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HONOLULU -- Officials responding to a spill of 1,400 tons of molasses in Hawaii waters plan to let nature clean things up, with boat crews collecting thousands of dead fish to determine the extent of environmental damage.

The crews already have collected about 2,000 dead fish from waters near Honolulu Harbor, and they expect to see more in the coming days and possibly weeks, said Gary Gill, deputy director of the Hawaii Department of Health.

A senior executive for the shipping company responsible, Matson Navigation Co., said it was taking responsibility but hadn't planned ahead of time for the possibility of a spill. The state didn't require Matson to plan for the possibility, Mr. Gill and a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman said.

Heavy rains cause flooding

LYONS, Colo. -- Heavy rains sent walls of water crashing down mountainsides Thursday in Colorado, cutting off remote towns, forcing the state's largest university to close and leaving at least three people dead.

After a rainy week, up to 8 more inches fell in an area spanning from the Wyoming border south to the foothills west of Denver. Flooding extended all along the Front Range mountains and into some cities, including Colorado Springs, Denver, Aurora and Boulder.

Funeral for Conn. slave

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Lying in repose beneath the rotunda of the state Capitol is an honor usually reserved for ex-governors and other prominent officials. But on Thursday morning, the bones of a slave from Waterbury were accorded the same honor.

An African-American man named Fortune was the legal property of a Waterbury physician. He died in 1798, perhaps of a broken neck or by drowning, and for many years his skeleton was used as an anatomical exhibit. It later became one of the most popular exhibits at the Mattatuck Museum.

Most face fraud attempts

LOS ANGELES -- Financial fraud is widespread in America, a new poll says, with more than 4 of 5 respondents saying they've been targeted by scammers in one form or another.

Though most people don't respond to bogus investment pitches, 11 percent have lost "significant" amounts of money in scams, according to the survey by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, a Wall Street industry watchdog.

Wal-Mart chemical ban

Wal-Mart on Thursday announced a new ban on some chemicals found in cosmetics, household cleaners and beauty products, marking one of the most significant victories yet for advocacy groups that have led the national battle for safer cosmetics for more than a decade.

Beginning in January, Wal-Mart will begin monitoring these products for levels of about 10 potentially hazardous chemicals, and by January 2015, the store will require that suppliers post online a list of ingredients for items they sell at the company's stores.

Major music partnership

LOS ANGELES -- Clear Channel Media & Entertainment and Warner Music Group Corp., the world's third-largest record label, have entered a partnership that will let Warner promote music through the radio giant and take in revenue from terrestrial radio.

The companies said Thursday that Warner will share in revenue from all of Clear Channel's platforms, including its 850 radio stations and its Internet music service iHeartRadio.

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