Official Wire » Official Wire and AP http://www.officialwire.com You are the news. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:53:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 47 rescued from Gulf rig; natural gas leaking http://www.officialwire.com/news/47-rescued-from-gulf-rig-natural-gas-leaking/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=47-rescued-from-gulf-rig-natural-gas-leaking http://www.officialwire.com/news/47-rescued-from-gulf-rig-natural-gas-leaking/#respond Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:17:24 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/news/47-rescued-from-gulf-rig-natural-gas-leaking/ NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal authorities say natural gas but not oil is flowing uncontrolled from a well off the Louisiana coast, forcing the evacuation of 47 workers aboard an oil rig. No injuries have been reported. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says inspectors flying over the site Tuesday saw a light sheen […]

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal authorities say natural gas but not oil is flowing uncontrolled from a well off the Louisiana coast, forcing the evacuation of 47 workers aboard an oil rig.

No injuries have been reported.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says inspectors flying over the site Tuesday saw a light sheen covering an area about a half-mile by 50 feet. However, it was dissipating quickly.

The bureau says the leak happened Tuesday morning about 55 miles offshore.

Earlier this month, a gas well leaked for several days before being sealed off the Louisiana coast.

In 2010, an oil rig exploded off the state’s coast, leading to a blowout that spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf in the worst offshore disaster in the U.S.

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House GOP, Democrats clash over immigration http://www.officialwire.com/news/house-gop-democrats-clash-over-immigration/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=house-gop-democrats-clash-over-immigration http://www.officialwire.com/news/house-gop-democrats-clash-over-immigration/#respond Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:21:39 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/news/house-gop-democrats-clash-over-immigration/ WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some unauthorized immigrants Tuesday, but hit an immediate wall of resistance from the White House on down as Democrats said it wasn’t enough. The dismissive reaction to the GOP proposal to offer eventual citizenship to some immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some unauthorized immigrants Tuesday, but hit an immediate wall of resistance from the White House on down as Democrats said it wasn’t enough.

The dismissive reaction to the GOP proposal to offer eventual citizenship to some immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children underscored the difficulties of finding any compromise in the Republican-led House on the politically explosive issue of immigration.

That left prospects cloudy for one of President Barack Obama’s top second-term priorities. Congress is preparing to break for a monthlong summer recess at the end of next week without action in the full House on any immigration legislation, even after the Senate passed a sweeping bipartisan bill last month to secure the borders and create a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants already in the country illegally.

The back-and-forth began hours before the House Judiciary Committee opened a hearing Tuesday afternoon on the question of legal status for immigrants brought here as children. House Republican leaders have embraced offering citizenship to such immigrants, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor is working on a bill toward the goal along with Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte.

They haven’t released their bill yet but that didn’t stop Democrats from dismissing it even before the hearing began, saying that any solution that doesn’t offer citizenship to all 11 million immigrants here illegally falls short.

Over Twitter, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer slammed “the cruel hypocrisy of the GOP immigration plan: allow some kids to stay but deport their parents.”

That got a counterattack from Cantor spokesman Rory Cooper.

“If White House opposes effort to give children path to staying in only country they know, how serious are they about immigration reform?” Cooper responded over Twitter.

In fact, Democrats and immigration advocates pushed hard in past years for legislation offering citizenship to immigrants brought as youths. The so-called DREAM Act passed the House in 2010 when it was controlled by Democrats, but was blocked by Senate Republicans.

But now, with a comprehensive solution like the one passed by the Senate in sight, Democrats and outside activists say they won’t settle for anything less.

“Times have changed and they demand a comprehensive approach,” said Hector Figueroa, an executive board member at the Service Employees International Union.

Democrats and outside advocates are also concerned that the Cantor-Goodlatte bill — tentatively titled the Kids Act — will be narrower in scope than the DREAM Act, which would have offered legal status to people under age 35 who arrived in the U.S. before age 16 and had lived here for five years and obtained a high school diploma. Slightly more than 2.1 million immigrants could have qualified, according to an analysis by the Migration Policy Institute.

At the same time, Democrats were attacking Republicans for an apparent turnaround after the House’s GOP majority voted in June to overturn an Obama administration policy halting deportations of some immigrants brought to the U.S. as youths. The Obama administration put the policy in place after Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act.

