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FILE - In this April 21, 2010, file photo, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice, La. As part of the oil spill settlement, Mississippi would receive about $1.5 billion over 17 years, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday. Added to $659 million in earlier funding, Mississippi would receive a total of about $2.2 billion, if the settlement is approved by a court. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — 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. Federal and state government officials touted the record-breaking $18.7 billion agreement … 0

Jim Webb becomes fourth challenger to Clinton in Democratic field

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb became the fifth Democrat to enter the 2016 presidential contest, acknowledging in his announcement Thursday that he would be a long shot against former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. “I understand the odds, particularly in today’s political climate where fair debate is so often drowned … 0

Greeks warned that rejecting bailout terms won’t elicit better offer

Thursday, July 2, 2015

International lenders owed $270 billion from Greece for five years of bailouts warned Thursday that a “no” vote in a referendum on their final offer for another extension won’t elicit an easing of its austerity terms. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the Eurogroup that coordinates monetary policy for the 19 countries using the euro currency, urged Greek voters to not take the advice of … 0

Obama to propose making 5 million more eligible for OT

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will propose requiring overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week, three individuals familiar with the plan said Monday, more than doubling the current threshold and extending overtime protection to about 5 million workers. Currently, salaried employees who are paid more … 0

Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it’s “highly likely” the death … 0

Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion law

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote blocked the state of Texas, at least for now, from enforcing a strict new abortion law that was likely to close most of the state’s remaining abortion clinics. The measure would require these clinics to have doctors on the … 0

Federal officials investigate recent fires at black churches, though blazes appear unrelated

Monday, June 29, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Federal authorities say they are investigating recent fires at predominantly black churches, though the blazes do not appear to be related. A federal law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said a Friday fire at a church in South Carolina does not appear to … 0

Greeks hit by closed banks, dire warnings from eurozone

Monday, June 29, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a July 5 referendum that could … 0

‘Mind-blowing’ flames destroy homes in Wash.

Monday, June 29, 2015

WENATCHEE, Wash. — From just across the Wenatchee River, Dominick Bonny watched a whole neighborhood in his central Washington town burn as a wildfire destroyed two dozen structures and forced hundreds to flee. “With the wind blowing away … 0

WikiLeaks says NSA spied on French business

Monday, June 29, 2015

PARIS — WikiLeaks has released documents that it says show that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on France’s top finance officials and high-stakes French export bids over a decade in what the group called targeted economic espionage. France and the U.S. didn’t immediately respond to the release … 0

SpaceX reviewing mountains of data to figure out why its rocket exploded

Monday, June 29, 2015

LOS ANGELES — SpaceX officials say they will be holding daily meetings with NASA and the Air Force in hopes of quickly determining what caused an unmanned rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station to explode in midair just minutes after liftoff Sunday. Teams of engineers have … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Monday, June 29, 2015

Limited options if Iran talks fall apart CAIRO — The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions … 0

A new South? Time will tell if furling the rebel flag means deeper change

Sunday, June 28, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Across the South, Confederate symbols are toppling, teetering or at least getting critical new looks. But is it a sign of real change in a region known for fiercely defending its complex traditions, or simply … 0