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Dozens held in pipeline protest

WASHINGTON — Dozens of environmentalist protesters have been arrested outside the White House on the first day of a planned two-week protest over a proposed oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Park Police spokesman David Schlosser tells WJLA-TV that 65 people were arrested Saturday. The protest is scheduled to run through Sept. 3.

The protesters want President Obama to deny a permit for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline. It would go through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas to refineries in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas.

Pilot dies in aerobatic plane collision in N.J.

HAMMONTON, N.J. —Two small planes performing aerobatic maneuvers over a southern New Jersey airport have collided in midair, killing one of the pilots and injuring another.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac said two general aviation planes hit each other over Hammonton Municipal Airport shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday. The aircraft were in space designated for aerobatic maneuvers.

Salac said one pilot was killed, and the other ejected from the plane. Their names were not released.

Giffords finally told about deaths in attack

PHOENIX — For months after the spasm of violence that shattered her world, Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shielded from the wider scope of that January morning, when a gunman shot her in the head, badly wounding her and 12 others outside a Tucson political event.

Trying to protect her fragile state, staff and family members didn't let her know that six had perished in the Jan. 8 attack, including one of her most trusted staff members and a federal judge who was a close friend.

On Saturday, a Giffords' staffer confirmed that the Democratic politician was told by her husband in late July that those who passed away included her close aide Gabe Zimmerman; U.S. District Judge John Roll, a close friend; and 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green. The Arizona Republic first reported those details early Saturday.

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