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Retired school teacher Elaine Doudna joins about 20 other protesters outside City Hall in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo., as they speak out against fracking for oil and gas in 2012. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Christian Murdock, File)

Colorado’s high court to decide if cities can ban hydraulic fracturing

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association sued the two cities, and lower courts overturned the local restrictions, saying regulation is the state’s prerogative. The cities and several environmental groups appealed.
An Iranian man walks past a mural displaying the Iranian map adorned in the colours of the country's national flag, on June 29, 2015 in Tehran. Despite agreeing the outlines of a nuclear agreement on April 2, the final talks between Iran and six powers led by the United States on turning it into a binding accord have hit difficulties on reaching a deal which would lift sanctions, paving the way for foreign investment to flow back, in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear activities. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRIBEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images

UN agency: Iran’s role in nuclear probe meets standards

The chief of the U.N. nuclear agency acknowledged Monday that samples used to determine whether Iran tried to develop a nuclear weapon were collected by the Iranians instead of agency experts, but insisted the probe stands up to strict agency standards.
(AP Photo/Al Grillo)

Alaskans could get record oil payout checks at $2,000 each

Most predictions put the yearly oil check Alaskans receive from the state at near record levels, about $2,000 for nearly every man, woman and child. Last year’s check was $1,884.
In this July 6, 2013, photo, smoke rises from railway cars from now defunct Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railways company that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Judge poised to sign off on oil train disaster settlement

A $338 million settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Canada is poised for final approval, but payments could be held up by a legal challenge from one of that country’s largest railways

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 file photo, an oil worker walks by an oil pump during a sandstorm that blew in, in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. Across a Mideast fueled by oil production, low global prices have some countries running on empty and scrambling to cover shortfalls, even as more regional crude is on tap to enter the market.(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

In a Mideast upset by cheap oil, more crude may enter market

The possibility of more supply entering the market has analysts already lowering their forecast price for oil into the next year.

In this Saturday, May 23, 2015 photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, two cleanup crew members work to remove oil from the sand along a portion of soiled coastline. (Chief Petty Officer David Mosley/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

New pipeline safety rule pending after increase in accidents

The Senate Commerce Committee hearing at Montana State University, Billings will examine pipeline safety inspections amid a boom in U.S. energy production that’s led to a rise in oil pipeline accidents after years of declines.
Actor Alexander Skarsgard, shown in 2012, is now on  a Greenpeace ship in the Greenland Sea.  (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Actors join campaign to draw attention to Arctic issue

Actors Alexander Skarsgard and Jack McBrayer are on a Greenpeace ship in the Greenland Sea with a team from the Funny or Die production company to make a comedy series focused on industrial threats to the Arctic.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures while speaking at an August town hall meeting. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter) )

New Jersey seeks to block appeal in Exxon Mobil settlement

Environmental groups criticized the state government’s motion.
Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, waits to begin a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

The Latest: No rate hike by Federal Reserve

Pressure had been building as to when the U.S. central bank would hike rates from near-zero after Fed Chair Janet Yellen said in congressional testimony that it would likely be later this year.
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3 plead guilty in murder-for-hire plot in North Dakota oil patch

Three men have pleaded guilty in federal court in the murder-for-hire slaying of a Spokane businessman that arose from business dealings in the North Dakota oil patch.