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  • HOUSTON— The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 15 this week to 913.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost eight rigs, Alaska and Wyoming each declined by two and New Mexico and Utah each lost one. Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were...

  • NEW YORK— Parents of small children have long been hearing about the perils of "screen time." And with more screens, and new technologies such as Amazon's Echo speaker, the message is getting louder. "I know I should limit my kid's screen time a lot, but there is reality," said Dorothy Jean Chang, who works for a tech company in New York and has a 2- year-old son.

  • Prosecutors at the Federal Trade Commission, 11 states and the District of Columbia have filed 36 lawsuits and other legal actions against companies they say falsely promise debt relief, charging more than $95 million in illegal fees in recent years. But they say the Education Department and its contracted loan servicing companies fail to steer borrowers...

  • LEAWOOD, Kan. _ Euronet Worldwide Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings of $100.3 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.60 per share. For the current quarter ending in December, Euronet Worldwide expects its per-share earnings to be $1.12.

  • WICHITA, Kan. _ Equity Bancshares Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings of $5.2 million. The Wichita, Kansas- based bank said it had earnings of 41 cents per share. Equity Bancshares shares have increased 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Iowa's Republican governor on Wednesday called on President Donald Trump and his administration to preserve a federal program mandating that biofuels such as corn-based ethanol be blended into gasoline and diesel following a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency to lower production targets for renewable fuels.

  • "The USDA is the U.S. Department of Agriculture, not the U.S. Department of Big Agribusiness." The rule was first proposed by the USDA in 2010 but faced delays after meeting resistance in Congress and by the meat processing industry. The USDA finally released it last December.

  • WASHINGTON— A Republican senator said Tuesday he may seek to block President Donald Trump's nominees for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency unless the administration backs off a proposed reduction in the volume of biofuels blended into gasoline and diesel. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said he plans to speak with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt...

  • Gas leaking from Kansas wells amid dispute over who must fix. Natural gas is leaking through unplugged abandoned wells that have penetrated a massive underground storage field in Kansas. WICHITA, Kan.— Natural gas is leaking through unplugged abandoned wells that have penetrated a massive underground storage field in Kansas, creating a public safety hazard...

  • WICHITA, Kan.— Natural gas is leaking through unplugged abandoned wells that have penetrated a massive underground storage field in Kansas, creating a public safety hazard amid a dispute over who is responsible for fixing the problem, regulatory filings show. Northern Natural Gas Co., which owns the underground storage facility, wants the Kansas Corporation...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 13- Shares of U.S. hospital companies and health insurers fell on Friday after President Donald Trump said he would cut off Obamacare subsidies to health insurance companies for low-income patients, a move that could make healthcare less affordable next year for some people. But, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners,...

  • Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Kansas, North Dakota and Pennsylvania each gained one rig. Texas lost four rigs, Oklahoma declined by three, California lost two and Louisiana and West Virginia each declined by one. Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump will nominate a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as a top environmental adviser. The White House on Thursday announced the selection of Kathleen Hartnett White of Texas to serve as chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. She is a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a...

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    Former Texas Governor Rick Perry's charter flights have cost taxpayers more than $56,000, the Department of Energy reported.

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of a teacher challenging Kansas' new law barring state contractors from participating in boycotts against Israel, saying it's a clear violation of her free speech rights. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Esther Koontz, a math and science curriculum coach at a Wichita...

  • Bombardier sources more than half of the purchased content of the CSeries from the United States, according to the documents reported by Reuters on Thursday. The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday proposed a 79.82 percent antidumping duty after a preliminary finding that the jets were sold below cost. Bombardier's Learjet business unit headquarters also...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 28- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted to approve a bill to allow the Federal Aviation Administration to continue to operate and a package of tax relief bills to aid hurricane victims. Authorization for the FAA is set to expire on Saturday, the end of the budget year. If the House and Senate fail to agree on a bill, then the FAA would not...

  • Sept 27- The South Dakota meat processor that sued ABC News over the characterization of its top-selling product as "pink slime" in TV news reports has set up a $10 million fund to help former employees and communities affected by the plants it closed in 2012, it said on Wednesday. The privately held Beef Products Inc sued ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co, in 2012, saying...

  • WASHINGTON and CHICAGO, Sept 27- Tyson Foods Inc's poultry unit on Wednesday pleaded guilty in federal court to two criminal charges stemming from discharged feed supplement at a company facility in Missouri, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Tyson Poultry Inc had been charged with violating the Clean Water Act in the 2014 event, and agreed to pay a $2 million...

  • Sept 26- Syngenta AG said on Tuesday it agreed to settle U.S. farmer lawsuits stemming from its decision to commercialize a genetically modified strain of corn before China approved importing it, and a person familiar with the matter said the payment would be close to $1.5 billion. The settlement does not apply to lawsuits filed by U.S. grain handlers Archer...