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Pentagon chief pledges $108 billion to fix nuclear force

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MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday the Pentagon is committed to correcting decades of short-changing its nuclear force, including forging ahead with building a new generation of weapons at a cost of more than $100 billion. In his first nuclear-focused speech since taking over the Pentagon in February 2015, Carter implicitly rejected arguments ...

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Shareholders approve sale of Westar Energy to Great Plains

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Stockholders have overwhelmingly approved the $12.2 billion sale of Topeka-based electric company Westar Energy to Missouri-based Great Plains Energy, the two firms announced Monday. Westar is Kansas’ largest electric company, and after the acquisition, Great Plains would serve more than 1.5 million customers in the two states. The two companies say combining operations would result in ...

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Israeli consortium signs gas deal with Jordan

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Delek Group, one of the developers of the country’s biggest natural gas reservoir, says it has signed a deal to sell gas to neighboring Jordan. The agreement announced Monday would provide 45 billion cubic meters (1.6 trillion cubic feet) of gas to Jordan over 15 years. Delek says revenues could amount to $10 billion. Delek Drilling ...

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Shell Nigeria refuses to confirm oil militants’ attack

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WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Shell Nigeria refused Monday to confirm a report by the Niger Delta Avengers militant group that it has bombed the company’s Bonny oil pipeline and again crippled its exports. Friday night’s bombing breaks a month-long ceasefire between militant groups and the government and comes days after repairs from an earlier attack had allowed Shell’s exports to ...

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SCE&G announces $1M donation to help needy pay utility bills

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. is providing $1 million toward helping poor, elderly and disabled customers pay their utility bills. SCE&G announced Monday its donation to The Salvation Army of the Carolinas. The nonprofit’s regional offices in Aiken, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia and Orangeburg will distribute the money. Eligible customers can get up to $500 annually ...

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Order would limit Columbia Gas rate increase to 10 percent

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The state Public Service Commission is proposing about a 10 percent rate increase for western Maryland customers of Columbia Gas. The utility regulator issued the proposed order Monday. It becomes final Oct. 27 unless it’s appealed. The increase reflects a settlement between the company, commission staff and the Office of the People’s Counsel, which represents the public. ...

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US rig count up 5 this week to 511

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HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by five this week to 511. A year ago, 838 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 418 rigs sought oil and 92 explored for natural gas ...

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