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June 25, 2015 - 5:32pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A congressional committee has opened a probe into a California oil spill that blackened beaches and created a 9-mile ocean slick last month.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday asked the pipeline operator for detailed information on maintenance of the failed line and inspection records.

The panel also wants Plains All American Pipeline to explain what it did in the hours leading up to the break near Santa Barbara,...

June 25, 2015 - 5:28pm
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the FBI to turn over evidence related to professional wrestler Hulk Hogan's sex tape.

Gawker sued the FBI after it refused a Freedom of Information Act request for the evidence, which could find its way into Hogan's invasion of privacy suit against the gossip site.

Hogan sued Gawker after it published parts of the sex tape in 2012.

According to documents, Hogan's lawyer contacted the...

June 25, 2015 - 5:27pm
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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say an investigation into the suspected serial killings of seven people has led detectives to a Virginia home where a key suspect once lived.

New Britain police Chief James Wardwell said Thursday authorities including an FBI police dog team were searching a home in Hampton, 500 miles southwest of New Britain.

The search is connected to the discovery of seven bodies behind a strip mall in New Britain....

June 25, 2015 - 5:11pm
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TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A man who struck a New Jersey pedestrian and drove with the victim lodged in his car's windshield has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Thirty-three-year-old Marcos Ortega was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide in the death of Kenneth Moeller in November. He will serve three years of supervised release.

Ortega is from Little Egg Harbor. He struck Moeller on a highway shoulder in Ocean...

June 25, 2015 - 5:09pm
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The pastor of a predominantly black church damaged by a fire that authorities believe was intentionally set says he forgives whoever was responsible and wants to move forward.

WBTV in Charlotte ( quotes the Rev. Mannix Kinsey of Briar Creek Road Baptist Church as saying that he was afraid at first the church would be destroyed by the early Wednesday morning fire. But Kinsey said the damage wasn't as bad as he thought it could...

June 25, 2015 - 4:45pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama is defying the lame-duck label near the end of his presidency, solidifying the contours of his legacy with the help of unlikely allies in Congress and the Supreme Court.

Led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the high court preserved Obama's signature health care law Thursday, hours before a Republican-controlled Congress paved the way for an Asia-Pacific trade pact at the center of the president's international agenda.


June 25, 2015 - 4:35pm
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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An officer under scrutiny for shooting and wounding two half-brothers suspected of trying to steal beer has been reprimanded during his three years with a Washington state police department.

Personnel records reviewed by The Olympian newspaper ( ) show that supervisors raised concerns in 2013 that Officer Ryan Donald put himself in situations where using force would become necessary.

He also received a...

June 25, 2015 - 4:35pm
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BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrived at the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, on Thursday, a day after he was sentenced to death. A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that Tsarnaev was being held at the high-security facility. The penitentiary is in the same prison complex as the ADX, a Supermax prison, but is a different institution.

After a judge formally imposed a jury's recommendation of the death penalty Wednesday...

June 25, 2015 - 4:28pm
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Even Maine lawmakers accustomed to Gov. Paul LePage's aggressive style of politics say they're troubled by accusations that the Republican had the House Speaker removed from his new job at a school for at-risk youth by threatening to cut off funds to the institution.

Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves says LePage told the Good Will-Hinckley school that he would withhold money from a charter school that the nonprofit operates unless it removed Eves...

June 25, 2015 - 4:18pm
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A rolling Kentucky pasture is sprouting the giant ribs of a massive wooden ship — a tourist-friendly version of Noah's ark.

For now, there's only a foundation, some concrete pillars and a few ribs. The builder, a Christian ministry called Answers in Genesis, says it will be 510 feet long when it's finished next summer.

Journalists were allowed to tour the site for the first time Thursday — following a hard rainfall, as it...

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