U.S. stocks close higher, oil jumps as fiscal aid talks progress

NEW YORK – Wall Street advanced and crude prices surged on Thursday as reports continued to surface of new developments in pandemic relief negotiations in Washington. All three major U.S. stock indexes gained ground, with smaller cap stocks handily outperforming their larger counterparts. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, while expressing confidence that she would be […]

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Hurricane Delta steams across Gulf of Mexico, halting most oil output

HOUSTON – Hurricane Delta raked across the Gulf of Mexico, halting most of the region’s offshore oil output on Thursday after energy companies shut-in wells, pulled staff from offshore platforms and began securing coastal processing plants. The storm was about 370 miles (595 km) south of Cameron, Louisiana, and grinding toward the Louisiana coast at […]

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Waymo opens driverless robo-taxi service to the public in Phoenix

DETROIT (Reuters) – Waymo on Thursday will relaunch and expand its fully automated, robo-taxi ride hailing service in Phoenix, rebooting its effort to transform years of autonomous vehicle research into a revenue-producing business. Waymo, the self-driving vehicle technology unit of Google parent Alphabet, Inc GOOGL.O, said it will start offering rides in minivans with no […]

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