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Latin American leaders call for review of U.S. legal pot vote

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Two U.S. state decisions to legalize marijuana will have important implications for international efforts to quash drug smuggling, four Latin American leaders declared on Monday.

November 12, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California to officially launch greenhouse gas system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest greenhouse gas emitters will begin buying permits in a landmark "cap-and-trade" system designed to control emissions of heat-trapping gases and to spur investment in clean technologies.

November 12, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Syria spillover glance

Syria's neighbors are increasingly being drawn into the country's civil war in a variety of ways, whether militarily or due to an exodus of Syrians fleeing the fighting at home. The spillover has raised concerns that the nearly 20-month-long conflict between Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and rebels trying to topple him could endanger the entire Middle East.

November 12, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Deficit cutters look to Pentagon budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - One war is done, another is winding down and the calls to cut the deficit are deafening. The military, a beneficiary of robust budgets for more than a decade, is coming to grips with a new reality - fewer dollars.

November 12, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Elmo puppeteer accused of underage relationship

NEW YORK (AP) - The puppeteer who performs as Elmo on "Sesame Street" is taking a leave of absence from the popular kids' show in the wake of allegations that he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

November 12, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gaza fire increases pressure on Israel to hit back

JERUSALEM (AP) - Gaza militants pummeled southern Israel with rockets for a third day in a row on Monday, increasing internal pressure on the Israeli government to retaliate.

November 12, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


More women have driver's licenses than men in US

WASHINGTON (AP) - Women have passed men on the nation's roads. More women than men now have driver's licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel that transportation researchers say is likely to have safety and economic implications.

November 12, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Suspect dead, officer wounded in station shooting

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) - A man killed Sunday in a shootout at a suburban Detroit police headquarters first tried to shoot an officer behind bulletproof glass before officers exchanged gunfire with him, police said.

November 12, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Afghans find hope for justice in video testimony

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) - Through a video monitor in a military courtroom near Seattle, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales saw young Afghan girls smile beneath bright head coverings before they described the bloodbath he's accused of committing.

November 12, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man who escaped from Ariz. jail back in custody

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona inmate being held on attempted murder and robbery charges escaped from his jail cell Sunday before detectives apprehended him hours later in downtown Phoenix, said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

November 12, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Study: US judges' criminal caseloads vary widely

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal judges across the nation are shouldering criminal caseloads that vary widely in size, sometimes even among judges in the same courthouse, according to a study released Sunday.

November 12, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US colleges look to foreign students

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Want to see how quickly the look and business model of American public universities are changing? Visit a place like Indiana University. Five years ago, there were 87 undergraduates from China on its idyllic, All-American campus in Bloomington. This year: 2,224.

November 12, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Laughing in the storm: Comics don't shy from Sandy

NEW YORK (AP) - Comedian Dave Attell told a packed house at the Comedy Cellar that New York after Superstorm Sandy had a familiar feel. "It was dark. Toilets were backing up. ... It was pretty much like it always was."

November 12, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Condom conundrum: Porn industry ponders latex law

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The show must go on, is the entertainer's credo, and it did just that in the nation's Porn Capital even after Los Angeles County voted to require performers to use condoms when filming sex scenes.

November 12, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lakers hire Mike D'Antoni as new coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Mike D'Antoni, signing the former coach of the Suns and Knicks to a four-year contract to replace Mike Brown.

November 12, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Lawmakers target immigrant driver's license scams

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Legislation sent to the governor's desk Tuesday intends to crack down on people who try to make immigrants pay unnecessary fees for driver's licenses.

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


How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

They've lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National Guard - and still the violence erupts nightly in the town of Ferguson, Missouri.

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


Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan's parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country's prime minister resign.

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


Prosecutor: Father shooting driver was 'execution'

ANGLETON, Texas (AP) - A drunk driver did not deserve "execution" by a Texas father accused of taking the law into his own hands in a fit of rage over the killing of his two sons in a wreck, a prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday.

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


Liberia: 3 receiving untested Ebola drug improving

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Three Liberian health workers receiving an experimental drug for Ebola are showing signs of recovery, officials said Tuesday, though medical experts caution it is not certain if the drug is effective.

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


Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

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


Iraq military clashes with militants in Tikrit

BAGHDAD (AP) - Skirmishes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged Islamic militants from a strategic dam in the country's north.

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


South Pasadena Police: 2 California boys planned school shooting

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Police said they prevented a "horrific tragedy" by arresting two teenage boys who plotted to kill three high school staffers then gun down as many students as possible in a quaint Los Angeles suburb.

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukrainian troops inch closer to rebel city Donetsk

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian government troops were fighting pro-Russian rebels in the streets of Luhansk on Tuesday and captured most of a town near the eastern city of Donetsk, tightening the noose around that key rebel-held stronghold, Ukrainian officials said.

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire near Yosemite threatens 500 structures

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park in recent weeks.

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

NEW YORK (AP) - Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded "Saturday Night Live."

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California brush fire spurs 1,500-plus evacuations

GLENDORA (AP) - One of several wildfires burning across California prompted widespread evacuations Monday in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's top dollar store chains are betting big that their once-thriving business will make a comeback if they band together.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Los Angeles officer, suspect each shot after chase

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wild chase that began Monday with two men in an SUV firing on pursuing police ended several hours later with one suspect dead, another arrested, and a SWAT officer with a gunshot wound to the leg, Los Angeles authorities said.

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


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