Texas gains 8 rigs as US rig count rises to 1,013

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by five this week to 1,013. At this time a year ago there were 857 active rigs. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 820 rigs drilled for oil this week and 192 for gas. One was...


Financial Markets Glance

Dow Jones Industrials High: 24,678.07 Low: 24,375.04 Close: 24,462.94 Change: —201.95 Other Indexes Standard&Poors 500 Index: 2670.14 —22.99 NYSE Index: 12,607.16 —64.32 Nasdaq Composite Index: 7146.13 —91.93 NYSE Amer Composite: 2582.42 —13.24 Russell 2000 Index: 1564.12 —9.70 Wilshire 5000...


Slumping tech companies weigh on US stocks

Financial Markets Wall Street

A steep slide in technology companies weighed on U.S. stocks Friday, pulling the market lower for the second day in a row. Losses among retailers, packaged food and beverage makers and other consumer goods companies also helped weigh down the market. Banks rose as bond yields continued to climb,...


A self-described 'troubled kid' changed first his life, and then event planning

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - You couldn’t make up a better tale about a wayward kid who makes good than Dan Berger’s story. Grows up in Israel. Moves to the United States at age 9 with his parents. Thrown into a strange school. Doesn’t speak the language. Doesn’t fit in. Plays on his...


Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

Science Says Plastics Pollution

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world’s plastic pollution problem. The problem is so large, though, that scientists say that’s not nearly enough. Australian scientists Denise Hardesty and Chris Wilcox estimate, using...


Weed dispensary comes to NYC's Fifth Avenue, just in time for 4/20

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Weed - legal weed, that is - has come to midtown Manhattan.Cannabis retailer MedMen opened its first dispensary in the city Friday as part of a bold bet on growth in the state. MedMen, based in Los Angeles, paid $26 million last year to acquire a firm that held one of two...


Nephew of Mitt Romney fails to make Colorado primary ballot

Colorado Governor Robinson

DENVER (AP) — Businessman Doug Robinson, a nephew of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, failed to qualify for Colorado’s Republican gubernatorial primary ballot, a state official announced Friday. Colorado politicians hoping to land on their party’s statewide primary ballot must gather 1,...


Tesla subcontractor's broken jaw triggered first of two probes

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Days before Tesla Inc. defended its safety record this week, California began inspecting an incident involving a subcontractor who was hospitalized after a piece of factory equipment broke his jaw. California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health was notified last week...


NAFTA ministers to meet again as elections quicken pace

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. NAFTA talks will continue through the weekend before ministers regroup Tuesday, as negotiations take on new urgency while Mexico cautions nothing is imminent. Senior U.S., Canadian and Mexican officials met in Washington Friday, under pressure from looming elections to reach a...


Pruitt reassigned lawmen as drivers, bodyguards in Oklahoma

EPA Pruitt Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Scott Pruitt assigned investigations agents from his office to be his driver and bodyguard, at times taking them on his frequent trips out of state to speak to conservative political organizations, state records show. The newly obtained documents...

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