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Clinton, Trump poised for must-see debate showdown

presidential debate

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — With millions watching and the American presidency on the line, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are poised for a must-see showdown Monday night, pitting the Democrat’s call for steady, experienced leadership against the Republican’s pugnacious promises to upend Washington. The 90-minute televised debate comes six weeks before Election Day and with early voting already getting underway ...

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Your TV may use more energy than you think, group charges

TV, energy hog, energy waste

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An environmental group accused three major television manufacturers Wednesday of misleading consumers and regulators about how much energy their high-definition screens devour by designing them to draw less power during government testing than in ordinary use. The Natural Resources Defense Council concluded that the TVs made by Samsung, LG Electronics and Vizio saddle households with an ...

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Edwards defends contract with top fundraiser for legal work

Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Defending his administration’s legal contract with a top fundraiser, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday accused Louisiana’s attorney general of fabricating politically motivated reasons for rejecting the lawyer’s contract to represent the state in litigation against oil and gas companies over coastal wetland loss. Edwards said Attorney General Jeff Landry either doesn’t understand or is ...

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Paris Climate Change agreement passes key threshold

Brazil's President Michel Temer, left, delivers his country's ratification instrument to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at a high-level event on the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change during the 71st session of the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-one countries formally joined the Paris climate change pact Wednesday, bringing the total number of countries ratifying the treaty to 60 and raising hopes that it will enter into effect by the end of the year. The number is higher than the 55-country threshold needed for the treaty to enter into force. But because together those ...

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Settlement reached in damages from Exxon’s Yellowstone spill

Yellowstone River, oil spill, Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. will pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons (238,474 liters) of crude into Montana’s Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday. The payment settles claims from the U.S. and state governments that the 2011 spill harmed natural ...

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Helis Oil & Gas halts St. Tammany Parish drilling project

stop fracking (Image: Mary Crandall) Flickr

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Helis Oil & Gas Co. has abandoned its plans to drill in St. Tammany Parish. Following a lengthy review of the geologic, engineering and other data from its exploratory well in rural St. Tammany Parish, Helis has concluded that it will not proceed with further operations at the site northeast of Mandeville, the company said in ...

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US stocks mostly higher as banks rise before Fed meeting

stock markets, wall street, federal reserve

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slightly higher in indecisive trading Monday afternoon. Banks are gaining as investors wait for the Federal Reserve to meet this week, while health care companies take small losses. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 32 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,156 as of 3:15 p.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor’s ...

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Buffett’s firm buys nearly 1 million more Phillips 66 shares

Berkshire Hathaway, Phillips 66

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett’s company has bought nearly 1 million more shares of oil refiner Phillips 66. Berkshire Hathaway said in a regulatory filing that it owned 80.67 million Phillips 66 shares after the latest purchases this week. Berkshire now controls 15.4 percent of Phillips 66 stock. Berkshire has been investing in Houston-based Phillips 66 since 2012. After ...

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Trump outlines vision for economy, promising large tax cuts

Trump, economy, tax code

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump outlined his vision for managing the nation’s economy as president on Thursday, promising that his plans to lower taxes by $4.4 trillion over a decade and cut regulations would lead to booming growth, create millions of jobs and even cut into the nation’s budget deficit. “My plan will embrace the truth that people flourish ...

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Gradiant Launches Oilfield Services Subsidiary Upon Continued Contract Wins

Gradiant Energy Services, water management

BOSTON, Sept. 15, 2016 – Gradiant, a technology company specializing in industrial water solutions and innovations, today announced the formation of its oilfield services company Gradiant Energy Services (GES). The wholly-owned subsidiary provides solutions and services for economic, efficient and environmentally friendly treatment, reuse and recycling of water in the oil and gas industry. The formation of GES follows more ...

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