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story.lead_photo.caption A Monrovian container ship arrives at the Port of New Orleans just before sunrise Friday. A proposed agreement with dockworkers has prevented a major port strike for now. - Photo by AP / DAVID GRUNFELD

Dockworkers and their employers reached a tentative agreement on royalty payments Friday, averting a strike that would have shut down U.S. ports from Maine to Texas for the first time in 35 years.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 12/29/2012

Print Headline: Royalty deal averts strike at U.S. ports

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