Thursday’s Mini-Report, 7.2.15

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Eurozone: “Greece will need more help from eurozone countries to manage its debt because the country’s finances and economic performance have deteriorated since a new government took office, the International Monetary Fund said in a report on Thursday that is likely to further heighten tensions between Athens and its creditors.”
 
* ISIS: “A U.S. coalition jet killed a senior leader who was one of the first terrorists to join ISIS in an attack in Syria last month, the Defense Department said Thursday. Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-Awni al-Harzi, a top fundraiser for the radical Islamist group, was killed June 16 in an airstrike over Shaddadi, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for U.S. Northern Command.”
 
* Measles? “Health officials on Thursday confirmed the country’s first measles death since 2003, and they believe the victim was most likely exposed to the virus in a health facility in Washington state during an outbreak there.”
 
* Immigration: “The Obama administration has begun a profound shift in its enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws, aiming to hasten the integration of long-term illegal immigrants into society rather than targeting them for deportation, according to documents and federal officials.”
 
* Philippines: “A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized Thursday minutes after it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 26 others missing, coast guard officials said.”
 
* This ought to be the basis for some interesting litigation: “The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that homeowners who have sustained injuries or property damage from rampant earthquakes they say are caused by oil and gas operations can sue for damages in state trial courts, rejecting efforts by the industry to block such lawsuits from being decided by juries and judges.”
 
* $18.7 billion: “The Justice Department announced Thursday an $18.7 billion agreement with BP to settle civil claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The comprehensive agreement, the largest environmental settlement ever, includes the largest Clean Water Act fine in history as well as addressing other federal and state claims.”
 
* A story in Texas worth watching: ‘The criminal investigation against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has taken a more serious turn, with special prosecutors now planning to present a first-degree felony securities fraud case against him to a Collin County grand jury, News 8 has learned.”
 
* A foolish resolution in Florida: “Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he’s dropping a lawsuit against the Obama administration after federal officials agreed in principle to extend federal hospital funds for two more years.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 7.2.15

Updated