• Investigators: Homeowner shoots worker, turns gun on self

    Updated: 27 min ago

    LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man fatally shot a heating oil company employee who came to his house to do work before trying to kill himself and engaging in an hours-long standoff with police, authorities said. "What looks like happened is, the homeowner shot a person who came into the home to perform some services, and then he turned the gun on himself, so it looks like it was an intended murder-suicide," said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin. Police and SWAT team members responded to the home in Londonderry on Tuesday. The neighborhood was evacuated and several schools were placed on lockdown due to the police activity in the area.

  • Most parties in rate case offer partial settlement, but OG&E disagrees

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. disagrees with the partial settlements offered by most of the intervening parties in its $92.5 million rate case and said its plan is to let the three-member Oklahoma Corporation Commission decide the issue.


    Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $45 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $33 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted May 12: COMPLETION Hughes: PetroQuest Energy LLC; Ethel No. 5-7H Well; SW1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 (SL) of 07-07N-11E; 1,830,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,360. PetroQuest Energy LLC; Lois No. 4-6H Well; NW1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 (BHL) of 06-07N-11E; 1,717,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,225. PetroQuest Energy LLC; Lois No. 5-6H Well; NE1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 (BHL) of 06-07N-11E; 1,090,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,305. INTENT TO DRILL Alfalfa: SandRidge Exploration & Production LLC; Presley SWD No.

  • Asian stock markets rally on US recovery hopes

    Asian stock markets rally on US recovery hopes

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets rallied Wednesday as solid U.S. housing sales data and overnight gains on Wall Street raised expectations for a strong recovery in the world's largest economy. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.7 percent to 16,778.97 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index jumped 2.3 percent to 20,283.56. South Korea's Kospi gained 1.1 percent to 1,957.87 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 advanced 1.7 percent to 5,383.70. Stocks in Taiwan, Singapore and Southeast Asia also gained. US RECOVERY: The U.S. Commerce Department said Tuesday that new home sales leaped 16.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000, the highest level since January 2008.

  • The Latest: Ex-GOP lawmaker wins Railroad Commission runoff

    The Latest: Ex-GOP lawmaker wins Railroad...

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Texas' primary runoff elections (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Former state lawmaker Wayne Christian has won the Republican nomination for a surprise opening on the Texas Railroad Commission, which is dealing with uncertainty following the oil bust. Christian's runoff victory Tuesday over real estate mogul Gary Gates makes him the immediate favorite to win in November and replace outgoing Commissioner David Porter. That's because no Texas Democrat has won a statewide election since 1994. Democrat Grady Yarbrough will face Christian after winning his own runoff Tuesday. Porter didn't announce until December that he wouldn't seek re-election to the three-member commission.

  • Governor's attorney: McCrory will veto coal ash panel bill

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislative leaders on Tuesday moved forward with a plan to reconstitute a state commission to oversee the cleanup of North Carolina's coal ash pits, setting up another potential power struggle with Gov. Pat McCrory. The bill approved by the House Rules Committee also would set aside more time to decide whether all of the pits need to be excavated and moved. McCrory, whose administration shuttered the former Coal Ash Management Commission after the state Supreme Court ruled in January that lawmakers had too much control over the panel's work, threatened to veto the bill if the entire General Assembly passes it in its current form.

  • Vallejo unveils plans for electric car plant at ex-shipyard

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The city of Vallejo, which emerged from bankruptcy five years ago, is poised to get a big economic boost as plans to build a major plant for electric cars are rolling forward, officials said Tuesday. City leaders later this month will consider and vote on an exclusive negotiating agreement with Faraday Future for a 150-acre plant on the north end of Mare Island, a former U.S. Navy shipyard. "When we first started marketing this property, our first objective was good-paying jobs with green technology and an employer willing and able to make the necessary investment," Mayor Osby Davis said. "Faraday Future and its plans to make Vallejo its second manufacturing site and bring green technology to Mare Islan

  • Pipeline oil spill exercise planned for St. Clair River

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — U.S. and Canadian agencies are joining a mock oil spill exercise in the area where an underground pipeline runs beneath the St. Clair River near Marysville. The drill Wednesday includes steps that would be taken in the event of an actual spill, such as creating a command center, determining how to recover the oil and communicating with the public. More than 400 people are taking part, including personnel with pipeline company Enbridge Energy. Among participating agencies are the Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Michigan State Police and St. Clair County Emergency Management.

  • Belt-tightening in Brazil aimed at fighting economic crisis

    Belt-tightening in Brazil aimed at fighting...

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's acting president announced austerity measures Tuesday aimed at pulling Latin America's largest economy from its worst crisis in decades, warning that a failure to act will mean "extraordinary hardship" for future generations. Speaking with government leaders in a national televised meeting, interim President Michel Temer, 75, also banged his hand on the table while insisting he was up to the job. Temer said the government would get an early repayment of about $28 billion from Brazil's state-run investment bank BNDES and immediately abolish a fund created to channel oil revenues into education. He also pledged to limit annual growth in government spending to the rate of inflation, current

  • Henrikson sentenced to life in murder-for-hire scheme

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The mastermind of a murder-for-hire scheme that originated from business dealings in the North Dakota oil patch was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to two consecutive life terms, intended to keep him in prison for the rest of his life. James Henrikson, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza for ordering the killings of two business associates. In issuing the sentence, Mendoza said Henrikson continued to show a lack of remorse. A federal jury in Richland, Washington, found Henrikson guilty in February of 11 felony counts, including murder-for-hire, conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire and solicitation to commit murder-for-hire.

  • Lawmakers to pick up where they left off on budget, credits

    Lawmakers to pick up where they left off on...

