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Brown signs law limiting detention of immigrants

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A package of immigration-related bills earned Gov. Jerry Brown's signature Saturday, including a bill that prohibits local law enforcement agencies from detaining people for deportation if they are arrested for a minor crime and otherwise eligible to be released from custody.

October 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bipartisan vote on back pay belies shutdown chasm

WASHINGTON (AP) - A rare flash of bipartisanship Saturday served as a cruel tease to those hoping Congress is moving toward reopening the government and averting an unprecedented default on the federal debt in less than two weeks.

October 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: About 2,000 march in Hollywood immigration rally

LOS ANGELES (AP) - About 2,000 supporters of immigration reform marched through Hollywood on Saturday as part of rallies nationwide to push for congressional action, while California's governor signed a series of bills on the topic, saying he was not going to wait on Washington.

October 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Karen stalls in approach to Gulf

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tropical Storm Karen stalled Saturday afternoon in its move toward the Gulf Coast but still threatened to bring heavy winds and high rains. Officials from Louisiana to northwest Florida acknowledged that the storm was weakening and sent some emergency workers home, but urged residents to be cautious.

October 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


75 left homeless after Oxnard fire

OXNARD (AP) - About 75 people have been left without a home after a fire destroyed nine buildings in Oxnard, including mobile homes and apartments.

October 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Air tanker makes hard landing

HEMET, Calif. (AP) - A Cal Fire air tanker has made a hard landing at a Southern California airport, spilling its fire retardant but no one was injured.

October 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


LA students get iPads, crack firewall, play games

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Education officials in the nation's second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out.

October 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Health care website gets down time for repairs

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's not the sign that the Obama administration wants people to see on its health overhaul website: down for repairs.

October 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. man accused of killing, cooking wife dies

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego County man accused of killing his 73-year-old wife and then cooking her body parts has died of cancer while awaiting trial.

October 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Man who set himself on fire dies

WASHINGTON (AP) - A District of Columbia police spokesman says a man who set himself on fire on the National Mall has died of his injuries.

October 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Furloughed federal workers may get paid

WASHINGTON (AP) - Their government has failed to keep the doors open and has told federal workers to stay off the job as the political parties fight over spending and health care in austere times.

October 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Sisters question police actions in deadly DC chase

NEW YORK (AP) - A sister of the Connecticut woman shot to death by police in Washington after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier says there were no indications that her sister was unstable.

October 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Family: Injured biker in SUV assault a devoted dad

NEW YORK (AP) - A motorcycle rider who was struck by an SUV during a motorcycle rally that turned violent is a family man who was simply trying to defuse a tense situation, his attorney and family members said Friday.

October 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nation's oldest full-time park ranger furloughed

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - A 92-year-old Northern California woman who is the nation's oldest full-time national park ranger said Friday she's surprised that she has joined the ranks of those currently out of work due to the ongoing U.S. government shutdown.

October 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Karen threatens US during quiet hurricane season

BRAITHWAITE, La. (AP) - Pickups hauling boat trailers and flatbed trucks laden with crab traps exited vulnerable, low-lying areas of southeast Louisiana on Friday as Tropical Storm Karen headed toward the northern Gulf Coast, a late-arriving worry in what had been a slow hurricane season in the U.S.

October 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Vermont ups the ante on genetically modified foods

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite the opposition of the powerful U.S. food industry.

April 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Water picture improves for some California towns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While much of California remains in the grips of extreme drought, spring storms have eased pressure slightly and reduced the number of rural communities considered at risk of running dry.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2-week truce for hot sauce maker, California city

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of Sriracha hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


FDA proposes regulations for e-cigs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.

April 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Big riders mean big horses on Western trails

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain.

April 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Complaint: Ex-Blue Angels head led lewd workplace

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former commanding officer of the Navy's Blue Angels allowed, and in some cases encouraged, sexually explicit humor and inappropriate comments among members of the famed precision flying team, the U.S. Navy contended Wednesday.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some

VATICAN CITY (AP) - On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it's astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of candle-bearing faithful below - not in the arcane, scripted words of pontiffs past but in those of a father and pastor looking out for his flock.

April 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jodie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jodie Foster is a married woman.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Telsa Motors expanding in California

LATHROP, Calif. (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors is expanding its footprint in California.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.

April 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


State senators to receive refresher on ethics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State senators were scheduled to receive a refresher course in ethics on Wednesday, the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year.

April 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Reward offered in mutilation of pelican

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A bird rescue organization says a pelican found with its pouch slashed will undergo surgery in Southern California.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Piles and piles' of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Gunmen in South Sudan who targeted civilians including children and the elderly left "piles and piles" of bodies, many of them in a mosque and a hospital, the U.N.'s top humanitarian official in the country said Tuesday.

April 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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