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  • South Carolina church fire started by natural causes: police

    The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the fires and has so far determined that one was an electrical fire and two others were from natural causes. The fires were being investigated against the backdrop of the June 17 shooting of nine black churchgoers at a historic black church in…

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  • Baltimore police probe 'enjoy your ride' sign in transport van

    Six police officers are charged in the death of Freddie Gray, 25, who died in April from severe spinal injuries after being transported in a police wagon. In a statement, police called the sign "both concerning and unacceptable." Deputy Police Commissioner Dean Palmere has ordered an inspection of…

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  • JetBlue launches New York-to-Havana charter flights

    The airline said Cuba Travel Services Inc is offering the weekly flight on Fridays between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. It did not say how much the trip would cost.

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  • Thousands head home after Tennessee train fire forced evacuation

    Authorities were examining the black box from the CSX Corp train that derailed with one tank car bursting into flames at midnight Wednesday in Blount County, near Maryville, Tennessee. The tank car fire was extinguished by late Thursday, CSX said. The car was loaded with about 24,000 gallons of…

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  • New York governor orders more July Fourth security after alert

    "We are keenly aware that New York State remains a top target for terrorists," Cuomo said in a statement. The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued an alert calling for local authorities and the public to remain vigilant for possible threats following…

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  • New York fugitive wrote to daughter 'See you on the outside': report

    Matt, 49, was shot and killed by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent on June 26 about 27 miles northwest (43 km) northwest of the prison in Dannemora, New York. Sweat, 35, was shot and captured on Sunday another 23 miles (37 km) away, close to the Canadian border.

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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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  • Bone-dry West Coast states curb July 4 fireworks displays

    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Authorities battling dozens of large wildfires along the parched U.S. West Coast are clamping down on Independence Day fireworks displays over fears that wayward sparks could trigger fresh blazes. Communities in Washington state and Oregon have imposed…

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  • Vendors in Los Angeles parks may be forced to move along

    Lourdes Segura and Teresa De Leon, sitting on folding chairs by a playground at a Los Angeles park, have neatly set out anything a child might want, from tiny firework snappers that crackle on pavement to Doritos chips. Thousands of Los Angeles street vendors, many of them unauthorized immigrants…

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  • Oregon man jailed on suspicion of killing parents dies after suicide attempt

    Jeremy Daniel Ringquist, 38, has been held since June 25 at the Lane County jail in Eugene on two counts of aggravated murder. Police said the bodies found in the freezer of the home in Springfield, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) south of Portland, were those of Randy and Karen Ringquist, both…

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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 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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