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  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Connecticut's population decreased slightly from July 2013 to July 2014 as about 26,000 more people moved out of state than moved in, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The overall population drop of 2,664 people during that period, which includes births, deaths and international migration, was the first time Connecticut's population...

  • Richmond- based Dominion Resources is partnering with other utilities to build the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would cross the Blue Ridge Mountains to deliver gas from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Friday's rally was organized by the Sierra Club and Friends of Nelson, a group of property owners in Nelson County who live along the proposed...

  • Ex-Freedom Industries president faces new fraud charge Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:12 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A former Freedom Industries executive charged in a West Virginia chemical spill is facing a new federal fraud charge stemming from the company's bankruptcy. A federal grand jury in Beckley handed up a superseding indictment on Wednesday against former Freedom President Gary Southern and three other former executives.

  • PITTSBURGH— Ralph Martin, the chief executive of the company that publishes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, has resigned to become CEO of Civitas Media. Besides the Tribune-Review, the company publishes six other dailies and more than 20 weekly newspapers across western Pennsylvania. Martin said he considered making a change following the death July 4 of...

  • Justices debate judicial candidates' campaign appeals Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court's conservative and liberal justices clashed Tuesday over campaign finance restrictions in a dispute involving candidates for elected state and local judgeships. Five years after the court's Citizens United ruling freed corporations and labor unions to spend as much as they want in elections for Congress and president, the...

  • US rig count plunges by 74 to 1,676 Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 2:02 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. tumbled by 74 this week to 1,676.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas' count dove by 44, North Dakota dropped six, Oklahoma fell five, California and Wyoming each lost four and New Mexico declined by three. Arkansas, Kansas and West...

  • State regulators have written up the new firm, Lexycon LLC, eight times since September for pouring chemicals without a permit, lacking proper "last-resort" walls to contain spills, and hosting tanker-trailers full of unknown chemicals, among other infractions, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press. Inspectors even found the same...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 14- Johnson& Johnson said in a court filing on Wednesday that women are being illegally solicited by unknown callers trying to persuade them to sue over transvaginal mesh devices, which are the subject of more than 35,000 lawsuits against its Ethicon Inc subsidiary. In the filing, Johnson& Johnson said it had received numerous reports from women...

  • HOUSTON, Jan 13- A DuPont and Co pesticide plant where four people died in a gas leak in November had been cited for emissions violations by a state agency on several occasions before the accident, the Houston Chronicle reported on Tuesday. The newspaper said that despite reports made to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in 2009 and 2010 regarding...

  • BRISTOL, Va.— Alpha Natural Resources Inc. says president Paul Vining is resigning to become CEO of another coal-related company. Alpha says chief commercial officer Brian Sullivan and mining operations executive Keith Hainer will take on expanded responsibilities after Vining leaves. The company operates 60 affiliated coal mines throughout Virginia,...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- The U.S. Senate advanced a bill on Monday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline as Republicans, who have made the project their first priority of the year, try to line up enough votes to overcome a potential veto by President Barack Obama. Backers of TransCanada Corp's project also have 63 supporters, including all 54 Republicans, to take...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 8- U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday advanced a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, their top priority in a new campaign to push back President Barack Obama's policies now that they fully control Congress. The Republican-led Senate Energy Committee approved the measure on a 13-9 vote, sending it to the full Senate for...

  • Jan 5- A federal judge on Monday delayed by nearly three months the criminal trial of former Massey Energy Co Donald Blankenship on charges he violated federal mine safety laws prior to a 2010 West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 miners. District Judge Irene Berger in Beckley, West Virginia, delayed the jury trial to April 20 from Jan. 26, court records show.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 2- The head of the Senate energy committee plans to introduce a bill next week to force approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, though the full chamber faces a battle in obtaining needed votes to overcome any veto by President Barack Obama. Keystone supporters say they picked up votes for TransCanada Corp's $8 billion project in November's...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 2- The head of the Senate energy committee plans to introduce a bill next week to force approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, though the full chamber faces a battle in obtaining needed votes to overcome any veto by President Barack Obama. Senator Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican and the new head of the energy committee, will introduce the...

  • The indictment, made public on Wednesday, accused the company and its former president and officers of negligence and fraud in the discharge of a chemical pollutant into the Elk River near Charleston in alleged violation of the Clean Water Act, Refuse Act and in violation of an environmental permit. The indictment named former Freedom President Gary Southern,...

  • Dec 15- SunCoke Energy Inc, which produces coke used in steelmaking, said it would more than halve its annual coal production and cut 175 jobs due to weak prices. It said it was also looking at other options, including hiring contractors to mine coal or purchasing coal for its 720,000- tons Jewell Coke facility in Virginia. The company's coal mining operations are...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- Oil production from the United States' biggest shale plays is poised to keep expanding at the same breakneck pace into early next year, according to new U.S. projections released on Monday that highlighted a slow response to tumbling prices. Oil production from the three main plays- the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Permian Basin- is set to rise by some...

  • Proved reserves of crude oil and lease condensate in North Dakota, meanwhile, surpassed those in the federal Gulf of Mexico in 2013, ranking it second only to Texas among U.S. states, EIA said. Collectively, North Dakota and Texas accounted for 90 percent of the overall net increase in U.S. proved oil reserves in 2013.. Tight oil plays accounted for 28 percent of all...

  • Dec 3- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc said it expects to record a pretax loss of $375 million to $425 million on the sale of its Logan County coal assets in West Virginia in the fourth quarter. The miner said on Wednesday it would sell the assets to Coronado Coal II LLC for $175 million in cash along with the assumption of certain liabilities. Deutsche Bank Securities...