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  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill
    Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.

  • US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery
    US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops — including some operating artillery and other heavy weapons — in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces, U.S. defense officials said Friday.

  • IS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists
    IS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday.

  • What happens to collection of phone records if law expires?
    What happens to collection of phone records if law expires?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate appeared headed for early Saturday morning votes on whether to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, raising the possibility of a halt to that collection program and two less controversial surveillance techniques designed to trackspies and terrorists.

  • DC authorities: Ex-con had help in wealthy family's slaying
    DC authorities: Ex-con had help in wealthy family's slaying

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An ex-convict denied bond on a murder charge Friday had help from others holding a family captive inside their mansion for at least 18 hours, authorities said, and their investigation is continuing.

  • Mexico: 43 dead in 3-hour firefight on ranch in west
    Mexico: 43 dead in 3-hour firefight on ranch in west

    ECUANDUREO, Mexico (AP) — At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen on a ranch in western Mexico, the deadliest such confrontation in recent memory.

  • Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found
    Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the coast of California is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said Friday as more dead animals were discovered on the Santa Barbara coast.

  • California farmers strike a deal to cut water use
    California farmers strike a deal to cut water use

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal Friday to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record.

  • B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas
    B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — In death, as in life, B.B. King drew fans to his side in Las Vegas.

  • James leads Cavs to 94-82 win over Hawks, 2-0 series lead
    James leads Cavs to 94-82 win over Hawks, 2-0 series lead

    ATLANTA (AP) — LeBron James scored 30 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers took total command of the Eastern Conference final even without injured star Kyrie Irving, routing the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 on Friday night for a 2-0 lead with the series heading to Ohio.

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