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President Barack Obama, third from right, with Benjamin J. Rhodes, the White House deputy national security adviser, right, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, second from right, Secretary of State John Kerry, second from left, and Brian Deese, a senior adviser to Obama, left, during bilateral talks on the second day of the U.N. climate change conference, in Paris, Dec. 1, 2015. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)

In slap at Obama, GOP-led House moves to block climate rule

s President Barack Obama worked to hammer out a global climate agreement in Paris, Republicans in Congress were moving to block his plan to force steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants.
U.S. President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Obama discussed the COP21 climate change summit, and the threat of terrorism from the Islamic State Group. (AP PhotoMichel Euler)

Obama says parts of climate deal must be legally binding

Obama has spent months prodding other countries to make ambitious carbon-cutting pledges to the agreement.
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California’s top oil regulator resigning

Gov. Jerry Brown directed a state official in 2014 to investigate and map out the oil and gas potential and history of the Brown family ranch.
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Low clouds blanket Anchorage, Alaska, east of downtown, on Friday morning, December 7, 2012. An optical illusion known as Fata Morgana distorts the view of the mountains west of Cook Inlet. Alternating warm and cold layers of air bend light to create the effect. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)

Texas company eyeing new oil pool in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

The plea comes as a state Senate working group has been scrutinizing the program, which paid $628 million last year to companies on the North Slope, in Cook Inlet and other areas.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, left, and French President Francois Hollande, right, welcome U.S. President Barack Obama as he arrives for the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Loic Venance/Pool Photo via AP)

Leaders of warming Earth meet in Paris to cut emissions

The gathering of 151 heads of state and government comes at a somber time for France, two weeks after militants linked to the Islamic State group killed 130 people around Paris.
A worker walks near an oil derrick in North Dakota,  one of several states where production has surged, prompting a lawsuit over disclosure of toxic chemical emissions tied to oil and gas operations. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

North Dakota oil capitol wants more retail

The city recently hired a retail data analysis company to identify how to begin attracting stores.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Oil companies lose trans-Alaska pipeline case

The ruling states that the project to update four pump stations and control systems along the 800-mile line, known as Strategic Reconfigurations, was “imprudently” managed.
In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Federal judge grants trial delay in BP oil spill fraud case

The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Court Judge Louis Guirola Jr. found the evidence so voluminous that attorneys would need more time to prepare their defenses.
Holiday travelers appear at Los Angeles International Airport, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a car, plane, bus or train at least 50 miles from home over the long holiday weekend, according to the motoring organization AAA. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Cheap gasoline fueling expanded Thanksgiving travel day

Among the reasons given for the increase: an improving economy and the cheapest gasoline for this time of year since 2008.
A man walks back to his temporary housing unit outside of Willisburg, N.D. With what many are calling the largest oil boom in recent North American history, temporary housing for the huge influx of workers, known as "man camps, " now dot the sparse North Dakota landscape. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Williston sets deadline for elimination of oil crew camps

Some people believe crew camps are unsightly and can increase problems including crime.