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Movement seen in 'fiscal cliff' talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Big differences remain, but there is finally movement in long-stalled talks on avoiding the "fiscal cliff."

December 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man held in alleged threats to L.A. schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police have arrested a man for allegedly posting Facebook threats against Los Angeles elementary schools.

December 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Diet Pepsi quietly changes sweetener

NEW YORK (AP) - Diet Pepsi is quietly changing its sweetener ahead of a major rebranding of the soft drink set for next month.

December 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Newtown plans burials as school's future debated

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A grieving Connecticut town braced itself Monday to bury the first two of the 20 littlest victims of the school gunman. Authorities could not say when or whether the school, now a crime scene and forever scarred, would reopen.

December 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Students nervously return to school after shooting

Lily Rosell anxiously weighed whether to take her 7-year-old daughter to school Monday morning, the first day of classes since the Connecticut elementary school massacre that left 20 children around her child's age dead.

December 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Massive Napa do-over prompts grape plant shortage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Napa Valley, one of the world's premier wine growing regions, has an uncommon problem these days: not enough new grapevine root stock is available to supply the massive replanting that's under way there.

December 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gunman's mother kept trials of home life hidden

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - At the bar, everybody knew her name.

December 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Police collect hundreds of guns in buyback program

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of guns have been taken off the streets of Oakland and San Francisco in a gun buyback program that Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson described as a "huge success."

December 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Hobbit' bests 'Rings' with $84.8 million opening

NEW YORK (AP) - Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" led the box office with a haul of $84.8 million, a record-setting opening better than the three previous "Lord of the Rings" films.

December 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man fires some 50 shots at Calif. mall parking lot

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A man who fired about 50 shots in the parking lot of a crowded Southern California shopping mall, sending shoppers sprinting for safety, was cooperative when officers took him into custody, authorities said Sunday.

December 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian vice president: both sides losing in war

BEIRUT (AP) - Syria's longtime vice president said Sunday that his regime and the rebels are both going down a losing path after 21 months of civil war, a rare admission by a top government official that President Bashar Assad's victory is unlikely.

December 16, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mistrust runs deep over Egypt referendum

CAIRO (AP) - Nevine Mustafa finally had enough after 10 hours of waiting to cast her "no" vote in Egypt's referendum on a highly disputed draft constitution. She and the other women in line were convinced the judge running the polling station was deliberately stalling to drive away voters opposed to the document.

December 16, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rocket still centerpiece as NKoreans mourn Kim

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - North Korea parlayed the success of last week's rocket launch to glorify leader Kim Jong Un and his late father on Sunday, the eve of the first anniversary of his death.

December 16, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Conservative LDP returns with landslide in Japan

TOKYO (AP) - Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party returned to power in a landslide election victory Sunday after three years in opposition, according to unofficial results, signaling a rightward shift in the government that could further heighten tensions with China, a key economic partner as well as rival.

December 16, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Evidence hints at deadlier plan in Conn. massacre

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - The gunman in the Connecticut shooting rampage was carrying an arsenal of hundreds of rounds of especially deadly ammunition - enough to kill just about every student in the school if given enough time, authorities said Sunday, raising the chilling possibility that the bloodbath could have been far worse.

December 16, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


Mansion or shack? It's the $1M question

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Swimming pool with a hot tub. Four bedrooms and four-car garage. Granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. That's what $ 1 million will buy you in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.

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


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


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