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WASHINGTON (AP) - In a reversal of a long-standing ban on most offshore drilling, President Barack Obama is allowing oil drilling 50 miles off Virginia's shorelines. At the same time, he is rejecting some new drilling sites that had been planned in Alaska.
The plan, which would allow drilling along the Atlantic coast, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska, is intended to reduce dependence on foreign oil and help win political support from Republicans for climate change legislation.