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Mr. Salazar said he and other federal officials will work with governors in 11 Atlantic Coast states to identify promising areas for wind development. If no serious problems are identified, leases could be issued late next year or in early 2012.

Mr. Salazar said he hopes to pursue offshore wind power along the Atlantic Coast in the same way officials are pushing solar power in the Southwest.

NEVADA

Angle: Shocked, has ‘options’

LAS VEGAS | Republican Sharron Angle says she was shocked by her Nov. 2 loss to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but in looking forward has “lots of options” to weigh as she decides her next political step.

“I will always be involved in politics. I have a lot of options next cycle,” Mrs. Angle told the Lahontan Valley News. “Lots of options.”

Nevada’s other U.S. Senate seat is up in 2012 and as many as four congressional seats could be in play by then. Mrs. Angle, a former state representative, said she also could seek a term in the Nevada Senate.

A favorite of the “tea party” movement, Mrs. Angle has stayed mostly out of the public arena since her loss to Mr. Reid, and the interview Saturday with the newspaper was her first since then with northern Nevada media.

Mrs. Angle told the newspaper she was shocked to have lost to Mr. Reid after some polls showed her leading in the weeks leading up to the race. Mrs. Angle fared much better in rural areas than urban ones and had harsh words for voters in the bigger cities of Las Vegas and Reno.

“I find the people in the rural counties more educated on the issues and seem to be more tied into their communities,” she said. “The urban areas seem to have more of a disconnect from the issues that affect their communities.”

Mrs. Angle also blamed Mr. Reid for the negative tone that both sides took as the campaign wore on, saying he forced her to fight back after he released a flood of negative TV spots.

POSTAL SERVICE

Workers extend contract talks

Negotiators for the U.S. Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union have agreed to extend contract talks until Dec. 1.

It was the second extension for talks since the union’s four-year contract expired on Saturday.

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