gasoline and distillate inventories.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. state budgets appear to be stabilizing, budget gaps are rare and policymakers have more flexibility to deal with over-spending and unexpected one-off costs, the National Conference of State Legislatures said in a report distributed on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Dec 19- President Barack Obama could probably lift the prohibition on domestic oil exports on his own, but the White House has little reason to favour U.S. oil producers and it would be safer politically to involve Congress in any eventual decision.

  • HOUSTON, Dec 19- On a wall inside an old hunting lodge in west Texas that Apache Corp uses as a field office, a board lists the winners of $10,000 prizes given to workers with big ideas to cut costs- the new way to get ahead in North America's shale oil industry.

  • Dec 18- Natural gas producer WPX Energy said it would add a nominee of hedge fund shareholder Taconic Capital Advisors LP to its board, a day after the company announced the sudden departure of its CEO.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- U.S. taxpayers will forgo more than $1 billion in revenue in the next decade now that officials have dropped plans to increase royalty rates for drilling on federal land, a report released on Tuesday concluded.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- U.S. taxpayers will forgo more than $1 billion in revenue in the next decade now that officials have dropped plans to increase royalty rates for drilling on federal land, a report released on Tuesday concluded.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 13- Continental Resources, one of the companies that has committed to ship crude on TransCanada Corp's proposed Keystone XL pipeline, now says the controversial pipeline is no longer needed.

  • OTTAWA, Dec 13- Canada is considering classifying crude oil as a higher-risk, dangerous product requiring emergency response plans for shipment by rail following a train accident that leveled the heart of a Quebec town in July, a government official said on Friday.

  • OTTAWA, Dec 13- Canada is looking at classifying crude oil as a higher-risk dangerous good requiring emergency response plans for shipping by rail following a train accident that leveled the heart of a Quebec town in July, a government official said on Friday.

  • Dec 12- North American liquids production is expected to rise by more than 40 percent between 2010 and 2040, driven by technological advancements that enable increased output from sources such as oil sands, Exxon Mobil Corp said.

  • E-cigarettes: a burning question for U.S. regulators Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 1:33 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 11- At the Henley Vaporium, one of a growing number of e-cigarette lounges sprouting up in New York and other U.S. cities, patrons can indulge in their choice of more than 90 flavors of nicotine-infused vapor, ranging from bacon to bubble gum.

  • Williston: Come here, Cramer     Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013 | 2:31 PM ET

    The Williston Brewing Company is asking Jim Cramer to host a show live from North Dakota. If he comes, the company says everyone will shave their heads and grow goatees. Cramer says "this is where the jobs are."

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