• Settlement over decade-old Gulf oil leak filed in court

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups have signed a settlement agreement to resolve their lawsuit against a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The agreement was filed Thursday in federal court. Taylor Energy Company announced details of the pact in a news release last week, before it was finalized. The New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance says the company will release more information about its efforts to stop oil from leaking at the site where one of its offshore platforms toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Taylor Energy also agreed to donate $300,000 to a Louisiana marine research consortium and pay an additional $100,000 for research on the ecological effect

  • The Latest: Mississippi River oil spill not affecting port

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ky. (AP) — The latest on the oil spill along the Mississippi River that caused a section of the waterway to be shut down (all times local): ___ 5:30 p.m. Joe Hogancamp of Bardwell, Kentucky, was putting his 20-foot-long boat into the Mississippi River just downstream from where a collision of two barges sent hundreds of thousands of oil gushing into the mighty waterway. Hogancamp and his two friends were going out onto the river to do some dove hunting, but he said he might refrain from fishing in the area affected by the oil spill. "It might mess up some of the fishing," he said. "I'd say it's going to hurt the environment a little bit. I doubt we'll eat some fish (from the river) for a little w

  • Democratic support piles up for Iran nuclear deal in Senate

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Now a done deal, the Iran nuclear agreement gained critical backing from three more Democratic senators Thursday, boosting White House hopes of blocking a disapproval resolution in the Senate so the president won't have to veto it. Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Mark Warner of Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota announced their support in quick succession for the deal that aims to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for wide relief from economic sanctions. The announcement from Booker, in particular, was closely watched because he was under immense pressure from segments of the Jewish community in New Jersey to oppose the deal, and New Jersey's other Democratic senator, Bob Menende

  • Enbridge agrees to keep heavy crude out of Michigan pipeline

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — A company that ships oil through the Great Lakes pledged Thursday to keep heavy crude out of a pipeline in northern Michigan. Enbridge Energy already doesn't transport heavy crude in the Straits of Mackinac. The deal signed with state officials preserves the status quo and requires a 180-day notice if changes are proposed. "Although Enbridge does not and has not used Line 5 for heavy crude, I am pleased with the additional layer of protection this agreement provides to prevent an environmental and economic catastrophe in the Straits," said Dan Wyant, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The Straits separate Michigan's two peninsulas where lakes Huron and Michigan co

  • Federal regulators back keeping Colorado coal mine open

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Federal regulators have recommended that a northwestern Colorado coal mine threatened with closure partly over its impact on global warming remain open. The Interior Department's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation Enforcement issued its decision Tuesday, five days before a court-imposed deadline that congressional, state and local lawmakers had urged the office to meet to keep the Colowyo mine operating near Craig. The Interior Department still must decide whether to accept the recommendation to ensure the mine's future, but U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said Thursday that the review "will help relieve significant anxiety in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

  • Oklahoma treasurer: Revenue collections continue to slide

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State finance officials say overall collections to the state treasury declined again last month, driven mostly by lower collections from oil and natural gas production taxes. Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller said Thursday that gross receipts to the state treasury in August were down 3.5 percent from collections during the same month last year. It is the fourth consecutive month in which collections trailed those from the same month in 2014. Miller reported that collections from oil and gas production were down nearly 46 percent in August, which includes receipts from oil field activity in June when the per-barrel price of oil was about $20 higher. The impact of the lower oil prices in August will likely be

  • Doctor with airport office allegedly sold oxycodone scripts

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A doctor who has an office at New York's Kennedy Airport is accused of selling oxycodone prescriptions to his patients, prosecutors said Thursday in announcing his arrest. Dr. Gerald Surya, 45, was arrested Thursday morning at his Long Island home on 26 counts of criminal sale of a prescription, said Bridget Brennan, New York City's special narcotics prosecutor. Surya has treated airline pilots, but prosecutors said none of the patients who bought the prescriptions were airline pilots. Surya was awaiting arraignment Thursday afternoon at Manhattan Criminal Court and it was unclear whether he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf. A woman who answered the phone at the doctor's home declined to comme

  • Clarification: Apple's News Service-Things To Know story

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Sept. 2, The Associated Press reported that news from the AP will be available on Apple's News app through an RSS feed. Although that was the case in a preliminary, "beta," version of the app, this AP feed isn't expected to be included in the app's broader release.

  • Repsol settles with EPA over Alaska spill

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The American subsidiary of a Spanish oil company will pay just over $30,000 after a 2013 spill on Alaska's North Slope. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Repsol E&P USA will pay to settle allegations it violated the Clean Water Act. The company didn't immediately return an email to The Associated Press on Thursday seeking comment. State authorities said 6,600 gallons spilled April 9, 2013, at a Repsol well 18 miles northeast of the village of Nuiqsut (noo-IK'-sit) on the Colville River Delta. Most of the fluid was contained in a secondary containment area but about 500 gallons sprayed over an acre of snow-covered tundra. The EPA says most of the spill was cleaned up within fo

  • Leon Gorman, LL Bean's grandson and company leader, dies

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — Leon Gorman, a grandson of L.L. Bean who led a modernization and expansion of the outdoors retailer after the founder's death, died Thursday. He was 80. Gorman, who died in his Yarmouth home surrounded by family after battling cancer, led the Maine-based company as CEO or chairman for 46 years before retiring as chairman of the board in 2013. He retained the title of chairman emeritus. He transformed L.L. Bean from a catalog company with a single retail store and 100 employees into a multichannel retailer with more than 5,000 employees and sales topping $1.5 billion. All the while, he stayed true to Bean's sense of value and customer service and gave back to the state as a community volunteer an

  • Joy Global and Five Below are big market movers

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Joy Global Inc., down $3.23 to $18.90 The mining equipment sunemaker reported worse-than-expected fiscal third-quarter profit and revenue and issued lackluster guidance. SunEdison Inc., up $1.15 to $11.94 The solar energy and semiconductor materials company saw shares jump on upbeat comments from CEO Ahmad Chatila. Medtronic PLC, down $1.57 to $69.98 The medical device maker reported better-than-expected fiscal first-quarter profit and revenue and reaffirmed its outlook. Campbell Socpbup Co., up 76 cents to $48.

