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UPDATE: Holiday sales pull down stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - For the stock market, this week hasn't been the most wonderful time of the year.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stocks fall on dim holiday results

NEW YORK (AP) - Retailers pulled stocks lower Wednesday as U.S. markets reopened following the Christmas holiday.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


GOP shows signs of shifting stances

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - For years, Republicans have adhered fiercely to their bedrock conservative principles, resisting Democratic calls for tax hikes, comprehensive immigration reform and gun control. Now, seven weeks after an electoral drubbing, some party leaders and rank-and-file alike are signaling a willingness to bend on all three issues.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man in custody in stabbing on N. Cal. bus

DUNSMUIR, Calif. (AP) - A 66-year-old Washington man is in custody on suspicion of stabbing two people aboard a Greyhound bus in far Northern California.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pasadena police probe possible link between shooting, crash

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Police were trying to determine Wednesday whether there was a connection between a Christmas Day shooting that left a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employee dead and a crash hours later that killed a woman and a boy.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


State fails to win No Child Left Behind waiver

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - California has lost a bid to avoid requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Death toll at 6 from severe holiday storms

A powerful winter storm system pounded the nation's midsection Wednesday and headed toward the Northeast, where people braced for the high winds and heavy snow that disrupted holiday travel, knocked out power to thousands of homes and were blamed in at least six deaths.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Third storm hits Nor Cal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California received more rain and snow on Christmas Day, as the third storm system in a handful of days moved through the region.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Firemen's killer left chilling note, deaths at 3

WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) - An ex-con killed two firefighters with the same caliber and make military-style rifle used in the Connecticut school massacre after typing a note pledging to burn down his neighborhood and "do what I like doing best, killing people," police said Tuesday as another body, believed to be the gunman's missing sister, was found.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Some urge Boehner: let Dems pass fiscal cliff bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - In case the public weren't frustrated enough over Congress' failure to resolve the "fiscal cliff," consider this: lawmakers probably could enact a compromise quickly and easily if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of the votes.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Newtown, Conn., officials request halt to gifts

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Officials in Newtown, Conn., are asking people to stop sending gifts to the grief-stricken community following the deadly school shooting, saying they're deeply grateful but can't handle the donation deluge.

December 26, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt constitution passes, economic crunch looms

CAIRO (AP) - The official approval of Egypt's disputed, Islamist-backed constitution Tuesday held out little hope of stabilizing the country after two years of turmoil and Islamist President Mohammed Morsi may now face a more immediate crisis with the economy falling deeper into distress.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Christmas storms all over US blamed for 2 deaths

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hero dog missing snout seems to have beaten cancer

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - A veterinarian at the University of California, Davis, has some good news about a dog from the Philippines who became an international hero after sacrificing her snout to save two young girls.

December 25, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Israel to build 942 more homes in east Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel has advanced the process of building 942 more settler homes in east Jerusalem under a new fast-track plan to tighten its grip on the territory, which the Palestinians claim as the capital of a future state.

December 25, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Water picture improves for some California towns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While much of California remains in the grips of extreme drought, spring storms have eased pressure slightly and reduced the number of rural communities considered at risk of running dry.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2-week truce for hot sauce maker, California city

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of Sriracha hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


FDA proposes regulations for e-cigs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.

April 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Big riders mean big horses on Western trails

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain.

April 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Complaint: Ex-Blue Angels head led lewd workplace

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former commanding officer of the Navy's Blue Angels allowed, and in some cases encouraged, sexually explicit humor and inappropriate comments among members of the famed precision flying team, the U.S. Navy contended Wednesday.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some

VATICAN CITY (AP) - On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it's astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of candle-bearing faithful below - not in the arcane, scripted words of pontiffs past but in those of a father and pastor looking out for his flock.

April 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jodie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jodie Foster is a married woman.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Telsa Motors expanding in California

LATHROP, Calif. (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors is expanding its footprint in California.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.

April 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


State senators to receive refresher on ethics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State senators were scheduled to receive a refresher course in ethics on Wednesday, the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year.

April 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Reward offered in mutilation of pelican

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A bird rescue organization says a pelican found with its pouch slashed will undergo surgery in Southern California.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Piles and piles' of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Gunmen in South Sudan who targeted civilians including children and the elderly left "piles and piles" of bodies, many of them in a mosque and a hospital, the U.N.'s top humanitarian official in the country said Tuesday.

April 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


High court upholds Mich. affirmative action ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions despite one justice's impassioned dissent that accused the court of wanting to wish away racial inequality.

April 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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