• Kilmartin asks state to regulate marijuana oil manufacturing

    Updated: 31 min ago

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state's attorney general is asking the General Assembly to pass a bill prohibiting medical marijuana patients and caregivers from extracting a high-potency oil from marijuana. Democratic state Sen. Frank Ciccone III of Providence is sponsoring the bill on behalf of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. The legislation would allow only compassion centers to extract butane hash oil from marijuana, following the rules and regulations to be promulgated by the Rhode Island Department of Health. The manufacturing process involves forcing extremely flammable butane through the marijuana. Pot users have caused fiery explosions as they try to make the oil in crude home-based laboratories.

  • Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was vilified during heated town hall meetings for killing a way of life is now being praised by some along the coast for spending more than $230 million to help lure visitors back to an area that some feared would die because of the spill.

  • Protester leaves Shell ship after hanging on since Friday

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The woman who has been hanging off the anchor chain of an Arctic oil-drilling support ship since Friday night has ended her protest north of Seattle. The Coast Guard says student activist Chiara D'Angelo requested assistance getting down from her perch on the Arctic Challenger in the Bellingham harbor around 9:30 a.m. Monday. Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer says D'Angelo was checked for hypothermia and then released. D'Angelo spent the weekend attached to the ship in an environmental protest against Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off northwestern Alaska. The plans also have drawn large protests in Seattle, where a massive, floating drill rig is being pre

  • Company lowers worst-case scenario for California oil spill

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Plains All American Pipeline is downgrading the amount of oil it says spilled off a California coastline in a worst-case scenario. The company now says the estimate of the worst-case volume of oil released is up to 101,000 gallons — about 4,200 gallons less than previously believed. Plains All American is still cleaning up the spill along the Santa Barbara County coastline and recovering oil from the pipeline so the calculations aren't final. Oil blackened beaches in the area and created a 10-square-mile slick in the ocean after the onshore pipeline leaked up to 101,000 gallons on May 19. The Coast Guard said Monday that the spill has killed one sea lion, nine pelicans and untold numbers

  • The latest on the pump-your-own-gas debate in New Jersey

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are reigniting a debate about self-service gas just in time for drivers to fuel up as they return from their Memorial Day weekends. New Jersey and Oregon are the only two states in the country that ban drivers from pumping their own gas and instead require station attendants to do it. Last week lawmakers restarted the debate over self-serve gas, and while a key lawmaker in the Democrat-led Legislature put the brakes on any new legislation, the debate will continue behind the scenes, lawmakers say. Here's a look at where things stand and where they might be headed: ___ WHO WANTS TO CHANGE THE LAW AND WHY? Republican Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, GOP state Sen.

  • Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was vilified during heated town hall meetings for killing a way of life is now being praised by some along the coast for spending more than $230 million to help lure visitors back to an area that some feared would die because of the spill.

  • Global stocks mostly higher in quiet trading day

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks mostly rose Monday on a quiet trading day with Wall Street, London and Hong Kong closed for holidays. KEEPING SCORE: In in Europe, France's CAC-40 was among the few indexes to trade, shedding 0.7 percent to 5,106.54 points. London and Frankfurt are closed for holidays. Wall Street is closed for Memorial Day. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite Index surged 3.4 percent to close at 4,813.80 and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 rose 0.7 percent to 20,413.77. Sydney's S&P/ASX 200 advanced 1 percent to 5,721.50. Taiwan, Singapore and New Zealand also rose. Jakarta, Bangkok and Manila declined. Hong Kong and Seoul were closed for holidays. U.S. ECONOMY: Amid the slow trading, investors were digesting economic news from

  • Correction: Nigeria-Fuel Crisis story

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In a story May 25 about Nigeria's fuel crisis, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the country produces more than 2 billion barrels of oil a day. The correct figure is more than 2 million barrels a day. A corrected version of the story is below: Nigeria's leading cellphone provider urgently needs diesel to prevent countrywide shut-down Nigeria's leading cellphone provider said Sunday it urgently needs diesel to prevent shutting down services countrywide — the latest business hit by a months-long fuel crisis in Africa's biggest oil producer. Many aircraft have been grounded with foreign airlines diverting to other African countries to fuel for flights abroad. Some radio st

  • Report: Iran raises gas prices by 40 percent in subsidy cut

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent beginning Tuesday, the country's official news agency reported, the latest cut to the Islamic Republic's fuel subsidies that cost it some $32 billion a year. While previous attempts to raise prices have sparked dissent, last year's increase saw no major unrest. The report Monday by IRNA, quoting Davood Arabali, a spokesman for Iran's state oil products distribution company, said the new price per liter for subsidized gasoline would be 10,000 rials (34 cents), up from 7,000 rials (24 cents). That's about a $1.28 gallon, compared to the average U.S. price of $2.66 a gallon. Iranian state television also reported that a current plan allowing for lower

  • Japan trade gap returns to deficit in April, more red ahead

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan posted a trade deficit in April following a single-month's surplus in March, and economists said shortfalls were likely to persist given the weakness of the yen. The 53.4 billion yen ($439.6 million) deficit in April for the world's third-biggest economy compared with a 227.4 billion yen surplus in March, the first in several years. But thanks to lower oil and gas prices, the deficit fell more than forecast, nearly 94 percent from April 2014, when the deficit was 825.5 billion yen, the Finance Ministry reported Monday. The Japanese yen, now trading around 121.60 to the U.S. dollar, is at its lowest level in price-adjusted terms since January 1973, according to Richard Katz of The Oriental Economist

