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Efforts underway to scrub spilled oil from California coast

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Cleanup crews fanned out Wednesday along a stretch of scenic California coastline stained by thousands of gallons of crude oil that spilled from a broken pipe and flowed into the Pacific Ocean.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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Banks fined more than $5B, to plead guilty to market rigging

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four global banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the world's currency market, the first time in more than two decades that major players in the financial industry have admitted to criminal wrongdoing on such a scale.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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Bin Laden papers include loving notes, terrorist application

WASHINGTON (AP) — During his years in hiding, Osama bin Laden urged followers to concentrate on attacking Americans and wrote bittersweet letters to one of his wives and his children, according to documents released Wednesday by U.S. intelligence officials.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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Some see differences between perceptions of Waco, Baltimore

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests. The main images of a fatal gun battle between armed bikers and police in Waco, Texas, also showed mass arrests — carried out by nonchalant-looking officers sitting around calm bikers on cell phones.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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4-mile oil slick lines California coast after pipeline spill

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain and into the Pacific Ocean for several hours before it was shut off, creating a slick some 4 miles long across a scenic stretch of central California coastline, officials said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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House to consider repeal of meat labeling law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee is moving swiftly to get rid of labels on packages of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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Obama frames global warming as national security threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is framing the challenges of climate change as a matter of national security that threatens to aggravate poverty and political instability around the globe and jeopardize the readiness of U.S. forces.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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