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  • WASHINGTON— The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. The slide toward closure lacked for high drama: The Senate vote was all but predetermined, and since the...

  • "I've never seen any single hashtag that has had this amount of activity behind it," said Bret Schafer, an analyst who helps runs the Hamilton 68 dashboard, a project with the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. Peter King, a New York Republican, revealed a brief report produced by Republican staff dealing with Trump's wiretapping...

  • Houston, Jan 19- Oil prices ended down on Friday and broke a four-week winning streak after a rally that had taken benchmarks to three-year highs, as investors sold positions on re-emerging U.S. production concerns. Brent crude futures fell 70 cents, or 1 percent, to settle at $68.61 a barrel after hitting a session low of $68.28. West Texas Intermediate crude...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 19- Delta Air Lines is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with onboard service and emotional support animals, the carrier said on Friday, following a sharp uptick in pet-related safety issues in recent years. "The rise in serious incidents involving animals in flight leads us to believe that the lack of regulation in both health...

  • Drillers cut five oil rigs in the week to Jan. 19, bringing. RIG-OL-USA- BHI> The U.S. rig count, an early indicator of future output, is much higher than a year ago when only 551 rigs were active after energy companies boosted spending in 2017 as crude started recovering from a two-year price crash. That compares with averages of $50.85 in 2017 and $43.47 in 2016.

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

  • Houston, Jan 19- Oil prices slid 1 percent on Friday and were on track for the biggest weekly falls since October despite hitting three-year highs earlier this week as concerns over growing U.S. production outweighed tightening global supplies. Brent crude futures were trading 68 cents lower at $68.63 a barrel at 1:26 p.m. EST. West Texas Intermediate crude...

  • *Coming Up: Baker Hughes U.S. oil rig count at 1 p.m./ 1800 GMT. Houston, Jan 19- Oil prices slid 1 percent on Friday and were on track for the biggest weekly falls since October as a bounce-back in U.S. production outweighed ongoing declines in crude inventories. Brent crude futures were trading 69 cents lower at $68.53 a barrel at 11:22 a.m. EST.

  • Jan 19- Kansas City Southern, a U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, sought to ease investor fears on Friday over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, touting forecasts of solid freight volumes and a stronger economy in 2018.. Uncertainty over NAFTA negotiations looms over the Kansas City, Missouri- based company, which dominates...

  • Jan 19- Kansas City Southern, a U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, sought to ease investor fears on Friday over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, touting forecasts of solid freight volumes and a stronger economy in 2018.. Uncertainty over the future of NAFTA looms over the Kansas City, Missouri- based company, which dominates...

  • Unreleased full-year coal employment data from the Mining Health and Safety Administration shows total U.S. coal mining jobs grew by 771 to 54,819 during Trumps first year in office, led by Central Appalachian states like West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania- where coal companies have opened a handful of new mining areas for shipment overseas.

  • DALLAS— Delta Air Lines will soon require owners of service and support animals to provide more information before their animal can fly in the passenger cabin, including an assurance that it's trained to behave itself. Delta, American and United all charge $125 each way for small pets in the cabin. A rift has grown between disabled people who rely on trained...

  • Nike signs contract with Avangrid Renewables, part of the Iberdrola Group.

  • Unreleased full-year coal employment data from the Mining Health and Safety Administration shows total U.S. coal mining jobs grew by 771 to 54,819 during Trumps first year in office, led by Central Appalachian states like West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania- where coal companies have opened a handful of new mining areas. But the industry also lost jobs in...

  • An eleventh-hour effort to stave off the shutdown for four weeks appeared to fall well short in the Senate, and lawmakers preemptively traded blame as the midnight deadline neared. After hours of heated closed-door meetings and phone calls, including with the White House, the Senate scheduled its late-night vote on a House-passed plan. The president watched...

  • Cities such as Detroit, Memphis, Tennessee; and Gary, Indiana, failed to make Amazon's first cut as the online giant narrowed its list to 20 prospective sites for the $5 billion project that could employ up to 50,000 people. Larry Hogan floated an incentive package of more than $5 billion to lure the second headquarters to Montgomery County. New Jersey's pitch...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 19- Some traders at the largest Wall Street banks are about to get big, fat zeroes for bonuses while they watch markets thrive. The big five Wall Street banks JPMorgan Chase& Co, Citigroup Inc, Bank of America Corp, Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Morgan Stanley reported an average revenue decline of 32 percent for the fourth quarter, and 12 percent for the full...

  • WASHINGTON— A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate change. The testimony by EPA Principal Deputy Assistant...

  • VANCOUVER, Jan 18- The National Energy Board on Thursday set out a process for resolving permit disputes related to Kinder Morgan Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which has faced repeated delays due to difficulty in obtaining permits. The Trans Mountain expansion, which would nearly triple capacity to 890,000 barrels per day, is hotly...

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within its Office of Civil Rights to enforce the rights of doctors, nurses and others who invoke such objections. James Blumstein, a professor at Vanderbilt Law School in Tennessee, said the administration's plan could remedy what he described as years of...