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BP settlement money flows to cities hundreds of miles from Gulf Coast shoreline

This week, BP finished making approximately $687.4 million in settlement payments to 383 local government entities in the five Gulf states. Nearly $8 million of that money went to 32 government entities that are more than 100 miles from the coast, in places like the Mississippi Delta and suburbs of central Alabama, the records show.
(Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Bones at proposed Shell plant in Pennsylvania likely from old graves

Howard Pollman, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, tells the Beaver County Times that two skulls and other remains were found by workers Aug. 6.
(Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images)

Retail gasoline prices down a nickel across Texas

AAA Texas on Thursday reported the nationwide price at the pump held steady at $2.62 per gallon.
Marine police officers hold pieces recovered from the helicopter which crashed into a lagoon at the Oworonshoki district of Lagos, on August 12, 2015.  At least four people were killed and six wounded when a helicopter plunged into a lagoon in Nigeria's commercial hub Lagos on August 12, emergency services said. (PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

Oklahoma man killed in helicopter crash in Nigeria

Marine police and fishermen calling for body bags raced to a dock Thursday and delivered the bodies of Capt. Joseph “Jay” Wyatt of Oklahoma and First Officer Peter Bellow of Nigeria, according to the helicopter’s owner, Bristow Group of Houston, Texas. A statement from the company did not give Wyatt’s home town.
(AP file photo/George Osodi)

Helicopter flying from oil rig crashes in Nigeria, killing 4

Spokesman Yakubu Dati of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria said the helicopter belongs to Bristow, a Houston, Texas-based firm that charters helicopters to oil and gas companies.
(AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

29 people indicted in Bakken crime fighting investigation

State and federal authorities say 22 people from western North Dakota and seven from California have been indicted on drug charges. They range in age from 21 to 56.
A member of Exxon Mobil's cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Judge OKs agreement ending lawsuit over Arkansas oil leak

U.S. District Judge Kris Baker said Wednesday the agreement complies with the Clean Water Act and is fair to ExxonMobil and the governments.
In this June 15, 2014 file photo, a polar bear dries off after taking a swim in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. (Brian Battaile/U.S. Geological Survey via AP, File)

Federal appeals court hears arguments on polar bear habitat

Polar bears, a marine mammal, were declared a threatened species in 2008 under former President George W. Bush because of diminishing sea ice brought on by global climate warming.
The Clovelly storage hub of the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port system (Bloomberg)

Louisiana Offshore Oil Port storage center getting bigger

The hub receives domestic and international crude via ships and pipelines, temporarily storing the oil before sending it on to U.S. refineries. The Clovelly Hub receives oil from wells in Texas, the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. mid-continent.
Irene Nafuna Muloni, Uganda's minister of energy and mineral development, speaks at the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston on March 4, 2014. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Uganda lists 16 firms eligible to bid for oil exploration

Uganda’s first oil licensing round is being watched by activists who hope the oil blocks will eventually go to firms with strong social and environmental track records.