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Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- BP and five Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010....

After trade deal, Obama seeks to repair rift with labor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After the push for trade legislation ruptured relations between the White House and organized labor, President Barack Obama is embarking on something of a repair mission....

Train derailment, fire prompts evacuation in Tennessee
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....

Body of prison escapee released to New York funeral home
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....

Flags stir intense emotions, but meaning depends on beholder
Raised by firefighters from the smoking wreckage of the World Trade Center, a flag telegraphed both anguish and resolve. Planted atop a mountain on Iwo Jima, another piece of national cloth came to symbolize collective perseverance and conquest....

The Latest: Body of escaped killer released to funeral home
MALONE, N.Y. (AP) -- The latest on the capture of one convicted murderer from a maximum-security prison and the killing of the other (all times local):...

Bodies of missing Phoenix-area couple are believed found
MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) -- The bodies of a man and a woman believed to be a Phoenix-area couple missing for more than a week were recovered from a property near their home, and a man who lives there was arrested, authorities said Thursday....

Witness: Man killed by police told officers 'shoot me'
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The man was angry. He threw rocks and scuffled with police. He yelled at them to "shoot me, kill me," before three officers opened fire, according to witnesses to the fatal shooting of the unarmed Mexican immigrant. The shooting sparked weeks of protest....

Police: No evidence of shooting at Washington Navy Yard
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....

Last funeral for victim of Charleston shooting in Columbia
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The last of the victims of the Charleston church shooting to be eulogized was remembered Thursday as a man who lived his life with a "driving force" to serve his fellow men and his God....

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