Exxon, Chevron profits boosted by refining as oil prices fall

A Exxon Mobil gas station is shown in Encinitas ,CaliforniaBy Anna Driver and Ernest Scheyder (Reuters) - A surge in refining profits boosted quarterly results for Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp , helping to offset lower oil and gas output and slumping crude oil prices. Both U.S. energy majors reported better-than-expected third-quarter profits on Friday, with executives touting the importance of owning massive refineries alongside oil and gas wells. Exxon shares jumped 1.7 percent while Chevron advanced 1.6 percent as the broader market was sharply higher. ...



Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — Kaci Hickox is free to travel unrestricted after a Maine judge on Friday rejected the state's bid to limit her movements as a medical worker who has treated Ebola patients.
Canada security services struggle with extremist threat, resources gap

A RCMP vehicle passes the Fairmont Chateau Laurier as it leaves a secure area downtown following shootings in OttawaBy David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's spy agency and national police force are so constrained by a lack of resources that they can’t keep close track of all the Islamic extremists who may be a potential threat at home and they have also had to abandon some counter-espionage work and criminal investigations, according to current and former intelligence and police officials. ...



Agent: Chicago Marathon champion fails doping test

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — The agent for Chicago Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo says the Kenyan runner has failed a doping test.
Judge enforces Ebola isolation of defiant Maine nurse

By Joel Page FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - A judge on Friday ordered an American nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone for the disease to obey a state-imposed quarantine after she defied Maine officials and went for a bike ride. The temporary order from Charles LaVerdiere, chief judge of the Maine District Court, turned up the heat in the confrontation over the quarantine between the New England state's officials and nurse Kaci Hickox. ...


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