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Premature blast injures Ojai fireworks operator

OJAI, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California Fourth of July fireworks show in Ojai (OH'-hy) was halted soon after it began when the 32-year-old pyrotechnic operator was injured by a premature blast.

July 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Nicaragua, Venezuela offer asylum to Snowden

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - The presidents of Nicaragua and Venezuela offered Friday to grant asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, one day after leftist South American leaders gathered to denounce the rerouting of Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane over Europe amid reports that the American was aboard.

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


Hoarded Calif. dogs await rescue groups

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 130 dogs saved from a hoarder in California two weeks ago need to be saved again - but only rescue groups can save them now.

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


SF Bay Area commuter rail service resumes

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Commuter rail service resumed Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area after unions called off a strike and agreed to extend a labor contract for a month while bargaining continues.

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


UPDATE: 28 hurt as fireworks platform collapses in Simi Valley

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - As many as 10,000 Fourth of July revelers were just settling into their seats for the fireworks show at a Simi Valley park when a bright plume of red and white bursts spread across the ground, injuring more than 30 people and sending others fleeing for safety.

July 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Trayvon Martin's mother says screams are her son's

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The prosecution in the murder trial of George Zimmerman wrapped up its case after a dramatic day of testimony Friday, with Travyon Martin's mother and brother telling the jury that the screams for help that can be heard in the background on a 911 call came from the 17-year-old.

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


Experts: Expect bigger, fiercer wildfires in West

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's a dangerous but basic equation behind the killer Yarnell Hill wildfire and other blazes raging across the West this summer: More heat, more drought, more fuel and more people in the way are adding up to increasingly ferocious fires.

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


'Despicable Me 2' trounces 'Lone Ranger'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The minions have overtaken "The Lone Ranger."

July 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


National Guard soldiers, airmen to be furloughed

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - More than 1,100 National Guard soldiers and airmen in Hawaii - and thousands in other states - will be living with 20 percent less pay over the next three months as the Defense Department carries out automatic federal budget cuts.

July 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Probation in the dark on some arriving inmates

LOS ANGELES (AP) - County probation officials say they aren't consistently getting required notice about inmates being released to their supervision, making it harder to monitor felons and potentially endangering the public.

July 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


US unemployment unchanged at 7.6 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added a robust 195,000 jobs in June and many more in April and May than previously thought. The job growth suggests a stronger economy and makes it more likely the Federal Reserve will slow its bond purchases before year's end.

July 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Industry panning Obama's climate change push

BOW, N.H. (AP) - President Barack Obama's push to fight global warming has triggered condemnation from the coal industry across the industrial Midwest, where state and local economies depend on the health of an energy sector facing strict new pollution limits.

July 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Joey Chestnut wins 7th contest with record 69 dogs

NEW YORK (AP) - Joey Chestnut downed 69 franks and devoured his own record in the men's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest while Sonya Thomas defended her title in the women's competition.

July 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Tree falls, killing camp counselor near Yosemite

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sheriff's officials say staff at a summer camp near Yosemite National Park was having breakfast outdoors when the tree that killed a counselor and injured four others came down.

July 04, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gandolfini leaves bulk of estate to children

NEW YORK (AP) - James Gandolfini left the bulk of his estimated $70 million estate to his 13-year-old son and infant daughter.

July 04, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Ukraine military launches offensive against rebels

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian troops on Tuesday launched an offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk and advanced through the city's outskirts, the nation's interior minister said.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan air force jet crashes, killing 3

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistan air force fighter jet crashed into the country's largest city after a technical fault Tuesday, killing two pilots and a civilian on the ground, authorities said.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Automakers see big US sales gains in May

DETROIT (AP) - Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks - and five sunny weekends - likely pushed U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: US to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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