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  • March 31- Peabody Energy Corp, the largest U.S. coal producer, said it would lay off about 235 employees at a mine in the Powder River basin, two weeks after the company flagged bankruptcy risk. The reductions affect about 15 percent of the workforce at the North Antelope Rochelle mine in the basin straddling Montana and Wyoming, the company said on Thursday.

  • Activist Erin Brockovich uses a computer model to display the growing environmental hot spots as she speaks during an Oklahoma Earthquake Town Hall Meeting at the University of Central Oklahoma February 23, 2016.

    The U.S. Geological Survey released data on man-made earthquakes related to wastewater injection from oil and gas drilling.

  • HOUSTON, March 28- Earthquakes caused by human activity will now be included in the U.S. Geological Survey's seismic risk maps, the agency said on Monday after a sharp rise in temblors linked to wastewater disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma. Oklahoma is at the greatest risk for hazards associated with induced seismicity, the USGS said,...

  • "Volkswagen must be held accountable for its false and misleading promotion and sales of its vehicles in the Commonwealth," Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said in a statement. Kentucky is at least the fifth U.S. state to sue VW, along with New Jersey, Texas, New Mexico and West Virginia. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco the status of talks over a...

  • March 22- The U.S. state of Kentucky filed suit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units Tuesday over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions scandal. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said VW willfully violated Kentucky's Consumer Protection Act by fraudulently promoting diesels. Kentucky is at least the fifth U.S. state to sue VW, along with...

  • March 16- Peabody Energy Corp, the largest U.S. coal producer, said it may have to seek bankruptcy protection as it did not have enough funds to continue operations. Peabody's shares have crashed from their record high of more than $1,300 in 2008 to $4.01 as of Tuesday's close, reflecting the downturn in the coal market over the past few years. As of Dec. 31, the company...

  • Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Here are three names that Hillary Clinton might choose as her running mate in the Democratic presidential race.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- A U.S. federal judge will hold a hearing Thursday that may offer the first details on any progress in settling over 500 lawsuits filed against Volkswagen AG, a top supplier and many current and former top executives over excess emissions in 580,000 U.S. bdiesel vehicles. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco. Lawyers for VW, the Justice...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- A U.S. federal judge will hold a hearing Thursday that may offer the first details on any progress in settling over 500 lawsuits filed against Volkswagen AG, a top supplier and many current and former top executives over excess emissions in 580,000 U.S. bdiesel vehicles. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco. VW, California and the EPA...

  • Feb 22- A federal appeals court endorsed a Colorado law designed to make it easier for the state to collect sales taxes on out-of-state purchases made over the Internet. Monday's decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver reversed a lower court ruling that blocked Colorado from enforcing its so-called "Amazon tax" law, named for online retailer...

  • Feb 22- A federal appeals court endorsed a Colorado law designed to make it easier for the state to collect sales taxes on out-of-state purchases made over the Internet. Monday's decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver reversed a lower court ruling that blocked Colorado from enforcing its so-called "Amazon tax" law, named for online retailer...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 11- Demand for bank loans, loan extensions and renewals is surging among U.S. farmers, and farm incomes are forecast to fall for a third year as grain and livestock prices remain stubbornly low, according to a quarterly farm economy report from the Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis and Kansas City. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis's region covers...

  • Feb 5- New Jersey on Friday filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the fourth U.S. state to take legal action. It faces a U.S. ban on selling 2016 diesel models and is holding talks with California, which issued a separate ban, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to win...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 3- Switching the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium to New Mexico from an existing South Carolina site could cost the U.S. government more than $20 billion and raise safety concerns, according to a new study commissioned by the firms building the current site. High Bridge, a consultant to the nuclear industry, in its report said disposal of...

  • President Barack Obama will push for $1.1 billion in new funding to expand treatment for the fast-growing number of people addicted to heroin and prescription pain killers, the White House said on Tuesday. In 2014, a record number of Americans died from drug overdoses, with the highest rates seen in West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Ohio.

  • Feb 1- CVS Health Corp said it would make the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone, available without a prescription at all its pharmacies across Ohio, a state with one of the highest rates of overdose-related deaths. Naloxone quickly reverses the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opioid drugs and U.S. law enforcement officials have embraced its use in the...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 1- U.S. consumers are cautious about spending their windfall from cheap gasoline and are saving more, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll and official data, suggesting low oil prices are less of a boon for the U.S. economy than in the past. Commerce Department data shows that the crude's 70 percent drop since mid-2014 cut households' annual spending...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 1- U.S. consumers are cautious about spending their windfall from cheap gasoline and are saving more, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll and official data, suggesting low oil prices are less of a boon for the U.S. economy than in the past. Commerce Department data shows that the crude's 70 percent drop since mid-2014 cut households' annual spending...

  • Some states dependent on energy revenues are facing strained budgets due to low oil prices, according to an S&P report.

  • Milk prices to rise following freak blizzard

    Dairy farmers in Texas and New Mexico say consumers can expect a milk shortage.