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Jan 17, 2011

China starts US trade trip with $600 mln in deals

HOUSTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – The Chinese government kicked
off a four-day U.S. trade mission on Monday by signing six
deals in Houston with undisclosed U.S. companies worth $600
million, according to Chinese state media reports.

The deals came a day before Chinese President Hu Jintao
arrives in the United States for a visit being billed as the
most important U.S.-China summit since Deng Xiaoping’s visit to
Washington 30 years ago.

Dec 20, 2010

Texas, home to Big Oil, takes shine to solar power

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas has long been home to Big Oil companies that specialize in extracting petroleum from hard-to-reach places. Now the hip college town of Austin is vying to become the epicenter of a potentially giant market for carbon-free electricity generated by the hot Texas sun.

The rest of Texas may follow, if the state legislature passes incentives that will change the economics of buying panels from hippie cool to low-price hot.

Dec 10, 2010

New Orleans mayor apologizes after Katrina verdict

HOUSTON (Reuters) – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a public apology on Friday, the day after a federal jury convicted three current and former New Orleans police officers in the shooting death and burning of a man in the chaotic days following devastating Hurricane Katrina.

Former officer David Warren was convicted of manslaughter for shooting 31-year-old Henry Glover on September 2, 2005, days after Katrina flooded 80 percent of New Orleans and killed 1,500 people as the city plunged into lawlessness.

Dec 7, 2010

Texas judge puts state’s death penalty on trial

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A Houston judge on Monday began a hearing on the legality of the death penalty in Texas, which executes more convicts than any other U.S. state, and will render a high-profile judgment that could influence the national debate on capital punishment.

John Green, 25, is awaiting trial after being charged with murdering a woman during a robbery in Houston in 2008. He says he is innocent.

Nov 4, 2010

Post-spill, Gulf of Mexico key to BP’s fortunes

HOUSTON (Reuters) – BP Plc is headquartered at St. James’s Square in London, but the energy company’s fate lies in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Though the worst U.S offshore oil spill has ravaged BP’s reputation and its stock price, BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) will likely remain a top operator in the Gulf, a region which is key to future U.S. and global energy supplies.

Nov 4, 2010

Analysis – Gulf of Mexico key to BP’s fortunes

HOUSTON (Reuters) – BP Plc (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) is headquartered at St. James’s Square in London, but the energy company’s fate lies in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Though the worst U.S. offshore oil spill has ravaged BP’s reputation and its stock price, BP will likely remain a top operator in the Gulf, a region which is key to future U.S. and global energy supplies.

Nov 4, 2010

Analysis: Post-spill, Gulf of Mexico key to BP’s fortunes

HOUSTON (Reuters) – BP Plc is headquartered at St. James’s Square in London, but the energy company’s fate lies in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Though the worst U.S. offshore oil spill has ravaged BP’s reputation and its stock price, BP will likely remain a top operator in the Gulf, a region which is key to future U.S. and global energy supplies.

Nov 3, 2010

Texas Governor Perry rides anti-Obama wave to victory

HOUSTON/DALLAS (Reuters) – Republican Governor Rick Perry of Texas defeated Democratic challenger Bill White on Tuesday, setting the stage for a showdown with the Obama administration over federal carbon dioxide limits.

Perry, a conservative and Tea Party darling and the state’s longest-serving governor, won an unprecedented third term in Texas, the second most populous U.S. state behind California.

Oct 29, 2010

Halliburton used flawed cement on BP well-panel

HOUSTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Halliburton Co. (HAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) used
flawed cement in BP Plc’s (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (BP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) doomed Gulf of Mexico
well, which could have contributed to the blowout that sparked
the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a White House
panel said on Thursday.

Halliburton’s shares tumbled as much as 16 percent after
the National Oil Spill Commission released a letter detailing
the panel’s findings, before recovering to close down nearly 8
percent at $31.68 per share on the New York Stock Exchange
[ID:nN28264019].

Oct 28, 2010

BP, Halliburton ignored Macondo cement flaws – panel

HOUSTON (Reuters) – BP Plc and Halliburton Co, the contractor who cemented the blown-out Macondo well, ignored cement design flaws weeks before the disaster that sparked the worst U.S. offshore oil spill, a White House panel said on Thursday.

Both Halliburton and BP were aware of flaws in the cement slurry, similar to the one used to seal the well, as early as March 8, “but neither acted upon that data,” according to the National Oil Spill Commission’s chief counsel, Fred Bartlit.

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      "Chris has been a journalist for Reuters since 2001, when he joined the Washington DC bureau as a summer intern. As a correspondent in Washington, Chris covered energy policy, reported on Congress, the Supreme Court and federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency. As Houston Bureau Chief, Chris oversees a team of five reporters and covers general news topics like the BP oil spill, hurricanes, NASA, and national politics. In addition, Chris oversees a team of Power and Gas reporters in New York and Houston."
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