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  • HARRISBURG, Pa., May 29- Chevron Corp. has paid a reported $5 million to settle a lawsuit filed last year by the parents of a worker who was burnt to death in a gas well fire in western Pennsylvania. Local media reported the $5 million settlement, saying it had been approved by a judge in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in Pittsburgh earlier this month.

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 10 to 875 Friday, 29 May 2015 | 3:58 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 10 this week to 875.. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 646 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost four rigs, California declined by three and Arkansas,...

  • *Number of rigs in Marcellus has dropped- Baker Hughes. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production in the fast-growing field in Pennsylvania and West Virginia is set to remain flat for the next few years before beginning a very slow decline primarily because of depressed gas prices. The number of rigs in the area has dwindled in recent months to...

  • May 28- A Delaware jury on Thursday ordered Boston Scientific to pay $100 million to a woman who said she was injured by transvaginal mesh, a device that is the subject of more than 25,000 lawsuits against the company. The 51- year old Newark, Delaware- resident was implanted with Boston Scientific's Pinnacle and Advantage Fit mesh products in 2009, to treat...

  • May 28- Alpha Natural Resources Inc must pay for the legal defense of Donald Blankenship, who is facing a criminal trial over a coal mining disaster in 2010, when he headed Alpha's Massey Energy Co business, a Delaware judge ruled on Thursday. The indictment also said that after the explosion, he misled the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about Massey's...

  • Alpha ordered to pay ex-Massey CEO's legal fees Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 12:20 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A federal judge has ordered Alpha Natural Resources to pay former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's legal fees stemming from a criminal investigation and upcoming trial. In a ruling released Thursday in Delaware Chancery Court, the judge cited the terms of Massey's charter and the company's merger agreement with Alpha.

  • Huge drop in West Virginia coal production forecast Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:02 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— West Virginia University researchers predict that state coal production will drop 39 percent compared with the industry's last high point in 2008— less-than-encouraging news for more than 1,800 coal miners who learned last week they would likely lose their jobs. The report rattles off a combination of familiar economic, geological and...

  • US gambling market saturated, yet casinos keep on coming Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 10:52 AM ET

    That's the consensus of participants at a major casino conference in Atlantic City. Asked if casino closings outside New Jersey are likely, she said nothing appears imminent, but "of course it's going to happen" if expansion continues at its current pace. "Pennsylvania doesn't care what happens to New Jersey, and New York doesn't care what happens to Pennsylvania,"...

  • Drilling cutbacks drag down job growth in oil patch Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:27 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Hammered by cheaper oil, drilling firms have laid off workers and dragged job growth lower in states from Texas to North Dakota. Texas lost 8,300 jobs in the sector, the most in six years, while Wyoming lost jobs in the industry for the fifth straight month. Overall, Texas gained 1,200 jobs in April, a small expansion compared to its average monthly...

  • Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. of Canada agreed to recall nearly 7,100 Spyder RT motorcycles globally from the 2013 model year. It also agreed to re-notify owners of motorcycles from 2008 through 2012 that were recalled in 2012 for problems that could cause fires, according to documents posted Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • Tom Wolf is getting help from law enforcement officials in his push to persuade lawmakers to spend more money to raise the quality of Pennsylvania's pre-kindergarten programs. Wolf appeared Tuesday morning outside the Camp Hill state prison in suburban Harrisburg with several district attorneys and the head of the state prisons agency to tout his...

  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician dies in car crash Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    Letters sent by Dr. John Nash to the NSA in the 1950s.

    John F. Nash Jr., a mathematician who shared a Nobel Prize and was the subject of "A Beautiful Mind” was killed in a New Jersey car crash.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Appalachian coal mining suffered a double blow Friday, as Murray Energy announced plans to lay off more than 1,800 miners, most from West Virginia, and Alpha Natural Resources told another 439 Mountain State miners they could be out of work. On Friday, St. Clairsville, Ohio- based Murray Energy said it told 1,417 workers at five West Virginia mines...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 3 to 885 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 1:22 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 885.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana lost four rigs, West Virginia declined by three and Kansas, North Dakota and Ohio each lost one. Alaska, California, Colorado, Texas, Utah and Wyoming were all...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 18- Nearly six million people with disabilities may benefit from new tax-free savings plans approved by Congress last year, but the accounts may not be as helpful or available as quickly as originally promised. After a decade of lobbying by disability advocates, Congress passed The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act in the final hour before...

  • MINNEAPOLIS— One of the nation's largest egg producers says it will destroy 2 million egg-laying hens in Minnesota due to a deadly bird flu virus. The development at the south-central Minnesota chicken farm brings the total of affected birds to 35 million in 15 states, with Minnesota and Iowa poultry flocks hit the hardest. The chickens will be destroyed in the...

  • May 12- Patriot Coal Corp filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, just 18 months after emerging from its previous Chapter 11, and said it was in negotiations with a potential buyer. The company listed assets and liabilities of more than $1 billion in its bankruptcy petition, which it filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Virginia.

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- The United States and Canada have a 400- page plan to control oil train dangers that walks a thin line: promote safety without stifling a business that has spurred domestic oil production. As with many such contentious issues, calls by regulators to retrofit oil tank cars, reduce speeds and require new braking systems in the continent's...

  • Alpha, which idled some of its mines in West Virginia earlier this year, said its revenue fell 24 percent to $842 million in the three months to March 31 as sales volumes dropped more than 11 percent. Peabody Energy Corp and Arch Coal Inc reported bigger-than-expected losses last week. Alpha cut its 2015 capital spending plan to $200 million- $250 million from $225...

  • April 29- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc, which is struggling to cope with oversupply in the iron ore market, blamed industry leaders BHP Billiton Ltd, Rio Tinto Plc and Vale SA for weak prices of the commodity. But Wolfe Research analyst Gordon Johnson said "the idea that someone is going to buy coal assets from Cliffs is highly unlikely," noting that the company has...