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Eagle Ford Shale discovery upended South Texas 10 years ago

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The Eagle Ford Shale, which stretches 400 miles from the Bryan-College Station area to Laredo, is now the second largest oil producing and fifth largest natural gas producing region in the U.S.

Saturday, Oct 20

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Is there interference in the 2018 US midterm elections?

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WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Justice Department unsealed criminal charges detailing a yearslong effort by a Russian troll farm to "sow division and discord in the U.S. political system," it was the first federal case alleging continued…

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Hackers breach HealthCare.gov system, get data on 75,000

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday.

Friday, Oct 19

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Oil climbs as Saudi isolation grows over missing regime critic

Oil rose from a one-month low after U.S. President Donald Trump promised "very severe" consequences in the case of a missing critic of Saudi Arabian leaders.

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Southwest Airlines is selling one-way tickets out of Houston for as low as $91

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Southwest Airlines is offering low-cost domestic flights as part of a seasonal promotion, with some flights for this fall and winter starting as low as $49 one-way and $97 round-trip.

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The Latest: Russian woman charged with US election-meddling

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. election security (all times local):; 2:30 p.m. A Russian woman has been charged with interfering in American elections, including next month's midterms, through a vast social media effort aimed at…

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Perry defends subsidy plan for coal, nuclear power

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry, speaking to reporters in San Antonio, said his department is still committed to giving support to coal and nuclear subsidies.

Texas leads a drilling rig count jump

Texas added eight active drilling rigs last week, more than offsetting losses in other states for a nationwide rig count jump.

Home sales jump in Houston; Midland prices close in on $300K mark

Strong third quarter home sales in the Houston area put Texas on a path for another record year, according to a Texas Association of Realtors report.

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China still No. 1 in wind energy

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China cemented its dominance of the global wind power business following the merger of former top energy producer Guodian Group and seventh-ranked Shenhua into the industrial giant CHN Energy, according to a report by the research firm…

Unruly Texas man prompts Southwest flight emergency

A Southwest flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Albuquerque after a man reportedly tried to touch a female passenger against her will and yelled at the flight crew.

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Facebook recruits EU veteran to help with tougher scrutiny

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LONDON (AP) — Facebook has hired former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to head its global policy and communications teams, enlisting a veteran of European Union politics to help it with increased regulatory scrutiny in the region…

Ship pilots withdraw application for rate increase

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The Houston Pilots on Thursday withdrew its application requesting higher fees to guide vessels in and out of the Houston Ship Channel.

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Texas unemployment rate falls to record low

The economy in Texas continued to sizzle as the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to a record low 3.8 percent in August, the government reported on Friday.

FEED to open Houston pop-up shop selling bags for a cause

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FEED, a lifestyle brand founded by Lauren Bush Lauren with a mission of fighting hunger, will open a pop-up shop at Saint Cloud's River Oaks Shopping Center in November.

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Houston, Orlando hotel markets shows post-hurricane drops in September

Houston's hotel market showed the biggest year-over-year drop among U.S. cities in three metrics in September as activity levels dropped from last year's highs following Hurricane Harvey, a new report from research firm STR showed.

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Schlumberger income increases 18 percent in third quarter

Schlumberger's third quarter profit increased 18.2 percent on stronger performances in North America.

Energy consumers growing lax about reducing their use, IEA says

The world is growing more complacent about efforts to squeeze down the use of energy. That’s the signal coming from an International Energy Agency report, which found the smallest improvement in efficiency in a decade after demand for…

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BSEE head optimistic for Gulf of Mexico in 2019

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Thursday director Scott Angelle is "optimistic" that drilling in the Gulf of Mexico will increase in 2019. At the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry Conference in New…

China says ex-Internet czar on trial over corruption charges

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BEIJING (AP) — China's former internet censor, who once held high-profile meetings with industry leaders such as Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, was standing trial Friday on corruption allegations, state media…

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Real estate briefs: MetroNational sells three office buildings

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A collection of commercial real estate leases, sales and other activity in the Houston area.

Retail wrap: Fidelis Realty Partners expands shopping center portfolio

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A roundup of retail real estate activity in the Houston area.

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Melinda Gates speaks on smoothing the shift to digital age

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NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Instead of destroying jobs and leaving legions of people without work, the digital revolution can open doors to unseen opportunities and industries, but only if everyone has access to the internet and the ability…

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Former Schlumberger CEO makes move into pipelines

A former Schlumberger leadership team is partnering with a family-led pipeline firm in The Woodlands to create the publicly traded Strike Inc.

Australia lawyers' group: Draft cyber laws would curb rights

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The president of Australia's top lawyers' group told a parliamentary inquiry that proposed cybersecurity laws to force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling…

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September new-car sales fall compared with last year’s Harvey spike

New-car sales in the Houston area last month fell 8.8 percent from the previous year, according to a new report.

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Bank of America, Credit Suisse expect housing appreciation to slow

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Analysts at Bank of America and Credit Suisse expect housing growth to slow and have downgraded the ratings of several housing-related stocks.

Thursday, Oct 18

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What's next for Paul Allen's big investments? It's not clear

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SEATTLE (AP) — Prior to his death on Monday, billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen invested large sums in technology ventures, research projects and philanthropy, some of it eclectic and highly speculative. What happens to those…

Oil falls to one-month low after U.S. crude stockpiles surge

Oil slipped to the lowest level in nearly a month after expanding American stockpiles overshadowed tensions between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of a prominent kingdom critic.

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States and feds unite on election security after '16 clashes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before the 2016 election, federal officials started making mysterious calls to the head of elections in Inyo County, California. They asked her to contact them if she noticed anything unusual. But they wouldn't…