“Which is the real Republican Party?” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, insisted that though he has rejected the Senate bill, House Republicans are committed to dealing with immigration, they just want to do it in a step-by-step and deliberate fashion.

“Nobody has spent more time trying to fix a broken immigration system than I have,” Boehner said during a morning press conference.

Several hours later, White House spokesman Jay Carney responded with derision.

“The idea that you can — oh, I don’t know — declare yourself to have been more committed than anyone to improve our immigration system and then have nothing to show for it is a little laughable,” Carney said.

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Dallas suburb’s renting ordinance blocked http://www.officialwire.com/news/dallas-suburbs-renting-ordinance-blocked/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dallas-suburbs-renting-ordinance-blocked http://www.officialwire.com/news/dallas-suburbs-renting-ordinance-blocked/#respond Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:26:27 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/news/dallas-suburbs-renting-ordinance-blocked/ DALLAS (AP) — The city of Farmers Branch will soon decide whether to continue its long, expensive court battle to ban immigrants without legal permission from renting apartments within the town after a court again ruled against the controversial ordinance. Council members of the suburb just a few miles north of Dallas are scheduled to […]

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DALLAS (AP) — The city of Farmers Branch will soon decide whether to continue its long, expensive court battle to ban immigrants without legal permission from renting apartments within the town after a court again ruled against the controversial ordinance.

Council members of the suburb just a few miles north of Dallas are scheduled to discuss their options next month, said Michael Jung, an attorney for Farmers Branch, on Tuesday, one day after a federal appeals court again ruled that the law was unconstitutional.

Farmers Branch, a nearly 30,000-person bedroom community that is about 45 percent Latino, is one of several cities nationwide that has targeted immigration by enacting renting restrictions. The ordinance Farmers Branch passed in 2008 would have required all renters to obtain city licenses and for a city official to deny licenses to anyone found to be here illegally. Landlords who didn’t comply could have faced fines or revocation of their renters’ licenses.

The 5th U.S. Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that the law encroached on territory reserved to federal law enforcement. It relied heavy on last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down parts of the Arizona immigration law for similar reasons.

Unless the Supreme Court steps in, Farmers Branch won’t be allowed to enforce the ordinance. While Farmers Branch’s opponents said the high court made itself clear with the Arizona case, Jung pointed said another appeals court had allowed the eastern Nebraska city of Fremont to enforce a similar law.

That creates a conflict between appeals courts that could prompt the Supreme Court to take one of those cases, Jung said.

“At this point, the ruling is against it, but we’ll see what comes in the future,” Jung said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an anti-illegal immigration advocate who helped write and defend the laws in Farmers Branch and Fremont, called the two ordinances “virtually identical.”

“Given all of these factors, I think the case is not closed, so to speak,” Kobach said.

Fighting for immigration laws has cost the city almost $6 million, according to a city spokesman, and lasted more than seven years since the first version of the renters’ ordinance was passed. Officials say they have tried to be hospitable to Latino residents. Voters elected the city’s first Latino city council member earlier this year.

That vote came after a federal judge ruled that Farmers Branch had to elect council members by district, not at large. Latinos had argued the at-large system preserved an all-white city council and denied them fair representation.

Pro-immigrant rights groups are skeptical that the Supreme Court will step in. An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union accused proponents of strict renters’ laws of selling towns like Farmers Branch “a bill of goods.”

Omar Jadwat, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said the decision against Farmers Branch “really kind of demonstrates the lack of legal foundation in the folly of going down this road.”

Being in the United States without legal permission isn’t a crime on its own, the court said, and immigrants in the process of deportation are often required to give agents a reliable address. Banning immigrants from renting apartments “not only fails to facilitate, but obstructs the goal of bringing potentially removable noncitizens to the attention of the federal authorities,” the court said.

Judges also questioned the process in which a renter or a landlord would be told to appeal a decision under the law in Texas state court. The appeals court said that could open “the door to conflicting state and federal rulings on the question” of whether someone could legally live in America.

Other towns that have fought to enact similar laws have seen mixed success. A federal appeals court ruled against a renters’ ordinance in Hazleton, Pa., while a different court allowed Fremont’s law to go into effect.

