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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


Mo. disasters cost $36M; far less than expected

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Confronted by a spate of natural disasters, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon cut funding for education and stockpiled tax revenues two years ago while committing $150 million to respond to the deadly Joplin tornado and widespread flooding.

July 12, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Saudi princess posts $5 million bail after arrest

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Last year, a Kenyan mother left her country to take a job as a maid for a royal Saudi family hoping to make enough money to cover her ailing 7-year-old daughter's medical bills.

July 12, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Detective: Woman with visions led to body

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A detective in the search for a missing Southern California boy that became a murder investigation says a woman who called saying she was having visions led authorities to the boy's body.

July 12, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano resigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who led the burgeoning Department of Homeland Security through a host of policy changes in the post 9/11 era, is resigning to head the University of California system.

July 12, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt to investigate Morsi for 2011 jailbreak

CAIRO (AP) - Prosecutors will investigate allegations that Egypt's ousted president escaped from prison during the 2011 revolution with help from the Palestinian militant group Hamas, officials said Thursday.

July 12, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Stocks surge after Bernanke allays fear

NEW YORK (AP) - Call it the Bernanke Boost.

July 12, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: NTSB: No sign of mechanical trouble on Asiana 214

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators have found no evidence of mechanical problems with Asiana Flight 214, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, putting the focus of the safety probe into the crash landing at the San Francisco airport squarely on the pilots.

July 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


More than 12,000 Calif. inmates on hunger strike

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California corrections officials say more than 12,400 prison inmates have skipped at least nine consecutive meals, meaning they are considered to be on an extended hunger strike.

July 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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California lawmakers pass first US plastic bag ban

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California mentally ill inmates get special units

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa - once more of it can be made.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California appeals teacher tenure ruling

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for California's teachers, setting himself apart from leaders in some other states who have fought to end such protections or at least raise the standards for obtaining them.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Slice of Princess Diana's wedding cake auctioned

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375.

August 29, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Injunction blocks L.A. marijuana market

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has blocked a marijuana farmers market in Los Angeles and ordered organizers to shut down their business.

August 29, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mexico authorities stage midnight migrant raid

SAN RAMON, Mexico (AP) - The lumbering freight train known as "The Beast," a key part of the route for migrants heading north to the United States, rolled to an abrupt, unscheduled stop in the black of midnight.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


L.A.-area fire kills 2 elderly people, injures 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman in her 90s and a man in his 70s died after fire burned a condominium building in Encino, fire officials said Friday.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Victim's family feels sorry for girl who shot Uzi

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The accidental killing of a firing range instructor by a 9-year-old girl learning to shoot an Uzi unleashed a storm of criticism and anger, with much of it aimed at her parents.

August 29, 2014 | | Signal AP


Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for needlessly extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs.

August 29, 2014 | | Signal AP


Shelley Sterling: Ballmer eager to own Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling did not know who he was. But in short order she convinced him the team was worth an unprecedented $2 billion.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 California counties ask to form separate state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal.

August 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Southern California gets more waves as storm eases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - High surf generated by a former hurricane in the eastern Pacific rolled onto Southern California beaches again Thursday, showing signs of diminishing but still bringing warnings of possible property damage and dangerous rip currents.

August 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Military pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) - The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday, bringing to a sad end an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers.

August 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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