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Dick Van Dyke honored for lifetime achievement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - He's acted, danced and sang his way through movies, television and the stage, making Dick Van Dyke an entertainment triple-threat long before Hollywood used such hyphenates.

January 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


New production of Cinderella a delight

VIENNA (AP) - There is no pumpkin-turned-coach on the stage, no glass slipper, no fairy godmother, and the action takes place in an imaginary Italian duchy in the 1950s. But Gioachino Rossini's take on Cinderella remains utterly magical in the new version being put on by the Vienna State Opera.

January 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt declares state of emergency

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's president declared a state of emergency and curfew in three Suez Canal provinces hit hardest by a weekend wave of unrest that left more than 50 dead, using tactics of the ousted regime to get a grip on discontent over his Islamist policies and the slow pace of change.

January 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Bodies blocked exit in nightclub fire

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) - Flames raced through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing more than 230 people as panicked partygoers gasped for breath in the smoke-filled air, stampeding toward a single exit partially blocked by those already dead. It appeared to be the world's deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade.

January 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


LA man arrested after driving off mountain road

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a 21-year-old man who barricaded himself inside a home after driving off a winding Southern California mountain road in an apparent attempt to kill himself and his girlfriend.

January 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Billions in gas drilling royalties transform lives

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Private landowners are reaping billions of dollars in royalties each year from the boom in natural gas drilling, transforming lives and livelihoods even as the windfall provides only a modest boost to the broader economy.

January 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


French, Mali forces head toward Timbuktu

SEVARE, Mali (AP) - French and Malian forces pushed toward the fabled desert town of Timbuktu on Sunday, as the two-week-long French mission gathered momentum against the Islamist extremists who have ruled the north for more than nine months.

January 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Entrepreneur finds new use for old barns

PHOENIX (AP) - Thomas Porter has something for sale that he believes a lot of people could be interested in. Many of them just don't know it yet.

January 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Hansel & Gretel' is No. 1 at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" cooked up $19 million in its opening weekend.

January 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Egyptians riot after soccer fans sentenced to die

CAIRO (AP) - Relatives and angry young men rampaged through the Egyptian city of Port Said on Saturday in assaults that killed at least 27 people following death sentences for local fans involved in the country's worst bout of soccer violence.

January 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Exit locked in Bangladesh factory fire?

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Bangladesh's government has ordered an investigation into allegations that the sole emergency exit was locked at a garment factory where a fire killed seven female workers, an official said Sunday.

January 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Indonesia readies for $1 trillion trade talks

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - Indonesia may hold the key to a $1 trillion injection into the global economy.

January 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama birth control mandate loosens lawsuits

NEW YORK (AP) - The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court.

January 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ryan says GOP needs to pick its fights with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Paul Ryan has a message for fellow Republicans: Let's stick together and carefully pick our fights with President Barack Obama.

January 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?

NEW YORK (AP) - Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die prematurely from their unhealthy habits?

January 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Last former Bell official sentenced

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The last of seven former city officials involved in a multimillion-dollar corruption case in the city of Bell was sentenced Friday to a year in jail, most of which he has already served.

August 01, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


US auto sales sizzle in July, helped by discounts

DETROIT (AP) - Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Growing number of stars risk opinions on conflict

When director Jonathan Demme was approached to show support for all victims of the conflict in Gaza, he didn't hesitate to sign on. Actor Wallace Shawn is willing to put up with jeers on the street for his opinions about the violence. And Mark Ruffalo is determined to air his views about the fighting on Twitter, no matter the cost to his social media numbers.

August 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lightning sparks dozens of new California fires

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California are getting little rest after lightning sparked dozens of new wildfires, including a blaze in rural Modoc County that has forced the evacuation of about 120 people.

August 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


House GOP weighs tough new immigration bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

August 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California killer given additional death sentence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given an additional death sentence Friday.

August 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


44 killed in Gaza; Israeli soldier feared captured

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in a southern town in the war-ravaged strip, killing at least 44 Palestinians. The Israeli military said two soldiers were killed and an infantry officer was feared captured during fighting.

August 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA water main repair could take days

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

August 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US employers add 209K jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery.

August 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


TV news chopper pilot had no license

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man who worked for years as a Northern California helicopter news pilot without a legal pilot's license has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft.

July 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Proposed bullet train wins court victory

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appellate court on Thursday overturned two lower court rulings that had stalled funding for California's $68 billion bullet train, handing a big win to Gov. Jerry Brown's signature project and allowing the state to resume selling bonds to pay for it.

July 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-mayor of Bell get 1-year sentence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former mayor of the scandal-ridden city of Bell was sentenced to serve a year in Los Angeles County jail and five years of probation.

July 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Candidate for Calif. governor goes homeless

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor in the nation's most populous state.

July 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Invasive Species Action Week kicks off

Non-native plants and animals that have invaded California over the decades will be the focus of the state Department of Fish and Game's annual California Invasive Species Action Week, which kicks off on Saturday.

July 31, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Panasonic, Tesla to build big US battery plant

TOKYO (AP) - American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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