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Yosemite takes steps to protect sequoias from fire

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - As a wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park, officials cleared brush and set sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias.

August 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Marching for King's dream: 'The task is not done'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled.

August 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Huge Northern California wildfire gains strength

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire raging along the northwest edge of Yosemite National Park gained strength Saturday morning as firefighters scrambled to protect nearby mountain communities.

August 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California vies for new space industry

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives.

August 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Millions spent on water-storage plan that leaks

MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) - More than two decades ago, two water distributors came up with a tantalizing idea to increase reserves in parched Southern California: Create an underground lake so vast it could hold enough to blanket Los Angeles - all 469 square miles - under a foot of water.

August 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Linda Ronstadt tells AARP she has Parkinson's

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Linda Ronstadt says she suffers from Parkinson's disease, which has robbed her ability to sing.

August 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Holder: I wouldn't be AG without 1963 marchers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder says the spirit of the 1963 March on Washington now demands equal rights for gays, Latinos, women and people with disabilities.

August 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


20 Army reserve soldiers hurt in NC bus wreck

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say 20 people were hurt, one critically, when a bus carrying Army reservists overturned north of Charlotte.

August 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Hyperloop' travel idea gains fans if not backers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk urged the public to polish sketch plans he released last week for a "Hyperloop" that would shoot capsules full of people at the speed of sound through elevated tubes connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.

August 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Villagers unsatisfied by life sentence for Bales

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole - the most severe sentence possible, but one that left surviving victims and relatives of the dead deeply unsatisfied.

August 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Military jury convicts soldier in Fort Hood attack

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A military jury on Friday convicted Maj. Nidal Hasan in the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, making the Army psychiatrist eligible for the death penalty in the shocking assault against American troops by one of their own on home soil.

August 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Atty: Sandusky's son among 7 who settle with PSU

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Philadelphia attorney said Friday seven young men he represents have finalized deals with Penn State over claims of abuse by the school's former assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky.

August 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Indiana man charged in ex-girlfriend's '93 killing

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A northern Indiana man was arraigned Friday on murder charges in the 1993 strangulation of his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend, five years after prosecutors got the break in the case that eventually led them to him.

August 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


ESPN drops out of PBS project on NFL head injuries

LOS ANGELES (AP) - ESPN ended its collaboration with PBS on an investigation of the NFL and players' head injuries as public TV producers expressed surprise over the abrupt collapse of the 15-month partnership.

August 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Paula Deen discrimination suit dropped

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Lawyers signed a deal Friday to drop a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against celebrity cook Paula Deen, who was dumped by the Food Network and other business partners after she said under oath that she had used racial slurs in the past.

August 23, 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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