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Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer
CHICAGO (AP) -- For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease?...

VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) -- Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and has provided recovering soldiers a bucolic haven for more than a century....

Company town? In Seattle, some fret over Amazon's growth
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle, notorious for boom-and-bust cycles stretching back to the 19th century Alaska gold rush, is booming once again....

Thousands truckin' to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band's prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included, in the shadow of a world-famous dinosaur....

Let's make a deal: mega-mergers drive M&A frenzy
NEW YORK (AP) -- Deal makers from New York to London had a busy first half of the year, and mega-mergers drove the frenzy....

BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- 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....

Solar-powered plane due to land in Hawaii after 5-day flight
HONOLULU (AP) -- An airplane powered by the sun is scheduled to land in Hawaii Friday after a five-day journey across the Pacific from Japan....

Evacuated families wait for smoke from rail spill to clear
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Thousands of eastern Tennessee residents have been displaced after a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire, forcing their evacuation....

Gimmicks and technology: California learns to save water
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) -- Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess - a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things around, proving it's possible to get people to change their ways....

Body of prison escapee released to New York funeral home
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The body of a convicted murderer who broke out of prison and was fatally shot after three weeks on the run was released to a funeral home Thursday as his fellow escapee continued his recovery at a hospital under heavy guard....

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BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill

Evacuated families wait for smoke from rail spill to clear

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Woman shot to death at busy San Francisco tourist attraction

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2 killed, 1 wounded in Northern California shooting

VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close

Sheriff: Oregon man, suspected in parents' death, kills self

Military recruits still not using American-made sneakers