• Gas prices still dropping in Maine

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Average gas prices in Maine have fallen 2.9 cents per gallon in the last week. The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.50 a gallon, down 16 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com. That's still seven cents higher than the price as a gallon of gas nationally, which fell 1.3 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.43. The national price is down 10.3 cents per gallon in the last month and stands 10.5 cents per gallon lower from a year ago. Gas prices in Maine are 17.2 cents a gallon lower than they were one year ago.

  • Gas prices still tumbling in New Hampshire

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices in New Hampshire have dropped another 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week. The average price of a gallon of gas Monday was $3.45 a gallon, according to gasbuddy.com. That's 2 cents higher than the national average, which fell 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43. Gas prices in New Hampshire 15.5 cents a gallon lower they were a year ago, and are 14.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average decreased 10.3 cents per gallon in the last month and stands 10.5 cents a gallon less compared to a year ago.

  • Whisky's worries mirror economic fears in Scotland

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    ISLAY, Scotland (AP) — Carl Reavey plunged his nose into the glass, inhaled the amber liquid's scent, then sipped. Slowly. It's said that Scotch tastes of the place where it is made, so Reavey's Bruichladdich Black Art single malt would offer a touch of barley, a splash of the sea, and a whiff of salt from the island of Islay, 140 miles (225 kilometers) west of Glasgow. That taste takes time — a long time — to produce, with top-rated Scotch aged for decades. And it means distilleries need to have long-term plans for investments and financing — all of which could be thrown into turmoil in a single day, Sept. 18, when Scotland votes on whether to leave Britain.

  • Average gas price in Ohio holds relatively steady

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio drivers aren't seeing much difference in prices at the pump as the week begins. A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.42 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about 2 cents from a week ago but is 11 cents cheaper than at this time last year. The Ohio figure isn't far off the national average listed at about $3.44 on Monday. Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown-Warren region logged the lowest average at about $3.32 per gallon, a dime cheaper than the statewide average. Analysts have expected prices to stay lower during August if refinery production remains strong and unexpected problems don't increase oil prices.

  • AAA Michigan: Gas prices hold steady over week

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says statewide gasoline prices remained stable last week as Detroit-area prices decreased. The auto club says the statewide average is relatively unchanged at about $3.51 per gallon. That's about 12 cents less than this time last year. AAA Michigan says gas in the Detroit area decreased about 3 cents to roughly $3.47 per gallon. It says that's the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel in the cities it surveys. The highest average is in the Marquette area at $3.58 a gallon. Dearborn-based AAA Michigan surveys 2,800 Michigan gas stations daily.

  • Survey: US gas prices down 4 cents per gallon

    Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of gasoline has dipped 4 cents per gallon in the past two weeks, and prices in California have fallen 5 cents in the same time period. According to the Lundberg Survey released Sunday, the average nationwide price for a gallon of regular is now $3.48 — 8 cents below what it was a year ago. The average price for midgrade gasoline is $3.69, and premium is $3.84. Of cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, the lowest price, $3.11, was in Jackson, Mississippi. San Francisco had the highest price at $3.92. In California, prices for a gallon of regular dropped 5 cents to $3.81. The lowest price, $3.66, was in Bakersfield. The average U.S. price of gasoline droppe

  • Horne, Brnovich, face off in GOP primary Tuesday

    Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will find out Tuesday if voters think three years fighting off allegations of campaign-finance violations and other negative news outweighs what he argues is a solid record of accomplishments as the state's top law enforcement official. Horne is facing a tough challenge from former state gaming department director and prosecutor Mark Brnovich in the Republican primary. Whoever wins will take on Democrat Felecia Rotellini, who is running unopposed, in November. Horne's legal problems have cost him support among the GOP establishment, with prominent politicians like Gov. Jan Brewer and former U.S. Sen.

  • California push to avert higher gas prices stalls

    Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session. A pair of bills — one sponsored by Democrats, the other by Republicans — seek to delay or exempt gasoline, diesel fuel, natural gas and other consumer fuels from California's 2006 greenhouse gas emissions law. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office said this month that fuel prices are likely to increase by 13 cents to 20 cents per gallon by 2020, but the agency warned the increase could be as high as 50 cents a gallon. The analyst's letter was in response to an

  • Up to 33 Bakken oil trains cross Arkansas weekly

    Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas emergency officials' records show that as many as 33 trains carrying Bakken crude oil pass through the state in a given week, each one hauling more than the amount spilled in last year's Pegasus pipeline spill in Mayflower, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The oil trains do not use a Union Pacific rail line through Hoxie, where two freight trains collided head-on Aug. 17, killing two crew members. In June, the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads reported figures to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management for distribution to local emergency managers, and had asked state officials not to release the information, saying it contained sensitiv

  • Delaware drivers see gas prices fall to $3.31

    Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Motorists in Delaware are paying 4 cents less at the pump when compared with a week ago. AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Delaware was $3.31. That's compared to $3.35 a week ago. Motorists in the region are paying 20 cents less than a year ago. At this time last year Delaware drivers were paying $3.51 per gallon. The price of gas in the state is 13 cents less than the national average of $3.44 per gallon.

