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By The Associated Press | Posted - May 21, 2015 at 5:50 a.m.



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GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Officials in California say efforts to clean up an oil spill along the coast has turned into a 24-hour-a-day operation. Investigators say more than 6,000 gallons of oil that escaped from a broken pipeline has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed so far. They also say that up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out and as much as 21,000 gallons reached the sea. The chief executive of the company that runs the pipeline has apologized for the incident.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida man who piloted a gyrocopter through heavily restricted space in the District of Columbia before landing at the U.S. Capitol is due back in federal court today. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia announced yesterday that a grand jury indicted Douglas Hughes on six charges. Those charges carry up to 9½ years in prison.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it has confirmed three cases of a respiratory virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that a 76-year-old man was diagnosed today with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. An agency official tells reporters the patient shared a hospital room with a man who was the country's first confirmed case of MERS.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Documents seized from the Pakistani compound of Osama bin Laden show that during his years in hiding, the al-Qaida leader urged followers to concentrate on attacking Americans. There's also a video letter to one of his wives. The documents were seized in the 2011 raid in which bin Laden was killed. The U.S. intelligence community released the documents yesterday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government survey out today says public schools across the country have improved security measures in the wake of the December 2012 massacre at a school in Newtown, Connecticut. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that in the 2013-2014 school year, 88 percent of public schools had a written plan of how to respond to an active shooter.

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