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  • A destroyed trailer in Key Largo, Fla., after Hurricane Irma swept through the area.

    Threatening social media posts possibly connected to ISIS have raised alerts in cities battered by recent hurricanes.

  • The Insurance Council of Texas says windstorm and other claims from Harvey will be worth nearly $3 billion. The council cites the Federal Emergency Management Agency in estimating that Harvey's flooding will result in $11 billion in payments to homeowners with flood insurance. Harvey battered Texas' Gulf Coast and flooded a vast area stretching from...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— A man whose esophagus and stomach were severely burned when he drank a beer tainted by a caustic chemical at an Atlantic City casino restaurant has been awarded $750,000. A jury on Friday awarded the man, Richard Washart, $650,000 for pain and suffering and $100,000 for emotional distress, said his attorney, Paul D'Amato. The restaurant blamed a...

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, Sept 15- More than 22,000 barrels of oil, refined fuels and chemicals spilled at sites across Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, along with millions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of tons of other toxic substances, a Reuters review of company reports to the U.S. Coast Guard shows. Harvey slammed ashore in Texas on Aug. 26, unleashing...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 15- Valero Energy Corp probably underestimated the leakage of dangerous chemicals when Hurricane Harvey hit its Houston refinery last month, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokesman said. Spokesman David Gray said in an email late on Thursday that benzene and volatile organic chemicals that leaked into the air in Houston's Manchester...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 15- U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in August and industrial output recorded its biggest drop since 2009 as Hurricane Harvey disrupted activity, suggesting the storm could dent economic growth in the third quarter. "Hurricane Harvey's fingerprints were all over the August retail sales and industrial production reports this morning,"...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 15- U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in August, likely hurt by the impact of Hurricane Harvey on motor vehicle purchases, suggesting a moderation in consumer spending in the third quarter. The Commerce Department said on Friday retail sales dropped 0.2 percent last month, the biggest decline in six months. Harvey, which slammed Texas in the...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 15- U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in August as Hurricane Harvey likely depressed motor vehicle purchases, suggesting a moderation in consumer spending in the third quarter. The Commerce Department said on Friday retail sales dropped 0.2 percent last month. The Commerce Department said while it could not isolate the impact of Harvey on...

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, Sept 15- More than 22,000 barrels of oil, refined fuels and chemicals spilled at sites across Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, along with millions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of tons of other toxic substances, a Reuters review of company reports to the U.S. Coast Guard shows. Harvey slammed ashore in Texas on Aug. 26, unleashing...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 15- Business owners who are trying to get back on track after hurricanes Harvey and Irma now face a different sort of challenge: trying to recoup lost income from their insurers. "I think the whole thing is a rip-off," said Thomas Arnold, an optometrist in Sugar Land, Texas. Arnold says he pays $1,083 per month for coverage.

  • Sept 15- Phillips 66 has chartered a Marshall Islands- flagged vessel, making use of a temporary waiver of the Jones Act that was put in place to meet fuel shortages in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Argus Media reported on Thursday. The vessel, Nave Jupiter, departed from Houston, Texas on Sept. 9, and was docked near the company's Alliance refinery in...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 15- Business owners who are trying to get back on track after hurricanes Harvey and Irma now face a different sort of challenge: trying to recoup lost income from their insurers. "I think the whole thing is a rip-off," said Thomas Arnold, an optometrist in Sugar Land, Texas. Arnold says he pays $1,083 per month for coverage.

  • CARACAS, Sept 14- Venezuela will make all pending debt payments despite "a series of difficulties" that have arisen as a result of financial sanctions by the United States, Economy Vice President Ramon Lobo said on Thursday. The United States in August prohibited dealings in new debt from Venezuela and state oil company PDVSA in response to the creation of a new...

  • Ex-Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum said he'll work closely with state and federal officials, including Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp, who was tapped by the governor to lead the state's recovery effort. "The quicker we get clearer on what... the real priorities are for the city, then we work back to to say,' Houston knows what it needs, it knows what comes...

  • HOUSTON/ NEW YORK, Sept 14- Washington's recent sanctions against Venezuelan state-run oil company PDVSA have started to ensnare its U.S. unit, Citgo Petroleum, making it harder for the refiner to obtain the credit it needs to purchase crude, according to six traders and banking sources. Citgo's three U.S, refineries, one each in Illinois, Texas and Louisiana,...

  • The demand for lumber, generators, cleaning supplies and appliances for households and home improvement retailers such as Lowe's and Home Depot in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas as a result of damages from Hurricane Irma will fill trailers and containers not already claimed by shipments for the holiday shopping season. This magnified it, "XPO...

  • Sept 14- Hurricane Harvey, which tore through Corpus Christi in southern Texas on Aug. 25 and drenched the Houston area with historic rains, killed over 60 people and displaced more than 1 million people. Harvey was the most powerful storm to hit Texas in more than 50 years, causing some $180 billion in damage. Irma caused about $25 billion in insured losses,...

  • Less than 20 percent of a 461,000- gallon gasoline spill in Texas during Hurricane Harvey was recovered by the company responsible, while the rest evaporated or soaked into the ground, a U.S. Coast Guard official said Thursday. Only a minor amount of the spill appeared to have escaped past containment berms at the Magellan Midstream Partners storage tank farm...

  • Sept 14- Major trucking and logistics firms like XPO Logisitcs Inc, Daseke Inc and United Parcel Service Inc said capacity will shrink due to a rush of construction and repair shipments to big-box retailers and households across the storm-crippled U.S. The demand for lumber, generators, cleaning supplies and appliances for households and home improvement...

  • With floodwaters nearing knee height, Arlene Estle fled to the upstairs of the Houston house where she's lived for 50 years and raised four children. It was many hours later before her son-in-law arrived by boat to rescue her. Her flooded home didn't fare so well.