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  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 631 rigs sought oil and 157 explored for natural gas this week. Oklahoma increased by 10 rigs, North Dakota added five, Texas gained four, Colorado and Utah were each up two, and Alaska gained one. Arkansas, California, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were all unchanged.

  • 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.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— A judge has combined lawsuits filed by four Sioux tribes over the Dakota Access pipeline, streamlining the drawn-out legal battle over the $3.8 billion project to move North Dakota oil to a distribution point in Illinois. The neighboring Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribes teamed up last summer in the main lawsuit against Texas- based...

  • NEW YORK, March 16- Calumet Specialty Products Partners has retained advisors for a potential sale of its refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, according to two people familiar with the matter. Still, a deal could fetch as much as $500 million, according to one of the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as the talks are private. The refinery's location, which...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— The Latest on the Dakota Access pipeline:. North Dakota officials appear poised to go after the U.S. government— and thus U.S. taxpayers— to recoup more than $38 million in state expenses related to protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. A longstanding offer from project developer Energy Transfer Partners to pay up remains on the table, but it's...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota officials appear poised to go after the U.S. government— and thus U.S. taxpayers— to recoup more than $38 million in state expenses related to months of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, though a longstanding offer from the project's developer to pay up is still on the table. One taxpayer watchdog group questions why the state...

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump's new $1.15 trillion budget would reshape America's government with the broad, conservative strokes he promised as a candidate, ordering generous increases for the military, slashing domestic programs and riling both fellow Republicans and Democrats by going after favored programs. The president's initial budget...

  • Officials are re-establishing traffic on a stretch of highway in North Dakota that has been closed for months due to protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Amnesty International USA is asking the state of North Dakota to address alleged human rights violations against Dakota Access pipeline opponents. Amnesty International says it has...

  • District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., denied a request by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes to stop oil from flowing while the tribes appeal his decision last week allowing pipeline construction to finish. Texas- based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners is finishing up pipeline work beneath Lake Oahe, a Missouri River...

  • The ruling, issued in court documents ahead of plans to start pumping oil through the pipeline next week, follows months of demonstrations in a remote part of North Dakota, where the Standing Rock Sioux tribe demonstrated in an attempt to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing upstream from their reservation. Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court...

  • Texas- based Energy Transfer Partners argues in court documents filed Monday that it has endured enough delays and that the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes are employing "a last-gasp litigation tactic." District Judge James Boasberg to not stop construction of the pipeline's final segment under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir in North...

  • MINOT, N.D. _ Investors Real Estate Trust on Monday reported a key measure of profitability in its fiscal third quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 13 cents per share. Investors Real Estate Trust expects full-year funds from operations to be 41 cents to 43 cents per share.

  • NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. shale oil production in April was set for its biggest monthly increase since October as output in the Permian Basin, America's fastest growing shale oil region, was expected to hit another record high, government data showed on Monday. Oil production in the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico, the largest U.S. shale oil field, was set to rise...

  • WASHINGTON— Agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue says he will step down from several positions at companies bearing his name, restructure family trusts and create blind trusts to avoid a conflict of interest if he is confirmed. In a written agreement with a government ethics agency, the former Georgia governor said he will also step down from positions...

  • Pipeline drama dates way, way back

    Pipeline protests at Standing Rock are rooted in a 200 year-old legal battle.

  • The Army Corps of Engineers has finished cleaning up three Dakota Access pipeline protest camps that were on federal land in North Dakota. Judge James Boasberg last week rejected the request of the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux to stop construction of the final segment of the pipeline that would move oil from North Dakota to Illinois.

  • District Judge James Boasberg last week rejected the request of the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes to stop construction of the final segment of the pipeline under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota from which the tribes get their water. Cheyenne River attorney Nicole Ducheneaux on Friday appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court...

  • *OPEC's willingness to extend production cuts in doubt. NEW YORK, March 10- Oil skidded again on Friday, pushing prices to three-month lows as investors continued to flee bullish positions on worries that OPEC- led production cuts have not yet reduced a global glut of crude. U.S. crude settled down 79 cents, or 1.6 percent, to $48.49 a barrel, while Brent crude ended...

  • *OPEC's willingness to extend production cuts in doubt. NEW YORK, March 10- Oil skidded again on Friday, pushing prices to three-month lows as investors continued to flee bullish positions on worries that OPEC- led production cuts have not yet reduced a global glut of crude. U.S. crude fell 84 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $48.44 a barrel, as of 1:22 p.m. ET.

  • March 10- U.S. drillers added oil rigs for an eighth week in a row to the most since September 2015, extending a ten-month recovery as energy companies boost spending to take advantage of a recovery in crude prices since OPEC agreed to cut production late last year. "We will not see the impact of this week's crude price collapse for another couple of months," James...