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FILE - This April 21, 2010 file photo shows the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burning after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, off the southeast tip of Louisiana. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's point man on the disaster, said Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, BP's well "is effectively dead."  A permanent cement plug sealed BP's well nearly 2.5 miles below the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico, five agonizing months after an explosion sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
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FILE - This April 21, 2010 file photo shows the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burning after an explosion …

The well is dead. Finally. A permanent cement plug sealed BP's well nearly 2.5 miles below the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico, five agonizing months after an explosion sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy spoke with members of a break-off religious sect that has been reported missing while they were praying in their parked vehicles outside of a Palmdale high school. Capt. Mike Parker says when the deputy made contact at 3 a.m. Saturday, the adults in the group said they were praying against violence in schools and against premarital sex.

NEW YORK (AP) — An American woman who was held in Iran for more than 13 months and accused of spying returned Sunday to the United States. Sarah Shourd arrived at around 6:30 a.m. at Dulles International Airport near Washington, accompanied by her mother and an uncle, according to a statement released by her family and relatives of two other Americans who are still in custody in Iran.

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Big waves pounded Bermuda's beaches Sunday as islanders rushed to board up windows, fill sandbags and stock up on water, food and other supplies before Hurricane Igor's expected arrival. Under dark, cloudy skies, onlookers gathered along beaches to watch the 15-foot (5-meter) surf smash into breakwaters. Some were optimistic that a weakened Igor, which was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane overnight, would spare the wealthy British enclave serious damage.

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — The bodies of six kidnapped police officers, most of them dismembered, were found Sunday in a ravine in the Mexican state of Guerrero, bringing to eight the death toll from a mass abduction of policemen, officials said. Fernando Monreal Leyva, director of State Investigative Police, said one survivor of the massacre was located in this coastal state known for beach resorts that has become a drug cartel battleground.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The main Afghan election observer group said Sunday it had serious concerns about the legitimacy of this weekend's parliamentary vote because of reported fraud, even as President Hamid Karzai commended the balloting as a solid success. The conflicting statements underscored the difficulty of determining the credibility of the vote also hit by militant attacks that hurt the turnout. Afghan officials started gathering and tallying results Sunday in a process that could take weeks if not months to complete.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Three car bombs tore through Baghdad and the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah on Sunday, killing at least 36 people and breaking what had been a period of relative calm since the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The violence was the worst to strike Iraq since the number of American troops in the country dropped below 50,000 and the U.S. declared a formal end to combat operations. It also underlines the challenges Iraqi security forces face trying to stabilize Baghdad as the U.S. trims its military presence and Iraq's police and military assume responsibility for security.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers say they've found a possible new treatment for adults with hard-to-control asthma. Their discovery, however, came at a price. Scientists of a U.S. government-funded asthma study had to spend nearly $1 million of taxpayers' money after British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC declined to donate its asthma drug and look-alike dummy medicine for the study, which compared two other treatments.

PARIS (AP) — On the day Paris was liberated from the Nazis in 1944, a young American soldier nabbed a souvenir of epic proportions: He took home the French flag that hung from the Arc de Triomphe, a symbol of the end of four years of struggle and shame. Six and a half decades later, the aging veteran has given the flag back to the city of Paris.

NEW YORK (AP) — Michigan State has moved into The Associated Press college football poll after its thrilling victory against Notre Dame, while No. 14 Arizona received its best regular-season ranking in 12 years after the Wildcats knocked off Iowa. There was no movement at the top of the rankings. The top five of Alabama, Ohio State, Boise State, TCU and Oregon was unchanged from last week.

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