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  • HOUSTON, Aug 23- Royal Dutch Shell, Anadarko Petroleum and Exxon Mobil announced they were curbing some oil and gas output on Wednesday at facilities in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a storm expected to hit the Texas coast later this week. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch Wednesday for much of the Texas coast, calling for slow-moving...

  • *Three-month nickel on the London Metal Exchange gained 0.9 percent to $11,770.00 a tonne by 0125 GMT, after touching $11,825 overnight, the highest since last November. *The most-traded nickel contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose 2.62 percent to 94,500 yuan a tonne, the highest since early March. *SHANGHAI COPPER: Shanghai Futures Exchange copper was...

  • HOUSTON, Aug 23- Royal Dutch Shell and Anadarko Petroleum announced production shut-ins affecting five Gulf of Mexico oil platforms on Wednesday ahead of a storm expected to lash the Texas coast with heavy winds and rain later this week. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch Wednesday for much of the Texas coast, calling for slow-moving...

  • LONDON, Aug 23- COMEX copper stocks rose by a net 271 tonnes on Monday. There was some light two-way action at New Orleans and arrivals at both Tucson and Salt Lake City. For years the copper market narrative has been woven around the interaction between inventory registered with the London Metal Exchange and the Shanghai Futures Exchange.

  • 1. "America's Got Talent", NBC, 13.44 million. 4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.80 million. 5. "Big Brother", CBS, 6.48 million.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- A majority of Americans think Confederate monuments should be preserved in public spaces, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, a view that is at odds with efforts in many cities to remove them. Cities across the United States are debating what to do with hundreds of statues, plaques and other monuments to the slave-holding Confederacy.

  • LONDON, Aug 21- Zinc on Monday morning hit a fresh decade high of $3,180.50 per tonne on the London Metal Exchange. True, London zinc has been given a helping hand from Shanghai, where speculative froth seems to have spilled over from the iron ore and steel markets to the base metals complex. And also true, a supply-side response to high zinc prices is already starting...

  • Among major oil- and gas-producing states, California gained two rigs and New Mexico increased by one. North Dakota declined by two rigs while Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Utah were down by one apiece. Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming were all unchanged.

  • MEXICO CITY, Aug 17- A tanker carrying a cargo of about 1 million barrels of Venezuelan heavy crude has been stranded for more than a month off the coast of Louisiana for lack of a bank letter of credit to discharge, three sources have told Reuters. Major banks are cutting exposure to Venezuela as a result of political upheaval in the South American country.

  • NEW YORK— It took bloodshed in Charlottesville to get tech companies to do what civil rights groups have been calling for for years: take a firmer stand against accounts used to promote hate and violence. In the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia, major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 16- A sale of oil and gas leases in U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico generated $121.14 million in high bids for 90 tracts covering 508,096 acres, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Wednesday. Twenty-seven companies participated, submitting 99 bids totaling $137 million, the Interior Department said in a statement. The sale was the largest in...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— An appeals court has voided an order that would have required Exxon Mobil to revise its pipeline-safety procedures after a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Monday vacated the order resulting from the Pegasus pipeline oil spill in Mayflower, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette...

  • HOUSTON, Aug 16- Major oil producers pushed up high bids at a Gulf of Mexico offshore auction to $121 million on Wednesday, a nearly seven-fold increase from a year ago, as their return to deep water exploration gained momentum. This compared with $18 million in high bids at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Outer Continental Shelf auction last summer.

  • BATON ROUGE, La.— A Muslim-American radio host is accusing the publisher of a notorious neo-Nazi website of defaming him by falsely labeling him the "mastermind" of a deadly concert bombing in England, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. SiriusXM Radio show host Dean Obeidallah sued The Daily Stormer's publisher, Andrew Anglin, two days after domain...

  • Aug 15- A federal appeals court on Tuesday said the New York Times Co must face a defamation lawsuit by a Louisiana economics professor who said it quoted him out of context by saying he described slavery as "not so bad." The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived claims by Walter Block, who teaches at Loyola University, over a January 26, 2014, front page article...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 15- The U.S. Department of Energy said on Tuesday it will sell 14 million barrels of crude oil from the nation's emergency reserve in late August. The sale from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve was expected as it was required under laws signed by former President Barack Obama in 2015 and 2016 to help fund medical research and the overall federal...

  • 1. "America's Got Talent", NBC, 13.32 million. 6. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.01 million. 7. "Big Brother", CBS, 6.4 million.

  • Cheniere, which held extensive talks with China earlier this year, will be the first operator of a U.S. liquefied natural gas export facility to establish a presence in the country. World LNG demand is expected to double to about 71 billion cubic feet per day by 2040, up from around 32 bcfd in 2015, the U.S. Energy Department estimates, driven by the rapidly growing...

  • WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. "After carefully considering your petitions, I have decided that it is appropriate and in the public interest to conduct a rulemaking to potentially revise," Pruitt wrote in the letter addressed to the...

  • A leading neo-Nazi website was sporadically accessible Monday despite efforts by website registration companies Google and GoDaddy to oust it after it mocked the woman killed in a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. The registration had moved there after GoDaddy tweeted late Sunday night that it had given The Daily Stormer 24 hours to...