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Afghan candidate seeks halt to runoff vote count

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded Wednesday that Afghan electoral authorities stop counting ballots from a weekend runoff vote, citing new allegations of widespread fraud. The election commission refused and appealed to all sides to await final results.

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


House Republicans Look To Leadership Elections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California appears likely to win election as House majority leader on Thursday when Republicans vote in the wake of Eric Cantor's surprising primary defeat, but an unpredictable, contest to select a new party whip may tell more about the House GOP's future.

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


GOP leader: Obama may act in Iraq without signoff

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders believe he does not need authorization from Congress for some steps he might take to quell the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency sweeping through Iraq, the Senate's top Republican and Capitol Hill aides said after the president briefed senior lawmakers Wednesday.

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


Jay Leno to win nation's top humor prize in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly retired from "The Tonight Show," Jay Leno is now being awarded the nation's top humor prize for following in the tradition of satire and social commentary of Mark Twain, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Wednesday.

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


'Shield' actor pleads not guilty in death of wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An actor who played a police officer on "The Shield" TV series pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday in the death of his wife and was ordered to stay away from his two young sons.

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


Trademark board rules against Redskins name

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal trademark board ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's trademark protections should be canceled, a decision that applies new financial and political pressure on the team to change its name.

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


Social Security closes offices as baby boomers age

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement, the Social Security Administration has been closing dozens of field offices, forcing more and more seniors to seek help online instead of in person, according to a congressional report being released Wednesday.

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


US aims for trial of Benghazi suspect held on ship

WASHINGTON (AP) - The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gave U.S. officials a rare moment of good news. Now, they are preparing to try the captured Libyan in the U.S. court system and pledging to double down on catching others responsible for the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in the attacks.

June 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Defrocked Methodist pastor appealing punishment

Frank Schaefer lost his job but not his voice.

June 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US shifts focus away from Iraq airstrikes

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has shifted his focus away from airstrikes in Iraq as an imminent option for slowing a fast-moving Islamic insurgency, in part because there are few clear targets that U.S. could hit, officials said.

June 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


14 dead in World Cup viewing site bombing

DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) - An explosion at an illegal World Cup viewing site in northeast Nigeria killed at least 14 people while security forces arrested a "terror kingpin" among nearly 500 people detained as suspected terrorists in the southeast of the country, police said Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


States carry out executions

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Georgia and Missouri have carried out the nation's first executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April revived concerns about capital punishment.

June 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Construction accident shuts down I-405

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) - Interstate 405 in northwestern Orange County was closed for several hours early Wednesday after three steel beams weighing 50,000 pounds each tumbled from a construction site, injuring a construction worker who also fell onto the lanes below, transportation officials said.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rare stamp sets record at NYC auction

NEW YORK (AP) - A 1-cent postage stamp from a 19th century British colony in South America has become the world's most valuable stamp - again.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


GM sales, used-car values hold up through recalls

DETROIT (AP) - Consumers looking for a used vehicle aren't shying away from GM models - even though more than 20 million GM cars and trucks have been recalled this year.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Vikings bar Peterson from team activities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings changed course early Wednesday and decided in the middle of the night to put star running back Adrian Peterson on hiatus while he deals with a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.

September 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL said Wednesday that its new performance-enhancing drug policy will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other suspended players to return to the field this week.

September 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wary House lawmakers prepared to give President Barack Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants Wednesday as Iraq's new prime minister dismissed the notion that the struggle could lead to U.S. forces again fighting on the ground in his country.

September 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: LA County deputy convicted in corruption case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was convicted Tuesday of trying to block a federal investigation of allegations of inmate abuse at county jails.

September 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Woman in wildfire's path lost almost everything

WEED, Calif. (AP) - Kate Stonecypher awoke Monday and thought about wearing boots to work but decided on sneakers instead.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


CDC study: Americans' bellies are expanding fast

CHICAGO (AP) - The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures - the most dangerous kind of obesity - has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.

September 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama's plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels.

September 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

ATLANTA (AP) - Under pressure to boost the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 military personnel to West Africa amid worries that the financial and human cost of the outbreak is rapidly growing.

September 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


DMV releases manufacturer testing regulations for driverless cars

Sacramento – The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced that the regulations governing how manufacturers can test autonomous vehicles on California roads went into effect today, September 16, 2014.

September 16, 2014 | Source: California Department of Motor Vehicles | Signal AP


Theater shooting victim's parents sue ammo seller

DENVER (AP) - The parents of a woman killed in the Colorado theater shootings filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing four online retailers of improperly selling ammunition, tear gas, a high-capacity magazine and body armor used in the attack.

September 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. to assign 3,000 from U.S. military to fight Ebola

ATLANTA (AP) - Under pressure to ramp up the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa amid worries that the financial and human cost of the outbreak is growing exponentially in a region overwhelmed by the deadly virus.

September 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


1 California wildfire grows rapidly as others ease

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) - While crews gained ground on a wildfire that damaged 100 homes in far Northern California, another blaze east of Sacramento is growing rapidly - threatening homes and forcing evacuations.

September 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: Progress in barracks ambush investigation

Authorities said Tuesday they have made progress in their effort to catch the rifle-toting gunman who killed one trooper and critically wounded another outside a Pennsylvania State Police barracks.

September 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine legislators ratify landmark EU deal

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's parliament ratified a landmark association agreement with the European Union on Tuesday, firmly pivoting the country toward the West and drawing a line under the issue that last year sparked massive protests and led to the ex-president's ouster.

September 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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