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How can red flags be missed like Navy shooter's?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's sprawling system of background checks and security clearances is so unreliable it's virtually impossible to adequately investigate the nearly 5 million Americans who have them and make sure they can be trusted with access to military and sensitive civilian buildings, an Associated Press review found.

September 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'I felt him breathe': Escape from the Navy Yard

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first bang sounded distant and muffled. On the fourth floor, Bertillia Lavern assumed somebody downstairs was setting up for an event and had dropped a folding table.

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


Senate passes bill to avert helium shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is moving to avert an impending shutdown of the federal helium reserve, a key supplier of the lighter-than-air gas used in a products ranging from party balloons to MRI machines.

September 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA rover finds no hint of methane in Mars air

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA's Curiosity rover hasn't discovered any signs of methane in the atmosphere of Mars, a finding that does not bode well for the possibility that microbes capable of producing the gas could be living below the planet's surface, scientists said Thursday.

September 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Wells Fargo to lay off 1,800 mortgage employees

NEW YORK (AP) - Wells Fargo plans to lay off an additional 1,800 employees from its mortgage department, after cutting about 2,300 jobs from the same unit in August.

September 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope gives warning about church

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church's moral structure might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn't balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all.

September 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hurricane Manuel hits land in northern Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - Mexico's government said 58 people were missing after a massive landslide smashed through a tiny coffee-growing village deep in the country's southern mountains, where fresh waves of rain threatened more danger for rescue workers trying to evacuate the last residents from the isolated hamlet on Thursday.

September 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Submerged cars found in Okla. may solve cold cases

SAYRE, Okla. (AP) - When three teenagers from this small Oklahoma town disappeared on their way to a high school football game in 1970, rumors swirled as to what happened to the trio.

September 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mark Wahlberg no longer a high school dropout

BOSTON (AP) - Mark Wahlberg is now a high school graduate - 25 years after dropping out of a Boston high school.

September 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Nearly 40 percent of Rim Fire land a 'moonscape'

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A fire that raged in forestland in and around Yosemite National Park has left a contiguous "moonscape" in the Sierra Nevada mountains larger than any in centuries.

September 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Ga. teen abducted from home found alive

September 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Airlifts yield to door-to-door searches in Colo.

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - Airlifts gave way to door-to-door searches Wednesday for victims injured and killed in the flood-scarred Colorado foothills, as authorities began ramping down emergency operations and beginning the "long and arduous" recovery phase.

September 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


5 facts about the Powerball jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The latest Powerball jackpot is estimated at $400 million, and it's considered the nation's fifth-largest ever. Here are some things to keep in mind ahead of Wednesday night's drawing.

September 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pilot killed in Oregon crash appeared on 'Ax Men'

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A pilot killed this week when his helicopter crashed while attempting to lift logs in an Oregon forest has been identified as a former cast member of the History Channel series "Ax Men."

September 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2nd private company rockets toward space station

A commercial cargo ship made its successful debut Wednesday, rocketing toward the International Space Station and doubling the number of NASA's private suppliers for the high-flying lab.

September 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Double duty: Kurt Busch set for 1,100-mile bid

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Appearing loose and ready to go, Kurt Busch chatted with family and well-wishers hours before he tried to become just the second driver to complete the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in a single day - a grueling, 1,100-mile slog that will include an airplane ride from Indiana to North Carolina in time for the longer of the two races Sunday evening.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama slips into Afghanistan to visit US troops

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) - President Barack Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: 7 dead in drive-by shooting near UC Santa Barbara

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - The son of a Hollywood director stabbed three men to death in his apartment, gunned down two women outside a sorority and killed a sixth person in a rampage that was foreshadowed by a chilling Internet video in which he vowed to his victims that he would "take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you."

May 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Marine whose leg was blasted drives to victory

Marine Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer always knew that despite losing much of his left leg in combat he could win races if he got the chance.

May 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Farmer's death still mystery as convict walks free

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to killing his North Dakota neighbor in 1999 over a water drainage dispute will leave prison without ever telling authorities where he dumped the body.

May 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Candidate on probation for shoplifting eyes Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A 2011 surveillance video shows a woman with a bag walking into a Neiman Marcus store and trying on clothes. She buys some items and returns others before being stopped outside the high-end department store by security workers.

May 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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