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Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration

The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.

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President Barack Obama speaking about the situation in Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama speaking about the situation in Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Obama: Evidence points to pro-Russian separatists downing plane

President Barack Obama will speak about the downed plane in Ukraine from the White House this morning.

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United States U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power speaks during a U.N. Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters, Friday, July 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
United States U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power speaks during a U.N. Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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US at UN: Can’t rule out Russian role in plane downing

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air missile that shot down a Malaysian Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

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Ukrainian coal miners search the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014.
Ukrainian coal miners search the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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Ukraine searchers comb sunflowers for plane debris

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) -- Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners spread out Friday across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, searching the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines jet shot down as it flew miles above the country's battlefield.

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A closed desk of Malaysian airlines is seen at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)
A closed desk of Malaysian airlines is seen at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)
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Why didn’t airlines avoid risky Ukraine airspace?

The possibility that the civilian jetliner downed over war-torn eastern Ukraine with nearly 300 people onboard was hit by a missile could have profound consequences for the world's airlines.

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Malaysia Airlines jet. ( (Photo by How Foo Yeen/Getty Images)
Malaysia Airlines jet. ( (Photo by How Foo Yeen/Getty Images)
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Malaysia Airlines changes routes over Europe

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia Airlines says that in the wake of the shooting down of one of its passenger jets over Ukraine, it has changed the route it planes will take on flights to and from Europe.

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A flag flies half-staff in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, July 18, 2014 as the country mourns at least 154 of its citizens killed when a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was shot down in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)
A flag flies half-staff in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, July 18, 2014 as the country mourns at least 154 of its citizens killed when a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was shot down in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)
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From nun to AIDS expert; Ukraine crash killed hundreds

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- International passengers from all walks of life, from a prominent AIDS researcher and soccer fans to a nun and a florist, were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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Ukrainian coal miners search the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Ukrainian coal miners search the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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Woman loses relatives in 2 Malaysia air disasters

SYDNEY (AP) -- In an almost incomprehensible twist of fate, an Australian woman who lost her brother in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 learned on Friday that her stepdaughter was on the plane shot down over Ukraine.

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People walk by the venue of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. Australia, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/AAP Image, Joe Castro)
People walk by the venue of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. Australia, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/AAP Image, Joe Castro)
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AIDS conference attendees on downed Malaysian jet

SYDNEY (AP) -- World-renowned AIDS researchers and activists heading to an AIDS conference in Australia were on the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine, officials said Friday, news that sparked an outpouring of grief across the global scientific community.

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Former Italian Premier and Forza Italia (Go Italy) party leader Silvio Berlusconi during the recording of a tv-talk show.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Former Italian Premier and Forza Italia (Go Italy) party leader Silvio Berlusconi during the recording of a tv-talk show.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Italian court acquits Berlusconi in sex case

MILAN (AP) -- An Italian appeals court on Friday acquitted former Premier Silvio Berlusconi in a sex-for-hire case, reversing a lower court conviction that had carried a seven-year prison sentence and a lifetime ban on holding political office.

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