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Oct 14, 2014

Dallas Ebola nurse says ‘doing well’ after transfusion

DALLAS, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The nurse who contracted Ebola
while caring for a dying Liberian in a Dallas hospital said on
Tuesday she is doing well, while U.S. officials redouble efforts
to stop the deadly virus spreading.

Nina Pham, a 26-year-old Vietnamese-American, became the
first person infected by Ebola in the United States while caring
for the Liberian for much of his 11 days in Texas Health
Presbyterian Hospital. He died on Wednesday.

Oct 13, 2014

U.S. needs to rethink Ebola infection controls says CDC chief

DALLAS, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The case of a Dallas nurse who
contracted Ebola while caring for a dying Liberian patient shows
that the United States needs to rethink how it addresses
infection control as an outbreak of the deadly virus spreads
beyond West Africa, a top U.S. health official said on Monday.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, said health authorities are still
investigating how the nurse became infected while caring for
Thomas Eric Duncan in an isolation ward at Texas Health
Presbyterian Hospital.

Oct 13, 2014

Investigators rush to find out how Ebola struck Dallas nurse

DALLAS (Reuters) – Health investigators were racing on Monday to figure out how a nurse in Texas contracted Ebola even though she used protective equipment when treating a Liberian who died of the disease in Dallas last week.

The inquiry, reported by the Dallas Morning News, underscores the increased scrutiny hospital officials face over whether safety precautions taken by medical staff are sufficient and as nurses groups demand better training to avoid becoming infected with the deadly virus.

Sep 19, 2014

Kinder Morgan builds out Gulf Coast logistics hub in U.S. oil boom

HOUSTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – To capitalize on a flood of
domestic and Canadian crude into the U.S. Gulf Coast, logistics
giant Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is spending more
than $1.5 billion in Houston to build the most flexible oil and
fuel transport hub in the country.

The company’s expanding infrastructure smorgasbord includes
a bit of almost everything at the increasingly crowded Houston
Ship Channel – all next door to the biggest concentration of
refiners in the country.

Sep 6, 2014

Iraq refiles case in U.S. court over disputed Kurdish crude

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Iraq has refiled in U.S. court to gain control of $100 million of Kurdish crude oil on a tanker near Texas, days after the court ruled it lacked jurisdiction to seize the cargo but said it could hear arguments over who is the oil’s rightful owner.

Iraq, in court documents seen on Friday, widened its case to include potential buyers of the cargo and said the Kurdistan Regional Government has not stated if it currently owns it.

Sep 4, 2014

BP found ‘grossly negligent’ in 2010 U.S. spill, billions in fines loom

HOUSTON (Reuters) – BP Plc (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) was “grossly negligent” for its role in the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, a U.S. district judge said on Thursday in a ruling that could add billions of dollars in fines to the more than $42 billion in charges taken so far for the worst offshore disaster in U.S. history.

Shares of BP traded in the United States fell 5 percent, or $2.40, to $45.31, eroding about $8.8 billion of its market value. BP shares traded in London closed down nearly 6 percent, the worst one day slide in more than four years.

Aug 28, 2014

Disputed Kurdish oil tanker mysteriously goes dark off Texas coast

HOUSTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – A tanker near Texas loaded with
$100 million of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude has disappeared
from satellite tracking, the latest development in a high stakes
game of cat-and-mouse between Baghdad and the Kurds.

The AIS ship tracking system used by the U.S. Coast Guard
and Reuters on Thursday showed no known position for the United
Kalavrvta, which was carrying 1 million barrels of crude and 95
percent full when it went dark.

Aug 26, 2014

Impasse over Kurdish tanker near Texas to drag on, more tussles likely -source

HOUSTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – A tanker loaded with $100
million of Kurdish crude oil cannot be delivered in Texas soon
because of risks for buyers as Iraq mulls further legal
challenges, so a month-long standoff will drag on, a source
close to the matter said on Tuesday.

A U.S. court on Monday threw out an order to seize the 1
million barrel cargo from the United Kalavrvta tanker in the
Gulf of Mexico, after acknowledging it lacked jurisdiction
because the ship is beyond U.S. territorial waters, about 60
miles (97 km) offshore.

Aug 26, 2014

Impasse over Kurdish crude cargo near Texas to drag on: source

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A tanker loaded with $100 million of Kurdish crude oil cannot be delivered in Texas soon because of risks for buyers as Iraq mulls further legal challenges, so a month-long standoff will drag on, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday.

A U.S. court on Monday threw out an order to seize the 1 million barrel cargo from the United Kalavrvta tanker in the Gulf of Mexico, after acknowledging it lacked jurisdiction because the ship is beyond U.S. territorial waters, about 60 miles (97 km) offshore.

Aug 26, 2014

U.S. court scraps order to seize Kurdish crude from tanker near Texas

HOUSTON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – A U.S. court on Monday threw out
an order to seize some 1 million barrels of disputed Iraqi
Kurdish crude oil from a tanker near Texas, a move that could
allow the cargo to be delivered and end a nearly month-long
impasse.

The United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying about $100 million
worth of Kurdish crude, has been anchored in the Gulf of Mexico
for weeks, as the Iraqi region of Kurdistan wages a legal battle
over ownership with the central government of Iraq.

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