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CHICAGO (AP) — A poll shows strong opposition among older Americans to most proposals that would cut Social Security benefits.

The survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that about 6 in 10 people age 50 and older oppose changing the way cost-of-living raises are calculated or gradually raising the eligibility age for full Social Security benefits.

Many want more generous benefits. About one-third believes the eligibility age for full benefits should be below 65.

Respondents show more willingness to support proposals that primarily would impact high-earners.

About 4 in 10 people 50 and older support reducing benefits for seniors with higher incomes. About 6 in 10 support raising the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A year ago, lawyers for BP and Gulf Coast residents and businesses took turns urging a federal judge to approve their settlement for compensating victims of the company's massive 2010 oil spill.

On Monday, the one-time allies will be at odds. Several months after U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier approved the deal, BP started complaining that the judge and court-appointed claims administrator misinterpreted the settlement. BP is worried it could be forced to pay billions of dollars for bogus or inflated claims by businesses.

Plaintiffs' attorneys who brokered the deal disagree. They want the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the class-action settlement.

As of Friday, payments have been made to more than 38,000 people and businesses for an estimated $3.7 billion.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say the suspect in the Los Angeles International Airport shootings had a lot of ammunition as well as a note indicating a grudge against TSA agents and "pigs."

A source says the note talked about TSA searches being violations of his constitutional rights.

Officials say the gunman, identified as Paul Ciancia of Pennsville, N.J., had at least 150 rounds of ammunition when he opened fire, killing a TSA agent and wounding several people as others in the panicked terminal ran for cover. Two other TSA employees are among the wounded.

The dead man, 39-year-old Gerardo I. Hernandez, is the first TSA agent to die in the line of duty.

The gunman was shot four times by police and is in custody at a hospital.

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