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UPDATE: Congress passes bipartisan budget agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.

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


Govt: 500 killed in South Sudan violence

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) - At least 500 people, most of them soldiers, have been killed in South Sudan since Sunday, a senior government official said, as an ethnic rivalry threatened to tear apart the world's newest country.

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


Holiday shopping season: a disappointment so far

NEW YORK (AP) - Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap, AnnTaylor and other stores give a clue as to how the holiday season is going.

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


Hero guide dog assured good home after NY rescue

NEW YORK (AP) - The guide dog that leaped onto subway tracks after his blind owner lost consciousness and fell off a station platform is assured a loving home after his retirement.

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


Man arrested in deadly California wildfire

REDDING, Calif. (AP) - A man was arrested on suspicion of arson and murder in a wildfire over the summer that destroyed dozens of homes and left one person dead in rural Northern California, a fire official confirmed on Wednesday.

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


Fed will reduce bond purchases by $10B in January

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve says it will reduce its $85 billion a month in bond purchases by $10 billion starting in January, citing a stronger U.S. job market. And it says it will take further steps to reduce the pace of the purchases next year if that improvement continues.

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


Syrian aircraft pound Aleppo for 4th straight day

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian government aircraft dumped barrels packed with explosives on at least four opposition-held neighborhoods of Aleppo on Wednesday, the fourth day of stepped-up airstrikes on the contested northern city, activists said.

December 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mass. high-tech startup hopes to change biking

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts startup is launching a new device that transforms almost any bicycle into an electric-hybrid vehicle using an app on a smartphone.

December 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ousted Egypt president to be tried for conspiracy

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's top prosecutor referred Wednesday toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to trial for conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas, Lebanon's Hezbollah and others to carry out a campaign of violence to destabilize the country following his ouster.

December 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Marine center offers degree, hands-on training

GRASSY KEY, Fla. (AP) - Molly, a bottlenose dolphin in her early 50s, can't see very well and requires special care. The staff at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys is teaching her to respond to verbal and touch-related signals before she loses her sight completely.

December 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Haiti faults orphanage run by well-off US church

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - At the Olde Good Things antique store on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a French crystal chandelier can go for tens of thousands of dollars. A marble mantel sells for more than $20,000 and hand-carved dinner tables are priced even higher.

December 18, 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:

December 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Winning lottery tickets sold in San Jose, Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Two lucky winning tickets were sold in Tuesday's near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing: one at a tiny newsstand in Atlanta, and the other more than 2,000 miles away in California.

December 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Los Angeles County Sheriff reforms hiring

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday it will reform hiring practices after revelations that 80 deputies had criminal convictions, histories of misconduct or other problem backgrounds.

December 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Gunman kills 1, himself at Reno hospital

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A gunman opened fire at a hospital campus in Reno on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding two others before turning the weapon on himself.

December 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Jodie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jodie Foster is a married woman.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Telsa Motors expanding in California

LATHROP, Calif. (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors is expanding its footprint in California.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.

April 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


State senators to receive refresher on ethics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State senators were scheduled to receive a refresher course in ethics on Wednesday, the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year.

April 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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