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  • NEW ORLEANS— More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions. Federal and state government officials touted the...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Most of the $18.7 billion proposed settlement that BP reached over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would go to five Gulf Coast states, if the deal is approved by a judge. Florida would receive $3.25 billion, with about $2 billion for economic loss and the rest distributed throughout the state to environmental projects such as beaches and piers.

  • HOUSTON, July 2- BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history. Under the agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the states, BP will pay at least $12.8 billion for Clean Water Act...

  • HOUSTON, July 2- BP Plc has reached an $18.7 billion deal with the U.S government and five states to settle litigation stemming from its deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil well blowout and explosion that killed 11 men and unleashed the worst spill in U.S. history. It also seeks to resolve environmental and economic damage claims by Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,...

  • July 2- BP Plc's agreed to pay out $18.7 billion to the U.S. government and five coastal states to settle damages claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. The following are details of the payouts and reaction from officials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas:. LOUISIANA: The hardest state because of its proximity to the spill will receive more...

  • TIMELINE-BP oil spill, litigation at a glance Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 10:34 AM ET

    Sept 4- BP Plc reached a $18.7 billion settlement to end five years of litigation following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It is the largest settlement with a single entity in U.S. history, the U.S. Department of Justice said. *April 20, 2010, RIG EXPLODES: An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig at the Macondo exploration well kills 11 workers and releases...

  • July 2- BP Plc has reached a comprehensive $18.7 billion settlement with the U.S. government and five states, a landmark deal that effectively ends years of litigation over environmental damage and human casualties caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. Clean Water Act fines and natural resources damages, along with claims by Alabama, Florida, Louisiana,...

  • July 2- BP said it has reached an $18.7 billion settlement of damages claims from the U.S. government and five states after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. BP said the agreement covered claims from the states Of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas and 400 local government entities. Florida's Attorney General said her state's economic damages...

  • NEW ORLEANS— BP and five Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010.. When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April 2010, it killed 11 people and spread miles of black oil across the Gulf Coast before the...

  • NEW YORK— Rapper Flo Rida, the Macy's department store chain and HGTV "Property Brothers" star Jonathan Scott all had something in common on Wednesday: They're the latest to distance themselves from Donald Trump following his remarks about Mexican immigrants. Flo Rida had been the highest-profile performer scheduled for Miss USA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and...

  • What's next for California's contentious vaccine law Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:32 AM ET

    Jerry Brown has signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year. After a measles outbreak at Disneyland in December sickened over 100 people in the U.S. and Mexico, Democratic Sens. Richard Pan of Sacramento and Ben Allen of Santa...

  • What's next for California's contentious vaccine law Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 4:15 AM ET

    It would likely be successful in increasing immunization rates and stopping the spread of disease, pediatric doctors said Monday after the Senate sent the legislation to the governor. Douglas Opel, a professor at the University of Washington who specializes in pediatric bioethics. The Senate reaffirmed the bill on a 24-14 vote.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland. The Senate reaffirmed the bill striking California's personal belief exemption for immunizations on a 24-14 vote.

  • NEW YORK, June 28- The average price of regular grade gasoline fell by nearly 2 cents over the last two weeks, the first nationwide price decline at the pumps after more than two months of steady increases, according to the Lundberg survey released on Sunday. Drivers paid an average of $2.85 a gallon, 86 cents below the average price paid at this time last year.

  • CAMARILLO, Calif.— The average price of gasoline has dropped 2 cents over the past two weeks to $2.85 a gallon. The highest price recorded in the continental United States was $3.52 a gallon in San Diego. The price of diesel also was down 2 cents over the same period to $2.94 a gallon.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California's Assembly approved a hotly contested bill requiring that nearly all public schoolchildren be vaccinated, clearing one of its last major legislative obstacles before the measure heads to the desk of Gov. The bill aims to increase immunization rates after a measles outbreak linked to Disneyland in December sickened over 100...

  • GOP measure would permit longer tandem trucks Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Over the objections of safety advocates, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a trucking industry bid to allow longer tandem trucks on the nation's highways. But the bill faces a White House veto threat and a probable filibuster if GOP leaders try to bring it to the Senate floor. Richard Shelby, R- Ala. The committee chairman, Sen.

  • *Retailers including Amazon and Wal-Mart stop selling flag. COLUMBIA, S.C., June 23- An initiative to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds picked up steam on Tuesday, a week after the massacre of nine black church members, and criticism over the emblem long associated with slavery spread to other U.S. southern states.

  • The Valley Forge Flag Co., based in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday joined companies including Wal-Mart, Amazon and eBay in banning the flag following the killings last week of nine black people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Valley Forge's decision came as a growing chorus of civil rights and political leaders called for...

  • Fastest rising rents in US? Jackson, Mississippi Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 12:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Home rental prices are climbing across much of the United States— with the biggest gains coming from not from New York or San Francisco but Jackson, Mississippi, and Portland, Maine. Rents still are rising at double-digit rates in Denver, San Francisco and San Jose, California, with their job opportunities drawing new residents at a faster pace than...