Top News & Analysis Texas

  • Aug 29- A truck that was transporting Takata Corp air bag inflators and propellant material at the center of a global recall exploded in Texas last week, killing one woman and injuring four other people, the auto parts supplier said on Monday. Takata said a truck, operated by a subcontractor, was traveling to a Takata warehouse in Eagle Pass, Texas, early on Aug. 22 when...

  • Aug 29- Samson Resources Corp, one of the largest energy companies to seek bankruptcy in the current commodities slump, reached a new agreement with creditors that aims to bring the company out of Chapter 11 under the ownership of its second-lien lenders. Under the restructuring support agreement, sketched out in a Friday filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 29- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on Monday that he directed his advisory council to evaluate whether the agency should continue to contract with private prisons, news that hit shares of private prison operators. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of DHS, currently uses private prison groups...

  • DETROIT— Air bag maker Takata Corp.' s troubles worsened Monday as the company confirmed that a truck carrying its inflators and a volatile chemical exploded last week in a Texas border town, killing a woman and injuring four others. The truck, operated by a subcontractor, crashed, caught fire and exploded Aug. 22 in the small town of Quemado, about 140 miles from San...

  • Aug 29- A truck that was transporting Takata Corp air bag inflators and propellants at the center of a global recall exploded in Texas last week, killing one woman and injuring four other people, the auto parts supplier said on Monday. Texas state officials did not immediately return calls for comment early on Monday. Takata has a warehouse in Eagle Pass, which is...

  • TOKYO, Aug 29- A truck transporting Takata Corp air bag inflators and propellants that are at the center of a global recall exploded in Texas earlier this month, resulting in one death and four injuries, the embattled auto parts supplier said on Monday. The truck operated by a subcontractor was traveling to a Takata plant in Eagle Pass, Texas, on Aug. 22 when the...

  • NASA is currently entering the second phase of a four-step plan to draw up rules of the skies for drones that weigh 55 pounds or less and fly no higher than 500 feet. The agency is hoping to present its research to the Federal Aviation Administration before 2020, John Cavolowsky, director of NASA's Airspace Operations and Safety Program, told attendees at a drone...

  • DALLAS— A planned power outage at Dallas Love Field led to an unexpected loss of electricity for about two hours and some flight delays until the system was restored. An official with Dallas- based Southwest Airlines says about two dozen flights were affected at the carrier's main hub. Chris Mainz says flights were operating on time after power issues were...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— A man working on the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline was killed in an apparent accident in western North Dakota, a state regulator said Saturday. The man was working as subcontractor for Dallas- based operator Energy Transfer Partners, which is building the nearly 1,200- mile pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois. "We are saddened to learn...

  • HOUSTON— Wal-Mart's court fight to sell liquor at its stores in Texas looks to be back on track, but the courtroom is getting crowded. A federal appeals court is allowing a trade group representing liquor store operators to join a stalled federal lawsuit that the nation's largest retailer filed against the Texas agency that hands out permits to sell booze by the...

  • NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D.— Native Americans from reservations hundreds of miles away from North Dakota have joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's growing protest against a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline that they say could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for 8,000 tribal members and millions further downstream.

  • CHICAGO/ TAMPA, Fla., Aug 26- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The agency said its decision to expand blood screening in the United States was based on concerns about more cases...

  • CARACAS/ HOUSTON, Aug 26- Venezuela's state oil company, PDVSA, has relaunched a large tender for the drilling of 600 oil wells in the world's largest crude reserves, sources with knowledge of the tender said this week, after a similar project collapsed last year amid concerns about transparency and political favoritism. Reuters reported last month that tiny...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 26- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The agency said its move to expand blood screening in the United States was based on concerns about increasing cases of local...

  • Officials say a computer breach in a vendor's system that processes online hunting and fishing license sales has exposed several million records containing personal information in Idaho, Oregon and Washington state. The Washington State Office of Cyber Security in a statement Friday says the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI are investigating...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 406 rigs sought oil and 81 explored for natural gas this week. Colorado, Louisiana, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia each declined by one. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Utah were unchanged.

  • Aug 26- Energy Future Holdings Corp, Texas' biggest power company, won U.S. court approval on Friday for a plan that will allow the bulk of its operations to exit Chapter 11 after two years of battling creditors. Dallas- based Energy Future filed for bankruptcy in April 2014 when weak electricity prices left it unable to service $42 billion in debt, mostly related to...

  • BOISE, Idaho— Idaho, Oregon and Washington have shutdown online sales of hunting and fishing licenses amid concerns a vendor's computer system has been hacked and personal information is at risk. Washington state on Friday announced free fishing through Tuesday because it has gone a step further than the other two states and halted all license sales.

  • WASHINGTON— The government told all U.S. blood banks Friday to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus. Previously, blood testing was mostly limited to parts of Florida and Puerto Rico, where Zika is spreading. Peter Marks said in a Food and Drug Administration release.

  • Air New Zealand announced an after-tax profit of 463 million New Zealand dollars for the year ending June, an increase of 42 percent over the previous year. Air New Zealand Chief Executive Christopher Luxon said in a statement that competition is increasing because tourism to the South Pacific nation remains strong and lower fuel costs make the country a more...