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Obama 'actively supportive' of assault weapons ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama is "actively supportive" of efforts on Capitol Hill to reinstate an assault weapons ban.

December 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NBC's Engel, TV crew escape abduction in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - NBC's chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel said Tuesday he and members of his network crew escaped unharmed after five days of captivity in Syria, where more than a dozen pro-regime gunmen dragged them from their car, killed one of their rebel escorts and subjected them to mock executions.

December 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Court sides with newspaper in labor dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday sided with the publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press in a long-running labor dispute between the newspaper and reporters who were fired after they complained about its editorial practices.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Some Republicans willing to debate gun control

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some Republicans now say they're willing to discuss the politically treacherous issue of gun control along with mental health issues and violent video games, while formerly pro-gun Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it's time to place gun control on the table in the wake of the Connecticut mass killings.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


500 detained in China for rumors of world's end

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese police have detained more than 500 people from a fringe Christian group for spreading rumors about the world's impending end, state media reported Tuesday.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Victims join NYC mayor, call for tougher gun laws

NEW YORK (AP) - Flanked by dozens of shooting survivors and relatives of victims of gunfire around the country, Mayor Michael Bloomberg pressed Congress and President Barack Obama on Monday to toughen gun laws and tighten enforcement after the Connecticut school massacre that left 20 children among the dead.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Boehner offers plan; talks continue

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner pushed ahead on negotiating a broad deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," even as the GOP leader readied a backup plan Tuesday to pressure the White House with little time left to avoid a double hit on the economy.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kansas man who killed 2 cops dies

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A man with a history of theft and weapons convictions gunned down two police officers investigating possible drug activity in a Kansas grocery parking lot, and was later killed after an armed standoff, authorities said Monday.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ohio governor spares condemned 450-pound killer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate is too fat to be humanely executed by sparing him on the grounds that he had poor legal representation.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fatal Pasadena police shooting ruled lawful

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The district attorney's office concluded Monday that Pasadena police officers responding to a robbery report acted lawfully when they fatally shot a suspect who turned out to be unarmed.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 funerals begin a sad procession in Connecticut

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Opening a long and almost unbearable procession of grief, Newtown began laying its dead to rest Monday, holding funerals for two 6-year-old boys - one a football fan who was buried in a New York Giants jersey and one whose twin sister survived the school shooting rampage.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Zooey Deschanel, rocker husband finalize divorce

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has finalized Zooey Deschanel's divorce from her rocker husband of roughly three years.

December 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA names moon crash site in honor of Sally Ride

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A pair of NASA spacecraft were deliberately crashed into a mountain near the moon's north pole on Monday, ending a mission that peered into the lunar interior.

December 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Unisex Easy-Bake oven on the way

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Hasbro says it will soon reveal a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven after meeting with a New Jersey girl who started a campaign calling on the toy maker to make one that appeals to all kids.

December 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


New Obama offer moves toward Boehner

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has proposed a deficit-reduction package to House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) that would increase the top tax rates on taxpayers earning more than $400,000, cut more spending from health care programs and add $200 billion more in spending cuts over 10 years to his earlier offer.

December 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US

BEIJING (AP) - Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas.

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


German Shepherd called for jury duty

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) - At least one prospective juror in New Jersey could take a bite out of crime.

April 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - They're called leggings - popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.

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


College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

WASHINGTON (AP) - Anxious students - not to mention their parents - can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years.

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


Judge blocks Massachusetts ban on painkiller

BOSTON (AP) - A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro.

April 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.

April 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


First women move into Army platoon artillery jobs

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons as helicopters swoop overhead. At the edge of the circle, the platoon leader watches as the field artillerymen go through their training exercise.

April 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


So. Cal. Edison plans hundreds of cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of California's largest utilities is poised to cut hundreds of jobs.

April 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Walker's brothers to help finish 'Fast & Furious'

NEW YORK (AP) - Paul Walker's brothers are stepping to help finish filming on "Fast & Furious 7," the film Walker was in the midst of making when he died in November.

April 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Final deadline arrives for health exchange sign-up

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - It's not just tax day. Tuesday also is the two-week extension deadline to sign up for health coverage through California's insurance exchange.

April 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Southern California home prices climb in March

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California's median home sale price hit $400,000 in March to set a fresh six-year high as tight supplies limited sales, a research firm said Tuesday.

April 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fire destroys most of San Pedro Elks Lodge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say nobody was hurt in a fire that destroyed most of a Los Angeles-area Elks Lodge.

April 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Poll: Voters say Congress doing lousy job

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new Field Poll shows that Californians are taking a dim view of a deeply divided Congress but have slightly warmer feelings toward their own representative.

April 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


5 Things to Know about Tax Day

The deadline for filing taxes is midnight tonight. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears.

April 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lancaster man pleads not guilty in 2008 sword slaying

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - A man has pleaded not guilty to killing his girlfriend with a sword in front of her four children in Lancaster nearly six years ago.

April 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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