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'Embrace this pain,' pastor urges after Oregon shootings

People sniffled in the pews of New Hope Church here Sunday as Pastor David Ewert read the names of the nine people killed in last week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College. Nine candles flickered at the Communion table near the pulpit. "These candles are lit in memory of these nine individuals...

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Shell's controversial Arctic drilling effort ends for 'foreseeable future'

It was only in recent weeks, after Royal Dutch Shell had spent eight years and more than $7 billion in its controversial effort to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, that the company finally began to drill deeply into what it believed was a promising expanse of seafloor off the coast of Alaska...


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Hundreds rescued as South Carolina storm buckles roads and closes interstate

Hundreds were rescued from fast-moving floodwaters Sunday in South Carolina as days of driving rain buckled buildings and roads, closed a major East Coast interstate route and threatened the drinking water supply for the state capital. The powerful rainstorm dumped more than a foot of rain overnight...