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  • SALT LAKE CITY— Sales double twice a year at the Toasters sandwich shop in downtown Salt Lake City when tens of thousands of plaid-shirted outdoor retailer representatives arrive in town for a massive industry trade show. But Toasters owners Enes and Mubera Huskic and Laser owner Adam Swillinger won't get that business anymore after the show announced last...

  • BOSTON— Native Americans hope President Donald Trump doesn't forget America's first inhabitants as he promises to put "America first." Five large tribes in Oklahoma— the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek and Seminoles— have requested a meeting with the New York billionaire during his first 100 days in office so they can talk about ways to advance their...

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline said Thursday that it is once again seeking state approval for a route through Nebraska. The Canadian company's previous attempts to start construction in Nebraska have been thwarted by activists and some landowners who worry that it could damage property and contaminate groundwater supplies.

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Plans for a Billings solar farm are heating up just as renewable energy politics cool at the Montana Legislature. It would be Montana's largest solar project, spanning 480 acres, and the first on public land, the Billings Gazette reports. However, Montana solar projects are facing dark times.

  • Pacific Northwest, sending freight rates soaring and prompting Asian buyers to seek fill-in loads as they wait for the backlog at ports to clear. The setbacks come at a critical time for U.S. exporters, who are trying to move as much grain as possible before buyers turn their attention to South America when corn and soybean harvests in Argentina and Brazil...

  • Pacific Northwest, sending freight rates soaring and prompting Asian buyers to seek fill-in loads as they wait for the backlog at ports to clear. The setbacks come at a critical time for U.S. exporters, who are trying to move as much grain as possible before buyers turn their attention to South America when corn and soybean harvests in Argentina and Brazil...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 9- U.S. Treasury yields rose on Thursday as optimism wrapped markets following comments from President Donald Trump that he would reveal plans for U.S. tax reform in the coming weeks. "The thrust that we've seen today is largely on the back of the commentary regarding the timing of potential for tax reform, which candidly caught the market a little bit...

  • INDIANAPOLIS— Indiana's energy utilities want state lawmakers to pass a law that critics say would muscle out smaller companies from the emerging solar energy market. That could eventually raise costs and eat away at the business of the big utilities— in Indiana they are Duke Energy, Vectren and Indiana Michigan Power— which have a powerful voice and donate...

  • DALLAS— An Austin-based driller said this week that it's buying about 71,000 acres of land in the energy-rich Permian Basin for $2.8 billion, becoming the latest energy company to make a major investment in the region. The deal comes just a few weeks after Exxon Mobil Corp. announced it was buying the Permian Basin holdings of the Bass family, of Fort Worth, in a...

  • FORT BERTHOLD, North Dakota, Jan 27- When the U.S. oil boom hit North Dakota a decade ago, wells sprang up quickly on the edges of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an expanse of prairie and rolling hills three times larger than Los Angeles. "The reservation looked like the hole of a donut," said Marcus Levings, who was chairman of Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation's...

  • FORT BERTHOLD, North Dakota, Jan 27- When the U.S. oil boom hit North Dakota a decade ago, wells sprang up quickly on the edges of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an expanse of prairie and rolling hills three times larger than Los Angeles. "The reservation looked like the hole of a donut," said Marcus Levings, who was chairman of Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation's...

  • Oil producers in Canada and North Dakota are expected to benefit from a quicker route for crude oil to U.S. Gulf Coast refiners. Before taking office he said the Dakota pipeline should be completed and that he would revive the C $8 billion Keystone XL project, which was rejected in 2015 by then-President Barack Obama. Even though Canada is already the biggest...

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Jan 24- Tribal leaders protesting the construction of a controversial North Dakota pipeline vowed on Tuesday to fight U.S. Trump's order instructed the Army and the Army Corps of Engineers to review the decision. "I'm staying here," Benjamin Buffalo, a 45- year-old Blackfeet tribal member from Browning, Montana, told a reporter. "

  • Oil producers in Canada and North Dakota are expected to benefit from a quicker route for crude oil to U.S. Gulf Coast refiners. Before taking office he said the Dakota pipeline should be completed and that he would revive the C $8 billion Keystone XL project, which was rejected in 2015 by then-President Barack Obama. Even though Canada is already the biggest...

  • While oil producers in Canada and North Dakota are expected to benefit from a quicker route for crude oil to U.S. Gulf Coast refiners, going ahead with the projects would mark a bitter defeat for Native American tribes and climate activists, who vowed to fight the decisions through legal action. The application will be reviewed by the U.S. State Department, which...

  • EPA staff have also been asked not to publicize any talks, conferences, or webinars that had been planned for the next 60 days, the staffer said, asking not to be named. Asked if the EPA had been gagged, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday: "I don't know... we're looking into it... The EPA awards billions of dollars worth of grants and contracts every year to...

  • *Dakota pipeline would boost capacity out of North Dakota. While oil producers in Canada and North Dakota are expected to benefit from a quicker route for crude oil to U.S. Gulf Coast refiners, a revival of the projects would mark a bitter defeat for Native American tribes and climate activists, who vowed to fight the decisions through legal action.

  • TOKYO, Jan 24- The dollar wallowed near seven-week lows in Asian trade on Tuesday, pressured by concerns about the impact of U.S President Donald Trump's protectionist trade stance. Trump formally withdrew the United States from the now 11- nation Pacific Rim Trans-Pacific Partnership, distancing America from its Asian allies. He has also said he intended to...

  • TOKYO, Jan 24- The dollar wallowed near seven-week lows in early Asian trade on Tuesday, pressured by concerns about the impact of U.S President Donald Trump's protectionist trade stance. Trump was poised to sign executive orders as early as Monday intended to renegotiate the free trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico, according to media...

  • Last Friday, the justices said they would decide a similar appeal by Texas- based BNSF Railway Co of a 2015 Montana Supreme Court ruling allowing out-of-state residents to sue there over injuries that occurred anywhere in BNSF's nationwide network. The California Supreme Court ruled in August 2016 that it could preside over the Plavix case because...