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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

Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field.... 7/2/2015 9:36 PM

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

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 8:34 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

Fire still burning after hazardous rail spill in Tennessee
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A fire continued to burn Thursday afternoon at the site where a train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in eastern Tennessee, and officials said firefighters have been trying to keep neighboring rail cars cool as they make efforts to move them away from the flames.... 7/2/2015 9:18 PM

Church fires common, but usually not the result of arson
GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- As investigators probe church fires including the blaze that destroyed a rural black church targeted by the Ku Klux Klan 20 years ago, the question is spreading through social media: (hash)WhoIsBurningBlackChurches?... 7/2/2015 5:54 PM

Witness: Man killed by police told officers 'shoot me'
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The man was angry. He threw rocks and scuffled with police. He yelled at them to "shoot me, kill me," before three officers opened fire, according to witnesses to the fatal shooting of the unarmed Mexican immigrant. The shooting sparked weeks of protest.... 7/2/2015 4:07 PM

Top US auto safety regulator says Chrysler to face sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fiat Chrysler will be punished soon for failing to follow the law in 23 recalls involving more than 11 million vehicles, the nation's top auto safety regulator said Thursday.... 7/2/2015 7:43 PM

Federal report: Polar bears in peril due to global warming
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don't reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said.... 7/2/2015 9:28 PM



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