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$18.7B deal clears path for BP to close books on Gulf spill

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:46pm
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....
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Egypt's warplanes strike back at militants in troubled Sinai

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:35pm
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian warplanes launched new airstrikes and troops went house-to-house Thursday in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, a day after Islamic State-linked militants set off the area's bloodiest fighting in decades in an unprecedented, coordinated attack....
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With social media tease, Wisconsin's Walker jumps into 2016

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:46pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a preacher's son who withstood a recall election spawned by his fight with public employee unions, is joining the crowded Republican presidential race, aides said on Thursday....
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Top US auto safety regulator says Chrysler to face sanctions

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:43pm
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....
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Catholic leaders press GOP to heed pope on climate, poor

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:36pm
ANKENY, Iowa (AP) -- Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa implored candidates for president Thursday to take up Pope Francis' call for "profound political courage" by focusing their campaigns as much on improving the environment and income inequality as they have on opposing gay marriage and abortion in past elections....
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Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on 'Sesame Street,' retiring

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 2:54pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- "Sesame Street" is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring....
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Boko Haram guns down 97 people praying in mosques in Nigeria

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 2:38pm
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Boko Haram extremists gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in a northeast Nigerian town during the holy month of Ramadan, a government official and a self-defense fighter said Thursday....
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Body of prison escapee released to New York funeral home

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:56pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The body of a convicted murderer who was fatally shot three weeks after he broke out of prison was released to a funeral home Thursday as his fellow escapee continued his recovery at a hospital under heavy guard....
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Top US diplomat in Cuba on short list for new embassy

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:52pm
HAVANA (AP) -- From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba's defiance of the United States....
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Train derailment, fire prompts evacuation in Tennessee

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:33pm
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A car on a CSX train carrying a flammable and toxic substance derailed and caught fire in eastern Tennessee, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people within a 2-mile radius....
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Police: No evidence of shooting at Washington Navy Yard

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 12:07pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown Thursday because someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago....
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Solid hiring, lower US unemployment rate, but wages flat

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:21am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low. But wages failed to budge, and other barometers of the job market painted a mixed picture....
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Many but not all in GOP object as US, Cuba plan embassies

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:13am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Loud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations severed the year President Barack Obama was born....
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The Latest on train derailment: 5,000 evacuated in Tennessee

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:11am
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- 9:10 a.m....
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10 Things to Know for Today

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:40am
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:...
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Pope brings 'church for the poor' to South America's poorest

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 7:04am
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is taking his "church for the poor" to three of South America's poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his unpredictable best: speaking his native Spanish on his home turf about issues closest to his heart....
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US files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:56am
GENEVA (AP) -- The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer's world governing body....
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Church fires common, but usually not the result of arson

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:49am
GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- As investigators probe the cause of a fire that destroyed a rural South Carolina black church rebuilt after the Ku Klux Klan torched it 20 years ago, statistics show church fires are not unusual, and that the vast majority in recent years were not intentionally set....
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Crashed Indonesian plane may have suffered engine problem

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:52am
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) -- The aging Indonesian military transport plane that crashed into a residential neighborhood of Medan killing 141 people had a propeller "abnormality" that indicates an engine stalled, the air force chief said Thursday....
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What crisis? Stronger banks, economies ease fear over Greece

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:11am
The prospect of a Greek crackup isn't so terrifying anymore....
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