National Briefs: Dreamliner battery fire came soon after delivery

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WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators say the Boeing 787 Dreamliner that experienced a battery fire earlier this month was delivered to Japan Airlines less than three weeks before the fire.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday in an update of its investigation of the incident that the airliner was delivered on Dec. 20. It had only recorded 169 flight hours and 22 flights when the fire erupted in one of the airliner's two lithium ion batteries on Jan. 7.

The fire occurred at Logan International Airport shortly after the plane landed. NTSB said the battery was manufactured by GS Yuasa of Japan in September 2012.

A second battery incident led to an emergency landing by another 787 in Japan on Jan. 16. The 787 fleet worldwide has since been grounded.

Ryan: Deep cuts likely

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House Budget Committee says Republicans will oppose tax increases and, as a result, deep, unpopular budget cuts will likely take effect.

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that automatic spending cuts are scheduled to take hold because, quote, "Democrats have opposed our efforts to replace those cuts with others."

Democrats have insisted taxes be part of the equation to dodge across-the-board spending cuts that are set to hit the Pentagon and many domestic programs.

Gas prices rise 2 cents

CAMARILLO, Calif. -- The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline is up two cents over the past two weeks.

The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.34. Midgrade costs an average of $3.52 a gallon, and premium is $3.65. Of the cities surveyed in the lower 48 states, Albuquerque, N.M., has the nation's lowest average price for gas at $2.88. Los Angeles has the highest at $3.71.

Rural areas feeling heat

WASHINGTON -- Heat rising up from cities such as New York, Paris and Tokyo might be remotely warming up winters far away in some rural parts of Alaska, Canada, and Siberia, a surprising study theorizes.

In an unusual twist, that same urban heat from buildings and cars may be slightly cooling the autumns in much of the Western United States, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, according to the study published Sunday in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change.

Casey Anthony bankrupt

TAMPA, Fla. -- Casey Anthony filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in a Florida federal court on Friday, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.

Ms. Anthony, who was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2011, lists about 80 creditors in the 60-page court filing. The claims largely cover fees for legal, medical, psychiatric and forensics consulting or services. But one claim covers a debt for scuba diving services.

Also in the nation ...

Police on Saturday arrested 48-year-old Wilbert Thibodeaux, suspected of fatally shooting a Chitimacha tribal officer and critically wounding two St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputies after allegedly setting fire to a mobile home in south Louisiana, where an elderly man's body was found. ... Police have charged former Arizona State University professor Carlos J. Balsas, 41, of Tempe, Ariz. with terroristic threats for allegedly claiming to have explosives Saturday morning as he entered the Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia.

-- Compiled from news services



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