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  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON/ LOS ANGELES, Sept 12- The Trump administration on Thursday took a major step toward opening Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, drawing criticism from environmentalists and an effort by Democratic lawmakers to put the pristine wilderness area off limits to development. Senator Dan Sullivan said in a joint statement with...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 12- The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to reverse a 2017 law that allowed oil and gas drilling in part of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which conservationists say is one of the last pristine regions on Earth. The bill, sponsored by Representative Jared Huffman, a Democrat from California, passed 225-193. The...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 11- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed two bills banning new offshore oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and Florida and was set to vote on a third banning drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. The first bill, sponsored by Representative Francis Rooney, a conservative Florida...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 11- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to ban offshore oil and gas drilling off Florida, the first of three measures it is considering, which would also ban drilling off the Pacific coast and in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. The first bill, sponsored by Representative Francis Rooney, a conservative Florida...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 11- The U.S. House on Wednesday was slated to begin voting on three bills to block offshore oil and gas drilling off Florida and the Pacific coast and in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, but the measures were not expected to gain traction in the Republican-led Senate. Another bill, sponsored by Representative Francis Rooney, a...

  • Sept 9- China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has dropped a lawsuit against the U.S. government after Washington released telecommunications equipment it had seized on suspicion of violations of export controls, according to a court filing on Monday. Huawei, which has been placed on a U.S. trade blacklist since May, had sued the Commerce Department and other U.S....

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Sept 6- At a closed-door meeting at the White House on Aug. 19, President Donald Trump looked increasingly alarmed as his top envoy to China delivered evidence of rising Farm Belt frustration over his biofuel policy along with a stark warning: You've got a problem in Iowa. Terry Branstad, the former Iowa governor and now U.S. ambassador to China,...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 5- A former Trump administration official who oversaw oil and gas drilling on federal lands resigned last week to work for Papua New Guinea- based Oil Search Ltd, which is expanding its Alaska operations. Oil Search said on Thursday it had hired Joe Balash, who served nearly two years as the U.S. Interior Department's assistant secretary for Land...

  • Sept 3- Walmart Inc, the nation's largest retailer, said on Tuesday it would stop selling ammunition for handguns and some assault-style rifles in all its stores across the United States, calling for national action on gun safety after a string of mass shootings, including two at Walmart stores in Texas and Mississippi. Walmart is among U.S. companies, such as...

  • Sept 3- Walmart Inc said on Tuesday it would discontinue sales of ammunition for handguns and some assault-style rifles in stores across the United States, in response to recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Walmart, the largest U.S. firearms retailer, and other corporations have increasingly joined the debate over guns and gun safety as mass shootings have...

  • *WALMART SAYS CO WILL SELL THROUGH AND DISCONTINUE HANDGUN AMMUNITION. *WALMART SAYS CO WILL DISCONTINUE HANDGUN SALES IN ALASKA, MARKING COMPLETE EXIT FROM HANDGUNS. *WALMART SAYS AFTER SELLING THROUGH CURRENT INVENTORY COMMITMENTS, CO TO DISCONTINUE SALES OF SHORT-BARREL RIFLE AMMUNITION.

  • For years, BP has been reducing its role in Alaska, where oil production has fallen with declines at the Prudhoe Bay field. BP, which began working in Alaska in 1959, is the operator and holds a 26% stake in Prudhoe, where production began in 1977.. "This deal vaults Hilcorp to be the second-largest Alaska producer and reserves holder, behind only ConocoPhillips," said...

  • Signage is displayed on an oil storage tank at the BP-Husky Toledo Refinery in Oregon, Ohio, U.S

    BP, a major player on Alaska's North Slope for decades, announces it is selling all of its assets in the state.

  • BP said the deal, which includes interests in the giant Prudhoe Bay field and Trans Alaska Pipeline, is part of its plans to raise $10 billion over the next two years through asset sales to further strengthen its balance sheet. The deal with the Alaskan company comprises $4 billion that is payable in the near term and $1.6 billion in earnout payments later.

  • The animation shows the concentration of black carbon particulates, also called soot, around the Arctic from July 1 to July 29, 2019.

    Scientists say the smoke plumes, filled with megatons of tiny, harmful particles, could travel to other areas of the world and cause serious respiratory problems for people.

  • CPC SAYS HIGHEST PROBABILITIES FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST ACROSS NEW ENGLAND, PARTS OF SOUTHWEST AND NORTHERN ALASKA.

  • ANCHORAGE, Aug 7- Environmentalists on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging a new Trump Administration plan to build a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, targets a land-trade deal struck last month between Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and a Native-owned corporation to remove up to...

  • Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, speaks to members of the media in the spin room after the third U.S. presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.

    The appellate panel said Judge Jed Rakoff had relied on facts outside of legal filings in the case to dismiss the suit against the Times by Sarah Palin, who was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 2- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday it had approved the first drone flight beyond the operator's sight line, a major advance for retailers like Amazon.com Inc seeking to speed up deliveries by drone. The flight this week by the University of Alaska Fairbanks over an oil pipeline was part of a joint program with the FAA to test "...