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  • Texas hit with historic floods   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
    Texas hit with historic floods

    Unprecedented rainfall caused record-breaking flash floods in Texas early Tuesday. The death had risen to 11 by the afternoon.

  • Raw video: Houston area hit with historic floods

    Aerial footage provided by KPRC shows flooded roads and submerged cars in Houston after torrential rains caused unprecedented flooding in the region.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 25- A wildfire raging in northeastern Alberta has shut down around 233,000 barrels per day of production at three oil sands projects and is expected to remain out of control for "some while yet," a provincial government spokesman said on Monday. Over the weekend, Cenovus Energy Inc and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd evacuated staff and halted...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 23- A sea lion that became streaked with petroleum from an oil spill on California's Santa Barbara coastline has died after it was taken to SeaWorld in San Diego to be treated, officials said on Saturday. Up to 2,500 barrels of crude petroleum gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific Ocean about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara on...

  • SANTA BARBARA, May 21- Cleanup crews labored through a third day to scoop up patches of crude oil from a pipeline spill that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters, shattering an environmental balance that U.S. Coast Guard officials said on Thursday may take months to restore. Up to 2,500 barrels of petroleum, according to latest...

  • SANTA BARBARA, May 21- Cleanup teams labored on Thursday for a third day to remove patches of crude petroleum that stained a California beach and fouled offshore waters from a pipeline rupture that may rank as the biggest oil spill to hit the Santa Barbara coastline in more than four decades. Environmental activists and local officials said it was believed to be...

  • SANTA BARBARA, May 21- Cleanup teams labored on Thursday for a third day to remove patches of crude petroleum that stained a California beach and fouled offshore waters from a pipeline rupture that may rank as the biggest oil spill to hit the Santa Barbara coastline in more than four decades. Refugio State Beach and El Capitan State Beach, both popular seaside...

  • GOLETA, Calif.— The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels. Nevertheless, the new spill from a ruptured underground pipe is being held up as another reason to oppose...

  • CORRECTED-Japan approves third nuclear plant for restart Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 7:44 PM ET

    TOKYO, May 20- Japan's nuclear regulator signed off on the basic safety of a reactor at a third nuclear plant on Wednesday, as the country inches toward rebooting its atomic industry more than four years after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The decision will be a boost for operator Shikoku Electric Power Co, which relied on its sole Ikata nuclear power station in...

  • A series of settlements in 2010 Gulf oil spill Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 5:48 PM ET

    In a separate development, oil giant BP— which leased the rig from Transocean— reached settlements resolving years of complicated spill-related litigation with Transocean, and with contractor Halliburton, which did cement work on the rig before it exploded in April 2010. But Transocean and Halliburton also were found to have some responsibility.

  • Consumed Deleted Scene: Ann & Tony's Delivery   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:32 PM ET
    Consumed Deleted Scene: Ann & Tony's Delivery

    Ann & Tony's don't deliver - but then Anthony accepts a delivery order and Ralph is stuck delivering to the customer.

  • Japan approves third nuclear plant for restart Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 10:33 PM ET

    TOKYO, May 20- Japan's nuclear regulator signed off on the basic safety of a reactor at a third nuclear plant on Wednesday, as the country inches toward rebooting its atomic industry more than four years after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The decision will be a boost for operator Shikoku Electric Power Co, which relied on its sole Ikata nuclear power station in...

  • Amtrak trains rolling on busy Northeast Corridor Monday, 18 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Amtrak train car on teh 5:30am from Penn Station days after a deadly derailment.

    Amtrak trains began rolling on the busy Northeast Corridor early Monday, the first time in almost a week following a deadly crash.

  • B.B. King dies at age 89   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    B.B. King dies at age 89

    The "King of Blues" passed away in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso Cabrera.

  • Amtrak train going twice the legal limit   Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 6:22 AM ET
    Amtrak train going twice the legal limit

    Chris Pollone, NBC News, reports the latest details on the Amtrak crash that left seven people dead and hundreds injured.

  • Drilling begins 3 miles from epicenter of BP oil spill Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 6:08 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Just 3 miles from the catastrophic BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a Louisiana company is seeking to unlock the same oil and natural gas that turned into a deadly disaster. "Now that five years have passed it seems that some of the emotions are less raw," said Pavel Molchanov, an energy analyst with the investment firm Raymond James in Houston.

  • Philly Mayor: 7 dead from train crash   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 2:25 PM ET
    Philly Mayor: 7 dead from train crash

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter briefs the public on the Amtrak train derailment that occurred Tuesday night.

  • Investigating the fatal derailment   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 2:19 PM ET
    Investigating the fatal derailment

    Insight to what could have happened to the derailed Amtrak train, with Rick Campbell, CTC President.

  • Was the train going 100mph?   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 2:14 PM ET
    Was the train going 100mph?

    Authorities say the Philly train that derailed Tuesday night was going at least 100 mph, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers.

  • Ray Lahood: Should consider seatbelts for trains   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 1:31 PM ET
    Ray Lahood: Should consider seatbelts for trains

    Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, discusses state of the art rail infrastructure elsewhere in the world, and steps to increase safety on trains.