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  • Louisiana man freed from death row last year dies of cancer: report

    Glenn Ford, 65, who was diagnosed with lung cancer, passed away Monday at a home provided by the nonprofit group Resurrection After Exoneration, which assists freed prisoners, Ford's attorney, William Most, told the Times. Ford, a black man, was convicted by an all-white jury in the 1983 robbery…

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  • Montana polygamist vows to fight for marriage license

    Nathan Collier, 46, said his bid to make his marriage to his second wife “legitimate” was influenced by the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that legalized same-sex marriages in the United States. Collier, his lawful wife and a woman he said he married in a “spiritual” ceremony earlier this…

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  • California removes 'lynching' language from state law

    California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill striking the word "lynching" from a 1933 law that used the term to describe the crime of trying to take someone from police custody. The bill, which passed unanimously in the state legislature last week, followed outrage over the arrest of…

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  • California cancer patient with amnesia identified by family

    A Southern California cancer patient unable to recall her identity or family since she was found dazed on a street four months ago has finally reconnected with relatives after a nephew spotted her on the evening news, media reported on Thursday. The woman, whose Facebook image has circulated…

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  • Brazil cyclist killed at World Police and Fire Games near Washington

    A Brazilian cyclist was killed and two other riders were critically injured in a crash on Thursday during an international bicycle race near Washington, D.C., police said. One cyclist blew out a tire and lost control, colliding with the other two riders at the annual World Police and Fire Games,…

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  • Timeline: BP oil spill, litigation at a glance

    (Reuters) - BP Plc reached a $18.7 billion settlement to end five years of litigation following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It is the largest settlement with a single entity in U.S. history, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The following is a timeline of key events: * April 20, 2010, RIG…

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  • BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement over deadly 2010 spill

    By Terry Wade and Kristen Hays HOUSTON (Reuters) - BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history. Under the agreement…

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  • White House says hopes BP settlement to help Gulf region recover from spill

    The White House said on Thursday it was pleased to see an agreement reached with BP to end litigation over environmental damage and human casualties caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. "While we have not had a chance to review this agreement in detail, we are pleased to see that this…

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  • Factbox: BP's $18.7 billion oil spill deal by the numbers

    BP Plc has reached an $18.7 billion deal with the U.S government and five states to settle litigation stemming from its deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil well blowout and explosion that killed 11 men and unleashed the worst spill in U.S. history. The deal, which is subject to public comment and final…

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  • Factbox: BP settlement payouts to coastal states in 2010 oil spill

    (Reuters) - (This version of the story was refiled to add dropped word 'hit' in paragraph 10 to make it 'hardest-hit') BP Plc's agreed to pay out $18.7 billion to the U.S. government and five coastal states to settle damages claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. The following are details of…

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  • NASCAR cools on Confederate flag, but fans still fly it

    By Barbara Liston DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - NASCAR wants to limit the Confederate battle flag's presence at its tracks after the murder of nine black worshippers in South Carolina, but getting U.S. motor racing fans to comply may prove difficult. On the eve of a big holiday race weekend in…

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  • California reports drop in hate crimes

    The number of hate crimes committed in California decreased in 2014 by more than 12 percent, and complaints of hate crimes have dropped in half over the past 10 years, according to data released Thursday by the state. The total number of incidents deemed to be hate crimes by authorities was 758 in…

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  • U.S. probe sees no links among black church fires in South

    Federal law enforcement officials have found no links among any of several recent fires at African American churches in the U.S. South and have determined that two were started by natural causes and one was due to an electrical fire. The investigation into the fires follows the June 17 shootings…

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  • After nearly closing, Virginia's Sweet Briar names new president

    Sweet Briar College named a new president on Thursday in what supporters hope will be a new beginning for the private Virginia women's college that was on the verge of closing. As called for in the settlement, Sweet Briar's board of directors resigned and a new board stepped in on Thursday, naming…

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  • Mormon Church makes first donation to Utah gay youth program

    The Mormon Church has made its first-ever donation to the Utah Pride Center, a Salt Lake City organization that works with poor and homeless gay young people, in what center officials said on Thursday was a significant moment in the Church's relationship with the gay community. Relations between…

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  • Anonymous donors raise $3 million for scholarships after U.S. church shooting

    The large contribution underscores a national outpouring of grief and support for Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church, site of the racially motivated shooting spree on June 17. The scholarship fund will be named after one of the victims, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the church's leader and a…

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  • Kentucky couples sue for marriage licenses after gay marriage ruling

    Eight people, including two same-sex couples, on Thursday sued an eastern Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to anyone following last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage, the Kentucky chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said. The lawsuit,…

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  • San Francisco creates short-term rental agency

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced the creation of a new agency on Thursday to oversee short-term rentals like those arranged by Airbnb, which matches people wishing to rent out all or part of their homes to temporary guests. The new department, the Office of Short-Term Rental Administration and…

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  • Suspect in pharmacy fire during Baltimore riots charged with arson

    A man who prosecutors allege torched a drugstore that came to symbolize the rioting in Baltimore in April was charged on Thursday with federal arson violations that carry the possibility of a 20-year prison sentence. Violence broke out in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a…

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  • Connecticut to conduct DNA tests in deciding on retrying disabled man

    Connecticut prosecutors can conduct further genetic testing before deciding whether to retry a mentally disabled man who spent a quarter century in prison until his conviction for rape and murder was overturned, a judge ruled on Thursday. Although the conviction was overturned in March,…

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