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Ryan called stimulus wasteful, then sought funds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been one of the harshest critics of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan. But months after Congress approved the nearly $800 billion package, the Wisconsin lawmaker was trying to steer money under the program to companies in his home state.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tea party evolves, achieves state policy victories

ATLANTA (AP) - Tea party activists in Georgia helped kill a proposed sales tax increase that would have raised billions of dollars for transportation projects. In Pennsylvania, tea partyers pushed to have taxpayers send public school children to private schools. In Ohio, they drove a referendum to block state health insurance mandates.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews battle dozens of Western fires

CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) - Calmer winds gave Washington state firefighters hope of containing a blaze that left dozens of families homeless, while residents of two small Idaho towns planned to gather Wednesday and discuss evacuation plans because of a growing nearby wildfire.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire arsonist guilty of 5 heart attack deaths

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A jury on Wednesday found a California man guilty of murdering five people who had heart attacks after he deliberately started a blaze that ballooned into a massive wildfire.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US homebuilder confidence at 5-year-high in August

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. homebuilders grew more confident in the housing recovery in August, as many reported that prospects for sales are the best they've been since the home bubble burst five years ago.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. economic recovery is weakest since World War II

WASHINGTON (AP) - The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Higher retail spending lifts hopes for US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans increased their retail spending in July by the most in five months, opening their wallets after a frugal spring and offering hope that the slumping economy may rebound in the second half of the year.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Family: Texas shootout gunman had mental illness

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - In the months leading up to Monday's shootout near Texas A&M University that killed three, gunman Thomas Alton Caffall III had cut off contact with his family, even though his mother was seriously ill.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


DHS launches new immigration program

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Tuesday directed young illegal immigrants to fill out new forms and pay $465 if they want to apply under a new program that would let them avoid deportation and obtain a U.S. work permit.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


APNewsBreak: General investigated over spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - A four-star Army general who was the first head of the new U.S. Africa Command is under investigation and facing possible demotion for allegedly spending hundreds of thousands of dollars improperly on lavish travel, hotels and other items, The Associated Press has learned.

August 15, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LA woman charged with leaving baby, tot in hot car

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed two misdemeanor child abuse charges against an 18-year-old mother who allegedly left her 2-week-old daughter and 1-year-old son in a locked car to go dress shopping last weekend in the midst of California's heat wave.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Part of case against FBI mosque spying dismissed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed part of a lawsuit that alleged the FBI violated the civil rights of Muslims in Orange County when the agency hired an undercover informant to infiltrate mosques.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ca. school board member to stand trial for pimping

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A Riverside County school board member must stand trial on charges of rape, pimping, pandering and attempted manslaughter.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Evacuations in San Diego, Riverside county fires

AGUANGA, Calif. (AP) - Residents in sparsely populated parts of Riverside and San Diego counties were told to evacuate their homes Tuesday as several wildfires burned in Southern California's desert heat.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Computer problems trigger delays at CA DMV offices

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The computer network at the California Department of Motor Vehicles went down for several hours Tuesday, triggering delays as clerks at field offices throughout the state processed driver's licenses and registrations by hand.

August 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Americans with Ebola returning to US for treatment

NEW YORK (AP) - Two American aid workers seriously ill with Ebola will be brought from West Africa to Atlanta for treatment in one of the most tightly sealed isolation units in the country, officials said Friday.

August 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


House OKs bill to address border crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans passed legislation late Friday to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending migrant youths back home without hearings, winning over conservatives with a companion bill that could lead to deporting more than half a million immigrants whom the Obama administration granted temporary work permits. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action and said he'd act unilaterally, as best he could.

August 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


40 hurt in 2 San Francisco bus, train crashes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco transit bus and a commuter train crashed into trucks minutes apart Friday, injuring 40 people and sending more than 20 of them to the hospital, authorities said.

August 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Firefighter who died had drugs, alcohol in system

VENTURA (AP) - An Arcadia firefighter who went missing and died on a camping trip had drugs and alcohol in his system.

August 01, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rare summer relief for gasoline prices

The gasoline price roller coaster is running a strange course this summer.

August 01, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Batman creator's personal copies to be auctioned

NEW YORK (AP) - Batman creator Bob Kane's own copies of the Caped Crusader's earliest appearances are going up for auction.

August 01, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rare whale fossil pulled from backyard

RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - A search-and-rescue team pulled a rare half-ton whale fossil from a backyard in Rancho Palos Verdes on Friday, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission.

August 01, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Shield' actor waives hearing in wife's death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Michael Jace, who has been charged with killing his wife, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

August 01, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


One person hurt in crash on San Francisquito Road

Paramedics took one person to a hospital Friday night following a single-vehicle, roll-over

August 01, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Deputies arrest graffiti vandals

A sheriff's deputy responding to an anonymous tip arrested a group of vandals spray-painting graffiti on a railroad bridge in Santa Clarita on Friday afternoon, officials said.

August 01, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Last former Bell official sentenced

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The last of seven former city officials involved in a multimillion-dollar corruption case in the city of Bell was sentenced Friday to a year in jail, most of which he has already served.

August 01, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


US auto sales sizzle in July, helped by discounts

DETROIT (AP) - Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Growing number of stars risk opinions on conflict

When director Jonathan Demme was approached to show support for all victims of the conflict in Gaza, he didn't hesitate to sign on. Actor Wallace Shawn is willing to put up with jeers on the street for his opinions about the violence. And Mark Ruffalo is determined to air his views about the fighting on Twitter, no matter the cost to his social media numbers.

August 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lightning sparks dozens of new California fires

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California are getting little rest after lightning sparked dozens of new wildfires, including a blaze in rural Modoc County that has forced the evacuation of about 120 people.

August 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


House GOP weighs tough new immigration bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

August 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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