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Oil below $103 as Chinese factory activity drops

U.S. retail gasoline prices continued their seasonal climb.  More »
Kurt Mix (center) arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Judge rejects Mix’s motion seeking his recusal

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. blasted a potential conflict-of-interest claim raised by Kurt Mix’s attorneys  More »
Carole Johnson clears out snow from in front of a storm grate last February  in Rockford, Ill.  (AP Photo/Rockford Register Star, Brent Lewis)

Oil over $103 on winter demand, supply concerns

Natural gas for March delivery advanced 59.8 cents to $6.149 per million British thermal units.  More »
John Minge is president of BP America. (BP)

BP official says it’s getting closer to EPA agreement

The Obama administration suspended BP’s ability to get new federal contracts in 2012  More »
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska law that allowed Keystone XL struck down

A judge issued a ruling that invalidated Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s approval of the route.  More »
A Sanchez Energy well in the Eagle Ford Shale. (Sanchez Energy)

Sanchez Energy shares drop after watery well report

An Eagle Ford well yielded more water than oil.  More »
Part of the containment vessel for a new nuclear reactor at the Vogtle nuclear power plant under construction in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Energy Department expected to OK nuclear plant loan

The Vogtle nuclear plant is now under construction in eastern Georgia.  More »
Coal ash is scooped up on a canoe paddle from the bank of the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash in Eden, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Toxins leaking from 2nd pipe at coal ash dump

Duke Energy had downplayed concerns water in the pipe is contaminated.  More »
(James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle)

Pennsylvania settles Halliburton case for $1.8 million

The state said Halliburton’s Homer City facility stored, treated and transported hydrochloric acid without obtaining proper permits between 1999 and 2011.  More »
Duke Energy employees work on power lines in Charlotte, N.C.  AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Duke earnings rise 58 percent in 4th quarter

Duke Energy Corp., based in Charlotte, N.C., is the nation’s largest electric utility.  More »
A man walks in front of Duke Energy Corporate Headquarters in a Charlotte, N.C.  (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

Duke Energy to shed Midwest generation business

Last week, Ohio regulators rejected a $729 million Duke rate-increase request.  More »
Oil Barrel

Oil closes week still above $100 a barrel

Some economic indicators raised concerns about the strength of oil demand in the U.S.  More »