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WASHINGTON (AP) — This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of establishment-friendly Republicans and a leadership push to "show we can govern" instead of throwing partisan brickbats.
Oil prices were up for a second straight day on Monday ahead of the first major snowstorm expected this year in the U.S. Northeast. Gains were limited, however, by the absence of any market disruption in top oil exporter Saudi Arabia after King Abdullah's death. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a blizzard warning for New York City and surrounding areas between coastal New Jersey and Connecticut, beginning 1:00 p.m. EST (1800 GMT) on Monday and worsening overnight into Tuesday morning. Gasoline prices came off their lows following news that BP Plc's 413,500-barrel-per-day (bpd) Whiting, Indiana, refinery had completed the restart of a 90,000-bpd crude distillation unit and was working to boost its production to planned output levels.
Whistleblowing site WikiLeaks on Monday accused Google of handing over the emails and electronic data of its senior staff to the US authorities without providing notification until almost three years later. Google was apparently acting in response to warrants issued by the US Department of Justice, which is investigating WikiLeaks for publishing hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic files. WikiLeaks said the allegations against it point to a far broader investigation into its activities than the US authorities have previously indicated. "Today, WikiLeaks' lawyers have written to Google and the US Department of Justice concerning a serious violation of the privacy and journalistic rights of WikiLeaks' staff," the site said in a statement.