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  • Environment bogs down spending bills

    Congress' appropriations process is still broken.

  • Keystone XL's southern leg pumped billions into Texas and Oklahoma, so what's Obama waiting for on the northern link?

    President Obama has delayed making a decision on whether to approve construction of the northern leg of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline for nearly six years. Meanwhile, the recently completed southern leg of the pipeline has pumped billions of dollars into the regional economy.

  • Poachers kill elephant for tusks in Thai sanctuary

    BANGKOK (AP) — Poachers have killed and sawed the tusks off a 50-year-old elephant that performed in Thai royal processions and was featured in Oliver Stone's 2004 movie "Alexander," the manager of the conservation center where the animal was kept said Friday. Laithongrian Meephan of the...

  • Officials: No evidence brine in bay after ND spill

    MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — A company official says the path of saltwater that spilled from a pipeline in western North Dakota extends for nearly 2 miles and has left behind a 200-yard-long stretch of dead vegetation. But Miranda Jones, vice president of environmental safety and regulatory at...

  • Cleanup area extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill

    MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to about 200 yards from the source of the spill, a company official said Thursday. Miranda Jones, vice president of...

  • Oil rises for first time in 2 weeks, near $103

    The price of oil bounced back late Thursday and rose for the first time in two weeks. Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery gained 64 cents to $102.93 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, rose 54 cents to $109.01 on the ICE Futures...

  • Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion. Some powerful agriculture interests want to...

  • Texas company proposes oil pipeline through Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Texas company wants to build a 1,100-mile pipeline that would cut diagonally across Iowa from northwest to southeast and carry millions of gallons of crude oil a day extracted from western North Dakota's oil fields. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP said the...

  • U.S., China strike climate-change agreements

    Secretary of State John Kerry hopes he has found a partner to take to the climate-change dance, and her name is China.

  • Oil prices continue to fall as supplies grow

    The price of oil continued to fall Thursday, trading below $102 a barrel as the outlook for supply remained robust. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery was down 34 cents to $101.95 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent...

  • Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility

    TOKYO (AP) — Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there's an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel good solar energy industry. Engineers and other...

  • Nuclear site workers test thousands of air samples

    RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem, Hanford officials said Wednesday. But Hanford officials said that...

  • Illinois has hired few workers to oversee fracking

    CHICAGO (AP) — More than a year after a much-lauded compromise paved the way for high-volume oil and gas extraction in Illinois, the agency in charge of overseeing the practice has hired just four of 53 new employees it says it needs as it continues working to complete rules that drillers must...

  • Coal company says Illinois rival breached deal

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A leading U.S. coal company is suing a rival with which it shared confidential business plans during a deal that later fizzled, saying the competitor used the proprietary details to buy up land in southern Illinois to thwart the accuser's expansion plans. Murray Energy Corp.,...

  • Oil on 2-week slide even with Mideast turmoil

    NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil fell for the ninth straight day Wednesday as global supplies continue to flow despite unrest in the world's most important oil-producing region. The prolonged drop could lead to lower gasoline prices for U.S. drivers in the weeks ahead. In the Middle East,...



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