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This March 13, 2012 photo shows older and newly constructed 250,000 barrel capacity oil storage tanks at the SemCrude tank farm north of Cushing, Okla. For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is consuming. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the country's main trading hub in Cushing, pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years, the Energy Department reported Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Michael Wyke) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT

US running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months. For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is consuming. That extra …

PHOTOS: Tapping trees at Sunnyside Maples

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

This week, syrup makers who were waiting for warmer temperatures got what they were waiting for. Mike Moore of Sunnyside Maples in Loudon was one of them and will be tapping about 600 spouts on his farm over the coming days. …

New Hampshire unemployment rate unchanged

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The New Hampshire Employment Security office says the state’s unemployment rate for January was 4 percent, unchanged from December. In January 2014, the seasonally adjusted rate for New Hampshire was 4.6 percent. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 5.7 percent, an increase of one tenth of a percentage point from the December rate, and a decrease of nearly a percentage …

Chicken farmer’s plans, spurned in Dunbarton, receive warmer welcome in Boscawen

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tom Giovagnoli might have found a home for his proposed 27,000-square-foot barn and organic egg-laying farm. Giovagnoli, whose plans in Dunbarton were met with scorn from neighbors and ultimately rejected, is eyeing a rural 200-acre lot in Boscawen, …

Unions begin 3 days of voting on FairPoint contract

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Striking FairPoint workers in Portland, Maine, gave their union negotiators a standing ovation yesterday at the first briefings and ratification votes on a tentative agreement aimed at ending a four-month strike. Workers chanted, “One day longer, one day stronger!” and reacted positively as they received the first details …

Heavy snow collapses suburban Boston barn, killing 2 horses

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A sheet metal barn collapsed under the weight of snow in Westford, Mass., yesterday morning, killing two horses and sparking an hourslong rescue effort that saved five others. Firefighters, public works crews and others responded to Bobby’s Ranch. The effort continued into yesterday afternoon as authorities used shovels …

Greece and eurozone creditors reach deal on loan

Friday, February 20, 2015

Greece and its creditors in the 19-nation eurozone reached an agreement yesterday on extending the country’s rescue loans, a move that should ease concerns that Greece was heading for the euro exit. Athens will get an extension of …

Half-million of Wal-Mart’s U.S. workers to get pay raises

Friday, February 20, 2015

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hoping its decision to boost workers’ paychecks will help it boost its bottom line. The nation’s largest private employer announced yesterday that it’s giving a raise to about a half-million U.S. workers as part …

FairPoint, unions reach tentative agreement

Thursday, February 19, 2015

About 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers are expected to return to work Wednesday, marking the end of a four-month impasse between the company and its employee unions. The telecommunications company announced yesterday it had reached a tentative agreement with …

New England energy companies detail plan to boost natural gas to region

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Three of the biggest energy companies operating in New England are teaming up to propose a plan that they say would lower regional electricity costs by charging ratepayers to help expand natural gas pipelines. Eversource Energy – formerly …

Man sells watch he found at secondhand store for $35,000

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A watch collector spotted a rare Swiss timepiece in a Phoenix secondhand store, bought it on sale for $5.99 and then sold it for $35,000. Zach Norris said he went to a Goodwill store in January to look for a golf cart but took some time to peruse …

American lobster: The new Chinese New Year delicacy

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Now on the menu in Beijing for Chinese New Year: lots and lots of American lobster. Exports of U.S. lobster to China have rocketed in the past few years, largely to satisfy the appetites of the communist country’s …

Michigan governor puts renewed emphasis on blue-collar jobs

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Only a few short years ago, Michigan leaders talked excitedly about diversifying the state’s economy beyond the auto industry, envisioning a Silicon Valley-style workforce that would be less dependent on manufacturing and more invested in technology and green …