(file photo) Mike McConnell, former director of the National Security Agency, speaks at the DNI Open Source Conference , Tuesday, July 17, 2007 in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Former NSA chief: Congress must pass cyber laws to protect energy, finance

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More than half of the 200 or so cyber-attacks reported to the Department of Homeland Security’s industrial control systems emergency response team have targeted energy companies, and and economic espionage cases have more than doubled in the last 18 months.
In this May 7, 1953, file photo, Navajo miners work at the Kerr McGee uranium mine at Cove, Ariz. Kerr-McGee left abandoned uranium mine sites, including contaminated waste rock piles, in the Lukachukai mountains of Arizona and in the Ambrosia Lake area of New Mexico. (AP Photo)

Judge approves $5.15 billion Anadarko environmental settlement

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The settlement is the largest environmental enforcement payment in U.S. history.

In Denton fracking ban, scenes from the campus campaign

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In the post-campaign campaign, opponents of the Denton hydraulic fracturing ban say the results were tilted by college students who have no permanent stake in the city. Here are scenes from the electioneering on campus at the University of North Texas, taken by a student. .
Patrick Juneau, administrator of the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center. (Houston Chronicle)

Judge denies BP request to oust oil spill claims boss

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A federal judge on Monday refused to oust the claims administrator in charge of dispensing BP’s oil spill settlement money to Gulf Coast claimants, despite BP’s criticisms in recent months.
Harold Hamm and ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall at the the TIME 100 Gala on April 24, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for TIME)

Continental CEO Hamm to pay nearly $1B divorce settlement

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Sue Ann Hamm has already received $25 million since the case was filed in 2012.
(AFP PHOTO/US COAST GUARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Court reaffirms BP is liable in Gulf oil spill

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BP is facing $18 billion in penalties stemming from the 2010 oil spill.
Work crews work at the Kinder Morgan's BOSTCO storage terminals at the Houston Ship Channel on Monday, May 19, 2014, in La Porte. (J. Patric Schneider/For the Chronicle)

Investors lose bid to stop vote on Kinder Morgan deal

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A Delaware state judge denied a request by investors to delay a shareholder vote on Kinder Morgan’s $44 billion deal to fuse all of its companies.
(AP file photo/George Osodi)

Swiss prosecutors contact oil traders in Nigeria fuel scam probe

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Fraudulent payments related to subsidized fuel imports are estimated to cost the continent’s biggest economy as much as $7 billion a year.
President of Denton Drilling Awareness, Cathy McMullen, right, gives a thumbs up to passing motorist at the Denton Civic Center in Denton, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

After fracking ban, a long fight ahead

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The Texas Oil and Gas Association filed its challenge in federal court on Wednesday morning, arguing that the city has no right to override state policy favoring subterranean mineral extraction.
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Denton voters pass fracking ban

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The vote made Denton, which sits atop a large natural gas reserve, the first city in Texas to pass such a ban. It sets up a legal showdown between the city and industry groups that have warned the ban could be followed by lawsuits and a severe hit to Denton’s economy.