News bites: Petroleum exports shave US trade deficit

Record petroleum exports helped to reduce the U.S. trade deficit to its smallest size in three years, Bloomberg reports.

The Washington Post sits down with Senate Energy and Natural Resources ranking member Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to discuss her energy roadmap.

Reuters says a resurgent cod population offers hope for fish stocks across the world.

The Post has the latest on the battle between farmers and environmentalists regarding a 60-year-old Mississippi River levee plan.

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, says Western sanctions would not deter his nation from pursuing a nuclear program, according to Bloomberg.