Explosions, fires still problem in oil and gas industry


Despite recent improvements in the numbers, oil and gas firms still have more deaths from explosions and fires than any other private industry and carelessness is still a problem, according to E&E’s review of federal statistics.

Kerry to host top Chinese diplomat in Boston

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry welcomes a top Chinese diplomat to Boston on Friday.

A week ago, Kerry hosted in his hometown the British foreign secretary. Now it's the turn of Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi to sample a bit of the city's history.

Iraq imposes curfew in Ramadi, fearing militants

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials in the western Anbar province say a curfew has been imposed in the provincial capital Ramadi over fears that the Islamic State group might try to advance on the city.

Sabah Karhout, the chairman of the Anbar provincial council, says the curfew began at midnight Friday as part of an effort to limit movement in and out of the city.

Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo aims for Bermuda

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Hurricane Gonzalo has strengthened overnight and is again a dangerous Category 4 storm as it barrels toward the small British island territory of Bermuda.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Gonzalo reached Category 4 strength early Thursday for the second time in two days while fluctuating in intensity.

US, Russia vow stronger cooperation on many issues

PARIS (AP) — The United States and Russia are vowing to cooperate more closely on a broad array of global security matters even as they remain deeply at odds over the crisis in Ukraine.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met for more than three hours in Paris Tuesday. Kerry emphasized afterward that the two countries would work closer together on fighting the Islamist extremists in the Middle East, dealing with Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs and other issues. He said Russia has agreed to begin intelligence sharing with the U.S. on the Islamic State.

Russian hackers take aim at NATO, Ukraine


Cyber intelligence company iSight Partners revealed that Russian actors took advantage a weakness in Microsoft software in an attempt to gather information from NATO, Ukraine and energy and telecommunications firms, Reuters reports.

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Interior IG finds offshore permitting weaknesses remain

The Interior Department has yet to act on recommendations by its internal watchdog to strengthen offshore oil and gas permitting processes following the Deepwater Horizon blowout in 2010, according to a report issued Wednesday.

Acting Inspector General Mary Kendall said in the report that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has twice formed teams to implement recommendations made by her office that year but has not been successful.

US closes probe into Camry Hybrid brake problems

DETROIT (AP) — An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began the probe in January after getting complaints of malfunctions that reduced power-assisted braking in 2007 and 2008 Camry hybrids. The probe covered about 100,000 cars.

CSB chief hangs firm despite cloud over his agency

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The controversial chief of the Chemical Safety Board, Rafael Moure-Eraso, is sticking to his post despite mounting criticism of the toxic atmosphere that many say hinders its operations, National Journal reports.

US: Can't rule out Russian role in plane downing

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air missile that shot down a Malaysian Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

Power said the U.S. believes the plane was likely downed by an SA-11 missile fired from an area in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. She said Russia has provided SA-11s and other heavy weapons to the separatists.


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