Finding California oil spill's cause could take months

Workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., Thursday, May 21, 2015. More than 7,700 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across about 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The operator of a broken oil pipeline that fouled a California shoreline says it could be weeks or even months before investigators are able to determine what caused the break and subsequent spill.



Ireland votes in historic referendum on gay marriage

Pedestrians walk past a mural in favour of same-sex marriage in Dublin on May 21, 2015Ireland took to the polls on Friday to vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal, in a referendum that has exposed sharp divisions between communities in this traditionally Catholic nation. "This burden and pressure that's been on (gay couples), living in the shadows -- that can be removed on Friday by voting 'Yes'," Kenny said.



Hundreds protest Wash. police wounding of 2 unarmed suspects

Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts, center, stands with prosecutor Jon Tunheim, right, and Thurston County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Brad Watkins, left, as they wait to talk to reporters, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Olympia, Wash. Two stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from the store were shot early Thursday in Olympia by a police officer who confronted them nearby and reported he was being assaulted with a skateboard. The stepbrothers are expected to survive. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds marched peacefully in Washington state's capital city to protest a police shooting that wounded two unarmed stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store.



Saudi-led air strikes target Houthis in Sanaa: residents

Fire is seen from the Noqum Mountain after it was hit by an air strike in Yemen's capital SanaaCAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia-led air strikes continued to target Iran's Houthi allied fighters in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, residents in the area told Reuters. The residents said the strikes were focused on the presidential compound area in Sanaa and Houthi military sites in mountainous areas on the outskirts of the city. (Reporting by Mohamed Ghobari; Editing by Hugh Lawson)



UK PM predicts 'ups and downs' in EU renegotiation bid

Prime Minister David Cameron predicted there would be "ups and downs" in Britain's bid to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union as he arrived at a summit in RigaPrime Minister David Cameron predicted there would be "ups and downs" in Britain's bid to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union as he arrived at a summit in Riga Friday. "There will be lots of noise, lots of ups and downs along the way," he said, while voicing "determination" to secure EU reforms ahead of a referendum by the end of 2017 on a possible British exit. "It's in Britain's interest that this is a success," Cameron added on arrival at the summit between leaders of the EU and six former Soviet states.





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