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New World's Ugliest Dog crowned

PETALUMA (AP) - It's that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete to be the World's Ugliest Dog.

June 20, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Landlord faces criminal charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The owner of a home in Sylmar where four people died in a fire is facing criminal charges.

June 20, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Congresswoman wants e-cigarettes regulated

SAN MATEO (AP) - A California congresswoman wants electronic cigarettes regulated in the same way as typical tobacco products and announced legislation Friday that would do so.

June 20, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Area supervisor warns of wildfire season

PASADENA - Santa Clarita Valley's representative on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors joined firefighters and other officials Friday in calling for residents to take precautions now to protect themselves during wildfire season.

June 20, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


State, Amtrak cancel joint high-speed train bid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority have canceled a joint agreement to bid on high-speed trains that was billed as a way to save money and lure train manufacturing to the United States.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Iraqi immigrants fear for loved ones back home

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A sobbing businessman in his 30s called a hotline set up by his fellow Iraqi immigrants, desperate to talk to someone after fearing his father was the man he saw in an online news video of a beheading in northern Iraq.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UN: Number of world's displaced over 50 million

BEIRUT (AP) - For the first time since World War II, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Congress probes how IRS emails could go missing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service commissioner said Friday the agency will not share with Congress additional details about its lost emails related to the ongoing tea party investigation until its own review is finished because he said Republicans are releasing inaccurate, interim information.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Panel considers raising California officials' pay

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The commission that decides the pay and benefits of lawmakers and statewide officials, including the governor and attorney general, is meeting to decide whether to grant a second consecutive pay raise.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Governor signs $108 billion California budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed California's $108 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that pays down debt, builds a rainy day fund and provides additional money for schools and health care.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Arrestee's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A handsome mug shot of a Northern California man arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 30,000 "likes" and drawing comments praising his high cheek bones, chiseled face and striking blue eyes.

June 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Jackson still a provider 5 years after death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's been five years since Michael Jackson died, yet his career is more alive than it has been in decades.

June 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama's health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a poll released Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Presbyterian assembly: Gay marriage is Christian

DETROIT (AP) - The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


US revamps screening of migrant kid sponsors

SANTA ANA (AP) - The federal government has resumed checking the fingerprints of people other than parents who step forward to care for migrant children detained at the border amid concern by immigrant advocates that skipping the screening could put children at risk.

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut

NEW YORK (AP) - Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed more than 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited potential for growth and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class.

September 19, 2014 | | Signal AP


Astronauts getting 3-D printer at space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The 3-D printing boom is about to invade space.

September 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


After NFL, baseball addresses domestic violence

The recent spate of high-profile domestic violence cases involving Ray Rice and other NFL players prompted Major League Baseball and the players' union to open talks about the way that sport should deal with such episodes.

September 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Huge license plate scanner networks track drivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A battle over massive systems that use cameras to monitor license plates and track drivers' comings and goings across the country has raised the ire of those who are being rebuffed in their attempts to find out how the information is being used.

September 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Goodell to break silence on domestic abuse and NFL

NEW YORK (AP) - Roger Goodell will make his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence when he holds a news conference Friday.

September 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California unemployment rate stays at 7.4 percent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's unemployment rate is unchanged for a third month, holding at 7.4 percent in August.

September 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UC campus chancellors granted hefty pay raises

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California's board of regents is boosting the six-figure salaries of its chancellors by as much as 20 percent.

September 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California Statewide Fire Summary

Cooler weather Thursday allowed firefighters to make good progress on several fronts including in the containment of the Dog Bar Fire, which had been burning since Saturday in Nevada County. Today over 7,600 firefighters continue to battle 9 major wildfires burning in California. Unfortunately, the cooler weather was a short reprieve, as a warming trend is likely today and through the weekend.

September 19, 2014 | Source: CalFire | Signal AP


Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases as the entire West African nation was locked down in their homes in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease.

September 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Alex Salmond quits as Scotland's leader

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - Scotland's pro-independence leader Alex Salmond resigned as first minister and leader of his political party Friday, hours after Scots voted to remain in the United Kingdom.

September 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UK to make changes after Scottish vote

LONDON (AP) - Voters in Scotland have rejected independence, but leaders of Britain's three largest parties have promised Scots more autonomy than they have won so far. Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he also wants to give England, Wales and Northern Ireland greater independence from central government. Here's a look at how things might change.

September 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fla. man kills 6 grandchildren, daughter

Florida felon kills his 6 grandchildren

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cards

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot said that 56 million debit and credit cards are estimated to have been breached in a data theft between April and September at its stores in the U.S. and Canada. That makes it the second-largest breach for a retailer on record.

September 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Man arrested in fast-growing CA wildfire

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A man has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Trooper ambush suspect added to most wanted list

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Cpl. Bryon Dickson was an impeccable officer who put his family first, friends and colleagues said Thursday at the slain state police trooper's funeral, just hours before his suspected killer was added to the FBI's most wanted list.

September 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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