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July 3, 2015 - 6:26am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is planning a fifth visit to South Carolina ahead of the planned launch of his presidential bid later this month.

His nonprofit New Day for America said the two-term governor will visit the early primary state on Wednesday. He plans to attend Republican meet-and-greets in Hilton Head and Bluffton.

Kasich's campaign launch is expected at an event July 21. He's expected to join a crowded GOP field...

July 3, 2015 - 6:09am
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Health insurer Aetna Inc. has made a deal to buy competitor Humana Inc. in a $37 billion deal the companies say would create the second-largest managed care company.

Adding Humana's large business in Medicare Advantage, the federal health care program for seniors, would make Humana the nation's largest Medicare Advantage provider.

The purchase price includes a combination of cash and stock worth about $230 per share....

July 3, 2015 - 5:54am
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HONOLULU (AP) — An airplane powered by the sun is scheduled to land in Hawaii after a five-day journey over the Pacific Ocean.

The flight from Japan is the longest leg of the around-the-world voyage planned by two Swiss pilots who have been taking turns flying the single-seat airplane. It is also the riskiest because the plane has nowhere to land in an emergency.

The aircraft is scheduled to land at a small airport outside Honolulu about 6 a.m. (9 a....

July 3, 2015 - 5:08am
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP is preparing to pay a record $18.7 billion to affected states.

The oil giant hopes the settlement announced Thursday will bring an end to a long-running legal drama. The company said the settlement would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion.

The new settlement will be paid out over 18 years.

The Deepwater Horizon...

July 3, 2015 - 4:43am
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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thousands of eastern Tennessee residents have been displaced after a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire, forcing their evacuation.

Most received urgent knocks at their doors between midnight and 6 a.m. Thursday by emergency workers who told them they should leave immediately. The fire was reported shortly before midnight Wednesday.

The damaged car carried liquid acrylonitrile, a flammable...

July 3, 2015 - 3:40am
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man is being detained in a mental health facility after authorities say he told a security guard he planned to kill President Barack Obama.

A warrant was issued Thursday for 55-year-old Brian Dutcher of Tomah, the same day Obama was in La Crosse touting a proposal to make more workers eligible for overtime pay.

An affidavit says Dutcher approached a security guard at the La Crosse library Wednesday and said he would...

July 3, 2015 - 3:17am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House prospects if the party's presidential contenders don't do more to condemn Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants.

Trump is refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers.

Several other Republican presidential candidates have avoided the issue altogether. Those who have weighed in haven't been as aggressive as many Hispanic leaders...

July 3, 2015 - 2:56am
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian Authority forces arrested 100 Hamas members in the West Bank in the biggest raid of its kind in years.

It was the biggest mass arrest in one night since 2007 when Palestinians split after the Islamic militant group Hamas violently ousted forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas from Gaza, leaving him governing just parts of the West Bank.

Hamas spokesman Husam Badran said in a statement the arrests were meant to...

July 3, 2015 - 2:55am
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HOUSTON (AP) — Legal experts say the federal hacking investigation of the St. Louis Cardinals could take longer if high-level executives are implicated in the breach of the Houston Astros' database.

No charges have been filed in the ongoing probe, which legal experts believe is several months old and has likely involved scouring Astros servers for any IP addresses that might lead back to the Cardinals organization.

Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr....

July 3, 2015 - 2:21am
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SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle, notorious for boom-and-bust cycles stretching back to the 19th century Alaska gold rush, is booming once again.

Thickets of yellow cranes have crowded the skyline, where new glass-sided office buildings, hotels and apartment towers are blotting out views of the mountains and the Space Needle.

The boom has also brought a lot of handwringing, as residents fret over whether Seattle has become a traffic-snarled city for the rich,...

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