Obama, Congress locked in Iran sanctions dispute

The Obama administration enters the year locked in a battle with Congress over whether to plow ahead with new economic sanctions against Iran or wait to see if last year’s breakthrough nuclear agreement holds.  More »

Republicans on climate panel want more time

After a state climate panel missed a deadline to deliver recommendations on reducing carbon emissions in Washington state, two Republican members on the group said Wednesday they want another year to study the economic costs of proposals.  More »

Freeh asks judge to rescind oil spill award

Former FBI director Louis Freeh recommended that a judge rescind the award and order any lawyer who profited from the settlement to pay restitution.  More »

Train carrying oil derails, catches fire in Canada

Officials in Canada said a derailed freight train carrying crude oil and propane continued to burn Wednesday morning, while they prepared to launch aerial surveillance and more than 100 residents remained evacuated from their homes. There were no deaths or injuries.  More »

Oil by rail poses ‘ridiculous threat’, former North Dakota governor says

Former North Dakota governor and Casselton native George Sinner wants new regulations placed upon railroads that transport crude oil from the state.  More »

Oil drops 1.4 percent on rise in gasoline supply

The Energy Department said supplies of gasoline rose by nearly 3 percent.  More »

Recycled phone books to be used to generate energy

Old, unwanted phone books on Oahu are being collected to eventually recycle and generate power.  More »

Ohio shale well tax hike proposal under debate

Lawmakers will hear from backers of a proposal to increase taxes on horizontally drilled shale wells in Ohio on Wednesday.  More »

Fishermen sue Texas lawyer in spill claims dispute

The lawsuit alleges Mikal Watts failed to file claims for at least 98 percent of the 44,000 clients he claimed to represent.  More »

Cold snap bolsters crude prices

The use of heating oil is expected to surge.  More »

Earthquakes lead Texas agency to hire seismologist

Railroad Commissioner David J. Porter said: “Commission rules and regulations must be based on sound science and proven facts.”  More »

Temporary rebound expected for coal mining in 2014

Natural gas prices rose and coal regained some of its once-dominant share in the electricity generation business in 2013, a report says.  More »