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FDA approves highly anticipated weight-loss pill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new weight loss drug from Vivus Inc. that many doctors consider the most effective therapy in a new generation of anti-obesity pills designed to help patients safely shed pounds.

July 17, 2012 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Oregon man recovering from rare case of plague

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - One look at Paul Gaylord's hands shows why the plague is referred to as "Black Death."

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


Despite protests, Boy Scouts reaffirm ban on gays

NEW YORK (AP) - After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, angering critics who hoped that relentless protest campaigns might lead to change.

July 17, 2012 | BY The Associated Press | Signal AP


San Bernardino official says money borrowed from restricted funds

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A city official says authorities borrowed money from restricted funds to meet payroll and other expenses and eventually could not repay the funds within the same fiscal year.

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


L.A. prosecutor calls US Bank a slumlord in lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles city attorney's office has renewed its call to blame mortgage lenders for urban blight sparked by the collapsed housing market, saying in a lawsuit that US Bank is a slumlord that illegally evicted homeowners and then neglected the abandoned properties.

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


Cal State trustees OK 10% pay hikes for 2 leaders

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University trustees on Tuesday approved maximum salary increases for two new campus presidents in the first use of the board's controversial executive compensation policy.

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


Brown signs bill to let killer help find victims

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to allow a death-row inmate to help authorities search for the remains of his long-dead victims.

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


NCAA boss won't rule out death penalty for Penn State

NEW YORK (AP) - The president of the NCAA says he isn't ruling out the possibility of shutting down the Penn State football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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


Bernanke wants Congress to prevent 'fiscal cliff'

WASHINGTON (AP) - One of Ben Bernanke's consistent messages to Congress has been the need to prevent the economy from falling off a "fiscal cliff" at the end of the year. That's when tax increases and deep spending cuts will take effect unless Congress reaches a budget agreement.

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


NASA builds menu for planned Mars mission in 2030s

HOUSTON (AP) - Through a labyrinth of hallways deep inside a 1950s-era building that has housed research that dates back to the origins of U.S. space travel, a group of scientists in white coats is stirring, mixing, measuring, brushing and, most important, tasting the end result of their cooking.

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


Google search for human traffickers, drug cartels

Forget videos of cute kittens or good deals on iPads. For the past few months, Google has been quietly turning its search capabilities to something far more challenging: criminals.

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


State tests show lead in jewelry

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is cracking down on more than a dozen businesses accused of selling and distributing costume jewelry containing dangerous levels of lead despite repeated warnings.

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


Restaurants duck foie gras ban with little bite

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Restaurants are finding clever ways to duck California's new ban on selling foie gras, the engorged liver delicacy made by force-feeding birds.

July 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Federal produce-testing program spared -- for now

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The nation's largest produce-safety testing program narrowly escaped closure thanks to a last-minute grudging reprieve from the Agriculture Department, and finding a permanent solution to keep tainted fruits and vegetables from reaching consumers could take an even bigger effort.

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


State orders piece of Los Angeles light rail track replaced

LOS ANGELES (AP) - State regulators have ordered Los Angeles-area transportation officials to replace a problematic piece of track at the junction where two light rail lines meet.

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


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Biotech drugmaker Amgen laying off at least 2,400

Biologic drugmaker Amgen said Tuesday that it will lay off 12 percent to 15 percent of its worldwide workforce and close four sites, even as it reported very strong second-quarter results that trounced Wall Street expectations.

July 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Escaping email: Inspired vision or hallucination?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email.

July 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews make gains on 2 California wildfires

SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Some firefighters battling a Northern California wildfire that prompted evacuation orders for more than 400 homes before it was brought under control were dispatched to other fires, while evacuation orders for about half of the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park were lifted.

July 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

CHICAGO (AP) - The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.

July 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pomona man arrested in copper thefts at school

POMONA, Calif. (AP) - Pomona police have arrested a man suspected of stealing $10,000 worth of copper wire from a school.

July 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races.

July 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rare storm at California beach hard to see coming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rare storm at California beach hard to see coming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Zillow buying Trulia

NEW YORK (AP) - Zillow and Trulia, two companies that changed the way people shop for homes, are combining.

July 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Doctor who contracted Ebola in grave condition

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Kent Brantly always wanted to be a medical missionary, and he took the work seriously, spending months treating a steady stream of patients with Ebola in Liberia.

July 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Claiborne ready to prove his worth to Cowboys

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Morris Claiborne got on Terrance Williams' nerves the minute the competition started at training camp for the Dallas Cowboys.

July 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Drought cancels Sacramento's Gold Rush Days

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento officials are canceling the city's annual Gold Rush Days festivities because of the ongoing drought.

July 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Annoying minor floods are increasing on US coasts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Along much of America's coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years, the federal government reported Monday.

July 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US Court: Virginia marriage is for all lovers

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia.

July 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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