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 2 yrs | ‘No specific, credible intelligence’ of terror plot targeting July 4 celebrations - DHS official

              There is no specific, credible intelligence to suggest a terror plot is targeting celebrations over the 4th of July weekend, according to a Department of Homeland Security official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "We have seen repeatedly calls for violence over the past year by leadership and supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against members of the military and military installations, law enforcement, the U.S. government, and the American public. These threats are always taken seriously and we continue to work with state and local law enforcement to ensure their safety," the official said. [full quote attached]   

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 2 yrs | BP to pay $18.7 billion over 18 years to settle claims from Deepwater Horizon accident

              BP will pay $18.7 billion, the largest settlement with a single entity in American history, to settle civil claims from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Justice Department says. The agreement with the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas also includes settlement of claims made by more than 400 local government entities. The settlement will be paid out over a period of 18 years.   

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 2 yrs | U.S. economy adds 223,000 jobs in June, unemployment rate falls to 5.3 percent - Labor Department

              Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 223,000 in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.3 percent. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, retail trade, financial activities, and in transportation and warehousing. [Full report attached]   

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 2 yrs | Episcopal Church overwhelmingly approves religious weddings for gay couples

              The Episcopal Church has voted overwhelmingly to amend Canon I.18 in order to allow clergy to perform religious weddings for same-sex couples. The proposal passed 173-27 in the House of Deputies, while six members abstained. Canon I.18 previously defined marriage as a "physical and spiritual union of a man and a woman." The new rules allow clergy to decline to perform the ceremonies if they oppose same-sex marriage.   

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 2 yrs | White House releases presidential letters between Obama and Castro

              The White House has released the two presidential letters between U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro regarding the restoration of U.S.-Cuban relations and the re-opening of embassies. "In making this decision, the United States is encouraged by the reciprocal intention to develop respectful and cooperative relations between our two peoples and governments," Obama said. [letters attached]   

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Queensland Amber Alert: Baby boy missing from Mango Hill

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks to resign

4 people found dead at home in Ryerson, Ontario

Florida Amber Alert: Juliet Odierna abducted from Cape Coral

Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School on lockdown



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