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Anna Willis, owner of ModernVintage Salon in Marion, Ind., clears snow in front of her business Tuesday.  More than 13 inches of snow fell on the area as temperatures plunged to a record 14 below zero Monday night.  (AP Photo/The Chronicle-Tribune, Jeff Morehead)

Cold snap bolsters crude prices

The use of heating oil is expected to surge.  More »
Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter. (photo courtesy of Texas Railroad Commission)

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 »
A coal train heads north through Washington state. 
(Philip A. Dwyer/Bellingham Herald/MCT)

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 »
Oil Barrel

Crude down slightly after last week’s plunge

Crude prices are falling because global supplies appear strong enough to meet growing demand in the U.S.  More »
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (Bloomberg News)

Louisiana official says judge ignoring state’s BP claims

Louisiana Attorney General James Caldwell wants a court to transfer its spill-related claims from U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier.  More »
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Crude extends plunge, ends below $94

Prices have fallen 6.4 percent over the past week.  More »
Kurt Mix arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans in December 2013. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Former BP engineer alleges jury misconduct

Kurt Mix was convicted Dec. 18 of one count of destroying evidence.  More »
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Oil price falls below $96

The price of crude dropped 3 percent.  More »
Wayne Knox, a contractor for TransCanada's Keystone XL project, looks at a pipe before it's lowered into the ground in Wood County, Texas, in 2012. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Pipeline from Oklahoma to start shipping Jan. 22

The pipeline is the southern leg of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.  More »
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Oil ends the year below $99 a barrel

A stronger dollar has been keeping a cap on oil prices.  More »
Oil Barrel

Crude oil settles below $100 in thin trading

Benchmark U.S. crude ended the day down $1.03, closing at $99.29.  More »
Oil Barrel

Crude oil settles above $100 a barrel

It the first time oil crossed that threshold since October.  More »
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