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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge says a minority owner of the well that spewed 130 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 must pay $159.5 million in Clean Water Act fines. Judge Carl Barbier noted in Monday’s opinion that prosecutors wanted significantly more than $1 billion...
In this Dec. 1, 2015, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, tells reporters that he's confident he will have enough support on an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act this week during a news conference following a GOP policy meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.  AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leaders seem to have carried out a delicate balancing act in their drive to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law and close the federal funds spigot to Planned Parenthood. They’re poised to push through a measure that would bestow victories on...
WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama worked to hammer out a global climate agreement in Paris, Republicans in Congress moved to block his plan to force steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants. The House passed two resolutions Tuesday disapproving Obama’s power-plant...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is ready to vote Wednesday on a long-sought rewrite of the 2002 No Child Left Behind education law that would roll back the federal government’s authority to push academic standards and tell schools how to improve. The legislation, a compromise reached by House and...
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — sentenced to death for his admitted role in the deadly 2013 attack — deserves a new trial to reconsider both his guilt and his punishment, his lawyers argued Tuesday. Earlier this year, Tsarnaev was convicted and given the death penalty...
BALTIMORE (AP) — A second set of 75 prospective jurors was due to be questioned in a Baltimore court for the first trial of a city police officer stemming from Freddie Gray’s death. Tuesday is the second day of jury selection for the trial of Officer William Porter, one of six officers charged...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishing managers might set catch limits for an important stock of New England cod that have collapsed in recent years in the face of warming waters. The New England Fishery Management Council is meeting in Portland to consider quotas for several species of commercial fish...
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A western Massachusetts man has been acquitted by a Hampden Superior Court jury of all charges relating to a 2014 shooting in Springfield’s entertainment district. The Republican of Springfield reports 28-year-old Diego Jimenez faced charges of armed assault with intent...
ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating after a drone taking aerial video of a Thanksgiving Day road race in Massachusetts crashed into a pack of runners, slightly injuring two. Andover police say the drone clipped a tree branch shortly after the Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Race began...
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A former Lynn man whose 2011 first-degree murder conviction was overturned by the state’s highest court will remain behind bars while he awaits a new trial. The Sun reports that Jimmy Alcide’s new trial is tentatively scheduled for June 6. A judge last week denied a defense...

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