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Sales taxes in cities, counties set to go up

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - This could be a good weekend to buy a wide variety items - from cars to tools to clothes - because sales taxes in more than 20 cities and counties across California are due to go up Monday.

March 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


3 dozen indicted in Atlanta cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - Juwanna Guffie was sitting in her fifth-grade classroom taking a standardized test when, authorities say, the teacher came around offering information and asking the students to rewrite their answers. Juwanna rejected the help.

March 30, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Recovering drug addict jumps on tracks to help man

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The recovering drug addict with a long rap sheet who had just sat down on the bench at a north Philadelphia train station often wondered if he was a good person, and perhaps never considered that anyone thought he was a hero to anybody.

March 30, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama pitches public works spending to create jobs

MIAMI (AP) - Trying to show that the economy remains a top priority, President Barack Obama promoted a plan Friday to create construction and other jobs by attracting private money to help rebuild roads, bridges and other public works projects.

March 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope refers to "Muslim brothers" on Good Friday

ROME (AP) - Pope Francis reached out in friendship to "so many Muslim brothers and sisters" during a Good Friday procession dedicated to the suffering of Christians from terrorism, war and religious fanaticism in the Middle East.

March 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Reward for murderous ex-cop causing controversy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As a cabin smoldered with the body of rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner inside, politicians in a city that lost an officer to his rampage approved a $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

March 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


FBI 'flying saucers' NM memo bureau's most viewed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A single-page FBI memo relaying a vague and unconfirmed report of flying saucers found in New Mexico in 1950 has become the most popular file in the bureau's electronic reading room.

March 29, 2013 | By Jana Adkins | Signal AP


Starving sea lion pups fill Southern Cal rescues

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists say nearly half of all the sea lion pups born in island rookeries off Southern California this season have died and hundreds of starving pups are washing up on beaches between San Diego and Santa Barbara

March 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dozens of detectives investigate LA girl abduction

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly 50 detectives hunted Friday for clues to kidnappers who snatched a 10-year-old girl from her bedroom and dumped her, scratched and barefoot, miles from her home.

March 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Washington landslide shifted massive amount of earth

COUPEVILLE, Wash. (AP) - Twenty properties on a scenic island hillside were damaged by the massive landslide in Washington state that displaced 200,000 cubic yards of earth, or about 40,000 dump truck loads, officials said Thursday.

March 29, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Arizona gun proponents launch free gun program

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A campaign promising free shotguns for people in Tucson's most troubled neighborhoods has divided some residents in a community still reeling from a shooting rampage in 2011 that killed six people, left a congresswoman and several others wounded, and made the city a symbol of gun violence in America.

March 29, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Man, 86, gets probation in Ariz. mercy killing

PHOENIX (AP) - An 86-year-old man who carried out a mercy killing by shooting his ailing wife in the head was sentenced to probation on Friday after an emotional hearing where family members tearfully spoke on his behalf.

March 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rapper Lil Wayne says he's an epileptic

NEW YORK (AP) - Lil Wayne says he's an epileptic and has had seizures for years.

March 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Monroe, Eisenhower letters to be auctioned

NEW YORK (AP) - Marilyn Monroe's letter of despair to mentor Lee Strasberg and Dwight D. Eisenhower's heartfelt missives to his wife during World War II are among hundreds of historical documents being offered in an online auction.

March 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA police seek help in finding abductors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police are asking the public's help in finding two men suspected of forcing a 10-year-old girl from her bedroom and holding her for nearly 12 hours before leaving her miles away near a hospital.

March 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews chase flareups in wildfire

GLENDORA (AP) - Firefighters were chasing early-morning flare-ups Friday in a damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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