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  • Jan 16- The Trump administration's decision last week to exempt Florida from its national offshore drilling plan was based in part on the state's argument that a spill would cripple its crucial tourism industry. The Interior Department this month proposed opening up virtually all U.S. coastline to drillers as part of Republican President Donald Trump's...

  • *Fire on sea surface has been put out- Japan's Coast Guard. TOKYO/ BEIJING, Jan 15- A burning Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem. The Coast Guard said the fire on the sea...

  • *Iran says remaining 29 crew, passengers presumed dead. *Biggest tanker spill since 1991 off Angola. TOKYO/ BEIJING, Jan 15- The burning Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a 10- mile long oil slick as black smoke continued to billow from the site, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said...

  • FAIRBANKS, Alaska— Sam's Club announced that it will close its three Alaska stores by Jan. 26. "With Alaska, the cost of delivery and the logistics in delivering merchandise and making sure we have the right merchandise at the right time for our members was very difficult," said Delia Garcia, a Sam's Club spokeswoman. Trucking business Sourdough Express said on its...

  • TOKYO/ BEIJING, Jan 15- Black smoke was billowing from the East China Sea site where a burning Iranian oil tanker sank, Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grow about damage to the marine ecosystem from the worst oil ship disaster in decades. Strong winds had pushed it away from the Chinese coast, where the incident happened, and into Japan's exclusive...

  • A woman walking past Marriott signage in Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang province. Authorities in China have shut down Marriott's local website for a week after the US hotel giant mistakenly listed Chinese-claimed regions such as Tibet and Hong Kong as separate countries.

    Just as Alaska and Hawaii are part of the U.S., Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Tibet are "all parts of China," China Daily said.

  • Oklahoma, one of at least 13 states that have filed lawsuits against drugmakers, alleges fraudulent marketing of drugs that fueled the opioid epidemic in the lawsuit filed in June 2017, and seeks unspecified damages from Purdue Pharma, Allergan, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals and several of their subsidiaries. "We appreciate the urgency Judge...

  • HOUSTON— The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 15 this week to 939.. Among oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana and New Mexico each gained five rigs, Oklahoma increased by three, Colorado gained two and Alaska and Utah each increased by one. Arkansas, California, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming were...

  • NEW YORK— For some Walmart employees, the day brought news of a pay raise. Walmart said Thursday that it is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out bonuses. Making Change at Walmart, a campaign backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, estimates that 150 to 160 people work at each Sam's Club store, meaning the...

  • Jan 11- Sam's Club, a unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc, said it had closed a series of stores following a review, the membership-only store chain said in a tweet on Thursday. Business Insider, citing Wal-Mart, reported that Sam's Club was closing 63 stores and laying off thousands of workers. Sam'S Club's tweet comes after local news outlets in Arizona, Alaska, Texas, New...

  • NEW YORK— Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing 10 percent of its Sam's Club warehouse stores— a move that a union-backed group estimated could cost thousands of jobs— on the same day the company announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out bonuses. Making Change at Walmart, a campaign backed by the United Food and...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The Trump administration's anti-marijuana move has some members of the president's voting base fuming. Fans of President Donald Trump who use marijuana say Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to tighten federal oversight of the drug is the first time they've felt let down by the man they helped elect. "Trump needs to realize that a lot of his...

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— The Trump administration said Tuesday it would not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida, abruptly reversing course under pressure from Republican Gov. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said after a brief meeting with Scott at the Tallahassee airport that drilling would be "off the table" when it comes to waters in the eastern Gulf of Mexico...

  • HOUSTON/ WASHINGTON, Jan 8- President Donald Trump's administration has proposed opening up nearly all of America's offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, but the industry says it is mainly interested in one part of it, now cordoned off by the Pentagon: the eastern Gulf of Mexico. "The eastern Gulf of Mexico could be very attractive to industry because of the...

  • The Panama- registered tanker Sanchi was sailing from Iran to South Korea when it collided late Saturday with the Hong Kong- registered freighter CF Crystal in the East China Sea, 257 kilometers off the coast of Shanghai, China's Ministry of Transport said. China, South Korea and the U.S. have sent ships and planes to search for the Sanchi's crew, all of whom remain...

  • BEIJING— The Latest on a collision between an oil tanker and a freighter off China's eastern coast:. The South Korean coast guard says thick smoke is still billowing from a burning oil tanker in the East China Sea and bad weather is also worsening visibility. Chinese state media say an Iranian oil tanker that caught fire after colliding with a freighter off...

  • BEIJING— The U.S. Navy has joined the search for 32 crew members missing from an Iranian oil tanker that caught fire after colliding with a bulk freighter off China's east coast. China, South Korea and the U.S. sent ships and planes to search for the 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis who have been missing since the collision late Saturday. The Panama- registered...

  • Thick clouds of dark smoke could be seen billowing out of the Sanchi tanker, engulfing the vessel as rescue efforts were hampered by bad weather and fire on and around the ship, Mohammad Rastad, head of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organisation, told Iranian television. The Sanchi, run by the country's top oil shipping operator, collided with the CF Crystal about 160...

  • BEIJING, Jan 7- A tanker carrying Iranian oil and run by the country's top oil shipping operator was ablaze and spewing cargo into the East China Sea on Sunday after colliding with a Chinese bulk ship, leaving its 32 crew members missing. The Panama- registered tanker was sailing from Iran to South Korea, carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensate, an ultra light crude.

  • BEIJING, Jan 7- A tanker carrying Iranian oil and run by the country's top oil shipping operator was ablaze and spewing cargo into the East China Sea on Sunday after colliding with a Chinese bulk ship, leaving its 32 crew members missing. The Panama- registered tanker was sailing from Iran to South Korea, carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensate, an ultra light crude.