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Briefs -- George H. W. Bush | Alaska Quake

Federal offices will be closed Wednesday in observance of a national day of mourning for President George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, who died Friday. He was 94. Bush began his career in West Texas as an oilfield equipment salesman for Dresser Industries, a subsidiary of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., where his father, Prescott Bush, had served on the board of directors for 22 years. Bush founded and worked as a wildcatter for the Bush-Overbey Oil Development Co. in 1951. He later formed the Zapata Petroleum Corp., which was active in the Permian Basin. Bush was named president of subsidiary Zapata Offshore Co. in 1954. He continued to serve as president of the company until 1964 and was chairman until 1966, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as the first Republican to represent Houston. Bush served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee and director of the Central Intelligence Agency before joining the ticket with Ronald Reagan in 1980 to win election as vice president. He was elected president in 1988 and served one term. Intercontinental Exchange Inc. said ICE Futures U.S. will observe a moment of silence to honor Bush on Wednesday.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., operator of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), said the system suffered no damage from Friday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake and was restarted after a seven-hour shutdown. "After a methodical and extensive system-wide status check confirmed that it was operationally safe to restart, TAPS was brought back online," Alyeska tweeted Friday. "Surveillance and system assessment efforts on TAPS will remain heightened in the hours and days ahead."

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