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  • INSIGHT-Mario Draghi's German problem Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    *Berlin criticism of ECB course reaches new heights. BERLIN/ FRANKFURT/ PARIS, Oct 23- In early October, European Central Bank board member Benoit Coeure paid a discreet visit to the Chancellery in Berlin to express concerns about rising criticism of the bank from German politicians. The Frenchman, one of ECB President Mario Draghi's closest allies in Frankfurt,...

  • But a Reuters investigation found in 2012 that coal companies were using affiliated brokers to settle royalty payments on exports to Asia at much lower domestic prices. The findings prompted Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, to call on the U.S. Interior Department early last year to investigate the practice. While that review continues, the U.S. Office...

  • GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:19 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. John Kasich says he doesn't think there will be a repeal in Washington, even if Republicans win a Senate majority and consolidate their hold on the House in next month's election. Kasich called The...

  • Wyoming hired firms to market tourism Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— The Wyoming Office of Tourism has hired an Ohio public relations agency to help promote the state's tourism industry. Fahlgren Mortine will help the Wyoming tourism office develop a comprehensive media and public relations strategy. The firm has more than 200 full-time associates and will have more than seven associates assigned to Wyoming.

  • US rig count down 12 to 1,918 Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 2:27 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 12 this week to 1,918.. Oklahoma decreased by seven rigs, New Mexico was down four, Alaska was off two and Arkansas, California and North Dakota each dropped one. Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah were unchanged.

  • Gas Natural sells its Wyoming Energy West assets Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    CODY, Wyo.— Energy West Inc. is selling its subsidiary, Energy West Wyoming Inc. to Black Hills Corp. for $17 million. Gas Natural, a holding company, distributes and sells natural gas to about 73,000 customers in seven states, including Montana and Wyoming. Black Hills Corp, based in Rapid City, South Dakota, serves 777,000 natural gas and electric customers in seven...

  • Montana decides to keep Yellowstone bison in state Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 5:05 AM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— Montana wildlife officials decided Thursday against shipping 145 bison captured from Yellowstone National Park to the Bronx zoo and other locations across the nation, choosing to send them to an American Indian reservation within the state. The Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to transfer the bison to Fort Peck Indian Reservation instead of...

  • US high court: Who best judges fair competition? Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a North Carolina case over whether U.S. states can delegate the regulation of professions such as dentistry, plumbing, cosmetology and more to boards of practitioners drawn from those occupations. The specific case before the court involves a 2007 decision by the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners warning...

  • US rig count up 8 to 1,930 Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 1:56 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by eight this week to 1,930.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained three rigs, Ohio, West Virginia and Wyoming each increased by two and Kansas, Texas and Utah each gained one. North Dakota lost seven rigs,...

  • After the financial crisis of 2007-2009, a number of ailing U.S. refineries were sold to investors such as Carlyle Group and Delta Air Lines Inc, which lacked the credit agreements or oil trading expertise to efficiently supply their new plants. On Tuesday, Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC, the biggest refinery on the East Coast, became the latest to join the...

  • LONDON, Oct 8- Record low inflation expectations are reinforcing a two-year-old rally in euro zone bonds as they keep alive bets on further monetary easing despite signals from the European Central Bank that it's in no hurry to do more. Bonds sold off last week after ECB President Mario Draghi gave no hint that a big programme of sovereign bond buying, known as...

  • *Republicans plan to force a vote if they win Senate. The $10 billion Keystone project to connect Canadian oil sands with U.S. refineries will top the list of Republican energy priorities if they gain control of the Senate after the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 29- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday had a change of heart and dismissed a case it had previously agreed to hear on whether class action claims against underwriters of securities issued by a unit of the now-defunct IndyMac Bancorp Inc should be able to proceed.

  • *Medicaid expansion key part of Obama's healthcare reform. Up to a dozen states, including several led by Republicans, could move forward with plans to expand coverage under Medicaid after the November elections. Texas Governor Rick Perry once said expanding Medicaid would be similar to "adding a thousand people to the Titanic."

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 22- The European Central Bank stands ready to use additional unconventional tools if needed to spur inflation and growth in the euro zone, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Monday. Such quantitative easing, or QE, would face strong resistance in Germany.

  • Sept 16- Bill Barrett Corp said it would exchange most of its acreage in Wyoming's Powder River Basin for oil-producing assets in Colorado, and also sell some natural gas assets in the state.

  • Sept 16- Bill Barrett Corp said it would exchange most of its acreage in Wyoming's Powder River Basin for oil-producing assets in Colorado, and also sell some natural gas assets in the state in transactions valued at $757 million.

  • Citigroup, Credit Suisse and RBC Capital Markets are the underwriters for the IPO, the Texas- based company said in a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Energy& Exploration set a nominal fundraising target of about $400 million.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 9- Brent crude oil prices fell to a 17- month low below $100 per barrel in volatile trade on Tuesday, a fourth straight daily decline as ample supplies weighed, while U.S. crude rose on the expectation of dwindling fuel stockpiles.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 9- Brent crude oil prices fell below $100 per barrel in volatile trade on Tuesday, a fourth straight daily decline as ample supplies weighed, while U.S. crude rose on the expectation of dwindling fuel stockpiles.