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GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — More than 6,000 gallons of oil have been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast. That's only a fraction of the oil that escaped from a broken pipeline. Cleanup operations are continuing around the clock.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in April. Prospective buyers are finding relatively few listings and rising prices. It's a trend that could weigh on the recovering housing market.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department says more Americans applied for unemployment aid last week. However, the number of applications remains at a historically low level.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State militants in Syria have reportedly overrun the famed archaeological site at Palmyra (pahl-MEER'-uh). There are concerns the extremists might destroy some of the priceless ruins as they have done in neighboring Iraq.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is urging the Obama administration to prevent Southeast Asian seas from becoming a "graveyard" for thousands of Rohingya (ROH'-hin-GAH') boat people. Thousands of people are believed to be trapped on boats with little food or water.

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