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#California declares state of emergency over oil spill

Move by governor Jerry Brown over spill off Santa Barbara County frees up funding and resources to help in clean-up.

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Rand Paul's 'filibuster' aims to derail US Patriot Act

Republican senator in marathon attempt to block vote on extending act which allows collection of telephone data.

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Experimental spacecraft to test 'sailing' in space

A privately-funded mission aims to test a novel use for sunlight: to directly push a craft through space using a sail.

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Canadians arrested for trying to join 'jihadist groups'

Ten youths suspected of joining armed groups in Middle East were arrested at Montreal airport last week, police say.

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US releases trove of Bin Laden letters

More than 100 documents taken from late al-Qaeda chief shed new light on his mindset before he was killed by US troops.

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US charges six Chinese citizens with espionage

If convicted, the defendants could face up to 50 years in prison for stealing technology with military applications.

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Arrests follow #Texas motorcycle-gang gunfight

Waco, Texas, shaken by deadly shootout between rival biker gangs that killed nine people on Sunday.

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Dozens dead in massive #Colombia landslide

Most residents sleeping as landslide tears through ravine in Salgar, in country's northwest.

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US to ban military-style equipment for the police

President Obama says US will also restrict law enforcement access to other weapons in bid to restore public trust.

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Nine killed in fight between rival #Texas biker gangs

Fight between rival gangs began with punches and then escalated to knives and firearms, Waco police officials say.

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