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  • PARIS, Nov 23- The countdown has begun to what threatens to be a missed opportunity to revive Europe's stalled economy. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers says Europe risks "secular stagnation"- a long-term, self-perpetuating slump similar to the one that followed the Great Depression in the 1930 s. France's economy is flatlining, Italy's has fallen back into...

  • Report: Grouse needs 3-mile buffer from drilling Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3- mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects. Such opposition could be bolstered by Friday's U.S. Geological Survey report. Now state and federal officials are scrambling to...

  • Survey suggests economy still slow in rural areas Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:33 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West improved in November, but the monthly survey of bankers doesn't suggest much growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says low grain and energy prices continue to limit the economy in rural areas. Bankers from rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,...

  • Wyoming man hospitalized after breathing ammonia Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    Dyno Nobel officials said the 49- year-old man breathed the gas Nov. 11 at the company's plant a couple of miles west of town. The man remained hospitalized as of Wednesday, according to Wyoming Department of Workforce Services spokeswoman Hayley McKee. Dyno Nobel Inc. is a supplier of industrial explosives for mining and other industries.

  • Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    Pacificorp of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an injunction in U.S. District Court in Utah to prevent the Interior Department from releasing information it considers confidential. The Obama administration has said it planned to turn over the material to The Associated Press, which sought it from the Interior Department in March 2013 under the U.S.

  • Contaminants found in Laramie groundwater Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 10:18 AM ET

    The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality hired Trihydro Corp. to drill about 35 wells in June in the downtown area. State remediation program project manager Cindi Martinez said many of the wells did not reveal pollutants above Environmental Protection Agency maximum contaminant levels. However, several wells identified volatile organic...

  • 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.

  • Yellen meets with activists seeking Fed reforms Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 3:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A coalition of community groups and labor unions are "fed up" with the Federal Reserve. Ady Barkan, one of the organizers of "Fed Up: The National Campaign for a Strong Economy," said Yellen and the other Fed officials listened but made no commitments about future Fed policy. "It was a very good conversation," said Barkan, an attorney with the Center for Popular...

  • 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...

  • HOUSTON, Nov 13- Oilfield Water Logistics LLC, which transports, treats and disposes of water for energy companies in the U.S. shale oil boom, said on Thursday it bought competitor WestWater Energy, the latest step towards consolidation in the fragmented sector. The acquisition means Dallas- based OWL, a recently formed company backed by a unit of private equity...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 13- Farmland values in the central U.S. Plains held mostly steady in the July-September quarter compared to a year ago, with land prices and loan demand generally tracking commodity price trends, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said on Thursday. The bank's district includes Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, western Missouri, eastern Colorado and...

  • Bison reach new home on Montana Indian reservation Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— A group of Yellowstone National Park bison is due to finally arrive at a permanent home on a northeastern Montana American Indian reservation on Thursday, almost a decade after they were captured and spared from slaughter. About 100 of the 138 animals were loaded onto trucks late Wednesday to travel overnight to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation,...

  • College prices continue to creep up Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Time to stock up on the ramen noodles. The average sticker price, with room and board included, for undergraduate students attending a four-year college or university in their home state was $18,943. Out-of-state students at those schools paid, on average, $32,762.

  • Rockies, Upper Midwest get blast of wintry weather Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 1:11 AM ET

    The frigid air was pushed in by a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend, and threatened to bury several states in snow and send temperatures as much as 40 degrees below average. Parts of the Dakotas saw as much 8 inches, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In Minnesota, the National Weather...

  • Nov 5- U.S. refiner HollyFrontier Corp reported its first profit miss in four quarters as sales volumes fell and operating expenses rose due to reduced activity at two refineries. HollyFrontier shares fell as much as 5.5 percent, while most other energy stocks rose after Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate. HollyFrontier's results contrasted those...

  • Nov 5- U.S. refiner HollyFrontier Corp reported a lower-than-expected profit for the first time in four quarters, hurt by higher operating expenses. A revamp of HollyFrontier's El Dorado refinery in Kansas and a temporary shutdown of a pipeline to the Cheyenne refinery in Wyoming weighed on refining operations. HollyFrontier has benefited so far from access...

  • With opinion polls showing the odds for Senate control increasingly in their favor, Republicans are exploring a series of efforts to repeal some of Obamacare's taxes and penalties on businesses. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell came under fire from conservatives critics last week after saying the party was unlikely to have the 60 Senate votes, out...

  • HOUSTON, Oct 31- Tesoro Corp doesn't expect to add stabilizers that remove flammable natural gas liquids from crude in North Dakota's prolific Bakken shale, where the company is expanding its pipeline infrastructure, Chief Executive Officer Greg Goff said on Friday. North Dakota plans to issue new rules for the treatment of crude on Nov. 13 to address the...

  • LONDON, Oct 30- According to many commentators, cheap natural gas is producing a renaissance in U.S. manufacturing and putting European competitors at a disadvantage. But empirical studies show the impact has been small and concentrated in a handful of energy-intensive industries that account for only a small share of manufacturing value-added.

  • 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,...