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5 spectators injured at old power plant implosion

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Five spectators were injured Saturday after shrapnel was sent flying at the demolition of a decommissioned steam power plant in California's Central Valley, authorities said.

August 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Actors with fake guns bring police with real ones

LOS ANGELES (AP) - College filmmakers were using fake guns to shoot a robbery scene at a suburban Los Angeles coffee shop when the movie took a scary twist that wasn't in the script.

August 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Developers to test for fault under skyscraper

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The developers of a Hollywood skyscraper have agreed to dig a trench to determine whether an earthquake fault runs beneath the site slated for the project.

August 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Miss. law requires cord blood

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - If a girl younger than 16 gives birth and won't name the father, a new Mississippi law - likely the first of its kind in the country - says authorities must collect umbilical cord blood and run DNA tests to prove paternity as a step toward prosecuting statutory rape cases.

August 02, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


High court won't delay release of Calif inmates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday paved the way for the early release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by year's end despite warnings by Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials that a public safety crisis looms if they're forced to open the prison gates.

August 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Time Warner Cable drops CBS in LA, NY, Dallas

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and elsewhere lost access to CBS programming on multiple channels Friday as the cable provider dropped the network in a dispute over fees.

August 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Bay Area commuters brace for another BART strike

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - More ferries and buses will be deployed to get commuters across San Francisco Bay. Carpool lanes will be open all day, not just for rush hour. And gift cards for coffee will be handed out to drivers who pick up riders.

August 02, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Time to take a bite out of food stamps?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Food stamps look ripe for the picking, politically speaking.

August 02, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


US issues global travel alert, citing-al Qaida

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States issued a global travel alert Friday, citing an al-Qaida threat that also caused the State Department to close 21 embassies and consulates this weekend in the Muslim world.

August 02, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Ellen DeGeneres to host Oscars

NEW YORK (AP) - Comic and daytime television host Ellen DeGeneres was picked to host the Academy Awards for the second time.

August 02, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


U.S. diplomat kills man in car crash, leaves Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - An American diplomat who police say was speeding crossed the center line in his SUV and rammed into a full mini-bus, killing a father of three whose widow is six months pregnant, officials said Friday.

August 02, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US jobless rate falls to 7.4 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in July, a modest increase and the fewest since March. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell to a 4½-year low of 7.4 percent, a hopeful sign.

August 02, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Disputed inscription removed from MLK Memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Chinese sculptor has removed a disputed inscription from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial statue that he designed on the National Mall and said Thursday that he is working on a new finish for the side of the artwork.

August 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


After long search Korean War soldier buried in CA

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) - A U.S. Army soldier who died more than 60 years ago at a Korean War prison camp has been buried near San Francisco.

August 02, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Surveillance critics face Obama in Oval Office

WASHINGTON (AP) - Struggling to salvage a massive surveillance program, President Barack Obama faced congressional critics of the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' telephone records Thursday as snowballing concerns made new limitations on the intelligence effort appear increasingly likely.

August 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Counties tell Brown they need money for his law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has been quietly visiting California counties since the start of the year to see how they are faring under his 3-year-old realignment law that dramatically altered the state's criminal justice system by increasing the burden on local governments.

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


Santa Paula customers hit with expensive Del Taco bills

SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) - What was supposed to be a cheap bite at Del Taco turned out to be small fortune for some customers.

April 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


13th body pulled from Everest avalanche

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.

April 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


National energy boom blurs political battle lines

DENVER (AP) - The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country.

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


Man sentenced in USC shooting that wounded 4

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for a shooting that wounded four people outside a Halloween party on the University of Southern California campus in 2012.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


FBI: Suspect in 1976 killings has LA-area roots

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former diplomat on the FBI's Most Wanted list suspected of bludgeoning five family members to death with a hammer nearly 40 years ago in Maryland has Southern California roots and may be in the region, authorities said.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured.

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


Projects encouraging biking, walking to get boost from Caltrans

SACRAMENTO – Caltrans is asking cities and counties throughout California to submit applications for projects that promote biking and walking that will vie for a share of $360 million in federal and state funding from the state's new Active Transportation Program – the nation's largest.

April 18, 2014 | Source: Caltrans | Signal AP


Strong earthquake strikes Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - A powerful, magnitude-7.5 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.

April 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Affidavit: Smuggler threats follow Puig from Cuba

MIAMI (AP) - The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents.

April 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast.

April 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Chelsea Clinton expecting first child

WASHINGTON (AP) - Call it the year of the baby: Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year.

April 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Weak Barbie sales weigh on Mattel 1Q

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Toy maker Mattel says weak sales of Barbie and markdowns to clear out excess inventory left over from a sluggish holiday season led to an unexpected first-quarter loss.

April 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California dentist convicted of patient assault

MERCED, Calif. (AP) - A Central Valley dentist accused of groping four female patients while they were sedated is facing three years in prison after pleading no contest to sexual battery charges.

April 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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