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Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

posted: 07/02/2015 8:15 a.m. Discuss

NEW ORLEANS — Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Train derailment, fire prompt evacuation in Tennessee

updated: 07/02/2015 11:11 a.m. Discuss

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — 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.

Police: No evidence of shooting at Washington Navy Yard

updated: 07/02/2015 11:12 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON — 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.

Restore trade with Cubans, Obama urges

updated: 07/02/2015 4 a.m. Comments 7

President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to follow his decision to reopen the American Embassy in Havana by lifting the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba.

Governor of Maine endorses Christie

updated: 07/02/2015 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Chris Christie won the endorsement Wednesday of Maine Gov. Paul LePage, the first Republican governor to announce a pick in the presidential race.

Clinton raises $45M from donations large, small

updated: 07/02/2015 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign said Wednesday that it has raised $45 million since its launch in mid-April, with the vast majority of its donors having given less than $100 each.

Obama touts health care options

updated: 07/02/2015 3:41 a.m. Discuss

Fresh off a Supreme Court victory, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's "feeling pretty good" about the state of his health care law and pleaded for bipartisan cooperation on ways to make it work even better.

Episcopalians OK religious gay weddings

posted: 07/02/2015 3:39 a.m. Comments 20

Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, more than a decade after the church's pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.

U.N. report confirms Iran achieves goal

updated: 07/02/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Iran has met a key commitment under a preliminary nuclear deal setting up the current talks on a final agreement, leaving it with several tons less of material it could use to make weapons, according to a report issued Wednesday.

The nation in brief

updated: 07/02/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Fire at S.C. black church investigated Authorities in South Carolina said Wednesday that they were investigating a fire at a black church that was the target of a Ku Klux Klan attack 20 years ago.

Getting it straight

updated: 07/02/2015 3:19 a.m. Discuss

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Names and faces

updated: 07/02/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

After weeks of public speculation about their relationship, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced Tuesday that they plan to end their 10-year marriage. "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children," Garner and Affleck said in a joint statement. "This will be our only comment on this private, family matter."

In the news

updated: 07/02/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, who has commanded troops in Iraq, has been nominated as the Marine Corps' new top officer, replacing Gen. Joseph Dunford, who is likely to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said.

Cannabis church avoids lighting up

posted: 07/02/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

More than 100 people packed a “pot”-smoking Indianapolis church for a music-filled first service without their illegal sacrament, days after authorities threatened arrests if the congregation lit up during the rites.

Obama: U.S. embassy in Havana marks 'new chapter' in Cuba ties

posted: 07/01/2015 11:19 a.m. Comments 5

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a "new chapter" in relations after a half-century of hostility.

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