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House shutdown plan fails; Senate up

WASHINGTON (AP) - Time growing desperately short, Senate leaders took command of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial government shutdown Tuesday night after a last big attempt by House Republicans abruptly collapsed.

October 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LA schools leader wants to slow iPad rollout

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The leader of the nation's second-largest school district wants to put the brakes on an ambitious $1 billion plan to place iPads in the hands of every student after some of the first to get them used the devices to Tweet, text and play games rather than study.

October 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Newtown, Conn., to keep school razing under wraps

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - When the old Sandy Hook Elementary School is demolished, building materials will be pulverized on site and metal will be taken away and melted down in an effort to eliminate nearly every trace of the building where a gunman killed 26 people last December.

October 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Attorney: Casey Kasem receiving adequate care

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge is delaying a decision on whether to create a temporary conservatorship for Casey Kasem after a court-appointed attorney told him the ailing radio personality is receiving adequate daily care.

October 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 girls arrested in Florida bullying case

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - Two Florida girls who were primarily responsible for bullying a 12-year-old girl who killed herself were arrested after one of them acknowledged the harassment online, a sheriff said Tuesday.

October 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


German gummi bear baron Hans Riegel dies at 90

BERLIN (AP) - Hans Riegel, who made German candy maker Haribo and its signature gummi bears a chewy hit for children - and adults - across the globe, died on Tuesday. He was 90.

October 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama presenting Medal of Honor to Afghan war vet

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former Army captain is receiving the nation's highest military honor from President Barack Obama for his bravery in one of the most deadly firefights in Afghanistan.

October 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mosque bombing kills governor in east Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A bomb apparently planted in a mosque killed a provincial governor Tuesday in the highest profile assassination in recent months, part of an intensified campaign to intimidate Afghanistan's administration as it prepares for elections and the withdrawal of foreign troops after 12 years of war.

October 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


SF-area train system keeps running amid talks

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A recipe for gridlock was brewing in the San Francisco Bay Area, as two of the region's major transit agencies teetered on the brink of commute-crippling strikes.

October 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Death toll at 93 in Philippines quake

CEBU, Philippines (AP) - The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippine island of Bohol on Tuesday rose to 93, as rescuers struggled to reach patients in a collapsed hospital. Centuries-old stone churches crumbled and wide areas were without power.

October 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: NSA collecting millions of contact lists

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has been sifting through millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts around the world - including those of Americans - in its effort to find possible links to terrorism or other criminal activity, according to a published report.

October 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


3 US economists win Nobel for work on asset prices

Ordinary investors don't stand much chance of beating the market. It moves way too fast and efficiently. Or it behaves in ways that make no sense at all.

October 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2nd worker dies at 49ers stadium construction site

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Construction is slated to restart Tuesday at the new $1.2 billion San Francisco 49ers showcase stadium after police and fire investigators determined a truck driver's death was a workplace accident and not a crime.

October 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Carnival: Boy, 6, drowns in pool on cruise

MIAMI (AP) - A 6-year-old boy drowned in one of the pools aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship while at sea, the company said in a statement Monday.

October 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


1 killed, 9 hurt when car collides with bus in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say the driver of a mid-sized sedan was killed when his vehicle collided with a city bus in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley.

October 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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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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