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Tennis: Extreme heat halts play at Australian Open

Australian Open organisers announced a suspension of play due to extreme heat Thursday with temperatures at 41.7 Celsius (107.1 Fahrenheit). Players will complete their current sets before a suspension of at least one hour, organisers said, while the roofs will be closed on the centre and second courts. th/mp

Oil price steady near $92 a after rising along with Wall Street

The price of oil was steady Wednesday after closing nearly 1 per cent higher a day earlier. Benchmark U.S. crude oil for February delivery was down 3 cents at US$92.56 a barrel at 12 a.m. ET in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.The contract rose 79 cents to settle at $92.59 in New York on Tuesday. Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, was down 24 cents at $105.36

Lundberg Survey: US gas prices up 8 cents a gallon over past 3 weeks

CAMARILLO, Calif. - Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average U.S. price of gasoline is up 8 cents a gallon over the past three weeks. According to the Lundberg Survey released Sunday, the average for a gallon of regular gas is now $3.35. Midgrade averages $3.54, and premium is $3.68. Of cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, the lowest price, $2.97 a gallon, was in Albuquerque, N.M. Long Island, N.Y., had the highest, at $3.67. Just a penny less was San Diego, with an average of $3.66. The lowest price in California was in Sacramento, at $3.47.

B.C. museum thieves steal Bill Miner's watch; police make two arrests

VICTORIA - The Royal British Columbia Museum discovered there's no honour among thieves as a pair of bandits made off with a collection of prized watches, including a gold pocket watch that once belonged to legendary train-robber Bill Miner. Victoria Police said Thursday they recovered the watches, including Miner's 1901 model, and man and woman face theft-related charges after their arrests at an apartment in Port Alberni, B.C.

Oil market diverges as traders digest US inventories

Global oil prices diverged on Wednesday as traders digested the latest US crude inventories report and simmering tensions in Libya, analysts said. New York's main contract West Texas Intermediate for February delivery fell 68 cents to $92.98 per barrel. But Brent North crude rose 14 cents to stand at $107.49 a barrel in early afternoon London deals. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Wednesday that US crude inventories slid by 2.7 million barrels in the week to January 3, in the sixth successive weekly decline.

Factbox: Domestic seasons and the 2022 World Cup

(Reuters) - FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Wednesday that the 2022 soccer World Cup finals will not be played in the summer months. Valcke said the tournament would probably be played at some point between November 15 and January 15. The tournament lasts for 30 days but FIFA allows two full months for it in the international match calendar.

Record freeze extends to eastern United States, at least nine dead

By Victoria Cavaliere and Brendan O'Brien NEW YORK/MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A deadly blast of arctic air shattered decades-old temperature records as it enveloped the eastern United States on Tuesday, snarling air, road and rail travel, driving energy prices higher and overwhelming shelters for homeless people.

Factbox: Tips to stay safe during severe winter weather

(Reuters) - As dangerously cold temperatures and massive snow totals have gripped the United States in the past few days, federal and state agencies have issued tips for how people can stay safe and warm during the winter. The following guidance was provided by agencies including the National Institutes of Health and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. PREPARE AT HOME

Colombia's oil production goes over 1 mn bpd in 2013

Bogota, Dec 31 (EFE).- Colombia's oil production exceeded 1 million barrels per day (bpd) on average in 2013, Energy and Mines Minister Amylkar Acosta said. "We are going to end the year with average petroleum production of 1 million barrels (per day), a figure that is the product of the work done by the industry and the government in recent years," the minister said in a statement. Acosta did not provide an exact production figure, but he said it would exceed 1 million bpd, while the 2012 number was an average of 944,000 bpd.

Swatch fire strikes at "heart" of watch mechanism production

ZURICH (Reuters) - A fire has destroyed one workshop and damaged another at Swatch Group's <UHR.VX> watch mechanism subsidiary, the Swiss firm that has a near monopoly on the supply of mechanisms to other watchmakers said. Swatch Chief Executive Nick Hayek told Swiss radio on Sunday that the blaze had struck at the "heart of production" at ETA Manufacture Horlogere and the impact on output would be examined more closely on Monday. "Everything is devastated," Hayek said.
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