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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
LONDON/HOUSTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) – U.S. refiners will
refrain from buying more Kurdish crude oil until a long-running
dispute between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan is settled, while
Washington urges both sides to set aside their differences and
helps them tackle Sunni militants.
The two known U.S. buyers of Kurdish crude oil have now
rejected delivery of cargoes from tankers near New Jersey and
Texas, saying they will not make further purchases until it is
determined who has the right to sell the oil: the central
government of Iraq or the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).