  • Asian stock markets mostly higher in quiet trading day

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Monday on a quiet trading day with Hong Kong, Wall Street and London closed for holidays. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index surged 1.9 percent to 4,747.37 and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 was up 0.7 percent at 20,407.02. Sydney's S&P/ASX 200 advanced 1.1 percent to 5,730.10. Singapore, Manila and New Zealand also rose. Jakarta declined. Hong Kong and Seoul were closed for holidays. U.S. ECONOMY: The Labor Department reported inflation rose 0.1 percent in April, its third straight increase. The numbers suggest that an improving economy could be setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to raise its benchmark short-term interest rate.

  • New Census numbers show Casper population exceeding 60,000


    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Casper has exceeded 60,000 in population for the first time in its history thanks largely to active oil drilling in the area, and a state economist says he believes the recent downturn in oil prices won't cause the large population losses that the city and state experienced in past boom-to-bust cycles. New numbers released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau estimate that Casper gained nearly 400 residents during the year ending July 1, 2014, putting it just over the 60,000 mark by 86 people. Cheyenne remains the most populous city in the state with an estimated 62,845 residents. Laramie is No. 3 at 32,081, followed by Gillette with 31,971, Rock Springs with 24,045 and Sheridan with 17,916.

  • High-profile votes, fights preview Wolf's challenges in June


    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — June is crunch time in the state Capitol and the challenges in front of Gov. Tom Wolf are becoming clearer in the Democrat's first go-round with budget negotiations. For Wolf, who took office in January, it will be perhaps the biggest test yet of his mettle, and an important sign of how successful he will be the rest of his term in persuading the state Legislature's huge Republican majorities to support his priorities. The last few days provided something of a preview of the battles awaiting Wolf's administration and how it might handle them.

  • Cleanup of oil spill at ND farm to take 2 more years


    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state Health Department says cleanup of a pipeline rupture that caused more than 20,000 barrels of crude to ooze across a northwestern North Dakota wheat field will take twice as long as the company had expected. The massive spill from a Tesoro Corp. pipeline that was discovered by a Tioga farmer in September 2013. The spill has been called the worst in state history. Tesoro had said the spill would take two years to clean up. State environmental scientist Bill Suess says it's now estimated to take at least four years. Tesoro says more than 6,000 barrels of oil have been recovered. Suess says the rest is being baked out of the soil. Tesoro blames a lightning strike for causing the ruptu

  • Light on NC solar industry focused on ending preferences


    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's rapidly-growing solar industry has an unwanted spotlight upon it from a cadre of fiscal conservatives at the General Assembly fixed on ending its preferential tax and energy policy treatments. "It's very simple: do you believe in subsidizing a special interest off the backs of our taxpayers or not?" Rep. Chris Millis, R-Pender, a fierce critic of the state's solar policies, asked colleagues during a recent debate. Millis and like-minded Republicans are in a full-court press this year to freeze portions of a 2007 law that are raising over time the percentage of retail sales that electric utilities must originate from renewable energy sources and energy efficiencies, reaching 12.5 percent

  • Futures File: Soybean prices drop; crude gushes higher

    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: While some weather concerns linger, especially for farmers in Minnesota and the Dakotas who got slammed with freezing temperatures this week, the outlook is good for the bean crop, and bad for prices.

  • SRLC: Republican activists get legal briefing on EPA's power plant plan for carbon emissions

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    GOP activists heard from legal experts Saturday on what they said was the failings of the proposed Clean Power Plan, which calls for power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The energy panel was on the final day of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

  • Pipeline that leaked wasn't equipped with auto shut-off

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said. The original owner of the pipeline skirted the Santa Barbara County requirement by successfully arguing in court in the late 1980s that it should be subject to federal oversight because the pipeline is part of an interstate network, said Kevin Drude, deputy director of the county's Energy and Minerals Division. Auto shut-off valves are not required by federal regulators. "It's the only major pipeline that doesn't have auto shut-off," Drude said. "For us, it's routi

  • Nigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian airlines grounded flights Saturday and radio stations were silenced as a months-long fuel shortage aggravated by striking oil tanker drivers worsened in Africa's biggest oil producer. Vehicles also were grounded. Normally bustling roads in Lagos, a metropolis of 20 million, were half-empty and gas stations closed Saturday. One station owner said he had fuel but strikers are threatening to set fire to any stations selling it. He insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals. Police were arresting black marketers selling fuel at roadsides at four times the regulated 87 naira (40 cents) a liter.

  • Dayton vetoes agriculture-environment and jobs-energy bills

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov, Mark Dayton vetoed two major budget bills ahead of a Saturday night deadline for final action on measures that passed before the end of the legislative session, but he proposed a temporary tax cut in return for a scaled back version of his proposal for universal preschool for all 4-year-olds. While Dayton signed a state government finance bill, he vetoed an agriculture-and-environment budget bill that contained his top environmental initiative, a requirement that farmers plant buffer strips to keep agricultural chemicals out of drainage ditches, streams and other waters. It also included money to combat the bird flu crisis.