National Briefs: Schools to get wider 'Net link

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WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission will double the amount of money it devotes to adding high-speed Internet connections in schools and libraries over the next two years, in an effort to meet President Barack Obama's promise to provide broadband service for an estimated 20 million U.S. students in 15,000 schools, officials said Saturday.

Financing for the new spending will come from restructuring the $2.4 billion E-Rate program, which provides money for "advanced telecommunications and information services" using the proceeds of fees paid by telecommunications users. The proportion that goes to broadband service in schools and libraries will increase to $2 billion a year from $1 billion.

Ex-rep's son sentenced

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The son of former Illinois congressman Phil Crane was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for selling oxycodone pills to high school students and recent high school graduates in Loudoun County, Va., over several years -- including one young man who fatally overdosed after taking the powerful narcotic.

George Washington Crane V, 48, of Leesburg, Va., apologized in court and said he wanted to send "condolences" to the family of the 20-year-old who overdosed on oxycodone he sold -- a man he described as a "friend of mine" and a "good person."

United drops Cleveland hub

WASHINGTON -- United Airlines said Saturday it will drop its money-losing hub in Cleveland, slashing its daily flights and eliminating 470 jobs.

The company's CEO Jeff Smisek announced in a letter to employees that the airline will no longer use Cleveland to connect fliers coming from other airports around the country.

George W. Bush threat

NEW YORK -- A man has been arrested in New York City for allegedly threatening former President George W. Bush after declaring his love for the 43rd president's daughter Barbara, officials said Saturday.

George Ogilvie, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, told the Los Angeles Times that officials arrested the man on Friday. Mr. Ogilvie would not give the man's name. However, Reuters reported that the man has been identified as Benjamin Smith, 44, of Pittsford, N.Y. Inside his car, officials found a loaded rifle, machete and container of gasoline.

La. gas rig leak contained

NEW ORLEANS -- The flow of escaping natural gas, water and sand has been stopped at a drilling rig off Louisiana's coast, the operator and federal regulators said Saturday.

The flow stopped about 7 p.m. Friday, a little more than 2 hours after EnVen Energy Ventures LLC began pumping heavy drilling mud into the well, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a news release. The flow began about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

No injuries or pollution have been reported.


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