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  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec 11 (Reuters)- The United States held its most successful Alaska oil and gas lease sale in more than a decade, officials said, with the majority of bids coming from a new player, North Slope Exploration LLC. There were more than $11 million in total high bids for about 1 million acres (0.4 million hectare) in the National Petroleum Reserve of Alaska (...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec 11- This year's sale of federal oil leases in Alaska's petroleum reserve was its most successful in more than a decade, U.S. officials said, with the majority of bids coming from a new player, North Slope Exploration LLC. There were more than $11 million in total high bids for about 1 million acres in the National Petroleum Reserve of Alaska,...

  • Dec 11- The U.S. Army plans to fund construction of rare earths processing facilities, part of an urgent push by Washington to secure domestic supply of the minerals used to make military weapons and electronics, according to a government document seen by Reuters. China, which refines most of the world's rare earths, has threatened to stop exporting the...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec 9- Alaska North Slope oil production has slipped below 500,000 barrels per day and will decline further in coming years, squeezing the state's budget until new oil fields start operating, according to the latest forecast released by the state Department of Revenue. "These developments are still contingent on final investment decisions...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- A lovelorn singing whale, a world-famous feline sourpuss and ravenous goats credited with thwarting a dangerous California wildfire were among animals whose escapades across the United States made news in 2019.. WORLD'S FIRST AIRPORT THERAPY PIG HOGS CALIFORNIA LIMELIGHT. A voracious goat herd may burp and bow after being credited with...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 29- U.S. crude oil production in September rose to a new record of 12.46 million barrels per day from 12.397 million bpd in August, the U.S. government said in a monthly report on Friday. Oil output in Texas rose 72,000 bpd in September, while production in North Dakota and the Gulf of Mexico fell during the month. In Texas, the biggest gas producing state,...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov 22- Environmentally sensitive but potentially oil-rich areas of Arctic Alaska will be opened to oil development under a new Trump administration proposal to undo Obama-era protections. The proposed changes are described in a draft environmental impact statement for managing the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, a 23...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 14- President Donald Trump's pick to run the U.S. Energy Department faced questions on emissions from energy operations and the future of nuclear power at his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, but was greeted warmly by senators from both parties who want to see him quickly confirmed. Dan Brouillette, 57, a former lobbyist at Ford Motor...

  • One possible location is London, where the two leaders could meet after a NATO summit that Trump is due to attend from Dec. 3-4, the official said. Other sites are possible in Europe and Asia, but the former is more likely, with Sweden and Switzerland among the possibilities. The official said China was believed to see a quick deal as its best chance for favorable terms,...

  • Nov 6- Gold prices inched up on Wednesday, after slipping more than 1% in the previous session, as investors awaited further clarity on the U.S.- China trade talks. *Asian shares were little changed as investors awaited new developments toward scaling back a bruising trade war between the United States and China. *Washington and Beijing are working to narrow...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- The United States and China are working to narrow their differences enough to sign a "phase one" trade deal as early as this month, but suggestions for a signing venue range from Alaska to Greece. On the other hand, one Chinese official said Beijing was floating the possibility of a meeting in Greece, where Xi is due to arrive on Sunday, after which he...

  • The Bureau of Land Management announced that its annual oil and gas lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska will be held on Dec. 11. "With advancements in drilling technology, it was prudent to develop a new plan that provides for greater economic development of our resources while still providing protections for important resources, such as...

  • WASHINGTON/ BEIJING/ SINGAPORE, Oct 30- Leaders from the United States and China encountered a new obstacle in their struggle to end a damaging trade war on Wednesday, when the summit where they were supposed to meet was canceled because of violent protests. The White House said afterwards the United States still expects to sign an initial trade agreement with...

  • WASHINGTON/ BEIJING/ SINGAPORE, Oct 30- Leaders from the United States and China encountered a new obstacle in their struggle to end a damaging trade war on Wednesday, when the summit where they were supposed to meet was canceled because of violent protests. The White House said afterwards the United States still expects to sign an initial trade agreement with...

  • WASHINGTON/ BEIJING/ SINGAPORE, Oct 30- Leaders from the United States and China encountered a new obstacle in their struggle to end a damaging trade war on Wednesday, when the summit where they were supposed to meet was canceled because of violent protests. The White House said afterwards the United States still expects to sign an initial trade agreement with...

  • *Emerson jets flown to Augusta at time of Masters tournament. By the time Woods sealed his fifth Masters victory on April 14, Emerson pilots had landed 13 times at the airport during the four-day tournament. Emerson, which is in the vital but unglamorous business of making products such as measurement and control systems used by manufacturing companies, is now...

  • Oct 22- U.S. refiner Marathon Petroleum Corp, which is under pressure from activist investor Elliott Management Corp, is considering the sale of two plants in Alaska and Utah, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Elliott urged Marathon to split into three companies in September, saying that would boost shareholders' value by as much as $40...

  • CPC: NOVEMBER-DECEMBER-JANUARY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL SEASONAL MEAN TEMPERATURES FOR ALASKA AND MOST OF CONTIGUOUS U.S.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- Republican U.S. lawmakers this week urged President Donald Trump's administration to ease restrictions on uranium mining on federal lands, as a Cabinet-level committee prepares recommendations this month for boosting domestic nuclear fuel production. "We strongly encourage you to make improved access to federal lands with high-grade...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 12- U.S. government biologists are investigating the deaths of nearly 300 Arctic ice seals found on Alaska beaches since last summer, federal officials said on Thursday. So far, 282 seal carcasses have been discovered since June 2018. The carcasses likely account for a small fraction of the total number of dead seals, as scientists assume...