Victor Lovelady, who was killed while being held hostage at a natural gas facility in Algeria, stands with his family. The photo shows his widow, Maureen Lovelady, and the couple's two children, Erin and Grant. (Family photo)

Second Houston-area man confirmed dead in Algeria

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Houstonian Victor Lynn Lovelady was killed in last week’s hostage standoff at a natural gas complex in Algeria, the third American reported dead. See Lovelady’s family talk about their loss.

Republicans seek to avoid debt backlash

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A bill introduced by the Republicans to temporarily extend the debt limit avoids confrontation with Obama but still comes with conditions
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Governors make pitch for low-sulfur gasoline

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Six governors joined the Washington, D.C. mayor in urging the Obama administration to swiftly propose mandates aimed at cutting smog-forming sulfur emissions from the nation’s roads and highways.

Kings purchase will return NBA to Seattle

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Fund manager Hansen and Microsoft chief Ballmer lead group acquiring Sacramento basketball team that they intend to move 750 miles north
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Halliburton Technology Director Ron Hyden points out key processes in a oil/gas well finishing operation at a well site near Poth, Texas. (Photo: Timothy C. Baker for the Houston Chronicle)

Halliburton’s race to the shale includes Frac of the Future

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Halliburton is using technological and management advances to bring down costs for hydraulic fracturing services it provides, an industry report said Monday.

Dell to test Silver Lake’s skills as ‘undertaker’

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Silver Lake’s plan to take Dell private will test its 14 years’ experience of conjuring profits out of buying groups that have missed the tide of tech history
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European stocks flirt with two-year highs

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FTSE All-World equity index up 0.1 per cent as the dollar index barely moves, but Nikkei 225 slips ahead of Bank of Japan policy decision
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Atari files for bankruptcy protection

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Video games pioneer seeks buyer for titles such as Asteroids after announcing that sole lender BlueBay could no longer provide support
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Huawei pledges openness to woo critics

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Chinese group says it will disclose financial and shareholding information as it tries to dispel suspicions over links to the country’s military
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Salmon farmers go for veggie option

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Price of
fishmeal has surged to a record high because of a dramatic decline in the number of anchovies harvested off the coast of Latin America
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