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  • The leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee jointly pledge that their investigation of Russian hacking of the 2016 U.S. election campaign will be bipartisan, a sharp contrast to bitter partisan disagreement surrounding a similar probe in the House of Representatives. Nations led by China and the European Union rally around a global plan to slow...

  • WASHINGTON, March 29- The U.S. Interior Department said on Wednesday that it would form a new committee to review royalty rates collected from oil and gas drilling, coal mining and renewable energy production on federal lands to ensure taxpayers receive their full value. In January 2016, the administration of former Democratic President Barack Obama began a...

  • The leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee jointly pledged that their investigation of Russian hacking of the 2016 U.S. election campaign will be bipartisan, a sharp contrast to bitter partisan disagreements surrounding a similar investigation in the House of Representatives. A Senate investigation into Russia's meddling during the U.S....

  • WASHINGTON, March 29- The U.S. Interior Department said on Wednesday that it would form a new committee to review royalty rates collected from oil and gas drilling and coal mining on federal lands to ensure taxpayers receive their full value. In January 2016, the administration of former Democratic President Barack Obama began a multiyear review of the federal...

  • March 29- In the last four years, North Carolina has become the second largest solar market in the United States, behind only California. It has installed more solar energy than Texas, which has nearly three times the population; more than Arizona, which has twice as many sunny days; and more than New York, which has far more aggressive renewable energy targets.

  • "You know our nation can't run on pixie dust and hope, and the last eight years showed that," Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said before Trump signed the executive order on a stage at the Environmental Protection Agency lined with coal miners. "These initiatives prevent things from getting worse for coal, but they won't help much," said Charles Dayton, vice president...

  • "You know our nation can't run on pixie dust and hope, and the last eight years showed that," Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said before Trump signed the executive order on a stage at the Environmental Protection Agency lined with coal miners. "These initiatives prevent things from getting worse for coal, but they won't help much," said Charles Dayton, vice president...

  • Trump will sign a decree on Tuesday to reverse former President Barack Obama's 2016 ban on new federal coal leases, part of a wide-ranging executive order to sweep away green regulations his administration says have hobbled the drilling and mining industries. "When we evaluate energy, let's look at the social cost of not having a job," Trumps Interior Secretary...

  • CHICAGO, March 27- A cadre of U.S. lawmakers and food safety advocates are pressuring the federal government to join other nations blocking shipments of raw beef from Brazil in the face of a scandal in that country's meatpacking sector. The United States has already started testing all beef from Brazil for pathogens. A box of meat imported from Brazil now would be...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.