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$18.7B deal clears path for BP to close books on Gulf spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion.... 7/2/2015 8:46 PM

Gimmicks and technology: California learns to save water
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) -- Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess - a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things around, proving it's possible to get people to change their ways.... 7/2/2015 11:58 PM

Body of prison escapee released to New York funeral home
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The body of a convicted murderer who broke out of prison and was fatally shot after three weeks on the run was released to a funeral home Thursday as his fellow escapee continued his recovery at a hospital under heavy guard.... 7/2/2015 9:40 PM

Authorities: Suspect high on meth during Arizona killings
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- A missing Phoenix-area couple were killed and buried in the yard of a man who told investigators he was high on methamphetamine when he shot the husband and wife, authorities said Thursday.... 7/3/2015 12:15 AM

Woman randomly shot to death at popular San Francisco pier
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A young woman was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on the San Francisco waterfront.... 7/2/2015 11:59 PM

Smoke subsides after hazardous rail spill in Tennessee
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in the middle of the night in eastern Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and sending dozens to the hospital with respiratory issues and nausea.... 7/3/2015 1:46 AM

Church fires not usually arson; weather found as cause in SC
GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- As social media buzzed about church fires in the South, investigators announced Thursday that weather caused a destructive blaze at a predominantly black church in South Carolina.... 7/3/2015 12:22 AM

Last funeral for victim of Charleston shooting in Columbia
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The last of the victims of the Charleston church shooting to be eulogized was remembered Thursday as a man known by the nickname "Super," who lived his life with a driving force to serve his fellow men and his God.... 7/2/2015 6:26 PM

Fireworks-filled van explodes on California freeway
IVANPAH, Calif. (AP) -- Jay Rutherford and his bandmates were mesmerized by the billowing smoke and small "psychedelic explosions" emanating from the van on the side of the freeway.... 7/3/2015 2:38 AM

Summer is sizzling: Heat records fall across US West
From Seattle to Salt Lake City, the West is baking under record heat. Temperatures reaching the triple digits have made fire conditions extreme and sent folks looking for relief heading into the Fourth of July weekend. Unfortunately, the forecast in many areas calls for more sun and sweat.... 7/2/2015 9:45 PM



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