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May 20, 2015 - 6:55pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spokesman says the companies that employ West Coast dockworkers have approved a proposed contract that restored labor peace to sea ports that had all but stopped moving cargo earlier this year.

Steve Getzug, a spokesman for the Pacific Maritime Association, said Wednesday its 71 voting member companies had overwhelmingly approved the five-year contract within the past few weeks.

The dispute between the association and the...

May 20, 2015 - 6:28pm
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DENVER (AP) — The shooting death of a bicyclist considered the unofficial mayor of his normally quiet northern Colorado town has led to the cancellation of an annual triathlon.

Meanwhile, a lack of details in the case has raised fears Windsor's first homicide in eight years is linked to the unsolved shooting of a driver on a nearby interstate last month.

The body of John Jacoby, a 48-year-old part-time town parks worker and grocery store bagger who...

May 20, 2015 - 6:19pm
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Tires can last up to a decade, sometimes longer.

The biggest one in the world is turning 50.

The owners of the Giant Uniroyal Tire near Detroit allowed dozens of guests inside during a special half-century celebratory event on Wednesday.

The 80-foot-high, 11- to 12-ton tire has stood alongside Interstate 94 since 1965, a year after it debuted at the New York World's Fair. It originally was a Ferris wheel...

May 20, 2015 - 6:08pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. government will invest nearly $50 million in water conservation and reuse projects in the drought-stricken West.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced funding Wednesday for more than 60 projects in a dozen states.

The idea is to stretch supplies to replenish shrinking groundwater systems and ease the use of expensive imported water.

Jewell spoke at a wastewater purification plant in Los Angeles....

May 20, 2015 - 5:49pm
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers representing businesses and individuals who claim damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill have announced a $211 million settlement with Transocean Ltd., owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

In a separate development, oil giant BP — which leased the rig from Transocean — reached settlements resolving years of complicated spill-related litigation with Transocean, and with contractor Halliburton, which did cement work on...

May 20, 2015 - 5:33pm
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer is accused of assaulting several people while off-duty and filing false reports.

An indictment Wednesday accuses 40-year-old Michael Lewis Griffin in cases dating to 2010 and 2011.

In one case, prosecutors say Griffin showed his badge outside a nightclub to a person arguing with his friend, and later punched the person until he was unconscious. The indictment says Griffin then told police to arrest the...

May 20, 2015 - 5:23pm
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five Minnesota men accused of conspiring to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group have pleaded not guilty to federal terrorism charges.

The men entered their pleas Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hamza Naj Ahmed, 21; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20, are each charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist...

May 20, 2015 - 5:23pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is recognizing the "quiet courage" of family members who serve "right alongside" wounded warriors when they take on duties as caregivers.

Mrs. Obama says the selfless stories of about 1 million caregivers often go unnoticed, though service members are awarded by the country for their combat and bravery.

The first lady spoke Wednesday at the Elizabeth Dole Foundation's Hidden Heroes Coalition Summit, which honors...

May 20, 2015 - 5:17pm
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A top enforcer for Mexico's Sinaloa cartel has pleaded guilty in San Diego to drug charges in a wide investigation of the group in the United States.

Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, known as "Chino Antrax," acknowledged Wednesday that he helped bring tons of cocaine and marijuana to the country from Mexico and ordered and participated in violence against cartel rivals.

His admissions came in a plea agreement with prosecutors that...

May 20, 2015 - 5:13pm
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty against a man accused in the 2009 deaths of a drug dealer and three women in Oklahoma City.

One victim was Brooke Phillips, who worked for a legal Nevada brothel featured in the HBO TV show "Cathouse." The others were Milagros Barrera, Jennifer Lynn Ermey and Casey Mark Barrientos.

The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1Hhc16I ) reports Phillips and Barrera were pregnant.

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