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  • May 27- Williams Cos Inc has informed Energy Transfer Equity LP that it is open to considering a new offer that would amend terms of its $20 billion sale to its larger U.S pipeline peer in an effort to end a stalemate between the companies, according to people familiar with the matter. Energy Transfer's proposed acquisition of Williams has been in doubt for months,...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— It took North Dakota's leading oil industry group, the state's lone congressman and an oil billionaire from Oklahoma to lure Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to Bismarck. Kevin Cramer and Continental Resources Chairman Harold Hamm, both of whom are Trump supporters. North Dakota's 28 delegates— at least those who had committed— were...

  • WASHINGTON— Angry House conservatives voted down a routine spending bill Thursday in a fight over gay rights, underscoring the passions surrounding a social issue that is dividing the Republican Party and the nation in this election year. The 305-112 vote killed a spending bill for energy and water projects, and may imperil GOP efforts to pass any more of the 12...

  • Crude inventories fell 4.2 million barrels in the week to May 20, compared with analyst expectations for an decrease of 2.5 million barrels, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. "While we do feel the rally could go slightly further and test the psychological $50 level, we also think the rally has been priced in, especially with the impact...

  • DAYTON, Ohio— A solar-powered airplane has taken off from the Ohio hometown of America aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright on the latest leg of its journey around the world. The plane was expected to make at least one more stop in the United States— in New York— before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Europe or northern Africa. The globe-circling voyage began...

  • CHICAGO, May 23- End-users stocking up on hams for the winter holidays pushed their total in U.S. cold storage warehouses in April beyond their five-year averages, an analyst said following Monday's government monthly cold storage report. He added that last month's increased ham stocks also likely reflected product awaiting shipment that was initially...

  • NEW YORK, May 23- Oil prices eased again on Monday after Iran vowed to ramp up output and as the number of rigs drilling for crude in the United States held steady after declining for eight straight weeks. Oil has traded in a $5 range below $50 a barrel for the past month, buoyed by supply disruptions from Canada to Venezuela and Nigeria. "We are still not seeing any...

  • *Brent to average $45/ barrel this year, WTI $45- Goldman. NEW YORK, May 23- Oil prices eased again on Monday after Iran vowed to ramp up output and as the number of rigs drilling for crude in the United States held steady after declining for eight straight weeks. Oil has traded in a $5 range below $50 a barrel for the past month, with prices buoyed by supply disruptions from...

  • *Iran says it has no plan to freeze oil output, exports. *Brent to average $45/ barrel this year, WTI $45- Goldman. NEW YORK, May 23- Oil prices slid early on Monday as Iran vowed to ramp up output and rig reductions paused in the United States, then crude futures pared losses on data showing a stockpile drawdown at the U.S. delivery hub.

  • May 23- Oil prices pared losses on Monday morning after market intelligence firm Genscape reported a drawdown of nearly 1 million barrels at the Cushing, Oklahoma delivery point for U.S. crude futures in the week to May 20, traders said. U.S. crude' West Texas Intermediate futures were down 33 cents at $48.08 a barrel by 10:12 a.m. EDT, after sliding to $47.40...

  • The globe-circling voyage began in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and made stops in Oman, Myanmar, China and Japan. The plane is expected to make at least one more stop in the United States— in New York— before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Europe or northern Africa, according to the website documenting the journey.

  • NORMAN, Okla.— Oklahoma judge delays decision on man's request to plead guilty in beheading of co-worker, with death penalty possible.

  • NORMAN, Okla.— An Oklahoma judge on Friday put off deciding whether to accept a man's request to plead guilty to first-degree murder in the beheading of a co-worker, as a death sentence would still be possible. Alton Nolen reiterated his desire to plead guilty and die by lethal injection after Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley asked a series of...

  • NEW YORK, May 19- Oil traders from Houston to the North Sea are tapping into plentiful storage onshore and offshore, evincing little sign of concern yet about mammoth supply losses from Canada to Nigeria that has knocked out about 2 million barrels a day of output. Traders said there was an overhang of physical oil in Nigeria, with more than 20 June loading cargoes...

  • OKLAHOMA CITY— American Energy Partners, the Oklahoma City- based oil and natural gas company founded by the late energy tycoon Aubrey McClendon, is shutting down. McClendon co-founded Chesapeake Energy and served as its CEO before stepping down in 2013 and founding American Energy Partners. The company couldn't immediately be reached by The Associated...

  • *Brent at new Nov high near $50; WTI hits fresh peak from Oct. Brent and U.S. crude's West Texas Intermediate futures advanced closer to the $50 a barrel target after the mixed supply-demand data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. U.S. crude inventories rose 1.3 million barrels in the week to May 13, compared with analysts' expectations for a decrease...

  • NEW YORK, May 18- U.S. crude oil stockpiles rose unexpectedly last week even as gasoline and distillate inventories fell more than expected, data from the Energy Information Administration showed on Wednesday. Crude inventories rose 1.3 million barrels in the week to May 13, compared with analysts' expectations for a decrease of 2.8 million barrels and a 1.1...

  • LONDON, May 18- Oil futures edged lower on Wednesday, off 2016 highs hit in the previous session, as the impact of unplanned supply disruptions from Nigeria and Canada were tempered by rising supplies from elsewhere. International Brent crude futures were trading at $49.05 a barrel at 0858 GMT, 23 cents below their last settlement. Unscheduled supply outages in...

  • State lawmakers voted to keep in place some of the lowest taxes on oil and gas production in the United States- a break worth $470 million in fiscal year 2015 alone. In Newcastle, 23 miles from the capital of Oklahoma City, John Cerny recently learned that the school attended by his five-year-old granddaughter, Adelynn, will open just four days a week next year.

  • State lawmakers voted to keep in place some of lowest taxes on oil and gas production in the United States- a break worth $470 million in fiscal year 2015 alone. In Newcastle, 23 miles from the capital of Oklahoma City, John Cerny recently learned that the school attended by his five-year-old granddaughter, Adelynn, will open just four days a week next year.