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Disney unlikely to change 'Star Wars' brand

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Naysayers would have you believe Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm can only mean one thing: Bambi and Mickey Mouse are sure to appear in future "Star Wars" movies taking up lightsabers against the dark side of the Force.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Smugglers' SUV gets stuck atop Calif. border fence

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Suspected smugglers who tried to use ramps to drive an SUV over a 14-foot-tall border fence had to abandon their plan when the Jeep became stuck on top of the barrier, authorities said Wednesday.

October 31, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Justices hear arguments over police dog use

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered curbing police use of drug-sniffing dogs as lawyers argued that using a dog's hypersensitive nose outside a home to indicate the possibility of illegal substances inside amounts to an unconstitutional breach of privacy.

October 31, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


SF holds ticker-tape parade for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Orange-and-black clad hordes flooded the streets of San Francisco on Wednesday for a ticker-tape parade celebrating the 2012 World Series champion Giants - a Halloween treat made all the more sweet as a repeat performance.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


N. Calif. restaurant honest about cockroaches

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California eatery is giving its customers information that most restaurants go to great lengths to cover up.

October 31, 2012 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Uncertainty in campaigns

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama put campaign battleground travel on hold to tour the ravaged New Jersey coast Wednesday, while down-to-the-wire campaigning resumed in swing state Florida that is critical to Republican Mitt Romney's victory plan.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Airports, stock exchange reopen

NEW YORK (AP) - Two major airports reopened and the floor of the New York Stock Exchange came back to life Wednesday, while across the river in New Jersey, National Guardsmen rushed to rescue flood victims and fires still raged two days after Superstorm Sandy.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Swift's 'Red' sells 1.2 million copies in debut

NEW YORK (AP) - Taylor Swift's new album is called "Red," but its true color is a brilliant platinum. The 22-year-old sold 1.2 million copies of her latest album in its first week - the largest sales week for any album in a decade.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ohio teen convicted in deadly Craigslist scheme

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A teenager taken under the wing of a man defense attorneys described as a master manipulator was found guilty of aggravated murder Tuesday for his role in a deadly plot to lure men desperate for work with phony Craigslist job offers.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


SD executes man for rape, death of 9-year-old girl

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota inmate was executed Tuesday night for the 1990 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl who disappeared after leaving her home to buy sugar at a nearby store so she could make lemonade.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Octomom' checks into rehab citing anxiety, stress

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Octomom" Nadya Suleman has checked herself into a rehabilitation center, citing anxiety, exhaustion and stress, a spokeswoman for the mother of 14 said Tuesday.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NYC Marathon planning moves forward after Sandy

NEW YORK (AP) - The 26 miles might be the easy part.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gingrich raising cash, profile for Akin Senate bid

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) - Shunned by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin turned Tuesday to former presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich to help draw money and attention to his quest to oust Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

October 30, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Diplomat: Texas agents should have seen people

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Texas law enforcement agents were close enough to a pickup truck to see it was carrying people, not drugs, before one opened fire, killing two Guatemalan immigrants hiding under a cover in the vehicle's bed, a diplomat said Tuesday.

October 30, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hazardous release in NM sickens 200 near El Paso

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) - An unknown hazardous material sickened about 200 people Tuesday just northwest of El Paso, Texas, as some workers in the industrial area where the substance released described feeling a burning sensation on their skin, according to New Mexico authorities.

October 30, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Santa Paula customers hit with expensive Del Taco bills

SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) - What was supposed to be a cheap bite at Del Taco turned out to be small fortune for some customers.

April 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


13th body pulled from Everest avalanche

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.

April 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


National energy boom blurs political battle lines

DENVER (AP) - The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country.

April 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man sentenced in USC shooting that wounded 4

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for a shooting that wounded four people outside a Halloween party on the University of Southern California campus in 2012.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


FBI: Suspect in 1976 killings has LA-area roots

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former diplomat on the FBI's Most Wanted list suspected of bludgeoning five family members to death with a hammer nearly 40 years ago in Maryland has Southern California roots and may be in the region, authorities said.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured.

April 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Projects encouraging biking, walking to get boost from Caltrans

SACRAMENTO – Caltrans is asking cities and counties throughout California to submit applications for projects that promote biking and walking that will vie for a share of $360 million in federal and state funding from the state's new Active Transportation Program – the nation's largest.

April 18, 2014 | Source: Caltrans | Signal AP


Strong earthquake strikes Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - A powerful, magnitude-7.5 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.

April 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Affidavit: Smuggler threats follow Puig from Cuba

MIAMI (AP) - The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents.

April 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast.

April 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Chelsea Clinton expecting first child

WASHINGTON (AP) - Call it the year of the baby: Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year.

April 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Weak Barbie sales weigh on Mattel 1Q

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Toy maker Mattel says weak sales of Barbie and markdowns to clear out excess inventory left over from a sluggish holiday season led to an unexpected first-quarter loss.

April 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California dentist convicted of patient assault

MERCED, Calif. (AP) - A Central Valley dentist accused of groping four female patients while they were sedated is facing three years in prison after pleading no contest to sexual battery charges.

April 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Diplomats eye joint statement on Ukraine

GENEVA (AP) - High-level talks aimed at calming soaring tensions over the crisis in Ukraine went into overtime on Thursday with top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine attempting to forge a common position on how to de-escalate the situation.

April 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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