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  • HOUSTON, Nov 16- Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board were headed on Sunday to a DuPont and Co plant in LaPorte, Texas, to begin a probe of a chemical leak that killed four workers. Two of the dead workers were identified as brothers Robert and Gilbert Tisnado, according to Houston television station KTRK. A DuPont representative was not immediately...

  • Trouble already? Obamacare costs to surge in '15 Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 4:58 PM ET
    A woman speaks with a health insurance agent regarding the Affordable Care Act.

    Although consumers will often be able to find new health plans with prices comparable to those they now pay, the situation varies from state to state.

  • Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond marks milestone Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is marking its 100th anniversary. The Richmond Fed serves the Fifth Federal Reserve District, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and most of West Virginia. Branch offices of the Richmond Fed opened in Baltimore in 1918 and in Charlotte in 1927. More than...

  • US rig count up 3 to 1,928 Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 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. rose by three this week to 1,928.. Alaska, California, Louisiana, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming each gained one. Texas declined by four, Pennsylvania was down three and Kansas and Oklahoma dropped one apiece.

  • CEO's hands-on style key in deadly coal blast case Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 4:32 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Don Blankenship joined a small club of executives when he was indicted on federal charges in the 2010 West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 people. University of Virginia law professor Brandon L. Garrett has been tracking corporate prosecutions since 2001 and has written a book on the subject, "Too Big to Jail." His retirement came six...

  • A timeline of events in Upper Big Branch disaster Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 8:17 PM ET

    Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on numerous counts of conspiracy, making him the highest-ranking executive charged in the April 2010 underground explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia. —Dec. 3, 2010: Don Blankenship, CEO of Upper Big Branch owner Massey Energy,...

  • Ex-CEO of mine that blew up, killing 29, indicted Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 4:22 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Don Blankenship, the steely-eyed executive once dubbed "The Dark Lord of Coal Country," is facing decades in federal prison in connection with the nation's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years. A federal grand jury indicted the former Massey Energy CEO Thursday on numerous counts of conspiracy, making him the highest-ranking executive charged...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Feds: Ex-CEO who oversaw W.Va. mine that exploded, killing 29, indicted on federal charges.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 13- U.S. Senate Democrats expanded the ranks of their party leadership on Thursday to include Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leader of the party's liberal wing and a possible presidential contender in 2016.. Democrats, who lost control of the Senate in last week's midterm elections, created a new post for Warren as a strategic policy adviser to help...

  • Nov 5- Duke Energy Corp, the largest U.S. power company by market value, reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as a cool summer reduced demand. The company, which also operates in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, said the results were also hurt by lower income from international operations and higher fuel costs. The company sells power to 7.2 million...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday could lead to new legislative measures that directly effect the energy sector and other slices of the equities market. Republican Senate candidates picked up formerly Democratic seats in Iowa, North Carolina, Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South Dakota and Arkansas, more than the six gains...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- With Congressional election results so far confirming expectations, a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate will likely deal investors a result that could have a direct effect on the energy sector and other slices of the equities market. Republican Senate candidates picked up formerly Democratic seats in Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South...

  • MIAMI, Nov 3- A lawyer representing four women in Miami federal court who say they were injured by Boston Scientific Corp's transvaginal mesh accused the company on Monday of ignoring patient safety in its haste to get the devices on the market. A lawyer for Boston Scientific, Molly Craig, said similar mesh products had been used successfully in a variety of...

  • Nov 3- Boston Scientific Corp on Monday was set to face its first federal trials in two courts over claims from women who say they were injured by the company's transvaginal mesh devices. Boston Scientific has been hit with more than 23,000 suits in U.S. state and federal courts over the devices in the six years since concerns were first publicly raised over the...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 28- Investors stung by plunging oil prices and energy stocks may find relief right around the corner: A Republican-led U.S. Senate could well jump-start energy-friendly policies that would shore up the beaten-down sector. Now, those with a stake in the sector hope a Republican Senate takeover will lead to reform of export laws, speed up approval of...

  • LONDON, Oct 27- Thanks to shale, energy-producing states have been the strongest economic performers in the United States over the past decade, sharply improving their position compared with the energy-consuming states. Only 13 of the 50 states produced more energy than they consumed in 2010, the latest year for which comprehensive data is available,...

  • *Southwestern to buy assets in Marcellus and Utica shale fields. Oct 16- Southwestern Energy Co said it would buy some oil and gas assets in the Marcellus and Utica shale fields in West Virginia and Pennsylvania from Chesapeake Energy Corp for about $5.37 billion. The deal is positive for Chesapeake and other Utica and Marcellus shale players as it marks the...

  • *Netflix tumbles after quarterly results. NEW YORK, Oct 16- The S&P 500 and Nasdaq eked out slight gains after another choppy session on Thursday as economic data eased fears about the potential effect of a weakening global economy on the United States. Providing some support to the market, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard told Bloomberg...

  • Oct 16- Chesapeake Energy Corp said it would sell some oil and gas assets in Marcellus and Utica shale fields in West Virginia and Pennsylvania to Southwestern Energy Co for about $5.37 billion, sending its shares up 5.8 percent premarket. Southwestern, which already has assets in Fayetteville shale and northeastern Pennsylvania Marcellus, is adding acreage...

  • Oct 16- Oil and gas producer Southwestern Energy Co said it would acquire certain oil and gas assets in Marcellus and Utica shale fields in West Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania from Chesapeake Energy Corp for about $5.37 billion. The acquired assets include 256 operated and producing wells and 179 non-operated wells. Average net daily production from...