NORFOLK, Va. (AP) ? The Department of Interior granted federal recognition to a Virginia Indian tribe for the first time on Thursday, more than 400 years after the first permanent English settlers encountered those Indians.
By Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fifteen years ago, California led the way to cleaner transit buses with strict tailpipe emissions standards that effectively ushered out diesel as the primary fuel for buses in the state and replaced it with natural gas. Now, California is poised once again to take the lead, this time by mandating a switch to so-called "zero-emission" buses by 2040. The new push by California?s powerful Air Resources Board (CARB) has the potential to marginalize natural gas as a bus fuel in the same way its adoption once marginalized diesel.
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) ? A missing Phoenix-area couple were killed and buried in the yard of a man who told investigators he was high on methamphetamine at the time, authorities said Thursday.
New York (AFP) - Wall Street stocks finished slightly lower Thursday in choppy trade following a mixed US jobs report as investors awaited a key weekend referendum in the Greek debt crisis.
NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. stocks are ending slightly lower as investors reacted to news that Greece's finances are deteriorating and a mixed report on the job market.
Univision Holdings, the leading Spanish-speaking broadcaster in the United States, announced plans Thursday to launch a US stock offering aimed at investors keen to capitalize on the growing Latino market. Univision, which owns 60 television stations and 67 radio stations, plans to raise $100 million, although the amount could be lifted, according to a US securities filing. "We own the leading and growing portfolio of Spanish-language media platforms in the US across broadcast and cable television, digital and radio, enhancing our value to both our distribution and marketing partners as the gateway to Hispanic America," the filing said.
British energy giant BP said Thursday it had agreed to pay a record $18.7 billion to compensate the US government and five states for damages stemming from the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The spill was sparked by an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig which killed 11 men and saw millions of barrels of oil flow into Gulf waters, in one of the worst environmental disasters to strike the United States. It took 87 days to cap BP's runaway well -- some 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below sea level off the coast of Louisiana.
VIENNA (AP) ? Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material if the United States and other countries re-impose sanctions after the deal is in place.
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Egypt on Thursday pressed its campaign to crush an escalating insurgency in Sinai, vowing to wipe out "dens of terror" on the peninsula after a spectacular attack by jihadists killed dozens. The violence poses a major test for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who has pledged to eliminate the militants. The military deployed F-16 warplanes on Wednesday to bomb the Islamic State fighters who battled security forces on the streets of the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid after launching a surprise dawn blitz on army checkpoints.
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WASHINGTON (AP) ? A man accused in the slayings of a wealthy family and their housekeeper inside a Washington mansion fired his defense attorneys on Thursday and will once again be represented by public defenders.
Burundi's parliamentary election was not free, fair, transparent or credible and violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms were committed, the United Nations said on Thursday. Burundi has been locked in its worst political crisis since its civil war ended a decade ago, with protests erupting in late April against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid to seek a third term in office. The opposition boycotted the parliamentary election on Monday.
A solar-powered aircraft flying from Japan to Hawaii on the most perilous leg of a round-the-globe bid has beaten the record for the longest solo flight, organizers said Thursday. W/ turbulence at 8'000 feet & a cold front close, SITUATION IS DIFFICULT," said a tweeted update from the mission control center (MCC) of the pioneering Solar Impulse 2 aircraft. The plane is due to land Friday morning local time at Kalaeloa Airport on the main Hawaiian island of Oahu, some 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of Honolulu.
IRVING, Texas (AP) ? Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, putting two key Dallas defenders on the sideline to start the season with pass rusher Greg Hardy's 10-game ban.
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.
By Renee Maltezou and David Chance ATHENS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund delivered a stark warning on Thursday of the huge financial hole facing Greece as angry and uncertain voters prepare for a referendum that could decide their country's future in Europe. Days after Greece defaulted on part of its IMF debt, the Fund, part of the lenders' "troika" behind successive international bailouts, said Greece needed an extra 50 billion euros over the next three years, including 36 billion from its European partners, to stay afloat. It also needed significant debt relief.
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Miami (AFP) - The US Coast Guard returned 38 Cuban migrants Thursday after they were picked up at sea on unseaworthy vessels.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) ? Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a preacher's son who withstood a recall election spawned by his fight with public employee unions, is joining the crowded Republican presidential race, aides said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A look at former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who announced Thursday he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Fiat Chrysler will be punished soon for failing to follow the law in 23 recalls involving more than 11 million vehicles, the nation's top auto safety regulator said Thursday.
