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Scientist: Oil slick likely from natural seafloor seepage

Christopher Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:12pm

Coast Guard officials say it will likely be a couple more days before they can definitively say what caused a miles-long oil slick to materialize off the Santa Barbara County coast this week, but an expert said Thursday it was more than likely the result of ocean-floor seepage.

Greece's Tsipras prevails over rebels at party meeting

Derek Gatopoulos and Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 7:11pm

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has defeated a bid by dissenters in his left-wing Syriza party to push for an end to bailout talks and an exit from the euro currency.

Trump's call for mass deportations runs into messy realities

Jill Colvin and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:41pm

In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump calls for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally while allowing the "really good people" to return.

EPA reviews $15 million settlement for Hawaii molasses spill

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:31pm

The Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing a $15.4 million settlement between Hawaii and a shipping company that spilled 1,400 tons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor to see how it may affect the agency's investigation.

Congress heading on vacation, putting off messy decisions

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:51pm

Congress is heading out for a five-week summer recess in anything but a cheerful vacation mood, leaving behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall.

Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest

Steven Dubois and Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:52pm

A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of environmental protesters left Portland, Oregon, on Thursday bound for an Arctic drilling operation after a tense standoff ended with kayakers and activists who had dangled from a bridge to block its path.

Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:40pm

Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download.

Clinton charity donors surge amid Hillary Clinton's campaign

Stephen Braun and Ted Bridis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:21pm

A new list of donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation shows a marked surge in donations and the numbers of contributors to the family charity in the first half of this year — at the same time that Hillary Rodham Clinton ramped up her campaign for the presidency.

Fluoride debate hits Colorado's largest water utility

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:11pm

Colorado's largest supplier of public drinking water is in the midst of a debate over how much fluoride — if any — to put into its delivery system after the federal government announced new standards in April.

Hollywood's Relativity Media files for bankruptcy protection

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 7:51pm

Relativity Media, the struggling "mini major" Hollywood studio behind movies such as "Immortals" and "Mirror Mirror," has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Lawsuit accuses CVS of overcharging for generic drugs

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 7:51pm

CVS Health Corp. deliberately overcharged some pharmacy customers for generic drugs by submitting claims to their insurance companies at inflated prices, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco.

Venezuela occupies food warehouse of biggest private company

Hannah Dreier and Jorge Rueda, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 6:50pm

Venezuela's largest food distributor on Thursday denounced the government occupation of a Caracas warehouse amid accusations that the company is hoarding goods.

Jury awards $47.8 million in NYC crane collapse civil case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 6:40pm

A New York City jury on Thursday awarded $47.8 million to the families of two men killed in 2008 when a construction crane collapsed.

Mexico to spend $9.1 million on seaweed cleanup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 6:30pm

Mexican authorities say they will spend about $9.1 million and hire 4,600 temporary workers to clean up mounds of seaweed that have accumulated in recent weeks along the Caribbean coast.

Vegas-area coal plant owners to pay $4.3M to settle lawsuit

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 5:31pm

Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas have agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution.

Amgen hikes 2015 forecast after 2Q increase in profit, sales

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:53pm

Amgen Inc. shares jumped in extended trading after the maker of osteoporosis drug Prolia easily beat Wall Street's second-quarter profit expectations and hiked its 2015 financial forecast.

Spirit jet wheel ignites on landing in Dallas; no injuries

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:51pm

No injuries were reported after a tire on a landing gear on a Spirit Airlines jet caught fire while landing at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

4 Democrats get behind Obama's Iran nuclear deal

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:41pm

Four Democrats, including one who represents an American hostage in Iran, said Thursday they would support the Iran nuclear deal in a major boost for President Barack Obama.

Defendants in fatal hayride crash in Maine plead not guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:11pm

All three defendants in a Halloween-themed hayride crash that killed a teenager and injured more than a dozen other passengers pleaded not guilty Thursday in their first court appearance.

Utah co-op health insurer lost $19.9 million in first year

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:41pm

A nonprofit Utah health insurer that received federal loans to get up and running lost nearly $20 million in its first year and is among co-ops around the country struggling with financial losses, according to a new audit.