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Mont. judge apologizes for comments in teen's rape

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana judge is standing by his decision to sentence a former teacher who raped a 14-year-old girl to 30 days in prison.

August 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Six Flags amusement park abandoned in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, the Ferris wheel at the abandoned former Six Flags amusement park sits idle. The roller-coaster humps are familiar sights to passing motorists, and the weed-choked lot is a thorn in the side of officials who have overseen one of the most extensive city-rebuilding projects in U.S. history.

August 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LA schools begin providing iPads to students

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest school district has begun providing iPads to its students, hoping to boost achievement and put low-income students on a footing with wealthier ones.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Soldier sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A military jury sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death on Wednesday for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the Army psychiatrist what he believed would be a path to martyrdom in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. launches drone to scout for spot fires

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - As firefighters make progress containing a raging wildfire in and near Yosemite National Park, officials have turned to unmanned aircraft to monitor for unexpected developments.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tiny Okla. town tries to rid water supply of worms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Beating the late-summer heat isn't as easy as running to the sink in one northeast Oklahoma town, as residents there are being asked not to drink tap water after red worms were found in the filtering system.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Key Democrats seek to delay Calif. prison order

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Democrats who control the state Senate have devised their own plan to comply with a federal court order to lower California's prison population, greatly complicating a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown announced the day before.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. fire prompts unhealthy air warnings in Nevada

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - The giant wildfire burning at the edge of Yosemite National Park has not only destroyed buildings and threatened water supplies, electricity and sequoias, it has also unleashed a smoky haze that has worsened air quality more than 100 miles away in Nevada.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


George Zimmerman's wife pleads guilty to perjury

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman's wife pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband's arrest, and she was sentenced to a year's probation and 100 hours of community service.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Facebook: Governments demanded data on 38K users

WASHINGTON (AP) - Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday.

August 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Today marks 50th anniversary of 'I Have a Dream' speech

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will lead the civil rights pioneers of today and two of his presidential predecessors Wednesday in a celebrative but solemn commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech of yesteryear, saluting his fight for equal opportunity.

August 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fort Hood gunman won't call witnesses, testify

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The Army psychiatrist who fatally shot 13 people at Fort Hood decided not to present any evidence during his trial's penalty phase on Tuesday even though jurors are deciding whether to sentence him to death.

August 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Some school districts quit healthier lunch program

After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.

August 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Squelching Sierra fires left forest ready to burn

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

August 27, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Squelching Sierra fires left forest ready to burn

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

August 27, 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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