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Black smoke: Still no pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Cardinals remained divided over who should be pope on Wednesday after three rounds of voting, an indication that disagreements remain about the direction of the Catholic church following the upheaval unleashed by Pope Benedict XVI's surprise resignation.

March 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


LA schools settle claims over lewd 'tasting games'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles school district will pay millions of dollars to settle claims and lawsuits filed by students and families from an elementary school where a third-grade teacher was accused of spoon-feeding children semen in what he called "tasting games," lawyers in the cases said Tuesday.

March 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cluster of fatal teen car crashes belies US trend

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Derrek Lee Hager had just dropped off his girlfriend in the Texas Panhandle and was headed with four other friends to a nearby town to continue enjoying their spring break.

March 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mars rover shows planet could have supported life

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Drilling into a rock near its landing spot, the Curiosity rover has answered a key question about Mars: The red planet long ago harbored some of the ingredients needed for primitive life to thrive.

March 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UC, CSU foundations remain obscure despite new law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Under a law that took effect last year, the public has the right to access the records of private foundations that are affiliated with University of California and California State University campuses and examine how they spend the hundreds of millions of dollars they raise.

March 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Border security expo begins amid fed spending cuts

PHOENIX (AP) - Paul Roselle is hoping to sell the U.S. Border Patrol on his company's high-tech mobile surveillance system mounted inside a nondescript white truck to better monitor movement of criminals and illegal crossers who are constantly changing their routes to avoid detection.

March 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man convicted in deadly Craigslist plot in Ohio

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A self-styled street preacher accused of teaming up with a high school student in a deadly plot to lure men with Craigslist job offers and then rob them was found guilty Tuesday of aggravated murder and could face the death penalty.

March 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US braces for another bad fire year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Despite the slowest start to a wildfire season in a decade, the head of the U.S. Forest Service says his agency is preparing for another busy year, but with fewer firefighters.

March 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Richard Burton's ex, theater producer, dies at 83

NEW YORK (AP) - The woman Richard Burton left to marry Elizabeth Taylor has died. Theater producer and nightclub founder Sybil Christopher was 83.

March 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man, woman sought for shoplifting, beating guard

WEST COVINA, Calif. (AP) - Southern California authorities are searching for a man and a woman who had two children in tow when they allegedly shoplifted at a West Covina department store and beat up a security guard to avoid getting caught.

March 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Coalition forms to defend Calif. environmental law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Labor and environmental groups on Tuesday joined some of the more liberal Democrats in the state Legislature in announcing a coalition to oppose reforms sought by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Environmental Quality Act.

March 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


So. California Better Business Bureau expelled

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Better Business Bureau said Tuesday that it expelled a Southern California chapter after an investigation into an apparent pay-to-play scandal.

March 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Black smoke from chapel chimney: No pope yet

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Black smoke has poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try.

March 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate panel OKs Dems gun background check bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Senate Judiciary Committee approved a Democratic bill Tuesday expanding required federal background checks to nearly all gun purchases, giving President Barack Obama an early victory on curbing gun violence in a fight that still faces difficult odds.

March 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Missouri golfer survives fall into Illinois course sinkhole

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Suddenly being swallowed up by the earth on a golf course's fairway drove a wedge between Mark Mihal and a stellar round.

March 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Coffee rust reaches new heights in Central America

FRAIJANES, Guatemala (AP) - For years, Hernan Argueta's small plot of coffee plants seemed immune to the fungus spreading elsewhere in Central America. The airborne disease that strikes coffee plants, flecking their leaves with spots and causing them to wither and fall off, failed to do much damage in the cooler elevations of Guatemala's mountains.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan launches Afghan airstrikes after attack

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Taliban fighters attacked several Pakistani military posts along the Afghan border Saturday, sparking an hourslong gun battle that included Pakistan launching airstrikes into Afghanistan, authorities said. Pakistan said soldiers killed 16 militants, while Afghan officials said the airstrikes killed five civilians.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Proposed $40 million settlement set for players

A $40 million settlement has been completed that will pay college football and basketball players dating to 2003 for the use of their likenesses in NCAA-branded videogames.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


American suicide bomber grew up in Central Florida

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The American man who launched a suicide bombing against Syrian government troops grew up in Central Florida and attended several colleges in the state before dropping out and moving abroad.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Poll: Voters vexed by California corruption probes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters are alarmed by a string of corruption scandals in Sacramento, but most feel any wrongdoing is not widespread, a poll indicated Saturday.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mickelson says he's cooperating in probe

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Hall of Fame golfer Phil Mickelson confirms that FBI agents investigating insider trading approached him after a round at the Memorial tournament. He says he is cooperating and has done nothing wrong.

May 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


In US and abroad, new focus on anti-women violence

Nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria. A pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by her family for marrying the man she loved. Widespread rape in many war zones. And in California, a murderous rampage by a disturbed young man who had depicted sorority members as a prime target.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Only US soldier held in Afghanistan is freed

WASHINGTON (AP) - The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.

May 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama makes public health pitch for carbon rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - As governors, businesses and environmentalists brace for new limits on power plant pollution, President Barack Obama is casting his unprecedented effort to curb greenhouse gases as essential to protect the health and wellbeing of children.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man who accosted Pitt pleads no contest to battery

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who accosted Brad Pitt on a red carpet pleaded no contest to battery Friday and was ordered to stay away from the actor and Hollywood red carpet events.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Casey Kasem's daughter granted visitation

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state judge on Friday granted a daughter of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem regular visits after she raised concerns about his well-being.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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