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Popular 'Batkid' caper cost San Francisco $105K

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A spokeswoman for San Francisco's mayor says it cost the city $105,000 to honor the 5-year-old boy with leukemia who captivated the nation with his larger-than-life portrayal of a caped crusader.

November 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Solid Oct. retail sales lift hopes for US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - An increase in shopping last month during the partial government shutdown suggests that the U.S. economy may be more resilient than some have feared.

November 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Too fat to fly: Stranded Frenchman's ordeal ending

LONDON (AP) - He's been turned down by planes, trains and even a cruise ship in his quest to return home - and his family says it's because of he has been deemed too fat to travel. Now Frenchman Kevin Chenais' long and fitful journey is coming to an end.

November 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Congress honors American Indian code talkers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is bestowing the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest civilian honor, on American Indians who used their native language to outwit enemies and protect American battlefield secrets during World Wars I and II.

November 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UC hospital workers stage 1-day strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) - University of California hospital employees picketed Wednesday at medical centers across the state in response to what union leaders called intimidation and harassment from management against workers who took part in a two-day walkout in May.

November 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama opens JFK tribute with freedom medals

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama opened a day of tributes to former President John F. Kennedy on Wednesday by bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on prominent Americans, 50 years after Kennedy was assassinated weeks short of the medal's first award ceremony.

November 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama plunges ahead toward Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the eve of new talks, President Barack Obama is plunging ahead in search of a nuclear agreement with Iran despite outright opposition from American allies in the Middle East and deep skepticism, if not open hostility, from Congress.

November 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


White supremacist executed for murder

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980, was put to death Wednesday in Missouri, the state's first execution in nearly three years.

November 20, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

November 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Carriers reject kill switch for stolen smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Samsung Electronics, the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer, has proposed installing a built-in anti-theft measure known as a "kill switch" that would render stolen or lost phones inoperable, but the nation's biggest carriers have rejected the idea, according to San Francisco's top prosecutor.

November 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's daughter, dies

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Diane Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for building the Disneyland theme park, has died at her home in Napa, Calif. She was 79.

November 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Va. senator stabbed; son dies of apparent suicide

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, a Democrat who rose to be gubernatorial nominee in 2009 despite his reserved demeanor and humble farmland roots, was stabbed early Tuesday, apparently by his son, police said.

November 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


After twisters, damaged communities come together

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Aaron Montgomery's house was not damaged by the tornado that roared through this central Illinois community. But when the twister knocked out power across town, he had to find a way to keep his 5-year-old daughter alive.

November 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge to decide if Zimmerman is released on bail

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman goes before a judge Tuesday on charges related to a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, yet another outburst involving allegations he used a firearm to threaten and another case of conflicting versions of what happened.

November 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Farm bill takes aim at state animal welfare laws

WASHINGTON (AP) - The future of state laws that regulate everything from the size of a hen's cage to the safe consumption of Gulf oysters may be at stake as farm bill negotiators work to resolve a long-simmering fight between agriculture and animal welfare interests.

November 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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AP survey: China's lending bubble a global threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just as the global economy has all but recovered from debt-fueled crises in the United States and Europe, economists have a new worry: China. They see a lending bubble there that threatens global growth unless Beijing defuses it.

April 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sea World orca trainers begin using safety vests

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Trainers at Sea World's marine parks began wearing inflatable safety vests Monday whenever they work near killer whales, yet another safety measure implemented after the 2010 death of a trainer who was dragged into a pool by an orca.

April 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Advertisers leaving Clippers

NEW YORK (AP) - Advertisers are backing away from the Los Angeles Clippers after racist comments attributed to the NBA team's owner.

April 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds probe crash of planes over San Francisco Bay

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - A federal transportation safety official arrived Monday in Northern California to investigate a collision between two small planes that sent one crashing into San Francisco Bay.

April 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Toyota moving US base from California to Texas

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - Toyota said Monday that it will move its U.S. headquarters from California to Texas.

April 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


George Clooney engaged to UK attorney, firm says

LONDON (AP) - George Clooney -Hollywood's most eligible bachelor - is getting hitched, according to a London law firm.

April 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: 4 in 5 US high school students graduate

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.

April 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine mayor shot; US announces new sanctions

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - The mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city was shot in the back and pro-Russia insurgents seized more government buildings Monday as the U.S hit Russia with more sanctions for allegedly fomenting the unrest in eastern Ukraine.

April 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stowaway boy's refugee mom cries for son

SHEDDER REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia (AP) - The Somali mother's home is a small shelter with a frame of sticks covered by ragged blankets on the dusty grounds of a refugee camp. It was to her that her 15-year-old son wanted to travel to on an impossible journey as a stowaway on a plane from California.

April 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


All eyes on commissioner in Clippers controversy

The Los Angeles Clippers have Monday off.

April 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Tornado death toll climbs to 17

VILONIA, Ark. (AP) - Emergency officials on Monday began searching for survivors in the debris left by a powerful tornado that carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburban Little Rock, killing at least 16 people.

April 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Santa Fe real estate agent takes to using drone

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Santa Fe real estate agent is taking marketing homes to new heights, along with new complications in federal aviation laws.

April 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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