China oil majors barred from expanding refineries

BEIJING (AP) — Environmental regulators have taken the unusual step of blocking China’s two biggest oil producers from expanding their refining capacity after they failed to meet targets for reducing pollution. The penalties for PetroChina and Sinopec are…

Report: China to investigate former security czar

BEIJING (AP) — An influential Hong Kong newspaper reported Friday that China’s top leadership has agreed to start a corruption investigation into Zhou Yongkang, a former security czar and one of the country’s most powerful politicians of the…

Chevron exec says Argentine venture worth the risk

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A Chevron Corp. executive says the oil giant is facing risks in its joint venture with Argentina’s state-controlled oil company YPF, but considers that worth it for the chance to exploit a huge…

NBC’s Brian Williams ready to return after surgery

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News anchor Brian Williams is returning from the disabled list. The network said Thursday he’ll be back to work at “Nightly News” next Tuesday, after Labor Day. He’s been out since undergoing knee…

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week’s ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data…

Feds: Terror suspect sought agent’s murder

CHICAGO (AP) — A teenager facing terrorism charges for allegedly trying to bomb a downtown Chicago bar is now accused of seeking to have an undercover FBI agent killed while the suspect was behind bars, prosecutors announced Thursday.…

Clapper to publish numbers of secret spying orders

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. intelligence official said Thursday that he’ll now release figures every year on how many new top secret court orders and national security letters are issued and how many people are targeted because…

Football returns to Texas town hit by plant blast

WEST, Texas (AP) — Four months after the local fertilizer plant exploded, killing 15 people, transforming the lives of everyone in town and damaging buildings for blocks around, including their high school, the West Trojans were preparing to…

BP: Jindal admin ‘misrepresents’ company’s record

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP PLC says the Jindal administration has misrepresented its record in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including how much it has spent on cleanup. BP spokesman Geoff Morrell responded Thursday to comments…

Conjoined boys separated at US hospital

DALLAS (AP) — The mother of twins successfully separated after being born joined at the chest says she’s looking forward to holding the babies she once thought had no chance of survival. “I’m just so happy that they’re…

Police: NYC woman offers stamps to pay for murder

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say they’ve arrested a woman after she offered an undercover officer a $60,000 stamp collection to kill her husband. Police say Elena Adams was arrested Thursday and charged with conspiracy…

Bruce Murray, former JPL director, dies at 81

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bruce C. Murray, who led the influential Jet Propulsion Laboratory and battled Washington and NASA over money, projects and policy, has died. He was 81. Murray died at his home early Thursday from complications…

Clapper to publish numbers of secret spying orders

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top intelligence official said Thursday that he’ll now release figures every year on how many new top secret court orders and national security letters are issued and how many people are targeted because…