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President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sit for tea after a stroll in the gardens of Hyderabad House, where the leaders held their talks, in New Delhi, India, Sunday. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India) INDIA OUT

U.S., India reach agreement on nuclear power

- The Washington Times

President Obama announced a tentative agreement Sunday with India’s prime minister to open the country to U.S. firms investing in commercial nuclear power, a step that they said underscores improved bilateral relations.

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FILE - In this on March 6, 2014, file photo, Empty nuclear waste shipping containers sit in front of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M. New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 6 2014 levied more than $54 million in penalties against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository. The state Environment Department delivered a pair of compliance orders to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, marking the state's largest penalty ever imposed on the agency. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Department of Energy challenges $54M in fines over nuke dump

Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Energy is contesting more than $54 million in fines, the largest penalty levied by New Mexico for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.

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Obama's Keystone amnesia: President ignores GOP pipeline push

- The Washington Times

President Obama on Saturday talked about higher education, affordable housing, the resurgence of the auto industry, health-care reform, growth in the manufacturing sector and a variety of other issues — virtually everything except the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which is at the top of Republicans' agenda now that they have full control of Congress.

An oil man works on a new oil rig during a sandstorm that blew in on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. Global stock markets rose Thursday, boosted by positive economic news from the U.S., expectations of stimulus in Europe and stabilization in oil prices after sharp falls. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

US rig count tumbles by 61 to 1,750

Associated Press

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. plummeted by 61 this week to 1,750.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio takes questions from reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

House approves building Keystone pipeline

- The Washington Times

The Keystone XL pipeline cleared its first hurdle of the new Congress on Friday when the House voted to approve construction of the long-stalled project, just hours after a court in Nebraska cleared a final legal hurdle there.

In this Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, a Philadelphia business displays a help wanted sign in its storefront. With the price of oil below $50 a barrel, consumers will have steadily more money to spend, potentially creating job openings at retailers, auto dealers, shipping firms, restaurants and hotels.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

How lower oil prices could fuel more hiring in US

- Associated Press

In June, when oil cost $107 a barrel, U.S. employers added a healthy number of jobs — 267,000. Now, with oil below $50, hopes are rising that hiring in the United States is poised to intensify.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. (Associated Press)

EPA delays rule to cut carbon from new coal power plants

- Associated Press

The Obama administration on Wednesday said it would delay for months a final rule to control carbon dioxide emissions at new coal-fired power plants, thwarting for now one way the Republican-controlled Congress could have blocked the administration's plans on global warming.

FILE - In this March 11, 2013 file photo is a sign reading "Stop the Transcanada Pipeline" placed in a field near Bradshaw, Neb. Even if the Republican-led Congress approves the Keystone XL pipeline, not a drop of oil will flow through the system until Nebraska signs off on its route. The routing process is still before the state Supreme Court, and depending on how justices rule, it could be months or longer before any construction in Nebraska begins. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Nebraska court could hold up Keystone pipeline

- Associated Press

The Republican-led Congress appears ready to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but no matter what actions are taken in Washington, the entire 1,179-mile project could be delayed until Nebraska signs off on the route.

In a Dec. 3, 2012 file photo, crews work on construction of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline near County Road 363 and County Road 357, east of Winona, Texas. In the run-up to a razor-thin vote, Sen. Mary Landrieu beseeched fellow Democrats on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, to provide the support necessary to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.  (AP Photo/Tyler Morning Telegraph, Sarah A. Miller, File)

Keystone backers win in SD, set back by White House

- Associated Press

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has denied efforts from opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline to block TransCanada Corp.'s request to re-approve the portion of the pipeline that would run through the state.