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Hiker dies on trek to ‘Wave’ in Ariz-Utah desert http://www.officialwire.com/news/hiker-dies-on-trek-to-wave-in-ariz-utah-desert/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hiker-dies-on-trek-to-wave-in-ariz-utah-desert http://www.officialwire.com/news/hiker-dies-on-trek-to-wave-in-ariz-utah-desert/#respond Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:34:12 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/news/hiker-dies-on-trek-to-wave-in-ariz-utah-desert/ SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The brutal summer heat proved too much on Tuesday for another hiker visiting The Wave, a flowing sandstone rock formation near the Utah-Arizona border that claimed the lives of a California couple earlier this month. Elisabeth Ann Bervel, 27, of Mesa, Ariz., died of cardiac arrest when a medical helicopter […]

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The brutal summer heat proved too much on Tuesday for another hiker visiting The Wave, a flowing sandstone rock formation near the Utah-Arizona border that claimed the lives of a California couple earlier this month.

Elisabeth Ann Bervel, 27, of Mesa, Ariz., died of cardiac arrest when a medical helicopter arrived too late to save her, authorities said.

Bervel was celebrating her fifth wedding anniversary with her husband Anthony when they lost their way on a 3-mile, unmarked route back to a trailhead, forcing them to spend extra hours under blazing sun in 90-degree temperatures and humidity.

Officials said her legs gave out hiking in soft sand, and her husband kept going to find a cell phone signal to call for help. He appeared to be in no danger from the heat or exertion, authorities said.

“This event once again demonstrates the inherent risks associated with hiking in southern Utah’s desert country,” the Kane County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “Even though the Bervels had tried to make sure they were prepared for this hike, the elements proved to be stronger.”

The Wave is a richly colored geological upheaval, its fiery swirls emblazoned on postcards, posters, maps and computer screensavers. It is said to be one of the most photographed spots in North America.

The latest death led to further questions about the lottery system that makes it hard to win one of only 20 permits issued a day for the hike that starts in Utah before reaching The Wave in Arizona. More than 48,000 people applied last year for 7,300 available hiking permits, officials said.

Half of the 20 daily permits are doled out on a walk-in basis at a visitor’s center in Kanab, with up to 100 people showing up for each one. For many, it’s a lifetime opportunity that can encourage risk-taking during the hottest time of the year.

Anthony and Elisabeth Ann Bervel won their permits in an online drawing seven months ago. Their two sons, 4 and 5, were staying with relatives.

On July 3, Ulrich and Patricia Wahli of Campbell, Calif., were found dead in 106-degree heat along the barely discernible trail to The Wave.

Officials at the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument had said they planned to review their policies and procedures for visitors after those deaths. Manager Kevin Wright didn’t immediately return a phone message Tuesday from The Associated Press.

Kane County officials say the Bervels lost their way a few times on the way back to a remote trailhead during the hottest part of the day, without any shade for relief.

It was the fourth hiking-related death in Kane County this summer — three near The Wave, and another off Hole-in-the-Rock Road south of Escalante, Utah, authorities said.

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Oil little changed as market eyes supply data http://www.officialwire.com/news/oil-little-changed-as-market-eyes-supply-data/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=oil-little-changed-as-market-eyes-supply-data http://www.officialwire.com/news/oil-little-changed-as-market-eyes-supply-data/#respond Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:55:54 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/news/oil-little-changed-as-market-eyes-supply-data/ NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil was little changed Tuesday as the market awaits the latest data on U.S. crude oil and gasoline supplies. By early afternoon in New York, benchmark crude for September delivery was down 5 cents at $106.89 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The government’s weekly report on America’s […]

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NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil was little changed Tuesday as the market awaits the latest data on U.S. crude oil and gasoline supplies.

By early afternoon in New York, benchmark crude for September delivery was down 5 cents at $106.89 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The government’s weekly report on America’s inventories of crude is expected to show another drop in supplies. Falling supplies helped propel the price of oil to a 16-month high before the price dropped by $1.14 a barrel Monday.

A survey by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos., shows analysts expect a decline in crude oil inventories of 2.6 million barrels for the week ended July 19. That would bring the four-week drop to nearly 30 million barrels.

The American Petroleum Institute will release its report on oil stocks later Tuesday, while the report from the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration — the market benchmark — will be out on Wednesday.

At the pump, the average price for a gallon of gasoline held steady at $3.67. That’s up 10 cents from a month ago and 20 cents higher than at this time last year.

Brent crude, traded on the ICE Futures exchange in London, was up 24 cents at $108.39 a barrel.

In other energy futures trading on the Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline rose 2 cents to $3.07 a gallon.

