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  • WASHINGTON, July 23- Recent attacks on civilians in the U.S. and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community's efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials told Reuters. They included the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida; the murder of a...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 371 rigs sought oil and 88 explored for natural gas this week. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 15, California was up by two and New Mexico gained one. Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • LONDON, July 22- The number of London Metal Exchange physical storage units continues to decline in tandem with falling registered stocks. As of July 8 there were 608 registered warehouses for the storage of base metals, down from 621 a year ago and from almost 700 in 2012 and 2013.. Total exchange-registered stocks have fallen to 3.6 million tonnes from over 7.5...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Oil giant Shell said Thursday that it will be cutting about 190 jobs from its deep-water Gulf of Mexico operations. Kimberly Windon, a Shell spokeswoman, said the company determined its staffing levels were higher than other operators'. Pavel Molchanov, an energy analyst with Raymond James, said companies around the world have been cutting jobs in...

  • MILAN, July 21- The United States will ship its first liquefied natural gas cargo through an expanded Panama Canal next week. A day later BP Plc's British Merchant will begin passing through the Panama Canal also carrying cargo from the United States to Manzanillo on Mexico's Pacific coast, Kpler LNG said. The Panama Canal Authority confirmed the Maran Gas...

  • COVINGTON, La. _ Pool Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $85.4 million. Pool Corp. expects full-year earnings to be $3.30 to $3.45 per share. Pool Corp. shares have climbed 20 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Also rising at a fast clip, though, is speculative interest on both the London and Shanghai markets. Market open interest on the Shanghai Futures Exchange is surging, while speculative length in the LME is rapidly approaching those May 2015 peaks. Investors have got sucked into the zinc market before, most recently in May last year, when the London price peaked at...

  • Also rising at a fast clip, though, is speculative interest on both the London and Shanghai markets. Market open interest on the Shanghai Futures Exchange is surging, while speculative length in the LME is rapidly approaching those May 2015 peaks. Investors have got sucked into the zinc market before, most recently in May last year, when the London price peaked at...

  • 4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.17 million. 5. "Celebrity Family Feud," ABC, 7.77 million. 6. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 7.22 million.

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- Tents, ladders, coolers, canned goods, tennis balls and bicycle locks are banned in the area surrounding the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. When Ohio Governor John Kasich on Sunday rejected the Cleveland police union's request to ban the open carrying of firearms near the Quicken Loans Arena, he weighed into a national debate...

  • LOS ANGELES— In the wake of continuing real-life gun violence, USA Network says it's postponing the debut of its new series "Shooter" for a second time. USA Network cited the recent tragic events in Dallas and elsewhere in making its original decision. USA says the conspiracy thriller is "ultimately about trust, loyalty and family."

  • NEW ORLEANS— A Texas lawyer and six co-defendants are now facing a reduced indictment of 73 charges, instead of 95, at federal trial on accusations that they faked more than 40,000 damage claims after the BP oil spill in 2010.. Online court records show that prosecutors dropped 22 counts of identity document fraud before jury selection began Monday in Gulfport,...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Oil giant BP PLC has put a final price tag on what its catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill cost the company, and it's a hefty sum: $61.6 billion. The new estimate included $5.2 billion in new pre-tax costs. It said its new pre-tax $5.2 billion cost estimate covers "all outstanding business and economic loss claims" stemming from litigation filed by...

  • CHERRY HILL, N.J.— A New Jersey mall that asked a kiosk operator to stop selling anti-police brutality T-shirts that read "This Has to Stop!" The Cherry Hill Mall on Tuesday asked the kiosk to stop selling the $20 shirts because they were considered offensive. Kiosk operators say the shirts were created during an outcry over recent police shootings of black men in...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— Utah authorities likely will be among the first in the nation to be allowed to disable and crash drones for flying too close to wildfires after lawmakers approved legislation. Evan Vickers, R- Cedar City, said that while the bill does allow firefighters or law enforcement to shoot down a drone, he doubts they'd do so because the unmanned aircraft fly...

  • JACKSON, Miss.— A Mississippi- based check cashing company fighting legal battles against state and federal regulators said Wednesday that it is closing stores in Alabama and in Louisiana. The company said it is closing stores as it focuses on what it calls unfair and unjustified allegations made by the U.S. Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and the...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— Utah authorities likely will be among the first in the nation to be allowed to disable and crash drones for flying too close to wildfires after lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday. Evan Vickers, R- Cedar City, said that while the bill does allow firefighters or law enforcement to shoot down a drone, he doubts they'd do so because the unmanned...

  • July 13- The United States will transition from a net importer of natural gas to a net exporter of the fuel by the second half of 2017 as its shale gas output continues to grow, data this week from the U.S. Energy Information Administration said. The EIA said in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook it expects higher U.S. gas production to reduce the country's demand...

  • Exelon said Wednesday it was in discussions to purchase Entergy Corp.' s FitzPatrick plant in Scriba, New York, which employs more than 600 people and produces enough electricity to power more than 800,000 homes. Exelon, which runs the nearby Nine Mile Point reactors, stressed that any purchase would be contingent on New York adopting a subsidy plan for nuclear...

  • The volume of gas in working storage hit a record 4.01 trillion cubic feet in November 2015 and is still at 3.18 trillion cubic feet, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In response to the earlier slide in prices, the number of rigs drilling for oil and gas across the United States has fallen to the lowest level since World War Two.