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Violent storms sweep through Midwest

CHICAGO (AP) - Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter and even prompting officials at Soldier Field in Chicago to evacuate the stands and delay the Bears game.

November 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


As fighting flares, Syrians pour into Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) - Thousands of Syrians poured into Lebanon over the past two days, taking shelter in wedding halls and makeshift shacks after fleeing heavy fighting in a rugged mountain region across the border in western Syria, U.N. and local officials said Sunday.

November 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Thor' holds box-office top spot with $38.5M

NEW YORK (AP) - "Thor: The Dark World" continued its box-office reign with $38.5 million in its second week, holding off "The Best Man Holiday," according to studio estimates Sunday.

November 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Aid missions boost US troops image, readiness

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (AP) - As soon as Navy pilot Matthew Stafford puts his helicopter down in the village of Borongan, he is rushed by dozens of local men who form a line to unload the supplies and water he has flown in from the mothership, the USS George Washington aircraft carrier. Children swarm him as he breaks out a box of sweets.

November 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan to try ex-President Musharraf for treason

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's government plans to put former President Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason for declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution while in power, the interior minister said Sunday.

November 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California releases draft rules for fracking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oil companies would have to test groundwater and notify landowners before they do fracking or other well stimulation techniques under draft rules released by the state.

November 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Nobel author Doris Lessing dies at 94

LONDON (AP) - Doris Lessing, the Nobel prize-winning, free-thinking, world-traveling and often-polarizing author of "The Golden Notebook" and dozens of other novels that reflected her own improbable journey across the former British empire, died Sunday. She was 94.

November 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate showdown over military sexual assault bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has secured public support from nearly half the Senate, but not enough votes, for her proposal to give victims of rape and sexual assault in the military an independent route outside the chain of command for prosecuting attackers.

November 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Toronto mayor in crisis; some backers stay loyal

TORONTO (AP) - When Rob Ford was elected mayor of Toronto in 2010, his bluster and checkered past were widely known. A plurality of voters backed him anyway, eager to shake things up at a City Hall they viewed as elitist and wasteful.

November 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Aid missions boost US troops' image, readiness

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (AP) - As soon as Navy pilot Matthew Stafford puts his helicopter down in the village of Borongan, he is rushed by dozens of local men who form a line to unload the supplies and water he has flown in from the mothership, the USS George Washington aircraft carrier. Children swarm him as he breaks out a box of sweets.

November 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


GOP sees health care law as big 2014 opportunity

WASHINGTON (AP) - In his West Virginia district, the TV ads attacking Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall over the calamitous startup of President Barack Obama's health care law have already begun.

November 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


High school to keep 'Arabs' mascot

THERMAL, Calif. (AP) - School officials in Southern California say the "Arabs" name is here to stay, but the divisive costumed mascot that represents them may be changing.

November 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Geithner to join private equity firm

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who played a central role in the government's response to the financial crisis of 2008-2009, is joining private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC.

November 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Army scrapping 4 US chemical weapons incinerators

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - The Pentagon spent $10.2 billion over three decades burning tons of deadly nerve gas and other chemical weapons stored in four states - some of the agents so deadly even a few drops can kill.

November 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. school to keep 'Arabs,' may change mascot

THERMAL (AP) - School officials in Southern California say the "Arabs" name is here to stay, but the divisive costumed mascot that represents them may be changing.

November 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Family: Joan Rivers on life support

NEW YORK (AP) - Joan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office.

September 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


AP Analysis: Putin digs in for long Ukraine fight

MOSCOW (AP) - Riding a wave of military gains by Russia-backed rebels, President Vladimir Putin has made it exceedingly clear that he wants a peace deal for Ukraine on his terms and will not be stopped by economic costs.

September 02, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Video purports to show 2nd beheading

BEIRUT (AP) - An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group, which called it retribution for continued U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

September 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


32 teens escape from Nashville detention center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and nine of them were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said.

September 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


6 militants killed in US Somalia strike

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Al-Shabab's top leader was in one of two vehicles hit Monday night by a U.S. military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said Tuesday.

September 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


LA's mayor proposed $13.25 an hour minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has used Labor Day to call for raising the city's minimum wage.

September 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Inquiries begin into nude celebrity photo leaks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online.

September 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and - watched by officials as they spoke - called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

September 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Deputy injured in rollover crash near Palmdale

PALMDALE (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say a deputy has been injured in a rollover accident on the 14 Freeway near Palmdale.

September 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


5 die in plane crash near Denver

ERIE, Colo. (AP) - All five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died, a spokesman for the National Transportation Board said.

September 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

WASHINGTON (AP) - As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.

September 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

MOSCOW (AP) - Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.

September 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California school retires divisive Arab mascot

THERMAL (AP) - A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot.

September 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Celebrity chef charged with intoxicated driving

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - Celebrity chef Todd English, who has opened restaurants around the country and written multiple cookbooks, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated, authorities said.

September 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Northern California wildfires show slower growth

HAPPY CAMP (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says cloudy skies and lower temperatures have slowed the spread of two forest wildfires that are threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California.

August 31, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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