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11:30 a.m. (PDT) The company that owns the pipeline that broke and spewed oil into the Pacific Ocean says it's still unknown exactly how much oil was lost, but the pipeline was operating at maximum capacity. Plains All American Pipeline LP official Darren Palmer says the...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill abolishing the death penalty that would make it the first conservative state to do so since 1973 if the measure becomes law. The vote margin in the unicameral Legislature was more than enough to...
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of their available water this year, sharing a resource that has been all but guaranteed to them for more than a century. It could become one of the most important...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers and other landowners who staked the earliest claims to California's water are last to suffer cutbacks at times of drought under the state's water-rights system. Now the dry spell has become so severe that even some of these 4,000 "senior water...
NEW YORK (AP) — By taking a wrong turn in a dry riverbed in Kenya, scientists discovered a trove of stone tools far older than any ever found before. Nobody knows who made them — or why. At 3.3 million years old, they push back the record of stone tools by about 700,000 years...
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday the threat posed by climate change is evident all around and that those who deny the "indisputable" science that it is real are putting at risk the security of the United States and the military sworn to defend it...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Four global banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the world's currency market, the first time in more than two decades that major players in the financial industry have admitted to criminal wrongdoing on...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal drug agents raided medical clinics, pharmacies and other locations across the South on Wednesday, wrapping up what a federal official called a long-running crackdown on prescription drug abuse. The early morning raids in Arkansas, Alabama,...
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A mysterious space plane rocketed into orbit Wednesday, carrying no crew but a full load of technology experiments. The Air Force launched its unmanned mini-shuttle late Wednesday morning. An Atlas V rocket lifted it up and out over the Atlantic. This...