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Suspect's remains exhumed in Boston Strangler case

PEABODY, Mass. (AP) - Investigators have unearthed the remains of a man who once confessed to being the Boston Strangler in a bid to use forensic evidence to connect him to the death of a woman believed to be the serial killer's last victim.

July 12, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Smog agency votes on stricter fire Calif. pit regs

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (AP) - Southern California pollution regulators have voted to keep a healthy distance between fire pits and beach community homes.

July 12, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


San Diego mayor comes under swift, heavy scrutiny

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The week began with news that Mayor Bob Filner's fiancee ended their engagement and, by Friday, San Diego's first Democratic leader in 20 years was desperately trying to stay in office amid sexual harassment allegations made by public by some of his closest supporters. He apologized, promised to change and begged voters to let him keep his job.

July 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Volcanic ash shuts small Mexico airport 7 hours

MEXICO CITY (AP) - An airport serving Mexico's fourth-largest city suspended operations for seven hours because of volcanic ash from the Popocatepetl volcano.

July 12, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


CalTrans contractor sentenced, will forfeit Yoda

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A printing contractor was sentenced to nine years in prison for defrauding the California Department of Transportation of nearly $1.9 million, part of which he spent on Star Wars memorabilia that included a life-size Yoda, state prosecutors announced Friday.

July 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Depp's interest in Wounded Knee causes a stir

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - For months, questions have swirled about whether developers, activists or tribes would be willing to plunk down millions to buy a portion of the Wounded Knee National Historic Landmark. Now there's a new potential buyer in the mix: Johnny Depp.

July 12, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Child becomes 3rd casualty of Asiana crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hospital officials say a girl on the Asiana Airlines flight has died from her injuries, becoming the third casualty of the crash in San Francisco.

July 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas Senate abortion debate draws demonstrators

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate convened Friday afternoon to debate and ultimately vote on some of the nation's toughest abortion restrictions, its actions being watched by fervent demonstrators on either side of the issue.

July 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Opponents want Calif. court to stop gay weddings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Opponents of same-sex marriage on Friday demanded that the California Supreme Court immediately halt same-sex marriages recently resumed in the nation's largest state after a 9-year legal battle.

July 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


OC judge says lost hiker won't have to pay

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A lost hiker who was rescued after a costly search in Orange County and later charged with drug crimes won't have to pay restitution.

July 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: Teen in Asiana crash hit by fire truck

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of the two Chinese teenagers killed in the Asiana Airlines disaster was hit by a fire truck while covered with firefighting foam, authorities said Friday, revealing a startling detail that suggested she could have survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath.

July 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Murder charge against CA dead boy's brother

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors in Southern California will file a murder charge against the teenage half brother in the death of an 11-year-old boy who was the subject of an intense search.

July 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jurors start deliberating George Zimmerman case

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - With police and civic leaders urging calm, a jury began deliberating George Zimmerman's fate Friday after hearing dueling portraits of the neighborhood watch captain: a cop wannabe who took the law into his own hands or a well-meaning volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin because he feared for his life.

July 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas Senate convenes to debate abortion bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has convened to begin debate and ultimately vote on a bill to implement some of the nation's toughest abortion laws.

July 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Snowden wants Russia asylum, lawmaker says

MOSCOW (AP) - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wants asylum in Russia and is willing to stop sharing information as a trade-off for such a deal, according to a parliament member who was among a dozen activists and officials to meet with him Friday.

July 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Obama on fundraising trip to West Coast

SEATTLE (AP) - Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him - raising money for his fellow Democrats.

July 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Friend convicted of impeding Boston Marathon probe

BOSTON (AP) - A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room three days after the attack.

July 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Downton Abbey' back on Jan. 4 for season 5

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - "Downton Abbey" will be back for its fifth season on Jan. 4, but the return date for another hit PBS series, "Sherlock," is up in the air, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said Tuesday.

July 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

July 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the once-dominant bloc.

July 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Missing Marine wife may have been shot

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - Investigators believe the missing pregnant wife of a California-based Marine may have been shot while hunting with a married ex-Marine with whom she was having an affair.

July 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Airlines scrap Israel flights over missile fear

In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel Tuesday after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

July 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 Americans killed in fighting in Gaza Strip

Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rebels release bodies from downed jet

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) - Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

July 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Apes' rule box office

NEW YORK (AP) - "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," maintained its box office rule with $36.3 million over the weekend, according to final studio figures Monday.

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Black-and-white stripes are the new orange

AGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan sheriff says he's trading his inmates' orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes, in part due to pop culture.

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Charges filed in fatal bank robbery

STOCKTON (AP) - A 19-year-old California man was charged Monday with three counts of murder in the deaths of a hostage and two alleged accomplices, and 22 counts of attempted murder of police officers in a bank robbery and running gun battle.

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Governor: Calif. won't send troops to border

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown won't be deploying National Guard troops to the Mexican border like Texas is doing in response to an influx of immigrants, a state military official said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Official: State can send inmates to medical site

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California can once again send sick inmates to an $839 million prison medical complex that was closed earlier this year amid staffing, supply and other problems at the site intended to help end years of federal court oversight, an overseer said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cause of deaths in FedEx truck-bus crash released

WILLOWS (AP) - Authorities have released the cause of death for nine of the victims of a Northern California crash a charter bus full of students and a FedEx tractor-trailer.

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


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