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Jan 27, 2014 - The Associated Press

No change in state rigs

HOUSTON -- Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. remained unchanged this week at 1,777.

The Houston firm said in its weekly report Friday that 1,416 rigs were exploring for oil and 356 for gas. Five were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,753 active rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Kansas and New Mexico each gained two rigs while Colorado, Louisiana, North Dakota and Oklahoma rose by one each.

California was down by three, Texas two and Pennsylvania and West Virginia one apiece. Alaska, Arkansas, Ohio, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged. The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.

Dogs to assist homicide investigation

CODY -- Sheriff's officials in Park County plan to put cadaver dogs to work this weekend to try to sniff out and find the head and one arm missing from a corpse that was found.

Authorities are still trying to identify the dead man. A duck hunter and his son found the headless, one-armed corpse Jan. 9 in a remote area northwest of Powell. Unfavorable weather has prevented the use of cadaver dogs.

Investigators suspect the victim was a farm or ranch worker. They describe him as a stocky, physically fit, white or light-skinned Hispanic male. They say he was about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 180 to 200 pounds and no more than 35 years old.

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