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Drilling ban called big threat to jobs

Associated Press / August 22, 2010

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washington, d.c.
A six-month ban on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico would directly put more than 9,000 people out of work and indirectly affect another 14,000 jobs, according to a memo from the nation’s top drilling regulator. The federal document, which weighed the economic impact and alternatives to the ban, was sent to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar An earlier ban was struck down by a federal judge, but the administration issued a new one July 12.

new york
Bedbugs invade landmark tower
NEW YORK — It survived the Depression, a bomber crash and King Kong’s climb, but can the Empire State Building withstand a bedbug infestation? Officials say exterminators had to clean out an employee changing room in the tower’s basement after bedbugs were found there. The officials tell the New York Daily News that an employee had the bedbugs on his clothes and brought them into the building, but that the problem is now under control.

alabama
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