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska legislators have agreed to pick up where they left off on numerous issues that were unresolved when the extended session ended last week, including the budget and oil and gas tax credits. Minority House Democrats tried unsuccessfully for a fresh start on tax credits, arguing for Gov. Bill Walker to be able to introduce a new bill. Critics said the issue has been well vetted and the existing committee process should be allowed to play out. House Minority Leader Chris Tuck said his caucus didn't want lawmakers to start from scratch on all the bills on Walker's special session agenda and decided to support the underlying resolution. The resolution passed by the House and Senate Tuesday

  • California oil line fixed after thousands of gallons spill

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    TRACY, Calif. (AP) — Crews have repaired an oil pipeline that broke days ago and spilled up to 21,000 gallons of crude underground in rural Northern California, a spokesman for Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday. The company was running small amounts of oil through the pipeline to test it as crews worked to clean up the spill in remote, undeveloped countryside near Tracy, about an hour east of San Francisco, Shell spokesman Ray Fisher said. Oil was visible over about a 250-foot-by-40-foot stretch of land, but none of it spilled into waterways, Miryam Barajas, a spokeswoman with the state Water Resources Control Board, said Tuesday.

  • Seafood co., lawyers must return $1 million in spill money

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the return of more than $1 million in settlement money granted to a seafood company after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR'-bee-aye) ruled Tuesday that Crystal Seafood Company defrauded administrators of a BP settlement fund by claiming to be an ongoing Port-Arthur, Texas-based business affected by the storm. Court documents say the company actually stopped processing shrimp in 2009 — months before the April 2010 explosion and spill. The order calls for the return of more than $1 million by the company and its owners Victor and Christopher Tran — including up to $258,527 awarded to lawyers for the company.

  • Rig count rises slightly as North Dakota oil expo begins

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A slight uptick in the number of drill rigs in North Dakota Tuesday fueled some hope to the struggling industry as the state's annual petroleum conference got underway but a top oil industry official warned that production likely will be flat through 2016. "Don't expect to see a whole lot of change the rest of this year," Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, told reporters. The number of rigs drilling in western North Dakota's oil patch increased by three to 28 on Tuesday, the opening day of the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo, Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said. "It looks like things are a little bit on the pickup," Helms said.

  • Retail gas prices across Texas average $2.07 per gallon

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices have spiked across Texas this week going into the Memorial Day weekend to an average of $2.07 per gallon, seven cents more than last week's average. AAA Texas on Tuesday reported the nationwide price at the pump also rose 6 cents this week to average $2.29 per gallon. The association survey found that Dallas has the most expensive gasoline in Texas this week at $2.15 per gallon. Drivers in San Antonio have the cheapest gas statewide at $1.99 per gallon. AAA Texas says drivers in Texas were paying 44 cents less per gallon on Thursday when compared to a year ago. A club statement says the price rise may be related to the removal of some Gulf Coast refineries from produc

  • Puerto Rico seeks power bill increase, sparking outrage

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's heavily indebted electric company announced Tuesday that it is seeking a more than 20 percent increase in the island's already high power bills, sparking outrage among many who note the agency faces numerous corruption allegations. The Electric Power Authority said the increase would allow it to keep operating and help boost its dwindling liquidity. Officials said the additional revenue also would let the company restructure its $9 billion debt load, reduce its dependence on petroleum and renovate obsolete infrastructure. An official not authorized to speak to the media said the power company seeks a 10 percent increase for residential customers effective in August. That would rise

  • Firefighters from US, South Africa to arrive in Alberta

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Officials say about 1,000 additional fire crews from across Canada, the United States and South Africa will be joining the fight this week against a massive wildfire near Fort McMurray. Alberta wildlife official Chad Morrison said Tuesday the blaze continues to move northeast away from communities and oil sands facilities in northern Alberta. He says cooler temperatures have aided the fire fight. The fire has grown to about 5,230 square kilometers (2019 square miles), with 25 square kilometers (9.65 square miles) spreading into Saskatchewan. That includes areas already burned and currently burning. Work camps that were evacuated are being inspected for re-opening, and oil sands companies

  • The Latest: Shell: Pipeline fixed after California oil spill

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    TRACY, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on an oil spill in rural Northern California (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Officials at Shell Oil Co. say crews have repaired an underground pipeline after it broke and spilled up to 21,000 gallons of oil in rural Northern California. Company spokesman Ray Fisher said Tuesday that workers are running small amounts of oil through the pipeline to test it and are working on cleaning up the contaminated soil near Tracy, about an hour east of San Francisco. Shell reported the leak after noticing that its pipeline lost pressure Friday morning, and it shut off the flow of oil. San Joaquin County officials say the crude was visible in a 250-by-40-foot area on the ground.

  • French police force open fuel depot amid protests, shortages

    French police force open fuel depot amid...

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — French police used water cannons on Tuesday to disperse projectile-throwing protesters blocking a key fuel depot on the Mediterranean, as gasoline shortages spread around the country amid increasingly tense labor actions. Strikes have spread to all eight of France's refineries, and one in five gas stations are now dry or running low. A two-month protest movement against a bill weakening France's famed worker protections reached a new level this week as fuel industry workers joined in — and it's now posing the biggest challenge yet to President Francois Hollande and his government.

  • Lawmakers OK new fund to soften blows from revenue failures

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to establish a new fund to ease the impact of future mid-year revenue failures is heading to the governor. The bill passed the Senate Tuesday on a 42-2 vote and would direct excess oil-and-gas production taxes and corporate income taxes to a new Revenue Stabilization Fund. The fund could be used when mid-year revenues are lower than projected in the state budget. If signed by the governor, it would authorize the director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to withdraw up to 25 percent of the fund's balance in the event of a revenue failure.