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Ex-N. Calif. politician pleads guilty to felonies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A longtime Northern California politician pleaded guilty Monday to a dozen charges that he used campaign donations and taxpayer funds to fuel what he described as a gambling addiction.

March 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Wash. picks Mass. firm for pot consultant contract

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state has tentatively chosen a Massachusetts-based firm led by a University of California, Los Angeles, professor to be its official marijuana consultant.

March 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Anaheim Ducks sign Corey Perry to 8-year extension

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Corey Perry is following Ryan Getzlaf's lead yet again, sticking the Anaheim Ducks for the long term.

March 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. politician pleads guilty to misusing funds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A longtime Northern California politician pleaded guilty Monday to a dozen charges that he used campaign donations and taxpayer funds to fuel what he described as a gambling addiction.

March 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NFL to pay $42M for using retired players images

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The NFL has agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with a group of retired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their consent.

March 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pacific Command contractor charged with spying

HONOLULU (AP) - A defense contractor who works in intelligence at the U.S. Pacific Command has been charged with giving national security secrets to a 27-year-old Chinese woman with whom he was romantically involved, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday.

March 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Woman who lost downloading case says she can't pay

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman at the center of a long-running court fight over the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music said there's still no way she can pay record companies the $222,000 judgment she owes after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear her appeal Monday.

March 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police say Fla. college student plotted attack

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A college student with two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a backpack filled with explosives pulled a dorm fire alarm Monday in an apparent attempt to force other students out into the open so that he could slaughter them, authorities said. But he instead put a bullet in his head as police closed in.

March 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


LA youth team banned from practice at park

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles youth football team has been banned from practicing at a park after a fight among adult fans at a pizza parlor led to a fatal stabbing.

March 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Trial opens for NYC stop-and-frisk challenge

NEW YORK (AP) - Many of the tens of thousands of New Yorkers stopped, questioned and sometimes frisked by police in the past decade were wrongly targeted because of their race, lawyers for four men who claim they were illegally stopped said Monday.

March 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


ACLU alleges gay students harassed at high school

HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California on Monday demanded that San Bernardino County school district officials step in to end discrimination againstgay students by teachers and administrators at a district high school.

March 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Colorado governor to sign gun controls

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign legislation Wednesday that sets limits on ammunition magazines and expands background checks for firearms, marking a Democratic victory in a state where gun ownership is a treasured right and Second Amendment debate has played out in the wake of two mass shootings.

March 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mars rover Curiosity stands down after new problem

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After recovering from a computer problem, the Mars rover Curiosity is sidelined again, further delaying the restart of science experiments.

March 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Detective describes note in Marine wife's killing

VISTA, Calif. (AP) - A document attributed to a woman charged in the death of a Camp PendletonMarine's wife identifies her as a participant in a beating and asphyxiation and says her co-defendant should not be charged with a crime, a detective testified Monday.

March 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cal State plans enrollment hike with extra funds

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University plans to spend the projected $125.1 million in extra state funding for the 2013-14 academic year to expand enrollment and online courses, boost employee salaries and pay for increased energy and health benefit costs, officials said Monday.

March 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) - Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mexican president faces protest on California trip

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto met Tuesday with lawmakers and swapped praise with Gov. Jerry Brown, but not all legislators rolled out the welcome mat at a luncheon held on the final day of his visit to California.

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


Suspect in fatal shootings charged with murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a suspect in three Los Angeles-area weekend killings with murder in an earlier shooting.

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


10 new fall TV shows worthy of a first-night look

NEW YORK (AP) - It's a time-honored rite harking back to an era of black-and-white TVs and the trio of networks whose programs they delivered: the grand unveiling of new fall fare.

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


Southern California prepares for big storm surf

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Southern California coastal areas prepared Tuesday for the arrival of big and potentially damaging surf spawned by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast.

August 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Social media users shy away from opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

August 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


CHP schedules maximum enforcement for Labor Day Weekend

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As the country readies for Labor Day weekend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding motorists to employ lifesaving measures on the roadway. The final three-day weekend of the summer travel season is a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

August 26, 2014 | Source: California Highway Patrol | Signal AP


Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and that dust that always gets into the electronics.

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


Burger King buying Tim Hortons for $11B

MIAMI (AP) - Burger King says it struck a deal to buy Tim Hortons Inc. for about $11 billion, a move that creates the world's third-largest fast-food company and could accelerate the international expansion of the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain.

August 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


LA Unified halts contract for iPads

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Faced with criticism about the planning and rollout of a $1 billion effort by the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide iPads to all students, Superintendent John Deasy has suspended future use of a contract with Apple Inc.

August 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Quake hastens call for warning system

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - The earthquake that jolted California's wine capital may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage, but it also added impetus to the state's effort to develop an early warning system that might offer a few precious seconds for residents to duck under desks, trains to slow down and utility lines to be powered down before the seismic waves reach them.

August 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Assembly rejects statewide plastic bag ban bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.

August 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Emmy Awards draw Washington, Roberts, McConaughey

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kerry Washington, Julia Roberts and Matthew McConaughey were among the final A-listers who showed up at the Emmy Awards red carpet Monday, each met by a phalanx of screaming fans and reporters.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rare rains, mud temporarily close Burning Man

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts are on the outside looking in after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.

August 25, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Guilty plea in California meat-recall case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge.

August 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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