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California panel denies request to halt smart meter use

The state’s public utilities commission turned down a group’s request that the devices not be deployed until their health effects are studied. (Image: J JMesserly)  More »

California panel denies request to halt smart meter use

The state’s public utilities commission turned down a group’s request that the devices not be deployed until their health effects are studied. (Image: J JMesserly)  More »

Activist claims 150 deaths in attacks in Nigeria’s oil region

LAGOS, Nigeria — A Nigerian military attack using heavily armed soldiers and aerial bombing runs has killed as many as 150 people in the oil-rich southern delta, a human rights activist said Friday. Oghebejabor Ikim, national coordinator for th…  More »

Activist claims 150 deaths in attacks in Nigeria’s oil region

LAGOS, Nigeria — A Nigerian military attack using heavily armed soldiers and aerial bombing runs has killed as many as 150 people in the oil-rich southern delta, a human rights activist said Friday. Oghebejabor Ikim, national coordinator for th…  More »

Oil surges to two-year high

 Crude rose to a two-year high after European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said the bank will delay its withdrawal of stimulus measures and pending sales of existing U.S. homes jumped by a record amount. Oil climbed 1.4 percent and t…  More »

Oil surges to two-year high

 Crude rose to a two-year high after European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said the bank will delay its withdrawal of stimulus measures and pending sales of existing U.S. homes jumped by a record amount. Oil climbed 1.4 percent and t…  More »
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Gulf spill leads U.S. to drop offshore drilling expansion

The move rescinds President Obama’s high-profile March 31 announcement that he would consider allowing drilling 125 miles off the Florida Gulf Coast and would launch studies that could pave the way for exploration off the middle and southern U.S. Atlantic coast. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  More »

Texas broker accused of fraud in oil and gas scheme

Securities regulators accuse Brian Keith Alfaro of running a boiler-room outfit that fraudulently raised more than $9 million from investors who bought interests in drilling ventures. (Photo: Lauren/Flickr)  More »
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Texas broker accused of fraud in oil and gas scheme

Securities regulators accuse Brian Keith Alfaro of running a boiler-room outfit that fraudulently raised more than $9 million from investors who bought interests in drilling ventures. (Photo: Lauren/Flickr)  More »

Nigerian prosecutor says Cheney to be charged

Nigeria will file charges against former Vice President Dick Cheney and officials from five foreign companies including Houston-based Halliburton Co. over a $180 million bribery scandal, a prosecutor at the Nigerian anti-graft agency said Wednesday. In…  More »

Oil prices advance on positive economic data

Oil prices surged today amid positive economic reports in China and the United States and hopes that a plan is in the works to ease Europe’s debt problems. Benchmark oil for January delivery gained $2.64, or 3.1 percent, to settle at $86.75 a barrel on…  More »

Oil prices advance on positive economic data

Oil prices surged today amid positive economic reports in China and the United States and hopes that a plan is in the works to ease Europe’s debt problems. Benchmark oil for January delivery gained $2.64, or 3.1 percent, to settle at $86.75 a barrel on…  More »

Feds: No Florida drilling through 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The White House won’t allow any new oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico for at least the next seven years because of the BP oil spill. A senior administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that drill…  More »

Feds: No Florida drilling through 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The White House won’t allow any new oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico for at least the next seven years because of the BP oil spill. A senior administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that drill…  More »

Nigeria inquiry targets Shell, Halliburton officials

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigeria’s anti-graft agency wants to question the local managing directors of Royal Dutch Shell and oil services company Halliburton over allegations they bribed authorities in Africa’s most populous nation, an official said Tuesday….  More »