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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 »
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Oil closes week still above $100 a barrel

Some economic indicators raised concerns about the strength of oil demand in the U.S.  More »
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Oil dips; natural gas soars on supply report

Natural gas futures jumped 40 cents, or 8 percent, to $5.22 per 1,000 cubic feet.  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)

Federal authorities investigate coal ash spill

A Duke spokesman confirmed the nation’s largest electricity provider received a subpoena.  More »
Oil cleanup workers hired by BP pick up oil on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala., in July 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Way cleared for medical claims in 2010 BP spill

The medical settlement is separate from a larger economic damages settlement, which remains the subject of an appeal.  More »
This undated image provided by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows a deuterium and tritium capsule, sphere in window at center, inside a cylindrical hohlraum container about 0.4 inches tall. (AP Photo/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Eddie Dewald)

Nuclear fusion project takes key step in lab test

However, the amount of energy they got out of their experimental apparatus was minuscule compared to what they put into it.  More »
Yellow oil barrels

Oil back above $100 on China data, OPEC outlook

Benchmark U.S. crude for March delivery rose 43 cents to $100.37 a barrel.  More »
(Douglas C. Pizac/AP)

Huntsman results top Wall Street expectations

Huntsman returned to a profit in its fourth quarter.  More »
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Oil closes below $100 after Fed leader’s testimony

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she expects a “great deal of continuity” with her predecessor.  More »