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Pope wants closer look at Vatican's finance reform

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Thursday named his top assistant to look into the work of two commissions of inquiry he set up last summer to investigate the finances of the troubled Vatican bank and Holy See administration.

November 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


China sends warplanes into air defense zone

BEIJING (AP) - The state news agency is reporting that China has sent warplanes into its newly declared maritime air defense zone.

November 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Health law business website delayed

CHICAGO (AP) - Small businesses interested in buying marketplace health insurance plans for their workers will have to purchase them from agents, brokers or insurance companies for the next year, rather than through the government website.

November 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gunman fires on police, holds 2 hostages in Inglewood

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - A gunman fired several shots at a pair of police officers, hitting one, and held two hostages for nearly nine hours - but all came away from the standoff without serious injuries.

November 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Balloons, spirits soar at Macy's Thanksgiving parade

NEW YORK (AP) - The big balloons soared along with the crowd's spirits Thursday as the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade made its way through the streets of New York City.

November 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Same-sex couple's wedding a first for Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) - In a short ceremony inside their Chicago apartment, two beaming brides made Illinois history Wednesday as they became the first gay couple to wed under the state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage.

November 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Deadly crash puts light on Brazil's WCup troubles

SAO PAULO (AP) - With one thunderous crash, Brazil's troubled preparations for the World Cup are thrown in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, just as soccer gears up for the high-profile setting of the schedule for next year's big event.

November 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police review journal of Arizona teen held captive

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Police on Wednesday were poring over a journal they say a 17-year-old girl kept while she and her two younger sisters were imprisoned by their mother and stepfather in their Tucson home for up to two years.

November 27, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Space hosts busy Thanksgiving with launch, comet

WASHINGTON (AP) - Space will serve up a banquet of activities on Thanksgiving, featuring a comet kissing the sun, a zero-gravity freeze-dried feast in orbit and a rocket launch attempt:

November 27, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California restaurant owner found dead

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The co-owner of a Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant that is the centerpiece of a revitalization effort in a Sacramento suburb was found dead by recreational divers off the coast in far Northern California, authorities said Wednesday.

November 27, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge: Miramonte parents claims can move forward

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge has ruled that parents can proceed with their own claims of emotional distress related to abuses at Miramonte Elementary School, where a third-grade teacher was accused of spoon-feeding children semen in what he called "tasting games."

November 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ruling on hot sauce factory raises job worries

IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) - A judge has ordered a plant that produces the popular Sriracha chili sauce to stop emitting annoying odors in a ruling that left some nearby residents worried about a possible loss of jobs at the factory.

November 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt: Women protesters get heavy prison sentences

CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian authorities on Wednesday took a heavy hand against both Islamist and secular opponents, handing down heavy prison sentences to a group of female supporters of the ousted Islamist president - including teenagers as young as 15 - and ordering the detention of two dozen secular activists, all for participating in protests.

November 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


China says it monitored defiant US bomber flights

BEIJING (AP) - China acknowledged Wednesday it let two American B-52 bombers fly unhindered through its newly declared air defense zone in the East China Sea despite its earlier threat to take defensive measures against unidentified foreign aircraft.

November 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


German stocks outperform as Merkel forms gov't

LONDON (AP) - German shares outperformed their peers in Europe on Wednesday after the country's major parties agreed to form a new government and a measure of consumer confidence hit a six-year high.

November 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Clippers stage silent protest to owner

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Clippers chose not to speak publicly about owner Donald Sterling. Instead, they made a silent protest.

April 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


1300 Muslims leave C. African Republic capital

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) - Heavily armed African and French peacekeepers escorted some of the last remaining Muslims out of Central African Republic's volatile capital on Sunday, trucking more than 1,300 people who for months had been trapped in their neighborhood by violent Christian militants.

April 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Truck drivers plan 2-day strike at area ports

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Truck drivers who haul cargo in and out of the twin Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach say they plan a two-day strike beginning Monday.

April 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pro-Russia forces free 1 Western military observer

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Pro-Russia insurgents on Sunday freed one of the eight European military observers being held prisoner in eastern Ukraine. Earlier in the day, all eight appeared in public for the first time and, under armed guard, gave assurances they weren't being mistreated.

April 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Unique floating lab showcases 'aliens of the sea'

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Researcher Leonid Moroz emerges from a dive off the Florida Keys and gleefully displays a plastic bag holding a creature that shimmers like an opal in the seawater.

April 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Popes John XXIII and John Paul II become saints

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Two 20th-century popes who changed the course of the Catholic Church became saints Sunday as Pope Francis honored John XXIII and John Paul II in a delicate balancing act aimed at bringing together the conservative and progressive wings of the church.

April 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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