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U.S. proposes drilling off FLA., VA., Alaska

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 1, 2007


WASHINGTON - The Bush administration Monday called for opening long-protected coastal waters off Virginia, Alaska and Florida to oil and gas exploration, saying the outer continental shelf - which has remained off limits for decades - is a "vital source" of energy production. The Interior Department plan calls for opening 5.6-million acres of water northwest of Alaska, as well as drilling 50 miles off Virginia's eastern shore. Drilling in Florida would come no closer than 125 miles to shore, conforming to boundaries that Congress set last year after intensive negotiating by Florida's congressional delegation. But the plan was still panned by environmentalists. Industry groups greeted it as a "modest step."

Halliburton focus of Senate hearing

Senate Democrats said at a hearing Monday that they want to close a "loophole" in sanctions against Iran that allows U.S. companies such as Halliburton Co. to do business there through subsidiaries. American companies are banned from doing business directly in Iran unless it is conducted through an independently operated foreign subsidiary, under a 1995 law. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., has introduced legislation to eliminate the exemption. Halliburton, the world's second-largest oilfield company, did "hundreds of millions of dollars worth of business with Iran" through a subsidiary in the Cayman Islands, Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D, said at a hearing. A Halliburton spokeswoman said the subsidiary was independently operated from a "completely separate office" and within U.S. Treasury Department guidelines.

 

Corzine apologizes, leaves hospital

CAMDEN, N.J. - Gov. Jon Corzine apologized to New Jersey residents on Monday as he left the hospital 18 days after a devastating car crash in which he was not wearing a seat belt and was being driven at more than 91 mph on the Garden State Parkway. "I set a very bad example, " said a contrite Corzine, who broke his left femur, his sternum and 11 ribs in the accident. Speaking from a wheelchair just outside Cooper University Hospital in Camden, he said: "I hope the state will forgive me. I will work very hard to set the right kind of example."

 

President fired after DUI charges

RICHMOND, VA. - The University of Mary Washington in Williamsburg fired its president Monday after he was charged with drunken driving twice within two days. The board of the 5, 000-student public liberal arts school said it was in the university's best interest that William J. Frawley, 53, be terminated.

Elsewhere

Washington: Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., has returned to his residence outside Washington, more than four months after he suffered a brain hemorrhage, his office said Monday.

Washington: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., became the first member of Congress in more than a decade to give birth when her son was born over the weekend.

Kansas City, Mo.: David W. Logsdon, 51, a former Target employee who was turned down for a private security license and planned to "cause havoc, " was identified Monday as the man suspected of killing two people in a mall parking lot before he was shot by police Sunday. Police also believe he was involved in the death of a next-door neighbor.