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  • BISMARCK, N.D.— The company that built the Dakota Access oil pipeline says environmental group Greenpeace should be held legally accountable for violating federal racketeering laws. Texas- based Energy Transfer Partners sued Greenpeace and two other groups for up to $1 billion last year, arguing they worked to undermine the $3.8 billion pipeline that's now...

  • That compares with an average of $2.25/ mmBtu so far this year, $2.71 in 2017 and a five-year average of $3.11. Traders said Waha's price drop was triggered by a pair of force majeures in Kinder Morgan Inc's Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America system that are expected to restrict gas flows from West Texas to the Midwest. A line strike on NGPLs Amarillo line, a...

  • LONDON, Sept 20- U.S. refiners have processed a record volume of crude in the last three months, reversing the previous shortage of distillate but leaving the country with record gasoline stocks at the end of the summer driving season. Fuel availability has been helped by the absence of a direct hurricane hit on the major refining centres located on the coasts of...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Three young computer hackers whose "botnet" known as Mirai virtually paralyzed chunks of the internet two years ago have received light sentences after helping the FBI with cybercrime and cybersecurity. Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, New Jersey; Josiah White, 21, of Washington, Pennsylvania; and Dalton Norman, 22, of Metairie, Louisiana, were...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. and Canadian negotiators— facing a deadline at the end of the month— will extend until at least Thursday their negotiations to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc. President Donald Trump began negotiations last year to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. But Canada wasn't part of that agreement.

  • NEW ORLEANS— The outlook for American-grown roses is becoming a bit less rosy, with the spread of an incurable virus that's causing major damage to the nation's $250- million- a-year rose business. One producer spent $1 million getting rid of rose rosette disease and some smaller nurseries have had to destroy 10,000 plants, said Dr. David Byrne of Texas A&M...

  • NEW YORK— Many small business owners whose companies were hit by Hurricane Florence are embarking on an uncertain path to recovery. While these owners are still trying to assess the damage to their companies, and what they'll get from their insurers, they also need to reach out to customers, vendors and employees to maintain those relationships.

  • NEW ORLEANS— McDonald's workers staged protests in several cities Tuesday in what organizers billed as the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. In Chicago, one of the targeted cities, several dozen protesters rallied in front of McDonald's headquarters while a plane flew overhead with a banner reading, " McDonald's:...

  • *China was world's second-biggest LNG importer last year. LONDON, Sept 18- China set a tariff on U.S. liquefied natural gas, casting a shadow over U.S. plans for new export terminals that were expected to turn the United States into the world's second largest LNG seller. China will impose a 10 percent tariff on U.S.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- While U.S. states' financial health has strengthened in 2018 compared with last year, fewer than half have enough financial reserves to weather the first year of a moderate recession, according to an S&P Global Ratings report on Monday. Only 20 states have the reserves needed to operate for the first year of an economic downturn without having to...

  • The Carolinas had modest gains— a 2.5 percent increase in South Carolina and a 3.5 percent increase in North Carolina. South Carolina is the second-highest insured state for flooding, with roughly 65 percent of properties in flood hazard areas insured. But in North Carolina, where forecasters say the storm might bring the most destructive round of flooding in...

  • *Storm surge overwhelms town of New Bern. WILMINGTON, N.C., Sept 14- Hurricane Florence crashed into the Carolinas on Friday, knocking down trees and swamping streets with torrential rains and a powerful storm surge, before slowing to a pace that meant it would plague the area with days of flooding. The hurricane's storm surge- the wall of water it pushed in from the...

  • The hurricane's storm surge- the wall of water it pushed in from the Atlantic- had "overwhelmed" New Bern, a town of about 30,000 people next to the Neuse River, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said. The center of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7:15 a.m. EDT near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 90 miles per...

  • NEW YORK— The luxury retailer Henri Bendel, which opened its doors in New York's Greenwich Village at the end of the 19th century, is closing. Henry Bendel was a women's hat maker from Lafayette, Louisiana. The company's flagship store on New York's 5th Avenue, steps away from Trump Tower, is a landmark in Manhattan.

  • AUSTIN, Texas— The American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors, whose membership of newsroom leaders and educators make them among the most significant organizations in media, have agreed to merge and will become the News Leadership Association. The two groups announced the merger plan on Tuesday, after their members voted to approve...

  • KENNER, La.— The mayor of a New Orleans suburb says he's rescinding his order banning his city's recreation department from purchasing Nike products for use at city recreation facilities. Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn said at a news conference Wednesday that he did so on the advice of the city attorney and because the order had divided the city. Louisiana's chapter of the...

  • And up to 3 million energy customers in North and South Carolina could lose power for weeks. Once it makes landfall, Florence is expected to lash coastal communities with high winds and dump several feet of water. Michael Walden, an economist at North Carolina State University, calculates that Florence will deduct about $200 million of output a day from North...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Eldorado Resorts was given temporary approval to own Atlantic City's Tropicana casino, expressing optimism about a growing market rather than nervousness over increasing competition. The Reno, Nevada- based company is taking over the Atlantic City as part of a $1.85 billion acquisition of Tropicana Entertainment. The sale of seven...

  • NEW YORK— Emboldened by the# MeToo movement, McDonald's workers have voted to stage a one-day strike next week at restaurants in 10 cities in hopes of pressuring management to take stronger steps against on-the-job sexual harassment. The strike comes as union-backed organizations have been putting pressure on McDonald's on several fronts for better...

  • After years of trying to demolish former President Barack Obama's prized law, GOP leaders still lack the votes to succeed. No. 3 House leader Steve Scalise, R- La., said, "We need to win this election and then get more seats next year." That means any serious push to annul the statute would almost certainly hinge on Republicans retaining House control and adding Senate...