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Comcast strikes deal to buy Time Warner Cable

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With a single behemoth purchase, Comcast is creating a dominant force in American entertainment and presenting federal regulators with an equally outsized quandary: How should they handle a conglomerate that promises to improve cable TV and Internet service to millions of homes but also consolidates unprecedented control of what viewers watch and download?

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


New gender options for Facebook users

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - You don't have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant has added a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.

February 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Warm West offsets cold East, makes average January

WASHINGTON (AP) - For those who shivered through January, this may be hard to believe: Nationwide, the average temperature for the month was about normal because a warm West offset a cool East.

February 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Art gallery owner arrested on cyberstalking charge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California art gallery owner faces cyberstalking charges for allegedly harassing, threatening and trying to extort money from artists and art dealers and their family members.

February 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA takes first step toward urban beekeeping

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For three years, Rob McFarland has kept 25,000 illegal bees on the roof of his West Los Angeles home - but his hive might not have to fly under the radar much longer.

February 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Science, not muscle, driving many Olympic wins

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) - Nineteen-year-old Slovakian luger Josef Petrulak competed in the Sochi Olympics in a 22-year-old sled. That's right: His sled is three years older than he is. His German rivals get a new sled every year, designed by BMW and calibrated to whoosh faster, smoother and smarter every season.

February 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stocks mostly flat after weak economic data

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks were little changed Thursday after weak reports on hiring and retail sales. Goodyear Tire & Rubber soared after reporting a big earnings gain, while Cisco Systems and Whole Foods dropped after releasing disappointing results.

February 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Cruising' California's most congested freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On traffic maps, Interstate 5 in and around Los Angeles is a very angry road.

February 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Plushenko withdraws from Olympic figure skating

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Evgeni Plushenko has withdrawn from the men's figure skating competition at the Sochi Olympics for medical reasons.

February 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California governor: Drought requires compromise

TULARE, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown visited California's drought-stricken agricultural heartland on Wednesday and called on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to strike a compromise that will benefit the region and nation.

February 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette Museum in Ky.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.

February 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


More than 728K sign up for health plans in Calif.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's health exchange is more than halfway toward meeting its original projection of 1.3 million sign-ups for individual insurance policies by the March 31 enrollment deadline, according to federal data released Wednesday.

February 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Storm causes massive traffic jams in N.C.

ATLANTA (AP) - Drivers got caught in monumental traffic jams and abandoned their cars Wednesday in North Carolina in a replay of what happened in Atlanta just two weeks ago, as another wintry storm across the South iced highways and knocked out electricity to more than a half-million homes and businesses.

February 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Comedian Sid Caesar dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sid Caesar, the TV comedy pioneer whose rubber-faced expressions and mimicry built on the work of his dazzling team of writers that included Woody Allen and Mel Brooks, died Wednesday. He was 91.

February 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ice storm encases parts of the South

ATLANTA (AP) - An ice storm gripped the winter-weary South on Wednesday, knocking out power to a wide swath of the region as the outages nearly doubled by the hour, and forecasters warned the worst of the potentially "catastrophic" storm was yet to come.

February 12, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Google faces up to image problem in Europe

AMSTERDAM (AP) - As Google bowed to a European court ruling to consider users' claims to remove embarrassing search results, the company took the first step toward preventing any more such punishing decisions - acknowledging it has an image problem in Europe.

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


Fan-fueled red carpets present security challenge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Movie premieres are just like they look on TV: Throngs of fans competing with photographers and reporters for stars' attention. Cameras flash as beefy bodyguards escort couture-clad celebrities into the maelstrom.

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


Zuckerberg gives $120 million to public schools

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

May 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Shinseki resigns amid VA health care scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday in a personal meeting with President Barack Obama, shortly after publicly apologizing for deep problems plaguing the agency's health care system that Obama called "totally unacceptable."

May 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


How Google got states to legalize driverless cars

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers - not people - became convinced that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: Driverless cars were almost certainly illegal.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police knew about killer's videos during check

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office deputies checking on Elliot Rodger three weeks before he killed six college students were aware of, but didn't view, disturbing videos that prompted calls about his well-being, the agency disclosed Thursday.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate approves tying minimum wage to inflation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage and tie it to inflation.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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