By STEPHEN BRAUNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal official says a team of environmental enforcement inspectors is flying to the scene of an oil platform fire in the Gulf of Mexico following reports of an explosion on the rig earlier Friday.
David Smith, a spokesman for the Interior
VENICE, La. (AP) - An oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana sent four people to hospital Friday and two others were believed to be missing, Coast Guard officials said.
Coast Guard spokesman Drake Foret said the fire was out in the meantime. Four people were taken to West Jefferson Medical
By MARY CLARE JALONICKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday denied requests from several governors to waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol.
A renewable fuels law requires that 13.2 billion gallons of ethanol be produced by this year and
By MARTIN CRUTSINGERAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Foreign demand for U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record level in September for the ninth straight month. The increase suggests that overseas investors are confident in U.S. debt despite a potential budget crisis.
CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) - California prison officials will free a quadriplegic rapist whose care costs the state $625,000 a year.
The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/ZGwHSP ) reports a parole board agreed this week to release Steven Martinez from Corcoran state prison.
He applied last year to become
By MICHELE SALCEDOAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A children's safety equipment manufacturer has agreed to recall about 220,000 infant travel beds after reports of one infant's death and nine others entrapped or distressed while inside the portable sleep tents.
The Consumer Product
By MICHAEL KUNZELMANAssociated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - While BP has resolved a sweeping criminal probe of its role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, two company employees charged in the deaths of 11 rig workers claim the Justice Department is trying to make them scapegoats
By DAVID STRINGERAssociated Press
LONDON (AP) - European nations are discussing whether to overturn an arms embargo on Syria and seeking to press Arab countries and the United States for a new impetus to end the deadly 20-month conflict, Britain's foreign policy chief said Friday.
By JUAN CARLOS LLORCAAssociated Press
MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - Cheered on by a flag-waving crowd, a parade float filled with wounded veterans and their spouses was inching across a railroad track when the crossing gates began to lower and a freight train that seemed to come out of nowhere was
SEATTLE, Wash. - Attorney General Rob McKenna announced Thursday that he and 37 other Attorney Generals reached a $90 million settlement with GlaxoSmithKline LLC (GSK), resolving any allegations that the company had illegally promoted its diabetes drug, Avandia.
A small portion of the $2