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5 decades later, some JFK probe files still sealed

Five decades after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot and long after official inquiries ended, thousands of pages of investigative documents remain withheld from public view. The contents of these files are partially known - and intriguing - and conspiracy buffs are not the only ones seeking to open them for a closer look.

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


23 bodies found in conflict area in western Mexico

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) - At least 23 bodies were found in two neighboring states in western Mexico where drug cartels, vigilantes and security forces have been fighting for much of the year, authorities said Saturday.

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


AP-NORC Poll: Parents back high-stakes testing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to measure both students' and schools' performances, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.

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


NTSB: No problem with controls in fatal UPS crash

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Federal investigators said Saturday they haven't found any problems with the controls in a UPS cargo jet that crashed while landing in Alabama, killing the two pilots.

August 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Man critical after incident at demolition

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Doctors say the 43-year-old man critically injured during the demolition of a Central California power plant could be able to keep both his legs.

August 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews rush to clean up former California nuke lab

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - The sun was barely up at a former Cold War rocket test site when crews in hard hats, neon vests and steel-toe boots collected jars of dirt as part of a massive effort to clean up from a partial nuclear meltdown a half century ago.

August 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bill gives Calif. youthful offenders second chance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Criminals serving long prison sentences for offenses they committed as teenagers would have an earlier chance for freedom under a bill working its way through the Legislature.

August 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge OKs LA County condom requirements for porn

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has upheld as constitutional a Los Angeles County law requiring adult film performers to wear condoms.

August 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


SF Bay Area building demolition fuels quake study

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) - With a series of quick blasts and a cloud of dust a 13-story building on the Cal State-East Bay campus crashed to the ground Saturday morning as scientists monitored the impact on the nearby Hayward Fault.

August 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dozens missing after ferry crash in Philippines

CEBU, Philippines (AP) - Divers combed through a sunken ferry Saturday in search of dozens of people missing after a collision with a cargo vessel near the central Philippine port of Cebu that sent passengers jumping into the ocean and leaving many others trapped. At least 31 were confirmed dead and hundreds rescued.

August 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


CIA acknowledges Area 51

LAS VEGAS (AP) - UFO buffs and believers in alien encounters are celebrating the CIA's clearest acknowledgement yet of the existence of Area 51, the top-secret Cold War test site that has been the subject of elaborate conspiracy theories for decades.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Rescued teen taking things day at a time

LAKESIDE (AP) - The father of a 16-year-old girl said she is taking things one day at a time after FBI agents killed a longtime family friend suspected of torturing and killing her mother and brother and escaping with her to the Idaho wilderness.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Naso denies he is serial killer

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Joseph Naso, taking on the air of a befuddled and sometimes cantankerous grandfather, stood before jurors on Friday and told them law enforcement officials and prosecutors made a grievous error: He is not the long-time serial killer of young women they say he is.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


1,600 homes evacuated as Idaho wildfire burns

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Sheriff deputies in Idaho are ordering more homeowners to clear out of the way of a wind-driven wildfire burning near the resort community of Sun Valley.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NTSB: UPS pilots had warnings moments before crash

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A flight recorder revealed that pilots of a UPS cargo jet that crashed short of a runway at Birmingham's airport received warnings about their rate of descent seconds before impact, investigators said Friday.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Double duty: Kurt Busch set for 1,100-mile bid

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Appearing loose and ready to go, Kurt Busch chatted with family and well-wishers hours before he tried to become just the second driver to complete the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in a single day - a grueling, 1,100-mile slog that will include an airplane ride from Indiana to North Carolina in time for the longer of the two races Sunday evening.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama slips into Afghanistan to visit US troops

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) - President Barack Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: 7 dead in drive-by shooting near UC Santa Barbara

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - The son of a Hollywood director stabbed three men to death in his apartment, gunned down two women outside a sorority and killed a sixth person in a rampage that was foreshadowed by a chilling Internet video in which he vowed to his victims that he would "take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you."

May 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Marine whose leg was blasted drives to victory

Marine Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer always knew that despite losing much of his left leg in combat he could win races if he got the chance.

May 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Farmer's death still mystery as convict walks free

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to killing his North Dakota neighbor in 1999 over a water drainage dispute will leave prison without ever telling authorities where he dumped the body.

May 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Candidate on probation for shoplifting eyes Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A 2011 surveillance video shows a woman with a bag walking into a Neiman Marcus store and trying on clothes. She buys some items and returns others before being stopped outside the high-end department store by security workers.

May 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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