National briefs (9/11/12)

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Obama lines August war chest

WASHINGTON -- For the first time in four months, President Barack Obama registered a narrow victory over Mitt Romney in campaign fundraising.

Mr. Obama's August total -- more than $114 million between his campaign and the Democratic Party -- marks the first time the incumbent president has out-raised Mr. Romney since his challenger secured the Republican nomination in April.

Mr. Romney's haul, through a joint fundraising effort with the Republican National Committee, totaled $111.6 million. Both campaigns released their finance figures early Monday morning.

Detainee found dead

WASHINGTON -- An unidentified detainee at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, died over the weekend, the U.S. military announced Monday.

It said that guards discovered the man unconscious in his cell Saturday afternoon, and that efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. He was the ninth detainee known to have died while imprisoned at Guantanamo.

Apple data breach

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Florida company said Monday that the database of Apple device information that hackers stole and posted on the Internet last week came from a file the firm had in its computer system.

The disclosure comes nearly a week after a hacker group, which calls itself AntiSec, claimed that the data was stolen from an FBI laptop.

Orlando-based BlueToad is a digital publishing company that converts files so that they can be more easily read online and by mobile devices.

Mayor held in bribery

TRENTON, N.J. -- Federal agents arrested the struggling mayor of New Jersey's capital Monday on corruption charges, alleging he agreed to accept bribes in connection with a proposed parking garage -- actually a fake project created by authorities trying to snare him.

Trenton Democratic Mayor Tony Mack, 46, his brother Ralphiel and convicted sex offender Joseph Giorgianni, a Mack supporter who owns a Trenton sandwich shop, were each accused of a single charge: conspiring to extort the undercover informants who pulled them into the scheme.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said at a news conference Monday that the city-owned land a few blocks from City Hall for the garage was assessed at $271,000. He said Tony Mack and Mr. Giorgianni agreed to accept $100,000 for the land for the city coffers -- as long as the purported developers paid a bribe of $100,000 to be split between the two alleged conspirators.

Arctic drilling halted

SEATTLE -- Only a day after Shell Alaska began drilling a landmark offshore oil well in the Arctic, the company was forced Monday to pull off the well in the face of an approaching ice pack.

With the ice floe about 10 miles away, the Noble Discoverer drilling rig was disconnecting from its seafloor anchor Monday afternoon in the Chukchi Sea, about 70 miles from the northwest coast of Alaska.

BP sells Gulf oil fields

LONDON -- BP agreed on Monday to sell stake in a group of oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico to the Plains Exploration and Production Co. of Houston for about $5.6 billion.

The announcement comes as Robert W. Dudley, chief executive of BP, is raising money to pay for cleanup costs and potential fines resulting from a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

-- Compiled from news services



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