• Williston Basin Petroleum Conference set in Canada this week

    Updated: 59 min ago

    WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference is being held this week in Canada. The annual event alternates between locations in U.S. and Canada. This year's conference is Tuesday through Thursday in Regina, Saskatchewan. Last year's conference drew a record 4,500 people to Bismarck. The conference enables people in the energy industry to learn about scientific and technological advances. It brings together engineers, geologists, investors, CEOs and government officials for seminars and marketing.

  • AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 6 cents in past week to $2.48

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have increased by about 6 cents a gallon within the past week. The auto club says the average price per gallon of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.48. That's about $1.32 less than it was a year ago. Dearborn-based AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel costs at 2,800 Michigan gas stations. It says the cheapest price was about $2.39 a gallon in the Marquette area, while the highest price was about $2.56 a gallon in the Traverse City area.

  • Gas costs rise again in Ohio; still below year-ago averages

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio drivers are seeing the cost of gas continue to creep upward as the week begins. A gallon of regular gas was averaging $2.50 in Ohio in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 9 cents compared with a week ago but remains significantly cheaper than a year ago. At this time last year, the state average was $3.77. Ohio's average was slightly below the national average Monday, which was about $2.54 per gallon. That's up 8 cents from a week ago, but it is $1.16 cheaper than a year ago. Analysts say prices at the pump are rising as gasoline costs catch up to higher oil prices. ___ Online: AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuel

  • China up, Europe down after Wall Street gains

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — China's stock benchmark rose Monday while ones in Japan and Europe fell as investors looked ahead to Apple results and this week's U.S. Federal Reserve meeting. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, France's CAC-40 index tumbled 1.1 percent to 5,144.97 points and Germany's DAX shed 0.3 percent to 11,779.98. On Wall Street, futures were mixed with the Dow Jones industrial average down 0.03 percent and the Standard & Poor's up 0.04 percent. On Friday, the Dow rose 0.1 percent and the S&P 500 rose 0.2 percent. The Nasdaq composite, dominated by tech stocks, advanced 0.7 percent. ASIA'S DAY: The Shanghai Composite Index rose 3 percent to 4,527.40 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 1.3 percent at 28,433.59. Sydney

  • Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate plunges into a high-stakes debate this week over empowering Congress to review and possibly reject any nuclear deal with Iran. It will offer Republican presidential candidates a chance to prove their hawkishness toward Iran and support for Israel. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida wants to add a provision requiring the Obama administration to certify that Iran's leaders have publicly accepted Israel's right to exist, a nearly impossible mandate. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas isn't satisfied with the bill's process in which Congress could disapprove of the deal. He and Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania want lawmakers to approve the final deal. Proponents of the bill are trying to discourage any changes to the l

  • Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate proponents of a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal must first win a battle with some colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could sink it. "Anybody who monkeys with this bill is going to run into a buzz saw," Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina warned ahead of this week's debate. The high-profile debate comes as negotiators from the U.S. and five other nations are rushing to finalize, by the end of June, an agreement requiring Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions choking its economy.

  • Overturned tanker truck, fire closes S. California freeway

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BELL, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California freeway was shut down after a tanker truck loaded with 8,500 gallons of gasoline overturned and burst into fire. A Los Angeles County Fire dispatch supervisor say the truck driver was freed by firefighters after Sunday afternoon's accident on the southbound side of State Route 710 in Bell. Michael Pittman says the driver was treated at the scene. The fire sent a plume of black smoke that could be seen for miles. Pittman says about 500 gallons of fuel spilled, and a Hazmat team was able to pump an undetermined amount of gas out of the tank. The gas and fire shut down both directions of the freeway for hours as crews worked to put out the flames and clean up the mess

  • Asian markets rise after Wall Street gains

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Monday after Wall Street gained on strong earnings and investors looked ahead to Apple results and this week's U.S. Federal Reserve meeting. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index rose 1.1 percent to 4,441.93 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.7 percent to 28.245.14. Sydney's S&P ASX 200 added 0.7 percent to 5,973.30 and Seoul advanced 0.2 percent to 2,163.17. Taiwan, Singapore and Manila also rose. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 was unchanged at 20,024.76. On Friday, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.1 percent and the Standard & Poor's 500 gained 0.2 percent. The Nasdaq composite, dominated by tech stocks, advanced 0.7 percent. U.S.

  • US gas prices jump 13 cents a gallon; could go slightly up

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average national price of a regular gallon of gasoline has jumped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.58. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that higher crude oil prices caused the run-up at the pump. However, the price is $1.11 below the mark a year ago. Los Angeles has the highest-priced gas in the Lower 48 states at $3.30 a gallon. The low average was in Tucson, Arizona, at $2.20. The average price in California is up 17 cents, to $3.23. Lundberg says pump prices could climb by a few more pennies as gasoline prices catch up to oil prices.

