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1. DEADLY AL-QAIDA PLOT UNCOVERED, YEMEN SAYS

August 08, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Riverside County fire grows fast, houses evacuated

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - A new wildfire has broken out in Riverside County near Banning, sending up a massive plume of smoke and surging toward three communities where people have been told to evacuate.

August 07, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Friend: Suspected Calif abductor had crush on girl

LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) - A man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl told her he had a crush on her and would date her if they were the same age, a friend of the girl said Wednesday as police searched for the man who is also wanted in the death of the girl's mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother.

August 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama on threats: 'We don't get terrorized'

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) - President Barack Obama says security threats will never lead the U.S. to retreat from the world. He says Americans don't get terrorized.

August 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Missing California woman was federal investigator

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A California woman missing since Sunday worked as an investigator for the federal public defender's office to ensure death sentences were fair, her supervisor said Wednesday.

August 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Discovery hammered for shark special

NEW YORK (AP) - A Discovery network special that speculated about whether a giant prehistoric shark could still exist has drawn a passionate response from viewers and starkly raised the question about the worth of big ratings.

August 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Allegretti, 'Captain Kangaroo' character, dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children's television show "Captain Kangaroo," has died. He was 86.

August 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


FBI meets plane in Philly after apparent threat

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Federal authorities are at Philadelphia's airport because of an apparent bomb threat made in connection with an incoming flight from Ireland.

August 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Obama says he'd save money by refinancing mortgage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he'd save money if he refinanced the mortgage on his Chicago home, but he hasn't jumped on current low interest rates because "when you're president you have to be a little careful about these transactions."

August 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Benefit of mobile apps for toddlers questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) - Can a mobile app really teach a baby to find her nose? Or learn to recognize letters and numbers? Not according to an advocacy group that filed a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that two popular baby app developers - Fisher-Price Inc. and Open Solutions - are trying to dupe parents into thinking their online games make infants and toddlers smarter.

August 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


SoCal wildfire 73 percent contained

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - A smoldering wildfire in Riverside County southwest of Lake Elsinore is 73 percent contained.

August 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Close friend becomes suspect in California death

LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) - The children treated him like an uncle. He was close friends with their parents.

August 07, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stores with past Powerball winners lure crowds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Ticketholders aren't the only ones who benefit from a win like the one expected in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, estimated at $425 million so far. Stores known for selling winning tickets also see their business pick up as superstitious dreamers pour in, hoping luck will strike again.

August 07, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt army says 60 militants in Sinai killed

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's military spokesman says 60 militants have been killed and 103 arrested on the Sinai Peninsula as part of the army's operations there over the past month.

August 07, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Evacuations over, flames calm at Lake Elsinore fire

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - Residents from about 50 homes that were the last under evacuation orders near a Riverside County wildfire were allowed to return home Tuesday night as firefighters made consistent progress against the blaze.

August 07, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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'Gravity,' '12 Years' win big at Critics' Choice

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Gravity" soared with a record-setting seven Critics' Choice Awards, but "12 Years a Slave" was named best picture.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Drug charges dropped for Calif. treasurer's wife

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County judge has dismissed drug charges against the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Colby Fire evacuation to be lifted at 4 p.m.

On 01/17/2014 at 4:00 PM, residents who reside in the areas between Yucca Ridge and Ranch Road, Crystal Canyon Condo Complex and Mirador Housing Tract may return to their residences.

January 17, 2014 | Source: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department | Signal AP


UPDATE: 2 Philadelphia high school students shot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A boy and a girl hanging out with a group of fellow students in a high school gym were shot and wounded Friday afternoon, and up to three other boys may have been involved in their shooting, police said.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Helen Mirren earns Harvard's Hasty Pudding award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren said that given her love of pudding of all kinds, she's thrilled to be named woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope defrocks 400 priests in 2 years

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A document obtained by The Associated Press shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children.

January 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California's newest city votes to start disbanding

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - California's youngest city has moved closer to disbanding over financial troubles after the state shifted crucial revenue away from municipal coffers.

January 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NJ's pigskin-picking camel dies before Super Bowl

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's pigskin-prognosticating camel has died just weeks before the state is set to host its first Super Bowl.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Explosion hits Bangkok protesters, wounding dozens

BANGKOK (AP) - Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand's capital Friday when a grenade blast ripped through a crowd of marching anti-government demonstrators, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country's political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

WASHINGTON (AP) - One in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking unless the nation takes more aggressive action to end the tobacco epidemic, the U.S. Surgeon General said Friday - even as, astonishingly, scientists added still more diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


French president visits hospitalized first lady

PARIS (AP) - President Francois Hollande has visited France's first lady for the first time since she was hospitalized late last week after a gossip magazine reported he was having an affair with an actress.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews chase flareups in wildfire

GLENDORA (AP) - Firefighters were chasing early-morning flare-ups Friday in a damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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