• New York City explosion kills 1, hurts 3; gas leak suspected

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The removal of a stove may have led to a gas leak that caused an explosion and fire that ripped through a three-story building in Brooklyn, killing a woman inside and injuring three passers-by, authorities said. Firefighters received a call at about 1 p.m. Saturday reporting an explosion at a building in the Borough Park neighborhood. Emergency crews found the entire front of the building blown into the street. Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the state's Department of Public Service, the agency that regulates utility companies, to launch an investigation into the cause of the apparent gas blast, which he called "the latest in a disturbing trend of incidents." He cited previous explosions in Harlem and the East Vil

  • Eagle & Beagle for Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015

    Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Don Mecoy: Eagle & Beagle is a weekly look at Oklahoma companies' high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stocks.

  • Halliburton offers settlements to property owners in lawsuits

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    DUNCAN — Some four years after testing found pollution from spent rocket fuel in the groundwater, Halliburton is offering settlements to about 130 property owners after the chemical compound ammonium perchlorate showed up in their private wells.  As an October trial date neared for one of the largest lawsuits against Halliburton, the company began settling with many Duncan residents this summer, records show. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Halliburton has offered settlements to 130 plaintiffs involving more than 80 properties in Duncan. Halliburton declined to comment on the settlements because several lawsuits are still ongoing, the company said

  • Debate swirls as proposed gas pipeline inches forward

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It could be a year before federal regulators decide whether to greenlight a proposed 100-mile natural gas pipeline from northeast Pennsylvania to central New Jersey but already the company pushing the project and opponents are geared up for a fight. Opponents say the pipeline poses possible environmental harm to the Delaware River Valley and would leave a scar across the region. The PennEast Pipeline Company argues the $1 billion project will bring jobs and a reliable energy source to the region. The debate comes as the company awaits a reply from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on a permit to proceed with construction of the 118-mile, 36-inch line. It's a process that could take up to a year,

  • Nevada officials react warily to EPA's new ozone rule

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada leaders reacted cautiously this week to the Environmental Protection Agency's stricter new limits on smog-causing pollution, with Gov. Brian Sandoval saying the rule could punish the state for circumstances out of its control and environmental and manufacturing groups staking out opposite positions against it. The EPA's move Thursday limits ozone pollution to 70 parts per billion, down from 75. Proponents say it will reduce exposure to dangerous pollutants linked to asthma and respiratory illness, preventing thousands of emergency room visits and hundreds of premature deaths each year.

  • Georgia wind project offers tours Saturday

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    GEORGIA, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Georgia Mountain Community Wind project is offering tours of its wind turbines. The tours are planned for Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the wind farm. Last year more than 600 people visited the site during the tours. Renewable Energy Vermont says a free shuttle bus will be offering rides to the site from the Husky facility in Milton from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Energy companies in Oklahoma and elsewhere brace for another difficult quarter

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    Companies have been trying to avoid layoffs, but thousands of energy company workers have lost their jobs just in the past few weeks.

  • Nepalis adapt to fuel shortage by carpooling, riding bikes


    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — India's unofficial blockade of Nepal has put a crunch on this Himalayan nation, with cars lining up for miles around gasoline stations, schools shutting down, vegetables in short supply and taxis charging four times the normal fare. But Nepalis, whose lives were upended by a massive earthquake just a few months ago, know how to cope. In response to the fuel shortage, people are riding bikes to work, coordinating carpools on Facebook and offering lifts to strangers. "At last, her big smile with her son made my day," Garima Sapkota, who offered a ride to a woman who was late to pick up her son, wrote on the Facebook page Carpool Kathmandu, where hundreds of people have offered free rides, using the has

  • Oil price climbs on tumbling rig count

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    A lower rig count is seen as a signal that domestic oil production could fall, helping to bring supplies and demand in balance, and reducing the country's production surplus.

  • Oklahoma City man reflects on service in World War II

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Curtis Sadler can close his eyes for a moment, and he's back in the South Pacific during World War II, playing a role in defeating the Japanese. Sadler, 92, who lives in Oklahoma City, recalls many details of his service.


    Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $42 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $30 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Sept. 18: COMPLETION Ellis: PPP Petroleum LP; Leroy Davis No. 2-9H Well; S1/2 SW1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 09-18N-24W; 88 barrels oil per day, 38,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 14,007. PPP Petroleum LP; Leroy Davis No. 3-9H Well; N1/2 N1/2 N1/2 N1/2 (BHL) of 09-18N-24W; 240 barrels oil per day, 85,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 14,380. PPP Petroleum LP; Leroy Davis No. 4-9H Well; N1/2 NE1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 (BHL) of 09-18N-24W; 353 barrels oil per day, 161,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 14,438. PPP Petroleum LP;

  • Xcel Energy plans to retire 2 of 3 coal-fired Sherco units

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy announced plans Friday to retire two of the three units at its huge Sherco coal-fired power plant in Becker, the largest power plant in Minnesota, as part of a strategy to cut its carbon emissions 60 percent by 2030. Sherco's two oldest units would shut down in 2023 and 2026. Other components of the proposal filed Friday with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission include more wind and solar energy so that in five years, 28 percent of Xcel's energy mix could come from renewable sources, rising to 35 percent by 2030. And the company said its upper Midwest system would deliver 63 percent carbon-free energy by 2030.

  • Stock market shakes off an early stumble, ends higher

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — News of slower hiring last month jolted markets early Friday, driving government bonds up and the dollar down. The stock market, after slumping in early trading, finished the day with a solid gain. A jump in crude oil helped turn things around, as Chevron, Exxon Mobil and other oil giants charged higher. But the swing was also a result of traders speculating that the weak jobs report will prevent the Federal Reserve from raising its benchmark interest rate anytime soon. The Fed has only two meetings left to make a move this year: one later this month and another in December. "It looks like October is clearly off the table," said Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors. "I t

  • Somalia wants to liberate territory held by al-Shabab soon

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Somalia's prime minister said Friday the government wants to liberate all remaining territory held by the Islamic militant group al-Shabab in the coming year and have its own forces take over the country's security from an African Union force in the next two to three years. Omar Sharmarke said in an interview with The Associated Press that he believes both goals are achievable. Somalia has been trying to rebuild after establishing its first functioning central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew a longtime dictator and turned on each other, plunging the impoverished nation into chaos.

  • An ailing global economy starts to weigh on US job market

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A sagging global economy has finally caught up with the United States. Nervous employers pulled back on hiring in August and September as China's economy slowed, global markets sank and foreigners bought fewer U.S. goods. Friday's monthly jobs report from the government suggested that the U.S. economy, which has been outshining others around the world, may be weakening. Lackluster growth overseas has reduced exports of U.S. factory goods and cut into the overseas profits of large companies. Canada, the largest U.S. trading partner, is in recession. China, the second-largest economy after the United States, is growing far more slowly. And emerging economies, from Brazil to Turkey, are straining to grow at a

  • US rig count declines by 29 this week to 809

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by 29 to 809. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 614 rigs were seeking oil and 195 explored for natural gas. A year ago, with oil prices about double the prices now, 1,922 rigs were active. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Oklahoma lost eight rigs, Texas declined by six, Louisiana and New Mexico each lost four, Colorado and Pennsylvania each lost three, Alaska declined by two and California and North Dakota each lost one. Arkansas, Kansas, Ohio and West Virginia each gained one rig. Utah and Wyoming were unchanged. The U.S. rig count peaked a

  • India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's long-awaited pledge for a global climate pact shows how the world's No. 3 carbon polluter is making significant efforts to rein in the growth of emissions linked to its fast-surging demands for energy, analysts said Friday. India vowed to reduce its emissions intensity by 33-35 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, primarily by boosting the share of electricity generated by sources other than fossil fuels such as coal and gas to 40 percent. That means India's emissions will continue to grow as its economy expands, but the increase relative to economic output will be lower than it is now.

  • Package raises brief alarm at Nebraska nuke plant

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    BLAIR, Neb. (AP) — A bomb squad has determined that a package found in a vehicle at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant poses no danger. The Omaha Public Power District says in a release that security workers noticed the package around 8:44 a.m. Friday. The vehicle was just outside what the district called the protected area of the plant. About 30 workers at a nearby warehouse were evacuated as a precaution, but the plant continued to operate. The district says the Washington County Sheriff's Office was notified, and a bomb squad from Omaha eventually was called in. The squad determined that the package didn't contain any explosives. It's not clear yet what the package did contain, if anything.

  • Court upholds $236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's highest court upheld a record $236 million judgment Friday against Exxon Mobil for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state. A jury reached the verdict in April 2013 after finding the company liable in a long-running lawsuit over contamination by the chemical MTBE. Lasting nearly four months, the trial was the longest and resulted in the largest jury award in New Hampshire history. Lawyers for Exxon Mobil asked the court for a new trial. They said the company used MTBE to meet federal Clean Air Act mandates to reduce air pollution and shouldn't be held liable for sites contaminated by unnamed parties, such as owners of junk yards and independent gas stati

  • SolarCity: Buffalo site to make world's most efficient panel

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — SolarCity says the rooftop panels it will make at a plant being built in Buffalo have been rated the most efficient in the world. The San Mateo, California-based solar installer says Friday the new module produces 30 to 40 percent more power than a same-size standard panel. The company also says it can make the panels at "significantly" lower cost than similar technologies. New York is spending $750 million to build a 1 million-square-foot manufacturing plant for SolarCity as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" economic development program. SolarCity has committed to investing $5 billion over 10 years, hiring almost 1,500 workers at the plant for 5 years and employing at least 2,000 more people