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EPA: Oil spill affected half-mile of Lake Michigan

WHITING, Ind. (AP) — Crews for oil giant BP worked Tuesday to clean up an undetermined amount of crude oil that spilled into Lake Michigan and affected about a half-mile section of shoreline near Chicago following a malfunction at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery, officials said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014

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Disney's purchase of Maker a boon for LA startups

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's $500 million purchase of YouTube video producer Maker Studios is a sign that the entertainment industry's content and technology startups are coming of age and proving to be as valuable to Hollywood as app makers are to the giants of Silicon Valley.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014

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Washington Monument to reopen May 12 after repairs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service says the Washington Monument will reopen to visitors May 12 after being closed for nearly three years due to a 2011 earthquake.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014

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3 Secret Service agents benched before Obama trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014

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Facebook buying virtual-reality company for $2B

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is buying virtual reality company Oculus, betting $2 billion that its technology will become a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014

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Social painting grows popular at bars, art studios

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Fox and Hound pub in downtown Philadelphia boasts all the fixings of a standard sports bar: huge TVs, numerous beers on draft and a menu filled with burgers, wings and nachos.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014

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Toyota case shows it's hard to prosecute execs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to conceal the extent of dangerous car defects at Toyota Motor Corp. were so pervasive, prosecutors say, that an exasperated employee at one point warned that "someone will go to jail if lies are repeatedly told."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014

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NTSB: Chicago train not speeding before crash

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago commuter train was not speeding when it jumped its tracks and screeched up an escalator at one of the world's busiest airports, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014

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