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  • Authorities eye reopening of goo-struck California beaches

    MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Crews scouring 7 miles of Southern California beaches had scooped up truckloads of mysterious oily goo Thursday and the area might be clean enough to reopen for the weekend, authorities…

  • Response by operator of broken oil pipeline faces scrutiny

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst — an oil spill — when…

  • 2 to plead guilty in Los Angeles fashion district raids

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two men have agreed to plead guilty to crimes stemming from an investigation into suspected money laundering for Mexican drug cartels in the Los Angeles fashion district. Xilin (ZEE’-lin) Chen and…

  • 10 injured in ammonia gas leak at Panhandle chemical plant

    BORGER, Texas (AP) — Ten people were taken to hospitals after an ammonia gas leak at a chemical plant in the Texas Panhandle. The incident happened about 4:15 p.m. Thursday at the Agrium Inc. plant…

  • Railroad bridge fire and collapse ruled accidental

    INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A fire that caused the collapse of a busy wooden railroad bridge near Minnesota’s northern border has been ruled an accident. Koochiching County Sheriff Perryn Hedlund tells Minnesota Public Radio…

  • Japan CPI weak at 0.6 percent, as jobless rate at 18-yr low

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s jobless rate dropped to an 18-year low in April, but industrial production, inflation and household spending were muted as consumers kept purse strings tight. The government said Friday that the unemployment…

  • AP News in Brief at 7:58 p.m. EDT

    Former US House Speaker Hastert accused of evading banking laws to hide hush money payments CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an…

  • Hurricanes’ CFO out after nearly 35 years with team

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Mike Amendola is out as the Carolina Hurricanes’ chief financial officer. Team spokesman Kyle Hanlin said Thursday night that Amendola is no longer with the company. Amendola was the team’s longest-tenured…

  • Chile customs workers end strike that disrupted exports

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean customs workers are returning to work after reaching a deal to end a nationwide strike that halted shipments causing losses for the fruit and salmon industries. Customs workers began the…

  • Neverland, former home of Michael Jackson, on sale for $100M

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neverland Ranch is up for sale. The California property that once served as Michael Jackson’s home and personal fantasyland is being listed at $100 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.…

  • Michael King, innovative syndicator of ‘Oprah,’ dies at 67

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael King, an innovative TV syndicator who helped make stars of Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil McGraw and Rachael Ray, has died. A family member confirmed King died Wednesday in Los Angeles…

  • THE LATEST: US will vote for Prince Ali in FIFA election

    ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments: 12:31 a.m. (2231 GMT, 6:31 p.m. EDT) The United States says it will vote for Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein for FIFA president on Friday and not…

  • Wisconsin governor: Obama power plant rule ‘unworkable’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican eyeing a presidential run in 2016, says President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants is “unworkable.” Wisconsin will not comply with the…

  • Huge drop in West Virginia coal production forecast

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University researchers predict that state coal production will drop 39 percent compared with the industry’s last high point in 2008 — less-than-encouraging news for more than 1,800 coal miners…

  • Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is willing to store and organize all of the world’s digital photos and videos for free. The online photo service announced Thursday is the latest example of Google’s desire to…