$18.7B deal clears path for BP to close books on Gulf spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion.
The Latest: Greek premier wants biggest 'no' vote possible
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):
The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt
LONDON (AP) — Forgiving debt, if done right, can get an economy back on its feet.
Obama's counterterrorism policy facing mounting criticism
WASHINGTON (AP) — At the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for celebration: Meticulous intelligence analysis backed by Hellfire missiles had paid off, once again.
Boko Haram guns down 97 people praying in mosques in Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in a northeast Nigerian town during the holy month of Ramadan, a government official and a self-defense fighter said Thursday.
Egypt's warplanes strike back at militants in troubled Sinai
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian warplanes launched new airstrikes and troops went house-to-house Thursday in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, a day after Islamic State-linked militants set off the area's bloodiest fighting in decades in an unprecedented, coordinated attack.
Catholic leaders press GOP to heed pope on climate, poor
ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa implored candidates for president Thursday to take up Pope Francis' call for "profound political courage" by focusing their campaigns as much on improving the environment and income inequality as they have on opposing gay arriage and abortion in past elections.
Gimmicks and technology: California learns to save water
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) — Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess — a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things arond, proving it's possible to get people to change their ways.
Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on 'Sesame Street,' retiring
NEW YORK (AP) — "Sesame Street" is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring.
Report: Polar bears' fate tied to reversing global warming
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don't reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said.
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