- The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has declined to file felony charges against Sean "Diddy" Combs for a confrontation last month at the University of California, Los Angeles, where his son plays football.
- The merger will move Renasant into southern Georgia and northern Florida for the first time and slightly bolster the bank's position in the Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama, markets.
- District of Columbia police say that they've completed their search of the building where gunfire was reported at the Washington Navy Yard, but there is no evidence of a shooting and no sign of injuries.
- Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
- Republican objections, especially from GOP presidential hopefuls, illustrate the obstacles ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders plan to open embassies in Havana and Washington later this month.
- The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other's capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries' historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities.
- People caught with small amounts of marijuana can now receive civil citations instead of jail time in Florida's largest county, the first in the state to treat marijuana possession as a non-criminal act.
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