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  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 602 rigs sought oil and 151 explored for natural gas this week. Alaska and Louisiana each lost two rigs and North Dakota declined by one. Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah and West Virginia were all unchanged.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A federal appeals court has refused to rehear the case of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship in the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the order Friday. The 66- year-old Blankenship is scheduled for release May 10 from a California federal prison where he's serving a one-year...

  • A heroin user prepares to inject himself in New London, Conn.

    The death rate from drug overdoses more than doubled between 1999 and 2015, according to a report from the CDC.

  • The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point. Lisa Murkowski is sponsoring legislation to open the refuge that takes up Alaska's northeast corner and is larger than West Virginia and Connecticut combined. The coastal plain is not the apex of Alaska scenery, but it's a nursery for polar bears, muskoxen and the vast Porcupine...

  • BECKLEY, W.Va.— Coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice still owe his cash-strapped state $4.4 million in unpaid taxes due at least a year ago, tax liens show. The liens, filed in Raleigh County where parent company Southern Coal Corp. has been based, show Kentucky Fuel owing $2.7 million through 2014 and Justice Energy owing $1.7 million.

  • DETROIT— When it comes to getting stuck in traffic on the way to and from work, Los Angeles leads the world. That topped second-place Moscow at 91 hours and third-place New York at 89, according to a traffic scorecard compiled by Inrix, a transportation analytics firm. San Francisco was the fourth-most congested city, while Bogota, Colombia, was fifth, Sao Paulo...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday over the objections of Democrats and environmentalists worried he will gut the agency, as the administration readies executive orders to ease regulation on drillers and miners. Two Democrats from energy-producing states, Joe...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 597 rigs sought oil and 153 explored for natural gas this week. Louisiana lost three rigs, New Mexico declined by two and Alaska, North Dakota and Oklahoma each lost one. Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming were all unchanged.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday over the objections of Democrats and environmentalists worried he will gut the agency, as the administration readies executive orders to ease regulation on drillers and miners. Two Democrats from energy-producing states, Joe...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday over the objections of Democrats and green groups worried he will gut the agency, as the administration readies executive orders to ease regulation on drillers and miners. Senators voted 52-46 to approve Oklahoma Attorney General...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- The U.S. Senate is expected to approve President Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday over the objections of Democrats and green groups worried he will gut the agency, as the administration readies executive orders to ease regulation on drillers and miners. Trump's nominee, Oklahoma Attorney General...

  • WASHINGTON— The tea party wing of the GOP gained a voice in President Donald Trump's Cabinet on Thursday when Mick Mulvaney was sworn in as director of the White House budget office. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office hours after the Senate confirmed the South Carolina Republican's nomination on a narrow 51-49 vote in the GOP- controlled...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— Environmental advocacy groups are trying to halt construction of a $2.5 billion natural gas liquids pipeline across southern Pennsylvania while they appeal newly issued permits that they say would unleash massive and irreparable damage to the state's environment and residents. In filings Monday night, three groups said the state...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- The U.S. Senate voted to confirm former banker and Hollywood financier Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary on Monday, installing the Trump administration's point-man on tax reform, financial de-regulation and economic diplomacy efforts. The Senate voted 53-47 to confirm the Goldman Sachs veteran's nomination on a mostly party-line...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- The U.S. Senate on Monday voted to confirm former Goldman Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary, installing the Trump administration's point-man on tax reform, financial deregulation and economic diplomacy efforts. The Senate voted 53-47 in a largely party-line vote to approve the nomination. Senator Joe Manchin of West...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 13- U.S. shale oil production for March is expected to rise by the most in five months to its highest rate since May last year, government data showed on Monday, as energy companies boost drilling on the back of crude prices that are hovering over $50 a barrel. March oil production is forecast to rise by nearly 79,000 barrels per day to 4.87 million bpd,...

  • WASHINGTON— DuPont and Chemours will pay nearly $671 million to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the release of a chemical from a plant in West Virginia more than a decade ago. Chemours was spun off from DuPont two years ago. DuPont says it will pay half of the settlement and the other half will be paid by The Chemours Co. The settlement covers all pending...

  • Feb 13- DuPont and Chemours Co have agreed to pay $671 million in cash to settle thousands of lawsuits involving a leak of a toxic chemical used to make Teflon, the companies said on Monday. In addition, Jefferies analyst Alexander Laurence said the liability was $300 million below Wall Street estimates, and DuPont shares rose 1 percent. The companies settled...

  • Feb 13- DuPont and Chemours Co said on Monday they had agreed to pay about $671 million in cash to settle several lawsuits related to the leak of a toxic chemical, used to make Teflon, that has been linked to cancer and other diseases. The company said it settled about 3,550 personal injury claims arising from the leak of perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOA or...

  • Feb 13- DuPont said on Monday it agreed to pay $670.7 million in cash to settle several lawsuits related to a chemical leak from a plant in West Virginia. The company said it settled about 3,550 personal injury claims arising from the leak of perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOA or C-8, from DuPont's Parkersburg, West Virginia, plant. DuPont has used C-8 at the...