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Groups seek halt to Arctic offshore drilling
By DAN JOLING
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Two national environmental groups are calling for a halt to federal permits for Arctic offshore petroleum drilling after the grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill ship off Alaska's coast.
Representatives of the Natural Resources Defense Council and The Wilderness Society say Shell has demonstrated it's not ready to drill in Arctic waters. They say the risks are too large to make mistakes in one of the most fragile places on earth.
The drill ship Kulluk performed preliminary work on a well during the open water season in the Beaufort Sea. It was being towed to Seattle last week for upgrades when it became separated from tow lines.
Efforts to maintain reattached lines failed and the barge ran aground Monday night on Sitkalidak Island near Kodiak.
Posted: Thursday, January 3 2013, 07:08 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Christie: Okla. tornado victims deserve aid
May 22, 2013 17:16 GMT
BELMAR, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says now is "not a time for political retribution" against the people of Oklahoma victimized by a powerful tornado.
The governor on Wednesday urged lawmakers in Washington to support "swift and immediate" aid to tornado victims, even though Oklahoma's two Republican senators voted against bills sending $60 billion in federal aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy, mostly in New Jersey.
Sens. Tom Coburn and James Inhofe were among 36 senators to vote no on the aid package.
Christie says two wrongs don't make a right.
Christie spoke in Belmar at the official re-opening of the town's boardwalk. The shore town was the first Christie visited after Sandy, landing a helicopter in a sand-strewn street.
The borough's 1.3-mile boardwalk was destroyed.
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From the FOX 25 First Forecast Center..Weather pattern calming down a bit as we head into the holiday weekend. Patchy fog possible in the mornings with an occasional shower or storm through Saturday. ...
Asia stocks rise as Fed official backs easy policy
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher today after investor confidence was boosted by a Federal Reserve official's comments that the U.S. central bank should stick with its super-easy monetary policy.
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By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: TEENS MOVING TO TWITTER TO DODGE PARENTS, OTHER BORES
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you're one of those parents who are on Facebook in part to keep an eye on what your kids are up to -- here's a news flash: your kids are on to you and have moved to Twitter.
DOG BEACH WEAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- From bikinis to Hawaiian shirts -- it's time to gear up for the beach.