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Seismologists say the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.2, which would make it one of the stronger temblors registered in the Mexico City area in several years.

Obama administration delays decision on Keystone XL pipeline

A decision on the controversial project could be delayed until after November's mid-term election.

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