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  • SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines has fixed the computer problem that delayed flights Monday across its 64- airport network on the West Coast and in Mexico and Canada, and operations slowly were returning to normal. Alaska Airlines said the data connection was restored before 1 p.m. but passengers could still expect some delays as the system adjusted.

  • SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines says its computer connections have been restored, and operations are returning to normal at its airport gates. The problem started just before 8 a.m. Monday when the airline lost its connection to the Sabre reservation system because of two cut Sprint fiber optic lines.

  • The failure has caused delays at the Seattle- based airline's entire network of 64 destinations, which also includes airports in Alaska, Mexico and Canada. Alaska Airlines has an average of 436 flights a day.

  • Delta plans to add a flight between Seattle and Shanghai starting on June 17, 2013. Delta, which is based in Atlanta, is also proposing a flight between Seattle and Tokyo-Haneda, Japan, set to begin in March.

  • SEATTLE-- The computers Alaska Airlines uses to check in passengers stopped working at 7:40 a.m. Monday, causing long lines of frustrated passengers who were unable to board flights that were delayed. Alaska Airlines President and CEO Brad Tilden said there might be a partial solution by noon Pacific time and a full resolution by 5 p.m..

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • *GM to decide soon on Opel cost cuts, alliance with PSA. *Opel says aims to source more parts from PSA, not GM. GM fully stands behind Opel, "GM Vice Chairman Stephen Girsky said in a statement sent by email.

  • Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,398 rigs were exploring for oil and 437 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 10 rigs, Louisiana and North Dakota each dropped by three and Alaska and Oklahoma were down two apiece.

  • *GM says Opel not for sale despite Fiat's reported interest. *Opel executive says aims to source more parts from PSA, not GM. Earlier on Friday, Italian daily Il Sole-24 Ore said in an unsourced report that Fiat SpA Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne was ready to buy Opel if GM's alliance with Peugeot dissolves.

  • AMSTERDAM-- A Dutch court has rejected a lawsuit filed by Royal Dutch Shell PLC against Greenpeace International seeking to ban environmentalists from holding protests against the oil company's Arctic drilling program on or near Shell property.

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 5- General Motors' ailing European brand Opel believes there is significant potential to cut costs in manufacturing cars by using materials different from its parent, Opel's interim chief executive told a German newspaper. "GM has global requirements for parts and components that are unusual in the industry.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct 4- A pipeline and plant that would ship natural gas from Alaska's North Slope to international markets could cost between $45 billion and $65 billion, according to the companies pursuing the "mega-project." and partners BP Plc and ConocoPhillips-- and Canadian pipeline operator TransCanada Corp..

  • Oct 4- Oil companies putting together plans for a new "megaproject" to ship liquefied natural gas abroad from Alaska estimated the cost will run between $45 billion and $65 billion, according to a letter sent to the state governor, Sean Parnell. and ConocoPhillips agreed to work together with TransCanada Corp on the project.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska-- The day Alaskans highly anticipate has arrived with the distribution of dividend checks from the state's oil savings account. This year's $878 dividend from the Alaska Permanent Fund will be directly deposited Thursday into the bank accounts of eligible residents who choose that route.

  • WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth.

  • has started drilling a well in the Beaufort Sea off northern Alaska, making good on exploration plans that had been stalled by floating ice, technical delays and problems with meeting oil spill-preparation requirements.

  • JUNEAU, Alaska-- A liquefied natural gas project in Alaska could cost more than $65 billion and would represent a mega-project of "unprecedented scale and challenge," officials behind the project told Gov.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska-- Shell Oil says it has begun exploratory drilling in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north coast as it continues to drill in the neighboring Chukchi Sea. Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith says Beaufort drilling started Wednesday after the end of an Alaska Native whale hunt.