WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - North Dakota's oil industry will miss out on a roughly $480 million tax cut over the next six months due to the recent rise in crude prices. The average price for a barrel of benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude at the Cushing, Oklahoma, transport hub had to fall below $55.09 per barrel for May in order for the state to temporarily waive its 6.5 percent oil extraction tax. Oil prices, though, have steadily risen in recent months, up about 25 percent since April 1. ...
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal grand jury has accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican.
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican.
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - An African-American celebration called Pinkster dating back to the 17th century is enjoying a quiet revival in New York, giving the city a fresh glimpse at the largely ignored contribution that black colonists made to America's emerging culture. Considered the oldest African-American holiday, Pinkster was virtually unknown to generations of New Yorkers until three years ago when a group of black history enthusiasts decided to resurrect it. "Africans are always left out of history," said Christopher Paul Moore, a historian and retired curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City's Harlem.