  • Efficiency Vermont touts solar hot water heating

    Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's statewide energy-saving group Efficiency Vermont is launching a new effort to get homeowners to install solar hot water heaters. The Burlington-based group is joining with the Shelburne-based firm Sunward Systems to promote installations that they say can save homeowners up to 80 percent of the cost of conventional hot water heating. Efficiency Vermont, which often offers subsidy programs for efficiency installations around Vermont, says it will reduce the upfront cost of solar water heating systems by $1,600 for systems installed before November 30. The Canadian-made systems collect heat from the sun and transmit it to hot water tanks inside the home.

  • Yemen's Shiite rebel group refuses to stop rallies

    Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebel group called for new protests Sunday after rejecting a draft proposal by a presidential delegation to stop their demonstrations in return for a new government and a review of the country's economic policies. The delegation had negotiated with the Hawthis in the northern city of Saada, hoping to end the massive protests now challenging the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The delegation's proposals included installing a new government and revisiting a decision to end government fuel subsidies in the Arab world's poorest country.

  • Eagle & Beagle for Aug. 24

    Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Stocks Eagle Our current eagle soothed the feathers of traders and investors last week. Shares of Tulsa-based WPX Energy jumped 7.2 percent after the firm announced several transactions aimed at boosting margins. Essentially, the company sold its coal bed methane holdings while loading up on oily acreage in the San Juan Basin. CEO Rick Muncrief said the deals were basically a financial wash, but “demonstrate our commitment to deploy capital where we can generate the highest returns.” The trade-off was aimed at creating additional shareholder value, Muncrief said. Apparently, shareholders agreed. Beagle It was a relatively uneventful week in terms of price-moving news for most of

  • Chesapeake leaves OKC job incentive program

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy will walk away from up to $1.57 million in city economic development money when it cancels its economic development agreement with the city early.

  • Enable Midstream to add 100 jobs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust will consider $450,000 in jobs incentives for Enable Midstream Partners LP.

  • Protesters against brown coal form human chain

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — Several thousand people have formed a human chain across the German-Polish border to protest the expansion of open-cast mining for brown coal in the region. Organizers said more than 7,500 people linked up in an 8-kilometer ( 5-mile) chain between Kerkwitz, Germany, and Grabice, Poland — two villages that activists fear will be evacuated to make way for further brown coal mines, also known as lignite. Some of Saturday's demonstrators waded into the Neisse river, which divides the two countries, as part of the chain. The leaders of Germany's opposition Green party were among those attending the protest. Both coal and lignite, which is decried as a dirty fuel by environmentalists, play a significant part

  • Iran says no need for UN to revisit military site

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's defense minister on Saturday said there was no need for U.N. nuclear inspectors to pay another visit to the Parchin military site, where the country is suspected of having tested components used in nuclear weapons. Gen. Hossein Dehghan was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying the IAEA had already been to the site southeast of Tehran and carried out tests there. "Besides, they have accepted that nothing happened in Parchin," he said. He added that Iran would not make its nuclear scientists available to the inspectors. Tehran has in the past charged the agency with leaking information that led to the assassination of scientists. Inspectors from the U.N. nuclear watchdog have visit

  • AAA: Md. drivers paying $3.40 per gallon

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Motorists in Maryland are paying 4 cents less at the pump when compared with a week ago. AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $3.40, down from $3.44 a week ago. The price of gas in the state is 4 cents less than the national average of $3.44. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $3.38 in Baltimore, $3.50 in Cumberland, $3.36 in Hagerstown and $3.30 in Salisbury. Motorists in the state are paying 15 cents less than at this time last year when the average price of a gallon of gas was $3.55.

  • AAA: Lowest Labor Day gas price since '10 expected

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Drivers hitting the road on the Labor Day weekend may pay the lowest amount for gas since 2010. AAA Mid-Atlantic says that average gas prices dropped again last week and that barring a major development like a Gulf Coast hurricane, prices will remain low compared to recent years. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline fell three cents to $3.44 last week. That price represents a 13-cent drop from a month ago and nine cents less than last year. The price in New Jersey fell five cents last week and is 19 cents cheaper than last year. AAA Travel projects that 34.7 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day weekend, the highest since

  • 4 Kochs took genes, money in different directions

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. They're demonized by Democrats, who lack a liberal equal to counter their weight, and not entirely understood by Republicans, who benefit from their seemingly limitless donations. These are the Koch brothers, and perhaps the first thing you need to know is that there are four of them. The constant shorthand reference — "Koch brothers," pronounced like the cola — that lumps them all together shortchanges the remarkable story of four very different people who rode the Koch genes and the Koch money in vastly different directions. C