United States markets were mostly lower in early afternoon trading on Friday as the stocks of energy companies fell along with the price of oil.
Twenty-eight workers have been evacuated from an oil production platform that is on fire off Louisiana's coast. A Coast Guard news release says the fire was reported at 2:50 a.m.
Loudoun continues to rank as Virginia's fastest-growing county, according to updated figures released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau—adding population at a rate of more than 1,000 people per month during the past year.
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Although gas prices have gone up by 70 cents since January, they are still almost a dollar less than last year's prices. As more drivers hit the roads for Memorial Day weekend and the rest of the summer, it is uncertain whether gas prices will rise or fall.