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Nerves rattled by false reports of U.S. Navy Yard shooter in Washington

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WASHINGTON - A false alarm about a possible shooter at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington on Thursday rattled nerves amid heightened security | Video

Thousands evacuated after freight train derails, catches fire, in Tennessee

- A freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed and a car caught fire in Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people on Thursday, while 10 officers were hospitalized after breathing in fumes, officials said. | Video

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BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement over deadly 2010 spill

HOUSTON - BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history.

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California cancer patient with amnesia identified by sister: NBC

- A woman with amnesia who has been undergoing cancer treatments since she was found semiconscious in Southern California has been identified by her sister after turning to social media in a bid to rekindle her memory and find her family, an NBC affiliate in San Diego reported on Thursday.

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Mattress maker Serta next in line to dump Trump

- U.S. mattress maker Serta said it would not renew its licensing agreement with the Trump Organization, the latest company to distance itself from real estate developer and TV personality Donald Trump, after his comments insulting Mexicans.

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Oklahoma county commissioner arrested on gun and drug charges

OKLAHOMA CITY - A county commissioner in rural Oklahoma and his wife have been arrested on suspicion of the illegal possession of a firearm and drugs, the Oklahoma State Board of Investigation said on Thursday.

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Woman falls 400 feet to death in Colorado's Royal Gorge

(This story corrects the July 1 story to change time period in seventh paragraph to "more than two million," from "thousands")

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U.S. regulator says Fiat Chrysler misled agency on Takata recalls

WASHINGTON - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV misled U.S. auto safety regulators about recall notifications to the owners of vehicles equipped with defective Takata Corp air bags, a U.S. safety recall analysts said on Thursday.

Closing of Chicago trading pits: a requiem for family ties

CHICAGO - Thomas Cashman was not long out of law school when his dad, Tom, brought him to the Chicago Board of Trade soybean pit in 1994. The two spent the next 10 years trading side by side, until Thomas moved upstairs to begin trading on computer screens.

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For New York Puerto Ricans, debt crisis begins to hit home

NEW YORK - Before this week, Harriet Richardson's retirement dream was still intact: work a few more years in the United States before heading back to find a quiet, ocean-front house in her native Puerto Rico. Now she's not so sure.

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