A senior U.S. official says 872 refugees will be allowed into the United States this week despite the Trump administration executive order suspending the U.S. refugees program.
The Obama administration is denying permits for energy companies to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean to map potential drilling sites for oil and natural gas.
OPEC has agreed to cut 1.2 million barrels a day from its present output - the first cutback in eight years -after its 14 members put aside differences to agree on individual production levels.
Oil prices took a pounding Tuesday after a leading industry group said global oil demand growth is slowing by more than previously thought, largely because of a more pronounced economic slowdown during the third quarter of the year.
Following a stunning decline, oil prices have clawed back near the $50 level this year. Production boomed in the U.S. but is now slumping.
Federal regulators are considering requests from four companies to look for oil and natural gas in the mid-and south Atlantic Ocean by blasting the sea bed with sound waves.
U.S. stocks recovered much of an early plunge, but the price of oil suffered its worst one-day drop since September.
Markets are turning turbulent again after investors were unnerved by more signs of weakness in China, the world's second-largest economy.
Brunswick County Commissioners will look at whether to change their official stance on seismic testing and offshore oil exploration.
State regulators in both Carolinas have signed off on proposals by companies to conduct seismic testing for oil and natural gas off coast, subject to some conditions.