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Calif. mom charged with drowning baby in bathtub

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California woman has been charged with murdering her 2-month-old daughter by filling a bathtub halfway with water and drowning her.

July 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pair agree to plead guilty in TSA bribery scam

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two suspected drug couriers have agreed to plead guilty in a case that involved former Transportation Security Administration screeners who were bribed to smuggle marijuana onto planes leaving Los Angeles International Airport, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

July 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Former CA Marine guilty of having AK-47 from Iraq

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A federal jury in Southern California has convicted a former U.S. Marine for possessing a chrome-plated AK-47 that may have once belonged to a member of Saddam Hussein's royal guard.

July 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds settle Western energy corridor lawsuit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Parts of a plan for designating thousands of miles of energy corridors in 11 Western states will be revamped under a settlement reached by federal land managers, more than a dozen environmental groups and one Colorado county.

July 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Toxicology tests awaited for cause of death to West Side man

Investigators with the county coroner's office are awaiting the results of toxicology tests done on a man found dead with his dog in a West Side parking lot last week, a Coroner's Department official said Tuesday.

July 03, 2012 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


UPDATED: Santa Ana councilman accused of sex offenses

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California city councilman has been charged with sexually assaulting seven women when he was a high-ranking county executive in what prosecutors said Tuesday was an abuse of power and public trust.

July 03, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Governor asks for more time on California pension reform

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The governor asked Tuesday for more time to negotiate public pension reform with state lawmakers, saying such a complex issue can't be resolved before lawmakers begin a monthlong recess at the end of the week.

July 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-Commerce Secretary won't be charged in hit-run

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors declined Tuesday to file criminal charges against former U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson, saying he suffered a seizure that was responsible for a trio of traffic accidents.

July 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California court strikes down L.A. County's pot shop ban

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California appeals court has struck down Los Angeles County's ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

July 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Human error led accused killer to parole release

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - California Corrections officials have acknowledged that a clerical error led to the early parole discharge of a longtime criminal who allegedly fatally stabbed a Santa Cruz woman in what authorities say was a random attack.

July 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Military: 4 crewmen dead in C-130 air tanker crash

DENVER (AP) - Air Force C-130 tankers will resume firefighting flights Tuesday after the crash of another tanker plane over the weekend that left four crew members dead and two others seriously injured, the military said.

July 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Carmakers report strong June sales, easing worries

DETROIT (AP) - From mini cars to monster pickups, sales of vehicles charged higher in June and eased concerns that Americans would be turned off by slower hiring and other scary headlines.

July 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Beloved actor Andy Griffith dies at 86

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Andy Griffith, who made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in "The Andy Griffith Show" and the rumpled defense lawyer in "Matlock," died Tuesday. He was 86.

July 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


1.4 million still blacked out after broad U.S. storm

WASHINGTON (AP) - Utility crews struggled to catch up with a backlog of millions of people without electricity for a fourth hot day Tuesday as frustration grew and authorities feared the toll of 23 storm deaths could rise because of stifling conditions and generator fumes.

July 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


La Jolla Shores reopens in time for July 4 crowds

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Lifeguards say La Jolla Shores in San Diego has been reopened to swimmers and surfers in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

July 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the problem-plagued Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans sought to win over reluctant, tea party conservatives on a border security bill.

July 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Sorting out the claims after pipe break: Who pays?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hundreds of cars submerged below murky water. A landmark basketball court, newly refurbished, showing signs of buckling. Soaked and stained carpets. An athletic track coated in mud.

July 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - The deadliest recorded Ebola outbreak surpassed 700 deaths across West Africa on Thursday as the World Health Organization announced dozens of new deaths reported in the last several days.

July 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Investigators make it to Ukraine jet crash site

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) - As fighting raged in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 and got a first look at where it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago.

July 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


SF benefits from Pirates' blunder, ends skid at 6

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reliever Jean Machi and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of a huge baserunning blunder by Pittsburgh, tagging out two runners who wandered away on the same play and beating the Pirates 7-5 Wednesday to end a six-game losing streak.

July 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dollar Tree steps up fight, buys Family Dollar

NEW YORK (AP) - The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying.

July 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cowboys sign OT Tyron Smith to 8-year extension

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo.

July 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Century-old pipe break points to national problem

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky swamp points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed decades ago.

July 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California's governor wraps up trip to Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown wrapped up a three-day visit to Mexico on Wednesday, saying he will work with the U.S. government upon his return home to find a long-term solution to the immigration crisis.

July 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


White House threatens to veto House border bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is threatening to veto a spending bill drafted by House Republicans to deal with the influx of Central American minors at the U.S. border.

July 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews work to keep Yosemite fire from sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday, as they tried to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park away from a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.

July 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

WASHINGTON (AP) - When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.

July 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate reprieve for highly contested border bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill to deal with the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border has won a temporary reprieve in the Senate.

July 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in spring

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.

July 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine: Clashes prevent visit to jet debris site

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down, clashes on Wednesday between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site to recover remains still baking in midsummer heat in farm fields - deepening frustration for victims' relatives and the governments whose citizens died.

July 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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