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Dispute over London 2012 marathon route resolved

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LONDON (AP)

The legal dispute over the marathon route for the 2012 London Olympics has been resolved after organizers promised to help provide tickets and jobs to the area that was cut out of the race.

The marathon will start and finish in front of Buckingham Palace and include three loops of central London. The race was originally scheduled to go into east London, but organizers changed the route to avoid gridlocked streets on one of the busiest days of the games.

The local Tower Hamlets council in east London was seeking a legal review of the change.

A statement from London 2012 on Wednesday says ''the council has decided to drop the proceedings'' following the agreement to help the area benefit from the Olympics.

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