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Once GOP stronghold, West veers into Dems' column

DENVER (AP) - A political generation ago, the West signaled the nation's rightward swing, from the emergence of Ronald Reagan to the success of tax-limitation ballot measures in California and Colorado.

January 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pentagon: Budget crisis could hurt war effort

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Afghan war effort eventually would be harmed by across-the-board budget cuts, even as the Obama administration intends to shield the military's combat mission from the reductions, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Friday.

January 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hackers take over sentencing commission website

WASHINGTON (AP) - The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide. The FBI is investigating.

January 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Thousands march for gun control in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims and messages such as "Ban Assault Weapons Now," gathered in front of the Capitol on Saturday for a March on Washington for Gun Control.

January 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dr. Phil to interview alleged girlfriend hoaxer

NEW YORK (AP) - Dr. Phil McGraw has booked the first on-camera interview with the man who allegedly concocted the girlfriend hoax that ensnared Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o.

January 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Court says Obama appointments violate constitution

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate last year to appoint three members of the National Labor Relations Board, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a far-reaching decision that could severely limit a chief executive's powers to make recess appointments.

January 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


S&P closes above 1,500 for 1st time since 2007

NEW YORK (AP) - Passing another milestone on the nation's long journey back from the Great Recession, the Standard and Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 for the first time in more than five years Friday after a wave of good earnings reports.

January 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wis. sheriff urges residents to get gun training

A sheriff who released a radio ad urging Milwaukee-area residents to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves while waiting for police said Friday that law enforcement cutbacks have changed the way police can respond to crime.

January 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Master's is right fit for Italian seminarian

Around dinner time in their Newhall apartment, Raffaele Spitale and his two young kids palmed through a smattering of books, papers and writing utensils spread across the kitchen table.

January 25, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn For The Signal | Signal AP


Dolphin stuck in dirty canal dies

NEW YORK (AP) - A wayward dolphin that meandered into a polluted urban canal, riveting onlookers as it splashed around in the filthy water and shook black gunk from its snout, died Friday evening, marine experts said.

January 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Giants fan who was attacked suffers setback

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage after being severely beaten at Dodger Stadium after a game in 2011 is back in the hospital after suffering a blood clot.

January 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Exxon surpasses Apple as most valuable company

NEW YORK (AP) - Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter.

January 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Secret hearings in Chandra Levy slaying case

WASHINGTON (AP) - A judge has been holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted in the 2001 killing of Chandra Levy, the latest twist in a high-profile murder that went unsolved for years and captivated the public because of the intern's romantic relationship with a California congressman.

January 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Doubts raised about fairness of Delhi rape trial

NEW DELHI (AP) - In the court of public opinion, the men being tried in the gang rape of an Indian university student should be hanged in a public square.

January 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Penn State says Sandusky settlements appear close

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Penn State's negotiator for civil claims involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky said Friday the school has been in talks with 28 people and settlement discussions with some claimants could soon produce results.

January 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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U.S. job market strengthens, but many don't feel it

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent. And the July jobs report being released Friday will likely show a sixth straight month of healthy 200,000-plus gains.

July 31, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the problem-plagued Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans sought to win over reluctant, tea party conservatives on a border security bill.

July 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Sorting out the claims after pipe break: Who pays?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hundreds of cars submerged below murky water. A landmark basketball court, newly refurbished, showing signs of buckling. Soaked and stained carpets. An athletic track coated in mud.

July 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - The deadliest recorded Ebola outbreak surpassed 700 deaths across West Africa on Thursday as the World Health Organization announced dozens of new deaths reported in the last several days.

July 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Investigators make it to Ukraine jet crash site

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) - As fighting raged in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 and got a first look at where it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago.

July 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


SF benefits from Pirates' blunder, ends skid at 6

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reliever Jean Machi and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of a huge baserunning blunder by Pittsburgh, tagging out two runners who wandered away on the same play and beating the Pirates 7-5 Wednesday to end a six-game losing streak.

July 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dollar Tree steps up fight, buys Family Dollar

NEW YORK (AP) - The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying.

July 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cowboys sign OT Tyron Smith to 8-year extension

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo.

July 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Century-old pipe break points to national problem

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky swamp points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed decades ago.

July 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California's governor wraps up trip to Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown wrapped up a three-day visit to Mexico on Wednesday, saying he will work with the U.S. government upon his return home to find a long-term solution to the immigration crisis.

July 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


White House threatens to veto House border bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is threatening to veto a spending bill drafted by House Republicans to deal with the influx of Central American minors at the U.S. border.

July 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews work to keep Yosemite fire from sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday, as they tried to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park away from a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.

July 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

WASHINGTON (AP) - When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.

July 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate reprieve for highly contested border bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill to deal with the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border has won a temporary reprieve in the Senate.

July 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in spring

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.

July 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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