  • Momentum building toward budget vote in Legislature

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Momentum was building toward a budget vote as lawmakers looked to end the extended legislative session. The budget advanced late Saturday from a conference committee sought to provide a way to cover Alaska's current-year deficit without drawing from the constitutional budget reserve fund. Democratic support is needed in the House to meet the threshold generally required for the draw, and that vote wasn't assured. The Democratic-led minority caucus bristled at school funding cuts, among other things. The proposal would use money previously set aside for schools to help cover this year's deficit and a blend of funds for schools next year, including money from an in-state gas pipeline fund. That's the fun

  • Location chosen for Entergy's pilot solar project in DeSoto

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    HUGHES, Miss. (AP) — A location has been selected for a pilot solar project in DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1DzlV2r) reports vacant land at the northwest corner of U.S. 61 and the North Harrah's casino entrance will serve as one of three testing sites for widespread solar power generation. The project was announced by Entergy Mississippi, a publicly owned utility that supplies power to most of DeSoto. Mara Hartmann, an Entergy spokeswoman, says the DeSoto project will be established at land Entergy already owns along the DeSoto-Tunica County line near casino row along U.S. 61. The land was originally intended for a power plant, says Don Arnold, an Entergy spokesman.

  • Senate passes Interior energy bill

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate has passed legislation that would authorize financing for a gas project to serve Interior Alaska. The bill, which Gov. Bill Walker has called a must-have, passed unanimously on Sunday. The House would have to decide whether to agree to the Senate's version. The Senate version did not include additional financing authority for other energy projects, as the House version had. The bill would allow the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to provide up to $275 million in financing for a gas project serving the Interior if the authority approves a project plan. The plan would have to include the source of gas and the estimated cost of the project and the gas supplied to

  • Norwich 1st Vermont community to be 100 percent solar

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NORWICH, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont town of Norwich is now the first community in the state where all municipal buildings get their electricity from the sun through a deal with a local solar provider that sends more power from the sun onto the electric grid than is used in town buildings. The deal is expected to save the town of about 3,500 about $2,000 on its $20,000 annual electric bill for the Town Hall, police and fire station, public works facilities and even the speed limit signs that are spread through the community on the west bank of the Connecticut River just north of White River Junction.

  • Gas prices rise to 8 cents from a week ago

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — AAA Mid-Atlantic says gas prices are up 8 cents over last week. Friday's national average price was at $2.53, compared to $2.45 the previous Friday. In Washington, D.C., gas was at $2.63 on Friday, up 4 cents from the previous week. AAA Mid-Atlantic says higher crude oil costs have been pushing up gas prices in recent weeks. But the agency says gas prices are still substantially lower than recent years. At this time last year, the national average price for gas was at $3.70. Gas prices this summer are expected to remain $1 a gallon lower than last summer.

  • Stillwater, Oklahoma re-evaluates options after legislation on drilling in residential areas

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    The Stillwater City Council is moving forward with an effort to restrict oil and natural gas drilling within city limits after earlier delaying a vote to allow bills first to move through the Legislature.

  • Oklahoma companies focus on technology during oil industry slowdown

    BY ADAM WILMOTH, Energy Editor | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Despite low oil and natural gas prices, companies throughout the oil patch are planning for the future and hoping prices rebound soon.

  • ND Legislature misses goal of adjourning session early

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has missed its goal of finishing its work five days before the constitutional 80-day limit. Monday is Day 76. Lawmakers had hoped to bank five days so that they could return to the Capitol to address additional impacts from oil price swings. The session opened in January with 853 measures. Data from the Legislative Council, the Legislature's research arm, show 31 bills awaited action late Friday. In the penultimate week before session's end, lawmakers dealt with likely the most contentious bills of the session.

  • Japan's views of WWII history rankles some US veterans

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lester Tenney endured three years as a Japanese prisoner during World War II, but he has made peace with his former enemy. Yet as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to address Congress on Wednesday, in the 70th anniversary year of the war's end, something rankles Tenney about Japan's attitude toward its past. "They don't want the young people to know what really happened," complains Tenney, now 94. The Associated Press spoke to three U.S. war veterans about their surrender in the Philippines in 1942 and their exploitation as slave laborers in Japan. It's an episode of history most notorious for the Bataan Death March, when tens of thousands of Filipino and American POWs were forced 65 miles on foo

  • AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey gas prices rise sharply

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Motorists are seeing sharply higher prices at the pumps in New Jersey. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.36, up 11 cents from last week. But that's still much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.52. This marks the third straight week that pump prices have risen in New Jersey. The national average price on Friday was $2.51, up 8 cents from last week. But that's also much lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.69. Analysts say the higher pump prices are mostly due to rising crude oil prices.

  • Utility offers open house at Energy Innovation Center

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain Power customers can learn about energy efficient products and services at an open house at the company's Energy Innovation Center in Rutland. The event takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. GMP says customers can learn about water heaters and heat pumps and how to get them installed with no upfront costs. Officials say heat pumps use 50 percent less energy than traditional oil or propane systems and offer efficient heating and cooling. GMP also offers eHome, a home energy makeover, that may include weatherization, heat pumps, solar, LED lighting and technology to track and control usage. A family will be offering tours of their eHome.