— Heating oil was flat at $3.07 a gallon.

— Natural gas gained 6 cents to $3.74 per 1,000 cubic feet.

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AP Writer Pablo Gorondi in Budapest contributed to this report.

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Wendy’s tops expectations; to sell restaurants http://www.officialwire.com/news/wendys-tops-expectations-to-sell-restaurants/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wendys-tops-expectations-to-sell-restaurants http://www.officialwire.com/news/wendys-tops-expectations-to-sell-restaurants/#respond Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:40:32 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/news/wendys-tops-expectations-to-sell-restaurants/ NEW YORK (AP) — Wendy’s reported a quarterly profit above Wall Street expectations and said it’s selling 425 of its restaurants to franchisees, a move that’s expected to help boost its profit margins. The move isn’t unusual; fast-food companies often own only a small percentage of their restaurants. This helps keep their operating costs in […]

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NEW YORK (AP) — Wendy’s reported a quarterly profit above Wall Street expectations and said it’s selling 425 of its restaurants to franchisees, a move that’s expected to help boost its profit margins.

The move isn’t unusual; fast-food companies often own only a small percentage of their restaurants. This helps keep their operating costs in check and gives them a more stable stream of income that’s tilted toward royalty fees and rent, rather sales at restaurants.

Wendy’s, based in Dublin, Ohio, also raised its dividend by 25 percent to 5 cents per share. Its stock was up 10 percent at $7.32.

CEO Emil Brolick said that the sale of the restaurants will also help expand adoption of the company’s new restaurant designs. That’s because Wendy’s plans to sell the restaurants to “well-capitalized” franchisees willing to pay for the remodeling.

The sleeker new look is part of Wendy’s push to try to distance itself from the greasy, cheap image of traditional fast-food chains. By cleaning up its stores and offering more premium burgers and sandwiches, Wendy’s is hoping to align itself more with places such as Panera Bread or Chipotle, which have the ability to charge higher prices for their food.

But during the quarter, Wendy’s said sales edged up just 0.4 percent at company-owned restaurants open at least a year in North America, compared with 1 percent for McDonald’s in the U.S.

Wendy’s noted that part of the reason was increased marketing for its value menu. The company had previously noted that it was losing share in the value category, given the focus rivals have put on their value menus.

Executives said that they were committed to having a “higher-end message” as the “top layer” of their marketing. But they added that value would also need to be an ongoing message, particularly given the economy.

For the year, Wendy’s said it expects the sales figure to grow between 2 percent and 3 percent, given its expectation for stronger sales in the second half of the year. That optimism is fueled by the recent introduction of its Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, which has generated plenty of buzz online.

The company says the sale of its restaurants will reduce its ownership to 15 percent of its locations, from 22 percent. McDonald’s owns about 10 percent of its U.S. locations.

Wendy’s said it now expects long-term adjusted earnings-per-share growth in the mid-teens percentage range starting next year. Previously, it had forecast single-digit to double-digit growth.

Wendy’s says it earned $12.2 million, or 3 cents per share. That compares with a loss of $5.5 million, or 1 cent per share, a year ago.

Not including one-time items, it earned 8 cents per share, more than the 6 cents per share Wall Street expected.

Revenue rose to $650.5 million, short of the $659.5 million analysts expected.

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It’s a boy! UK’s Kate gives birth to royal heir http://www.officialwire.com/news/its-a-boy-uks-kate-gives-birth-to-royal-heir/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=its-a-boy-uks-kate-gives-birth-to-royal-heir http://www.officialwire.com/news/its-a-boy-uks-kate-gives-birth-to-royal-heir/#respond Tue, 23 Jul 2013 01:41:42 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/news/its-a-boy-uks-kate-gives-birth-to-royal-heir/ LONDON (AP) — Champagne bottles popped and shouts of “Hip! Hip! Hooray!” erupted outside Buckingham Palace on Monday as Britain welcomed the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate’s first child, a boy who is now third in line to the British throne. Hundreds of Britons and tourists broke into song and dance outside […]

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LONDON (AP) — Champagne bottles popped and shouts of “Hip! Hip! Hooray!” erupted outside Buckingham Palace on Monday as Britain welcomed the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate’s first child, a boy who is now third in line to the British throne.

