A photo taken on June 6, 2013 shows a partial view of oil giant Total's Texas plant in Port Arthur. - 

Thanks to the fracking boom, the United States has become the world’s largest oil and gas producer. But it’s still illegal for energy companies to export crude oil. Exxon has just become the latest oil company to say it’s time for the U.S. to lift the ban on oil exports

This month federal regulators are expected to come out with new rules around Black Lung. The Department of Labor, which is writing the new requirements for how mining companies reduce the exposure of miners to respirable coal dust, particles of dust small enough to be breathed in by miners, won’t disclose what they say. But for the miners, tighter restrictions can’t come too soon. 

As January quickly approaches, it’s time to consider resolutions for the new year. Eat healthier, drink less and “live life to the fullest” are all standbys, but personal finance goals often top these lists.

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