HAVANA (AP) ? Cuban authorities have launched public Wi-Fi hotspots along a main avenue that is the heart of Havana's cultural and social life, the first step in government promises to gradually roll out such connectivity options on an island that the Internet revolution has largely passed by.
Republican Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor who earned national attention for his protracted battle with labor unions, took the first step Thursday towards a 2016 US presidential campaign. The 47-year-old is currently second place in polling for the Republican ticket, behind former Florida governor Jeb Bush and slightly ahead of Senator Marco Rubio and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, according to an aggregate compiled by RealClearPolitics. "After hearing from countless Americans during the testing-the-waters phase, Governor Walker this morning will file his papers of candidacy" with the Federal Election Commission, an aide said before the FEC received the documents.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) ? Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in the state where the GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field.
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 marriage and abortion in past elections.
SEATTLE (AP) ? A Washington woman died from measles in the spring ? the first measles death in the U.S. since 2003 and the first in the state since 1990, health officials said Thursday.
LONDON (AP) ? Two-time champion Rafael Nadal is making another early exit from Wimbledon, after losing in the second round to a 102nd-ranked qualifier who played the match of his life.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. But it will come at a steep price ? more than $250,000 for a year's treatment.
By Parisa Hafezi and Arshad Mohammed VIENNA (Reuters) - Tehran and world powers were still shy of a breakthrough at nuclear talks on Thursday as foreign ministers flew in to help push for a swift deal and resolve disputes over how sanctions could be lifted and how Iran's compliance would be monitored. Iran is in talks with the United States and five other powers - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia - on an agreement under which it would curtail its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said some progress had been made and that he would return to Vienna on Sunday evening in the hope of clinching a final deal to end a 12-year standoff between Iran and the West.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Google's new image-recognition program misfired badly this week by identifying two black people as gorillas, delivering a mortifying reminder that even the most intelligent machines still have lot to learn about human sensitivity.
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) ? Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor Thursday in a domestic violence incident with his wife that escalated after a Halloween party last year.
PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) ? Jail time is on hold for former "Saved by the Bell" actor Dustin Diamond while he appeals his sentence for an altercation at a Wisconsin bar.
A French court on Thursday cancelled the suspension of Jean-Marie Le Pen from the far-right National Front after he was booted out of the party he founded in a bitter spat with his daughter. The court ordered the party to "restore" Le Pen's membership and position as honorary president two months after he was ousted by his daughter Marine, who now leads the party. It said that while Le Pen's suspension was justified, the party "violated statutory rules" by not specifying it was a temporary measure pending a disciplinary procedure.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Thursday urged his party to fight for the African-American vote and said black families should hold Democrats accountable for what he called decades of unsuccessful anti-poverty programs.
By Michael Nienaber and Lesley Wroughton BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Germany is taking seriously the latest reports about U.S. spying on senior government ministers and they are putting strains on vital security cooperation between the two countries, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said on Thursday. German media have reported that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) bugged several senior government members, including the economy and finance ministers, as well as Merkel. The reports are the latest twist in a long-running scandal triggered by revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden of wide-ranging U.S. espionage spying on close allies.
Health authorities on Thursday announced the first US death from measles in 12 years, after an autopsy showed a woman's fatal pneumonia was caused by the contagious disease. "The cause of death was pneumonia due to measles," said a statement from the Department of Health in Clallam County, Washington. "The woman was most likely exposed to measles at a local medical facility during a recent outbreak in Clallam County," said the statement.
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) ? Willimantic's annual Independence Day parade once again will include the traditional Little League teams, floats sponsored by local businesses, fire trucks, and politicians. But, for the 30th consecutive year, there will be no marching bands.
The radical left government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras "may very well" resign if Greeks spurn its call to vote 'No' in Sunday's plebiscite, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said. The International Monetary Fund highlighted the deteriorating situation in Greece by slashing the country's growth forecast this year from 2.5 percent to zero. Accelerating austerity, closed banks this week and the prospect of crashing out of the eurozone -- and maybe even the European Union -- are taking their toll on Greece's population of 11 million.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The U.S. Navy is tripling the amount of paid maternity leave that female sailors and Marines can take after the birth of a child, and will now provide a total of 18 weeks off.