Hundreds of Britons and tourists broke into song and dance outside the palace gates as officials announced that the future king was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces (3.75 kilograms), at central London’s St. Mary’s Hospital — the same place where William and his brother Harry were born three decades ago.

The imminent arrival of the royal baby was the subject of endless speculation on social media and was covered for days on live television around the world, but in the end the royal family managed to keep it a remarkably private affair.

In line with royal tradition, a terse statement announced only the time of birth, the infant’s gender and that mother and child were doing well. It gave no information about the baby’s name, and officials would say only that a name would be announced “in due course.”

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight,” it said. William also issued a brief statement, saying “we could not be happier.”

Officials said William, who was by his wife’s side during the birth, would also spend the night in the hospital.

William’s press aides had talked about preserving Kate’s “dignity” throughout the pregnancy, and the way the birth was handled showed that the palace’s impressive stagecraft could give the royals a bubble of privacy even in the age of Twitter and 24-hour news broadcasts.

Just before 6 a.m., 31-year-old Kate, also known as the Duchess of Cambridge, entered the hospital through a side door, avoiding the mass of journalists camped outside. Officials did not announce she was hospitalized until more than an hour later.

Later, as the world media gathered outside filled hours of airtime with speculation, the baby’s birth went unannounced for nearly four hours, allowing the royal couple the private time they needed to act like a regular family — a goal 31-year-old William has cherished.

He was able to tell his father, Prince Charles, and grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, about the birth and enjoy his wife’s company without having to cope with the overwhelming media and public desire for information.

By nightfall, the public still knew very few details, but most people seemed satisfied with the day’s events. London’s landmarks, including the London Eye, lit up in the national colors of red, white and blue, and the city had a party atmosphere unmatched since last summer’s Olympics.

Outside the hospital, a man dressed as a town crier in traditional robes and an extravagant feathered hat shouted the news and rang a bell.

A car carrying the announcement drove from the hospital to the palace, where the news was greeted with shrieks of “It’s a boy!” and strains of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.” A large crowd rushed against the palace fences to catch a glimpse of an ornate, gilded easel displaying a small bulletin formally announcing the news.

The framed sheet of paper became the target of a thousand camera flashes as people thrust their smartphones through the railings. Hours after the initial announcement, crowds were still surging forward to get near the easel. Some placed presents and bouquets in front of the palace, while others waved Union Jack flags and partied on the streets to celebrate.

“It’s a crazy atmosphere. Everyone is getting very excited,” said Andrew Aitchison. “It’s great to be part of history, to say we were here and saw it all happen.”

More celebrations are expected Tuesday, including gun salutes by royal artillery companies to honor the birth. Riders in uniform will trot past the palace to Green Park, where six field guns will fire 41 blank rounds.

Prince Charles spoke of his joy and pride in becoming a grandparent for the first time.

“It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy,” Prince Charles said in a statement. “Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time, and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”

It could be some time before the baby’s name is made public. When William was born, a week passed before his name was announced. Charles’ name remained a mystery for an entire month.

The royal birth at St. Mary’s Hospital recalled that of the baby’s father, William, in 1982. Many remember the moment when he was carried out in Princess Diana’s arms with proud father Prince Charles at their side.

The media will now continue to camp outside the hospital to capture a similar photograph for William and Kate’s son, who is third in line to the throne behind Charles and William.

The baby’s gender had been of particular interest because the prospect of Kate’s pregnancy had prompted a change in the laws of succession to ensure that a daughter would not be passed over for the crown by a younger brother.

No one can tell what political and personal changes the intervening years will bring, but the baby can be expected to become the head of state of 16 countries, including Britain, Australia and Canada. The child will also eventually become Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

The little prince represents a living link to Britain’s imperial history as the great-great-great-great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, who ruled at the peak of British power.

Many Britons had hoped that William and Kate would start a family shortly after their gala 2011 wedding, which drew a global television audience in the hundreds of millions.

The couple waited, however, until William was nearly finished with his military work as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot based at an air base in a remote island off the coast of Wales.

That allowed Kate to ease into royal life, and to become more comfortable in the spotlight, before becoming a parent. It also allowed her to play a supporting role during Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations last summer.

The first months of her pregnancy were not easy, and she was hospitalized in early December with acute morning sickness that left her weak and dehydrated. She seemed to recover her stamina fairly quickly and made a series of public appearances until the final weeks, drawing praise for her poise and good cheer.

