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  • TORONTO— Canada's natural resource minister said Saturday his government is happy the Keystone XL pipeline has finally been approved by the White House, but he noted that obstacles remain and said Canada remains determined to diversify its oil exports beyond the United States. But he said there are other important projects like the recently approved...

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— President Donald Trump may have approved a federal permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, but the fight is far from over in Nebraska, the one state in its path that has yet to approve the project. Organized opposition in Nebraska has hindered pipeline developer TransCanada, but leading opponents acknowledge they'll face more of an uphill struggle...

  • The biggest gains, as a proportion of total jobs, were in Montana, Nebraska, Arkansas, and New Mexico. In the past 12 months, job gains were strongest, in percentage terms, in Idaho, Utah and Nevada, all states in the Mountain region. Gains in Utah and Nevada have been similarly widespread.

  • NEW YORK, March 24- U.S. shale producers are drilling at the highest rate in 18 months but have left a record number of wells unfinished in the largest oilfield in the country a sign that output may not rise as swiftly as drilling activity would indicate. Rising U.S. shale output has rattled OPEC's most influential exporter Saudi Arabia and pushed oil prices to a...

  • In a reversal of the Obama administration's earlier decision, the Trump administration issued a presidential permit enabling Calgary- based TransCanada to build the pipeline. Appearing alongside TransCanada's CEO in the Oval Office, Trump called it part of a "new era of American energy policy" that he said would lower costs, reduce reliance on foreign oil and...

  • NEW YORK, March 24- U.S. shale producers are drilling at the highest rate in 18 months but have left a record number of wells unfinished in the largest oilfield in the country a sign that output may not rise as swiftly as drilling activity would indicate. Rising U.S. shale output has rattled OPEC's most influential exporter Saudi Arabia and pushed oil prices to a...

  • *U.S. healthcare vote key test for Trump in Congress. Republican healthcare plan seen as a litmus test of President Donald Trump's ability to pass key policies such as tax cuts through Congress. "It's really the big focal point as we sit here today," said Bill Northey, chief investment officer at the private client group of U.S. Bank in Helena, Montana.

  • The State Department will recommend the pipeline is in U.S. interests, clearing the way for the White House to grant a presidential permit to TransCanada to build the $8 billion pipeline, two officials said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner wouldn't reveal the decision, but said the agency had re-examined Keystone thoroughly after ruling against the...

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— Activists who want to derail the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska are again mobilizing to try to make their case to a small state commission that will decide the project's fate. TransCanada announced last month that it had filed an application with the commission, which regulates oil pipelines in Nebraska. The Keystone XL would carry about 830,000...

  • Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners said in court documents Monday that there have been "coordinated physical attacks" along the $3.8 billion pipeline that will carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois, but company officials didn't provide further details. State officials in North Dakota and Illinois say they aren't immediately aware of any...

  • South Dakota attorney general's office spokeswoman Sara Rabern confirmed one incident of what she called "felony vandalism" southeast of Sioux Falls on Friday. The $3.8 billion pipeline runs 1,200 miles through the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois. State officials in North Dakota, Iowa and Illinois on Tuesday said they were not aware of any pipeline attacks in their...

  • NEW YORK, March 19- The Washington Companies said on Sunday it had previously made a proposal to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of mining company Dominion Diamond Corp. for $13.50 a share. "We are disappointed that Dominion's board has thus far prevented Washington from moving ahead with its proposal under which shareholders would receive a...

  • J.C. Penney on Friday released a list of the 138 locations that will close in the coming months as part of its plan to cut costs. Riverview Mall in Bullhead City. Fort Morgan Main Street in Fort Morgan.

  • CHICAGO, March 16- A Wal-Mart Stores Inc supplier has recalled frozen pizzas available in 11 U.S. states due to concerns about possible listeria contamination, according to the retailer and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. RBR Meat Company recalled about 21,220 pounds of Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza that were shipped to retail distribution...

  • *Fed hikes rates, as expected, but maintains 2017 rate forecasts. NEW YORK, March 15- The dollar posted steep losses against major currencies on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates as expected but signaled a more gradual pace of monetary tightening this year than many in the market anticipated. "In largely sticking with its previous median...

  • *Fed hikes rates, as expected, but keeps 2017 rate forecasts. NEW YORK, March 15- The dollar dropped to two-week lows on Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates as expected but did not signal a faster pace of monetary tightening this year. "Overall, the Fed statement had a slightly less hawkish tone than what the market had anticipated," said Bill...

  • March 5- A strain of bird flu has been detected in a chicken breeder flock on a Tennessee farm contracted to U.S. food giant Tyson Foods Inc, and the 73,500 birds will be culled to stop the virus from entering the food system, government and company officials said on Sunday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said this represented the first confirmed case of highly...

  • March 5- A strain of bird flu has been detected in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Tennessee's Lincoln County and the 73,500 birds will be culled to prevent the virus from entering the food system, U.S. and state agriculture officials said on Sunday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said this represented the first confirmed case of highly pathogenic H7...

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- New Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke plans to review Obama-era measures that limited energy development on some federal land and undertake a "bold" reorganization of his 70,000- employee agency, he said on Friday. The department manages about a fifth of the country's surface, including national parks, forests and tribal territories, from the...

  • Interior Department shows Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arriving for his first day of work at the Interior Department in Washington, Thursday, March 2, 2017, aboard Tonto, an 17-year-old Irish sport horse.

    On his first day as Interior secretary, Ryan Zinke rode a horse to work. While wearing a hat. With an escort from the United States Park Police. USA Today reports.