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  • TOKYO, Sept 16- An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.6 shook buildings in eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo, on Tuesday but there were no reports of serious damage. The earthquake was centred in Ibaraki Prefecture, just northeast of Tokyo, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

  • Locals, tourists ride out Hurricane Odile in Baja Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 8:12 AM ET

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico— Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.

  • TOKYO, Sept 10- Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved the restart of a nuclear power station, the first step to reopening an industry that has been idle since the Fukushima disaster, as the government pushes for the permanent closure of older reactors.

  • Nevada interstate could stay closed until weekend Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:15 AM ET

    MOAPA, Nev.— Tourists and truckers were told to prepare for another day of disruptive detours Wednesday around a closed stretch of busy Interstate 15 in southern Nevada that crumbled in chunks during intense flash flooding. But the sun was out Tuesday in the rural southern Nevada towns of Moapa and Glendale, about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

  • Japanese nuclear plant clears safety hurdle Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 1:59 AM ET

    TOKYO— A nuclear power plant in southern Japan won regulators' approval Wednesday under new safety standards imposed after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, a key step toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules. The Nuclear Regulation Authority unanimously approved an inspection report for the Sendai Nuclear Power Station's two reactors.

  • TOKYO, Sept 10- Japan's nuclear regulator gave the go-ahead on Wednesday for the restart of a nuclear power station, the first step to reopening an industry that was mothballed after the Fukushima disaster and which may involve the definitive closure of a dozen old plants.

  • Bodies of 5 Bosnian miners recovered, buried Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

    ZENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina— Families and friends have buried five Bosnian miners whose bodies were recovered from a coal mine pit that collapsed last week when a 3.5- magnitude earthquake hit the central town of Zenica.

  • Earthquake shakes Iceland volcano, still no ash Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 4:59 AM ET

    REYKJAVIK, Sept 7- An earthquake struck the region around Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano on Sunday while fissures in the area continued to spew out lava but still none of the ash that could hamper airline traffic.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 5- A U.S. court ruling that dramatically ramped up BP Plc's potential penalties for the 2010 Gulf oil spill could create new liability risks not just for deep water drillers but also for other industries like mining and nuclear power generation.

  • BP can absorb new oil spill fine, analysts say Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 3:56 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 5- BP should be able to meet the cost of up to $18 billion of new fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill without major asset sales or a big cut in its dividend, analysts say.

  • *BP to appeal ruling over blame for disaster. *BP shares fall 5 percent in U.S. trading.

  • *BP shares fall 5 percent in U.S. trading. HOUSTON, Sept 4- BP Plc was "grossly negligent" for its role in the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, a U.S. district judge said on Thursday in a ruling that could add billions of dollars in fines to the more than $42 billion in charges taken so far for the worst offshore disaster in U.S. history.

  • WALLOPS ISLAND, Virginia, Sept 4- Missions flown from the NASA base here have documented some of the most dramatic evidence of a warming planet over the past 20 years: the melting of polar ice, a force contributing to a global rise in ocean levels.

  • Iceland volcano spews more lava, but no ash Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 6:33 AM ET

    REYKJAVIK/ STOCKHOLM, Sept 3- Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano poured out more lava on Wednesday but no ash was emerging from the eruption, authorities said. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, in a different region of Iceland, closed much of Europe's air space for six days after an eruption under the icecap.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 2- BP Plc asked a U.S. court on Tuesday to fire the court-appointed lawyer tasked with paying out compensation to people affected by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, saying the lawyer had not disclosed an alleged conflict of interest before taking the job. "In order to restore the integrity of the claims program, the court should replace him," BP said.

  • Sept 2- Halliburton Co, North America's top oilfield services provider, said it reached a $1.1 billion settlement for a majority of claims related to its role in BP Plc's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.. The settlement, which includes legal fees, is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Halliburton said.

  • Halliburton reaches $1.1 billion Gulf spill deal Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 10:50 AM ET
    Vessels gather near Transocean Ltd.'s Development Driller III, right, at the BP Plc Macondo well site in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, U.S., on Thursday, July 29, 2010.

    Halliburton reached a settlement for claims against the company for its role in the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, FT reports.

  • REYKJAVIK/ STOCKHOLM, Aug 29- Iceland said a small volcanic eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system that started in the early hours of Friday had stopped and it had lifted all airspace restrictions.

  • STOCKHOLM, Aug 29- A small eruption has occurred north of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano after nearly two weeks of earthquakes in the region but no volcanic ash has been detected, authorities said on Friday.

  • NAPA, Calif. Aug 28- During Sunday's 6.0 magnitude earthquake, some $75,000 worth of bottles of wine, rum and whiskey flew off the shelves of Aiyaz Masani's liquor store in Napa, California.