The royal couple and their newborn are expected to spend much of their time in the coming years in renovated quarters at Kensington Palace, where William and Harry also spent much of their childhood.

Royal officials say Kate and William will try to give their child as normal an upbringing as possible, a challenging goal in an age when the British royals are treated as major world celebrities.

“He’ll have to be protected all the time,” said Edward Bentley, from near London. “But they’ll make him seem normal and connected to the public for sure.”

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Associated Press writer James Brooks in London contributed to this report.

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Amis, Rushdie and McEwan appear together in NY http://www.officialwire.com/news/amis-rushdie-and-mcewan-appear-together-in-ny/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=amis-rushdie-and-mcewan-appear-together-in-ny http://www.officialwire.com/news/amis-rushdie-and-mcewan-appear-together-in-ny/#respond Tue, 23 Jul 2013 06:21:35 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/news/amis-rushdie-and-mcewan-appear-together-in-ny/ NEW YORK (AP) — Put Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis and Ian McEwan on a stage and expect a night of high art and school boy humor, of reading, writing and Christopher Hitchens. And hysterical sex. The three literary stars, all in their 60s and friends for more than half their lives, appeared together Monday night […]

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NEW YORK (AP) — Put Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis and Ian McEwan on a stage and expect a night of high art and school boy humor, of reading, writing and Christopher Hitchens.

And hysterical sex.

The three literary stars, all in their 60s and friends for more than half their lives, appeared together Monday night at the 92nd Street Y on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Amis and McEwan were there to read from their latest novels, both now out in paperback. Rushdie handled the introductions and the question and answer period that followed the readings.

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NJ town: Snooki and storm rebuilding don’t mix http://www.officialwire.com/news/nj-town-snooki-and-storm-rebuilding-dont-mix/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nj-town-snooki-and-storm-rebuilding-dont-mix http://www.officialwire.com/news/nj-town-snooki-and-storm-rebuilding-dont-mix/#respond Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:26:03 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/news/nj-town-snooki-and-storm-rebuilding-dont-mix/ BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Some residents of a Jersey shore town say they don’t want reality star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi to benefit from efforts to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy. Berkeley Township residents and officials say Polizzi plans to vacation and film in a house there for the new season of her “Jersey Shore” spinoff, […]

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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Some residents of a Jersey shore town say they don’t want reality star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi to benefit from efforts to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy.

Berkeley Township residents and officials say Polizzi plans to vacation and film in a house there for the new season of her “Jersey Shore” spinoff, “Snooki and JWoww.”

Some homeowners have hired a lawyer to try to block production.

The Star-Ledger of Newark ( ) reports that dozens of people attended a council meeting Monday, and many of them blasted township officials, fearing a circus-like atmosphere.

Polizzi writes on Instagram that she doesn’t understand why people want to ban her, her son and fiance from enjoying summer at the shore. She went on to say, “Grow up, get over yourself and move on.”

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Information from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger,

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Jim Crace, Colm Toibin among Booker contenders http://www.officialwire.com/news/jim-crace-colm-toibin-among-booker-contenders/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jim-crace-colm-toibin-among-booker-contenders http://www.officialwire.com/news/jim-crace-colm-toibin-among-booker-contenders/#respond Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:27:01 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/news/jim-crace-colm-toibin-among-booker-contenders/ LONDON (AP) — Jim Crace, Tash Aw and Colm Toibin are among 13 authors in the running for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction. “Harvest” by Britain’s Crace, “Five Star Billionaire” by Malaysia’s Aw and Irish writer Toibin’s “The Testament of Mary” are among nominees announced Tuesday from Britain, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Malaysia […]

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LONDON (AP) — Jim Crace, Tash Aw and Colm Toibin are among 13 authors in the running for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction.

“Harvest” by Britain’s Crace, “Five Star Billionaire” by Malaysia’s Aw and Irish writer Toibin’s “The Testament of Mary” are among nominees announced Tuesday from Britain, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Malaysia and Ireland.

Americans are ineligible, but several of the books are by U.S.-based writers, including “The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri — born in Britain to Indian parents — and “TransAtlantic” by Ireland-born Colum McCann.

Judging panel chair Robert Macfarlane said the list was the most diverse in prize history, “wonderfully various in terms of geography, form, length and subject.”

A shortlist will be announced Sept. 10 and the winner of the 50,000 pound ($75,000 prize) on Oct. 15.

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