  • Students ask Education Department to discharge college debt

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3,000 former Corinthian College students will have their college loans erased, the first wave of debt relief tied to the collapse of the for-profit higher education chain. The potential cost to taxpayers if all Corinthian students seek relief: $3.2 billion. So far, almost 12,000 students have asked the federal government to discharge their college loan debt, asserting that their school either closed or lied to them about job prospects, according to a report released Thursday by the Education Department. About 3,100 closed-school claims have so far been approved — totaling about $40 million in student loans, the department said. While unprecedented, the figures represent just a fraction of

  • Governor urges nuke plant owners to address federal concerns

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — One day after federal regulators said they were stepping up oversight of Massachusetts' only nuclear power plant, Gov. Charlie Baker called on owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to take "corrective actions" considering its series of unplanned shutdowns over recent years. Pilgrim shut down automatically during a Jan. 27 blizzard when an electric connection to the grid was interrupted, and it also was taken offline during a later storm. In a letter Thursday to Entergy Nuclear Operations, Baker said he was troubled by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's downgrading of the plant's safety rating and decision to ramp-up inspections in light of the storm-induced shutdown that involved the facility's safety r

  • ND Democrat Heitkamp backs Obama on Iran nuclear deal

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced her support Thursday for President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal, a politically risky move in a Republican-dominated state where she is weighing a run for governor. The deal now has the backing of 37 senators after Heitkamp and two Democratic colleagues joined the list on Thursday. Their support came one day after Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski provided the pivotal 34th vote to guarantee the measure would withstand an effort by Republicans to overturn it. "I support the agreement because it is the best chance we have to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and keep America safe," the North Dakota Democrat said in a statement. "My decision is

  • Wall collapses on workers at NYC construction site; 1 dead

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a wall has collapsed on construction workers at a New York City site, killing one of them and injuring two others. It happened late Thursday morning at a building in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Officials say the three men were working on the building when a cinderblock wall collapsed, trapping them. The worker who died was 19. Police say the two other workers are hospitalized in stable condition.

  • Prosecutor: Doctor who treated pilots sold oxycodone scripts

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a doctor who treated airline pilots at New York's Kennedy Airport sold oxycodone prescriptions to his patients. New York City's special narcotics prosecutor says Dr. Gerald Surya was arrested Thursday on 26 counts of criminal sale of a prescription. Surya has an office at a medical facility at Kennedy. Prosecutors say he wrote prescriptions for people who didn't need them. Authorities say none of the patients who bought the prescriptions were airline pilots. They say he charged $60 for a prescription but increased the price to $100 after agents raided his office in July 2014. Prosecutors allege Surya often sold multiple prescriptions to patients for their families and friend

  • Gasoline prices in Arizona at $2.54 per gallon

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Gasoline prices around Arizona are at their lowest level heading into the Labor Day holiday weekend in more than a decade. Officials with Triple-A Arizona said Thursday that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $2.54 a gallon, down by more than 7 cents from last week. This week's national average is $2.43 per gallon, a decrease of almost a dime from last week. Tucson has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $2.29 a gallon and Flagstaff the highest at $2.81 per gallon. South Carolina has the lowest average gas prices among states in the continental U.S. at $2 a gallon with California has the highest at $3.31. Triple-A analysts say Arizona's average gasoline price

  • BP seeks to get back some Gulf oil spill business payouts

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys for BP told a federal appeals court Thursday that the company should be able to get back some of the money it paid in economic damage claims to businesses and individuals under a settlement arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. After the 2012 settlement was approved, BP argued that the claims administrator had not been correctly matching business' revenues and expenses, resulting in overpayments. A court eventually ordered a new calculation method but refused to order restitution of payments already made. The company wants restitution of some of the money paid out prior to October 2013. Attorneys told the 5th U.S.

  • US small businesses feel mixed impact from China's economy

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — China's economic problems have been a windfall for some U.S. small businesses — and pose a threat to others. A nearly 40 percent plunge in the Shanghai stock market since mid-June, a response to the country's weakening economy, has sent Chinese investors looking for safer investments. Some are focusing on U.S. real estate, including the condos Peggy Fucci's real estate brokerage sells in Miami. She's sold six condos to Chinese buyers in the past month, twice what she's typically sold in that amount of time. "It's the insecurity of continuing to lose your (stock market) investment," says Fucci, CEO of OneWorld Properties. Chinese buyers, who pay an average $1.

  • Arcade-style gambling games inch closer to Nevada casinos

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Arcade-style slot machines that might require skill to win could be in Nevada casinos as early as next year, according to one game maker's estimate now that a single regulatory vote remains. The Nevada Gaming Control Board on Wednesday recommended legal language that would allow slot machines requiring skill to win or a combination of talent and luck. The changes still need approval by the Nevada Gaming Commission before taking effect. That five-member regulatory board is expected to discuss the new language at a Sept. 17 hearing, a couple weeks ahead of the annual Global Gaming Expo, where slot makers will show off their latest innovations in Las Vegas.




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