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  • NEW ORLEANS— The administrator of economic loss claims resulting from the 2010 BP oil spill said Thursday that he expects about $520 million in seafood industry claims to be paid in the Gulf of Mexico states as early as next month. Patrick Juneau said the disbursements will essentially close out the $2.3 billion seafood compensation program arising from the...

  • BOSTON— ExxonMobil has polluted the Mystic River while failing to plan for the potentially severe impacts of climate change at its Boston- area fuel storage terminal, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by an environmental advocacy group. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by Conservation Law Foundation accuses ExxonMobil of discharging toxic...

  • Separate legislation was approved by the House of Representatives earlier in the day setting aid for Flint. It must now be reconciled with a somewhat different bill passed by the Senate. The Senate voted 72-26 earlier on Wednesday to adopt the short-term spending bill.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 28- The U.S. Congress moved closer on Wednesday to finishing a stop-gap funding bill that would avert a looming federal government shutdown, after Republicans and Democrats agreed to help Flint, Michigan, resolve its drinking water crisis. The Senate voted 72-26 to adopt the short-term continuing resolution, or CR, that would keep federal...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 28- The U.S. Senate approved a stop-gap funding bill to avert a looming federal government shutdown on Wednesday, after Republicans and Democrats agreed to help Flint, Michigan, resolve its drinking water crisis. Democrats in the Senate and House had vowed to oppose the CR until Republicans agreed to an aid package for Flint, a city of more than...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 28- You do not learn a lot from tax returns, Republican Donald Trump proclaimed in Monday's U.S. presidential debate. "From a tax return, you get distinct, discrete financial numbers," says Jude Boudreaux, a certified financial planner at Upperline Financial Planning in New Orleans. Democrat Hillary Clinton's returns showed that she and her husband,...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 28- You do not learn a lot from tax returns, Republican Donald Trump proclaimed in Monday's U.S. presidential debate. "From a tax return, you get distinct, discrete financial numbers," says Jude Boudreaux, a certified financial planner at Upperline Financial Planning in New Orleans. Democrat Hillary Clinton's returns showed that she and her husband,...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 28- You do not learn a lot from tax returns, Republican Donald Trump proclaimed in Monday's U.S. presidential debate. "From a tax return, you get distinct, discrete financial numbers," says Jude Boudreaux, a certified financial planner at Upperline Financial Planning in New Orleans. Democrat Hillary Clinton's returns showed that she and her husband,...

  • Democratic advocates for Flint are now satisfied with renewed guarantees that Flint will get funding later this year to help rid its water system of lead. The White House said Obama will sign the measure and praised the progress on Flint. The temporary spending bill sped through the House shortly after the chamber passed a water projects bill containing the...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 27- A stop-gap funding bill to avoid a federal government shutdown later this week failed to garner enough votes to move forward in the Senate on Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans both opposing the measure. The must-pass continuing resolution, or CR, which would keep federal agencies operating from Saturday through Dec. 9, received only 45...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 27- A stop-gap funding bill to avoid a federal government shutdown later this week failed to garner enough votes to move forward in the Senate on Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans both opposing the measure. The must-pass continuing resolution, or CR, which would keep federal agencies operating from Saturday through Dec. 9, received only 45...

  • BATON ROUGE, La.— Arleen Weise was apprehensive when she learned Hollywood was making a movie about the offshore explosion that killed her son, Adam, and 10 other men aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. Weise said she's still struggling to decide how she ultimately feels about how "Deepwater Horizon" portrays the last day of her son's life before he died in...

  • McConnell is looking for a way out of the legislative box canyon that doesn't include capitulating on Flint, which GOP leaders fear would start a revolt among House tea party conservatives. The Senate has passed $220 million worth of aid to Flint and other cities grappling with lead-tainted water and want the package added to the temporary spending bill.

  • CAMARILLO, Calif.— The average price of gasoline in the U.S. has risen four cents over the past two weeks to $2.25 a gallon for regular grade. The Lundberg Survey found the average price of midgrade gasoline was $2.53 a gallon while premium was $2.74 a gallon. The highest average price for regular gas in the contiguous U.S. was $2.80 in San Francisco.

  • In Pennsylvania and other leading gas-producing states, a battle royal has developed over royalties, with landowners bitterly disputing the sums that some drillers have been taking from royalty checks already severely diminished by a collapse in prices. Chesapeake Energy Corp. alone is facing royalty lawsuits in Texas, Ohio, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 418 rigs sought oil and 92 explored for natural gas this week. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas and Oklahoma each gained two rigs and Alaska, California, North Dakota and Pennsylvania each was up one. Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Ohio, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 23- Sunoco Logistics, the future operator of the oil pipeline delayed this month after Native American protests in North Dakota, spills crude more often than any of its competitors with more than 200 leaks since 2010, according to a Reuters analysis of government data. The lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sit a half mile south of the proposed...

  • NEW ORLEANS— The Latest on a court fight over the confidentiality of documents related to an ongoing leak of oil from a site damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004:. Environmental attorneys and an energy company have agreed to work out differences over the confidentiality of documents concerning an ongoing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico from an offshore site damaged...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Environmental attorneys and a New Orleans energy company agreed Thursday to work out differences over the confidentiality of documents related to an ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil leak from an offshore site damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.. Environmental groups including Waterkeeper Alliance, Apalachicola Riverkeeper and the Louisiana...

  • BATON ROUGE, La.— Here are some preliminary findings from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office, which raises questions about spending in the state's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from 2010 through 2015. A draft of the audit report was obtained by The Associated Press and hasn't been released publicly yet. Unnecessary boats, fishing equipment,...