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Compensation battle rages four years after BP's U.S. oil spill

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- Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.

Smuggled cellphone use a growing concern for U.S. prisons

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina - Cellphones smuggled into prisons by corrupt guards, concealed in food containers or hurled over security fences are an increasing worry for law enforcement as prisoners use them to intimidate witnesses, direct drug deals and plan escapes.

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GM could benefit, too, from an ignition-switch victims fund

- If General Motors Co creates a fund to compensate victims of its faulty ignition switches, an option that a top legal adviser suggested it is exploring, the company could give up strong defenses to a wave of lawsuits. But it could stand to gain even more.

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Lululemon yoga pants lawsuits in U.S. win final dismissals

NEW YORK - A U.S. judge has issued final dismissals of lawsuits accusing Lululemon Athletica Inc and various company officials of defrauding shareholders by concealing defects in yoga pants.

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Neighbors rushed in vain to help in California bus crash that killed 10

ORLAND, California - Newly released recordings of 911 emergency calls revealed the helplessness of stunned residents in the California town of Orland who witnessed the aftermath of last week's fiery crash between a FedEx truck and a tour bus that killed 10 people.

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Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young: study

(This story from April 15 corrects name of researcher to Breiter, instead of Beiter, throughout story)

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Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. | Video

Politics, Health 17 Apr 2014

Fourth U.S. Navy official charged in bribery investigation

SAN DIEGO - The fourth U.S. Navy official charged in the widening corruption investigation of a Singapore-based defense contractor made his first court appearance on Thursday, accused of accepting gifts of cash, electronics and luxury hotel stays.

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House Republican leaders holding up immigration reform: Obama

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday called on the U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being blocked by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives.

Politics, 17 Apr 2014

Racist online forums linked to deadly U.S. hate crimes: rights group

ORLANDO, Florida - A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan "No Jews, Just Right," according to an organization that tracks hate groups.

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