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RI on way to be 10th state to allow gay marriage

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is on a path to becoming the 10th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry after a landmark vote in the state's Senate on Wednesday.

April 24, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


7 charged with smuggling fish bladders to China

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Seven people have been charged with smuggling bladders from an endangered fish in what authorities said Wednesday may be a growing international practice in which the bladders are sold for up to $20,000 each to be used in a highly desired soup.

April 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas plant blast loss likely exceeds $100M

WEST, Texas (AP) - The damage to surrounding homes and businesses caused by an explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant was estimated Wednesday to exceed $100 million, as crews continued to sift through a 90-foot-wide crater searching for answers.

April 24, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. families want chance at 9/11 scholarships

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Many of the relatives of Californians killed in the Sept. 11 attacks say they never knew that millions of dollars were raised in their name for college scholarships. Now lawmakers want to give them another chance to apply for money that an Associated Press investigation and subsequent audit found was poorly administered.

April 24, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Brown rallies support for school-funding changes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Standing with school leaders from San Diego County to Shasta County, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called his education funding plan a civil rights "cause for the children of California" as he tries to persuade reluctant members of his own party to include his proposal in the upcoming state budget.

April 24, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Arias spectacle grows as trial seat sold for $200

PHOENIX (AP) - Ticket scalping is nothing new in the sports and music world, but for a murder trial?

April 24, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Diamond's 'Sweet Caroline' sales up after bombings

NEW YORK (AP) - Sales for Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" are up by 597 percent a week after the tune became a source of comfort following the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

April 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Suspect in Northridge girl's kidnapping captured

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fugitive charged with abducting and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Los Angeles girl has been captured in Mexico, authorities said Wednesday.

April 24, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Huge elephant bird egg gets $101,813 at UK auction

LONDON (AP) - A massive, partly fossilized egg laid by a now-extinct elephant bird has sold for more than double its estimate at a London auction.

April 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


87 dead in Bangladesh garment factory collapse

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) - Rescuers using floodlights worked into the night Wednesday to attempt to free dozens of people believed trapped under an eight-story building housing garment factories that collapsed near Bangladesh's capital, killing at least 87 people.

April 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Second Miss. man investigated in ricin case

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A second Mississippi man investigated in connection to ricin-laced letters sent to the president and a U.S. senator said Wednesday that investigators "ripped" through his house during an hours-long search the previous day after charges were dropped against another man in the case.

April 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA's Coldwater Canyon reopens after water project

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A major traffic corridor through the Santa Monica Mountains has reopened after nearly a monthlong closure for a water project.

April 24, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


30-year-old education report reverberates today

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. students are falling behind their international rivals. Young people aren't adept at new technology. America's economy will suffer if schools don't step up their game.

April 24, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Biologist pleads guilty to feeding killer whales

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California marine biologist has pleaded guilty to illegally feeding killer whales in the wild, federal prosecutors said.

April 24, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


'M.A.S.H.' regular Allan Arbus dies at 95

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Allan Arbus, who played the wise - and wisecracking - psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman on TV's "M.A.S.H.," has died at age 95.

April 24, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


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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


Diplomats eye joint statement on Ukraine

GENEVA (AP) - High-level talks aimed at calming soaring tensions over the crisis in Ukraine went into overtime on Thursday with top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine attempting to forge a common position on how to de-escalate the situation.

April 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

PARIS (AP) - David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing at next month's Cannes Film Festival.

April 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

BRUSSELS (AP) - NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.

April 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


SpaceX will try again Fri. to launch station cargo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

April 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

NEW YORK (AP) - Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism threats, but they said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place.

April 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Disney Channel's 'Jessie' breaks romantic ground

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The title character of "Jessie" heads in an unprecedented direction for a Disney Channel series: toward the altar.

April 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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