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Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks

The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation’s infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents.

California farmers strike a deal to cut water use

California regulators Friday accepted a historic offer from a group of farmers holding some of the state’s strongest water rights to voluntarily reduce their water use by one-quarter to stave off deeper, mandatory cutbacks amid one of the worst droughts on record.

Target settlement with MasterCard fails to get bank support

A $19 million deal between Target and MasterCard to settle lawsuits stemming from the retailer’s massive pre-Christmas 2013 data breach has been scrapped, because it failed to get enough support from the affected banks and credit unions.

Wal-Mart’s push on animal welfare hailed as game changer

Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say.

Wisconsin hunters could wear pink under legislative proposal

Real men — and women — could wear pink in Wisconsin’s woods if a group of lawmakers get their way.

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Honolulu mayor vetoes expanded sit-lie ban

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has vetoed a bill that would have expanded the city’s ban on sitting and lying down on sidewalks.

Clinton received sensitive information on private email account

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later classified “secret” at the request of the FBI, according to documents released Friday, underscoring lingering questions about how responsibly she handled sensitive information on a home server.

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Paralyzed man uses his thoughts to control a robotic arm

A man paralyzed by a gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer and play “rock, paper, scissors” by controlling a robotic arm with his thoughts, researchers reported.

Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi attack

A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint, killing at least 21 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest attack seen in the kingdom in more than a decade.

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IS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists

Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday.

Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage

Voters in once staunchly Catholic Ireland were deciding Friday whether to legalize gay marriage in what the government’s equality minister called “a referendum like no other.”

US stocks fall slightly on lower oil, mixed earnings news

The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note.

Yellen: 1st rate hike likely by year end if economy improves

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday she expects to begin raising interest rates later this year — if the job market improves and the Fed is confident inflation will climb closer toward its target rate.

US consumer prices ticking up as Fed weighs first rate hike

Core consumer prices outside of food and energy posted the biggest increase in April in more than a year, suggesting that an improving U.S. economy is finally starting to lift prices. That could prompt the Federal Reserve to start raising interest rates later this year.

Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area’s catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.

Days after Waco shooting, South Carolina braces for bikers

Hundreds of thousands of bikers are expected to descend on South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach area this Memorial Day weekend — and when they do, they’ll be met with beefed-up security.

Motorcyclists to gather around US for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day is one of the biggest holidays on the calendars of motorcycle riders.

State Dept. employee faces cyberstalking, hacking charges

A U.S. State Department employee is accused of sending threatening emails to college-aged women in the U.S. from his computer at the U.S. Embassy in London, authorities said.

US schools ramp up use of safety drills, security

Safety drills, parent notification systems and other safety measures in U.S. public schools grew in popularity in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Boy Scouts’ leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

The national president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and called for change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles.