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Smoke from Sierra fire reaches Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Dense smoke from a wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park on Saturday hampered both suppression efforts and the prized views sought by holiday weekend tourists.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Obama seeking congressional OK for Syria action

WASHINGTON (AP) - Delaying what had appeared to be an imminent strike, President Barack Obama abruptly announced Saturday he will seek congressional approval before launching any military action meant to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Scant foreign support for US strikes on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is poised to become the first U.S. leader in three decades to attack a foreign nation without mustering broad international support or acting in direct defense of Americans.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Report says earthquake kills 4 in China

BEIJING (AP) - An earthquake hit a mountainous area in southwestern China Saturday morning, killing at least three people injuring 10 others, according to state media and the China Earthquake Administration.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Grave excavation to begin at former reform school

MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) - University of South Florida researchers will begin exhuming dozens of graves Saturday at a former reform school in hopes of identifying the buried boys and learning how they died.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Will U.S. strike Syria?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Edging toward a punitive strike against Syria, President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing "limited and narrow" action as the administration bluntly accused Bashar Assad's government of launching a chemical weapons attack that killed at least 1,429 people - far more than previous estimates - including more than 400 children.

August 30, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


2-tone lobster, orange and brown, shown in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine has seen its share of blue lobsters, orange lobsters, albino lobsters and calico lobsters. But one on display at a Portland research facility has all of those turning green with envy.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Major quake recorded in Alaska's Aleutian Islands

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Alaska's Aleutian Islands with a jet-like rumble Friday that shook homes and sent residents scrambling for cover.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


More storms on way

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Meteorologists say you can expect to sweat this weekend, with occasional thunderstorms and a break in the humidity just in time for Labor Day.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Oldest person born in Mexico dies in Calif. at 114

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The oldest person born in Mexico, who also was California's oldest resident, has died in a hospice in Chula Vista, just 17 days after celebrating her 114th birthday.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California foster care official faces embezzlement charges

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A Temecula woman is charged with embezzling nearly $400,000 earmarked for foster children and spending it on vacations and mortgage payments.

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hip-hop version of 'Othello' resonates behind bars

CHICAGO (AP) - Act I, Scene 1: Four actors in well-worn coveralls and baseball caps take the stage at the county jail. They're here to tell a tale of love, friendship, jealousy and betrayal. It's the stuff of Shakespearean tragedy. The names and themes haven't changed over the centuries, but the language has a modern beat:

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Sierra fire puts some holiday tourists in quandary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The huge Sierra Nevada wildfire and its smoke plume have caused some fearful tourists to opt out of plans for the last big travel weekend of the summer, but most appear intent to go through with vacations to destinations such as Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe.

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: U.S. finds itself with only 1 Syria partner: France

PARIS (AP) - The United States found itself Friday with France as its only major partner in a potential strike against Syria, after a stunning rejection of military force in Parliament forced Britain, America's staunchest ally, to pull out of any operation.

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds won't sue to stop marijuana use in 2 states

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite 75 years of federal marijuana prohibition, the Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it - as long as the weed is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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FedEx charges raise online pharmacy issues

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FedEx Corp., the latest company accused in a federal probe involving illegal online pharmacies, says it will fight the charges that it knowingly shipped drugs to people who lack valid prescriptions.

July 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Israel agrees to extend truce by 4 hours

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel agreed Saturday to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by four hours, a Cabinet minister said. In Gaza, a health official said the Palestinian death toll in 19 days of fighting had surpassed 1,000.

July 26, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Arizona execution renews debate over methods

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth looking for one.

July 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California can't say if it's meeting drought goal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can't take them at all.

July 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Caltrans proposes toll lanes on Interstate 405

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - State transportation officials are reserving the right to install toll lanes on a notoriously congested section of Interstate 405 in Orange County, but local officials aren't happy.

July 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Arizona's McCain: Execution was torture

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture.

July 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Former CIA officials can't see 'torture' report

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement.

July 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions

BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed.

July 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Global tensions don't dent enthusiasm for stocks

A war breaks out between Israel and Hamas. An airliner is shot out of the sky in Ukraine. A Portuguese bank's finances look shaky.

July 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lawsuit filed over abuse death of Palmdale boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Relatives of an 8-year-old boy who was beaten to death are suing Los Angeles County for failing to remove him from his Palmdale home.

July 25, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Construction will close freeway lanes in SCV

As part of a project that is constructing truck lanes on Interstate 5 between Pico Canyon Road and Lyons Avenue and the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, Caltrans will implement several freeway closures next week. Closures will begin Monday and continue through Friday, Aug. 1.

July 25, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Public hearings on driver's licenses for undocumented residents

Department of Motor Vehicles officials will hold two public hearings, in Los Angeles and in Northern California, to receive the public's comments on proposed regulations related to a new law allowing driver's licenses to be issued to undocumented California residents.

July 25, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Stan Lee cancels Comic-Con appearance

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Stan Lee is missing in action at Comic-Con.

July 25, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Priest in Guam removed over LA allegations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest has been removed from his post in Guam over allegations that he molested two boys four decades ago while serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, church officials said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Former WWE champ catches suspected burglar

PHOENIX (AP) - A former WWE champion known as Daniel Bryan chased two burglary suspects he saw exiting his Phoenix home this week and subdued one until officers arrived, investigators said.

July 25, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


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