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Higher oil prices means higher gas prices

Higher oil prices means higher gas prices

Business
July 10 (UPI) -- Consumer demand strains and the lack of extra oil on the global market mean retail gas prices in the United States continue to climb, analysts said. Motor club AAA lists a national average retail price of $ 2.86 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline on Tuesday, relatively unchanged since one week ago. Americans returned to work this week after a long holiday to mark Independence Day with gas prices at four-year highs. "As gas prices saw their highest level on July 4 in four years, President Trump continues to try to push OPEC to produce more crude oil, but so far, it hasn't materialized into much of anything," Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said in a separate statement. "Gas prices have inched up in a majority of states and oil prices remain...
What the fire near Saddleworth Moor means for wildlife

What the fire near Saddleworth Moor means for wildlife

Science
The fire near Saddleworth Moor now spans over seven square miles, and local residents have been evacuated from some of the worst affected areas.But what does it mean for the wildlife that rely on the moor?"It couldn't have happened at a worse time," says David Hunt, an Upland Conservation Officer with the RSPB."This time of year we're in the middle of the bird breeding season. So ground nesting birds will inevitably have been affected."You could potentially still have birds on eggs. Although it's starting to get quite late; some smaller birds might be on second clutches," he told BBC News. The RSPB's Dove Stone site is home to an internationally important population of w...
Mating season means more alligator-human interactions

Mating season means more alligator-human interactions

Science
June 27 (UPI) -- Alligators are ending up inside suburban garages and backyard pools. They're blocking sidewalks, basking in driveways and interrupting professional golfers. Gator experts say the reptiles are just looking for mates. "They're very promiscuous animals," Kimberly Andrews, a herpetologist and researcher at the University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology, told UPI. Throughout the Southeast, mating season is coming to a close. Females are gathering pine needles, leaves and soil to build their nests. But there are still some males looking for another chance to sire offspring. Each female lays 20 to 40 eggs. The clutch of eggs can yield offspring sired by multiple fathers. And males can father offspring with multiple females. This promiscuity helps ensure genetic diversity am...
Here's what the Amex court decision actually means for consumers

Here's what the Amex court decision actually means for consumers

Finance
American Express had its day in court — and won. The jury is still out for consumers, however. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the card company’s “anti-steering” rules do not violate federal antitrust law. The rules prevent merchants from offering you discounts or incentives to use cards with lower "swipe" fees, like Visa or Mastercard. Amex has historically charged higher swipe or interchange fees to merchants than these competitors because it delivers wealthier cardholders who spend more money, the Supreme Court said. The fees that merchants pay to process Amex transactions fund the card company'...
Breast cancer: Test means fewer women will need chemotherapy

Breast cancer: Test means fewer women will need chemotherapy

Health
About 70% of women with the most common form of early stage breast cancer can be spared the "agony of chemotherapy", researchers say.It follows trials of a genetic test that analyses the danger of a tumour. Cancer doctors said the findings would change practice in UK clinics on Monday, and meant women in this group could be treated safely with just surgery and hormone therapy.Charities said the news, affecting 3,000 UK women a year, was "wonderful".Chemotherapy is often used after surgery to reduce the chance of breast cancer spreading or coming back. It saves lives, but side-effects of the toxic drugs range from vomiting, fatigue and infertility to permanent nerve pain. In rare cases it can lead to heart failure and leukaemia. T...