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Boehner on averting fiscal cliff: 'God only knows'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Stocks fell, congressional leaders squabbled and the fiscal cliff drew implacably closer.

December 21, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Parents struggle to find gender-neutral toys

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A 13-year-old girl's campaign to get Hasbro to make an Easy-Bake Oven that isn't purple or pink so it would appeal to her little brother is a fresh sign of movement in an old debate. Parents who hope to expose their children to different kinds of play - science sets for girls and dolls for boys, for example - can find themselves stymied by a toy industry that can seem stuck in the past when it comes to gender roles.

December 21, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Sandy' Claus delivers toys to storm-stricken kids

NEW YORK (AP) - From his toy-cluttered Brooklyn apartment, the man in the red suit was making his list and checking it twice. But he made no distinction between naughty or nice: Every child on it would receive a gift from this Santa Claus.

December 21, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Denver sirens are just test, not doomsday signal

DENVER (AP) - Officials in Denver want people to know this is only a test.

December 21, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry nominated for Secretary of State

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, elevating the longtime lawmaker and foreign policy expert to the top diplomatic job he had coveted.

December 21, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Bells toll for victims one week after shooting

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - The chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown on Friday, commemorating one week since the crackle of gunfire in a schoolhouse killed 20 children and six adults in a massacre that has shaken the community - and the nation - to its core.

December 21, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Hot spots draw believers, but not doomsday

As the sun rose from time zone to time zone across the world on Friday, there was still no sign of the world's end - but that didn't stop those convinced that a 5,125-year Mayan calendar predicts the apocalypse from gathering at some of the world's purported survival hot spots.

December 21, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US economy grew at 3.1 percent in summer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.1 percent over the summer as exports increased, consumers spent more and state and local governments added to growth for the first time in three years. But the economy is likely slowing in the current quarter.

December 21, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama nominating Kerry for secretary of state

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday will nominate Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, a senior administration official said, making the first move in an overhaul of his national security team heading into a second term.

December 21, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NRA calls for armed police officer in every school

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

December 21, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hot rhetoric, tiny numbers separate Obama, Boehner

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite all the hot fiscal cliff rhetoric, the differences between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner seem relatively narrow. So why haven't they shaken hands already? One answer: Both sides need to keep - or get - their own troops behind them.

December 21, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Newtown first responders carry heavy burdens

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - While the people of Newtown do their best to cope with loss and preserve the memories of their loved ones, another class of residents is also finding it difficult to move on: the emergency responders who saw firsthand the terrible aftermath of last week's school shooting.

December 21, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


All we want for Christmas is our gifts on time!

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Santa's sleigh be late?

December 21, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UN OKs military action to oust al-Qaida in Mali

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council on Thursday authorized military action to wrest northern Mali from the control of al-Qaida-linked extremists but demanded progress first on political reconciliation, elections and training African troops and police.

December 21, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stores brace for snow during final shopping days

NEW YORK (AP) - Midwesterners aren't the only ones who could get slammed by the storm that's expected to bring heavy snow, winds and rain to the middle of the country over the next couple of days. Stores could get hit too.

December 20, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

August 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Governor, lawmakers agree on Hollywood tax credit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown say they have reached a deal that would offer $330 million a year in tax credits for Hollywood film productions over five years.

August 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

August 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-Camarillo High official pleads in sex case

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - A former Camarillo High School administrator accused of inappropriately touching a student and an employee has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges.

August 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Time Warner says outages largely resolved

NEW YORK (AP) - Time Warner Cable said Wednesday service was largely restored after a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours.

August 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Seal Beach sees flooding from hurricane

SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A low-lying street in the Southern California shore community of Seal Beach was inundated by rising seawater early Wednesday while authorities along the coast braced for an even bigger storm surge brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast.

August 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Survey: US consumer confidence near a 7-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) - Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mexican president faces protest on California trip

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto met Tuesday with lawmakers and swapped praise with Gov. Jerry Brown, but not all legislators rolled out the welcome mat at a luncheon held on the final day of his visit to California.

August 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Suspect in fatal shootings charged with murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a suspect in three Los Angeles-area weekend killings with murder in an earlier shooting.

August 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


10 new fall TV shows worthy of a first-night look

NEW YORK (AP) - It's a time-honored rite harking back to an era of black-and-white TVs and the trio of networks whose programs they delivered: the grand unveiling of new fall fare.

August 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Southern California prepares for big storm surf

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Southern California coastal areas prepared Tuesday for the arrival of big and potentially damaging surf spawned by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast.

August 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Social media users shy away from opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

August 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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