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Average debt up again for new college grads

It's the latest snapshot of the growing burden of student debt and it's another discouraging one: Two-thirds of the national college class of 2011 finished school with loan debt, and those who borrowed walked off the graduation stage owing on average $26,600 - up about 5 percent from the class before.

October 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Springsteen explains why he's supporting Obama

NEW YORK (AP) - After vowing not to get involved in this year's presidential election, Bruce Springsteen is supporting Barack Obama again, saying he believes Obama is the best person to lead America.

October 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nike severs ties to Armstrong "with great sadness"

NEW YORK (AP) - Nike has severed ties with cyclist Lance Armstrong, citing insurmountable evidence that he participated in doping and misled the company about those activities for more than a decade.

October 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Flavor Flav arrested in Las Vegas domestic case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Entertainer Flavor Flav threw his fiancee to the floor twice and grabbed two knives as he chased and threatened to kill her 17-year-old son during an argument Wednesday at their home in Las Vegas, a police report states.

October 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Syria's wealthy businesses feel civil war squeeze

CAIRO (AP) - Syria's wealthy, long cultivated by President Bashar Assad as a support for his regime, are seeing their businesses pummeled by the bloody civil war. Factories have been burned down or damaged in fighting. International sanctions restrict their finances. Some warn that their companies are in danger of going under, worsening the country's buckling economy.

October 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Decades late, FDR memorial park dedicated in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - Dignitaries on Wednesday dedicated a new memorial state park overlooking the United Nations to former President Franklin Roosevelt.

October 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Afternoon tea with Circle of Hope

Beautifully decorated tables set with fine china, hot tea, savories and desserts greeted the 180 guests who attended the ninth annual Circle of Hope Afternoon Tea.

October 18, 2012 | By Michele E. Buttelman | Signal AP


World Food Prize activities attract Occupy protest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - It's difficult to argue with the goals of the World Food Prize Foundation - to recognize people who have helped improve the quality and availability of food to reduce world hunger.

October 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Uruguay takes historic step legalizing abortion

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) - Uruguay's Senate voted to legalize first-trimester abortions for all women Wednesday in a groundbreaking measure that came with so many strings attached it left neither side in the bitter debate completely satisfied.

October 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man held in NYC planned to blow up Federal Reserve

NEW YORK (AP) - A Bangladeshi man who came to the United States to wage jihad was arrested in an elaborate FBI sting on Wednesday after attempting to blow up a fake car bomb outside the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan, authorities said.

October 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Brothels rescue cash-strapped Greek soccer team

LARISSA, Greece (AP) - The world's oldest profession is giving a whole new meaning to love of the game.

October 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


No suspects yet in Denver bar homicide-arson

DENVER (AP) - Denver police don't have any suspects as they investigate the slayings of five people whose bodies were found at a neighborhood bar after a fire broke out early Wednesday. Investigators believe they were killed before the fire and the blaze was set to cover up the slayings.

October 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Flavor Flav jailed in Vegas domestic battery case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Entertainer Flavor Flav is jailed in Las Vegas on felony assault and misdemeanor domestic battery charges after police say he argued with his fiancee and threatened to attack her teenage son with a knife.

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


UPDATE: Wildfire threatens homes near Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire in the rugged hills overlooking Santa Barbara threatened about 100 homes Wednesday as it chewed through dense chaparral, authorities said.

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


Government: Violent crimes rose 18 percent in 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of violent crimes unexpectedly rose by 18 percent in the United States last year, the government said Wednesday, the first time that total has risen in nearly 20 years. Property crimes went up by 11 percent, their first increase in a decade.

October 17, 2012 | By The 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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