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Court upholds $236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case

Exxon MobileNew Hampshire's highest court upheld a record $236 million judgment Friday against Exxon Mobil for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state.

A jury reached the verdict in April 2013 after finding the company liable in a long-running lawsuit over contamination by the chemical MTBE. Lasting nearly four months, the trial was the longest and resulted in the largest jury award in New Hampshire history.


12 Dead After U.S. C-130 Transport Plane Crashes in Afghanistan

us c-130Twelve people, including five American service members, were killed early Friday when a U.S. C-130 transport plane crashed while taking off from an airport in Afghanistan, a U.S. military official said.

The crash happened shortly after midnight local time (3:30 p.m. ET) at Jalalabad airport, coalition spokesperson U.S. Army Col. Brian Tribus said.


Planned Parenthood Fire In Southern California Was Arson, Authorities Say

Planned Parenthood fire was arsonAuthorities say a small fire that damaged a Planned Parenthood facility in Southern California was apparently ignited when someone tossed a container with a flammable liquid through a window.

Ventura County Fire Capt. Mike Lindbery says it smelled like gasoline at the scene of the arson late Wednesday in Thousand Oaks. No injuries were reported.

Sheriff's Capt. John Reilly says a suspect wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a face mask was recorded by surveillance cameras.



Ten killed in college shooting in Oregon

15 dead at Umpqua Community CollegeTen people have been killed and seven injured in a shooting at a college in the US state of Oregon, say police.

The 20-year-old gunman opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College on Thursday morning.

There were conflicting reports on the casualty numbers but Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said the figure of 10 dead was "the best one".


Hurricane Joaquin 'extremely dangerous' category 4, 130 mph winds

HoaquinHurricane Joaquin was upgraded to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm Thursday afternoon with 130 mph winds, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm is moving slowly at about 6 mph and is located about 70 miles from San Salvador in the Bahamas. It is expected to pick up forward speed when it turns north Friday. Air Force Reserve "Hurricane Hunter" aircrafts found hurricane force winds extend some 45 miles from the center of the storm, and tropical force winds extend about 140 miles.


Russia says Islamic State group not the only target in Syria

Russia attacks other groups alsoRussian jets carried out a second day of airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, but there were conflicting claims about whether they were targeting Islamic State and al-Qaida militants or trying to shore up the defenses of President Bashar Assad.

As concerns grew about a conflict that has now drawn in warplanes from the world's two most powerful militaries, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied reports that civilians were killed in any Russian airstrikes.


Donald Trump: I would send Syrian refugees home

TrumpDonald Trump has said he would send home all Syrian refugees the US accepts, if he becomes president.

The billionaire, who is the current frontrunner in the Republican race for the White House, told a New Hampshire rally: "If I win, they're going back." It marks a reversal in policy - earlier this month he told Fox News the US should take in more refugees.


Recreational cannabis sales start in Oregon

cannabis on sale in OregonMedical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon began selling cannabis on Thursday to recreational users, marking a big day for the budding industry.

Some of the more than 250 dispensaries that already offer medical marijuana in Oregon opened their doors soon after midnight — just moments after it became legal to sell to anyone who is at least 21.


DOJ reaches $2 billion settlement with fertilizer maker

DOZ reaches deal over gertilizer wasteOne of the world's largest fertilizer makers is settling a massive hazardous waste lawsuit for nearly $2 billion to help clean up pollution and upgrade leaky facilities in Florida and Louisiana, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were set to announce the agreement with Minnesota-based The Mosaic Co. on Thursday. The deal still needs to be finalized by the court.


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