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Alligator takes pit stop near Calif. intersection

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy could hardly believe the call when he heard two women were spotted near a Lancaster intersection, one of them holding an alligator.

June 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police search La Brea Tar Pits in murder case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police and other authorities are searching the La Brea Tar Pits for evidence in a homicide investigation and aren't revealing what they may have found.

June 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian rebel offensive in Golan jolts Israel

QUNEITRA, Golan Heights (AP) - Syrian rebels briefly seized control of a border crossing along the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Thursday, prompting the withdrawal of a major Austrian peacekeeping contingent and heightening fears in Israel that it could soon be dragged into the neighboring country's civil war.

June 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


FBI started asking about Calif. lawmaker years ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The FBI started seeking information about the business and political dealings of state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Tom, a former state assemblyman, as long ago as 2005 though the investigation only came to light this week when agents raided Ron Calderon's offices in Sacramento.

June 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington dies

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Former Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington has died in a Palm Springs car crash.

June 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif teacher charged with distributing child porn

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California middle school teacher was charged with distributing child pornography after he met an undercover agent in his classroom to look at sexually explicit images, authorities said Thursday.

June 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


House passes measure to deport young immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled House voted Thursday to resume the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children, a largely symbolic move in the first immigration-related vote in either chamber of Congress this year and a measure of the daunting challenge facing supporters of a sweeping overhaul of existing law on the subject.

June 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Small helicopter down in LA's Griffith Park

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small helicopter has crashed on a ridge in Los Angeles' rugged Griffith Park.

June 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Sutherland to play Snake in 'Metal Gear Solid'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kiefer Sutherland is slithering into a very different role.

June 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LAPD holds downtown counterterrorism drill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gunfire echoed through downtown and law enforcement helicopters swooped low among office towers Thursday, but it was all a drill as the Police Department's counterterrorism unit demonstrated a response to a weapon-of-mass-destruction threat.

June 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Russian president Putin, wife divorce

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila announced their divorce Thursday after nearly 30 years of marriage.

June 06, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Remains of missing woman found in Manteca

MANTECA, Calif. (AP) - Stockton police are awaiting autopsy results on a woman missing since 1990 whose remains were unearthed from the yard of a Central Valley residence.

June 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama pushes plan for fast Internet in US schools

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Touting the need to give every child the tools for success, President Barack Obama on Thursday toured a North Carolina school where every student has a laptop and called for 99 percent of American students to be connected to super-fast Internet within five years.

June 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. diocese settles with alleged abuse victim

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California Roman Catholic diocese has reached a $1.75 million settlement with a man who said he was sexually abused by a priest who spoke openly in a 2006 documentary about molesting children.

June 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bill would charge 911 fees on prepaid cellphones

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Californians who use prepaid cellphones would pay a little more to add minutes under a bill moving through the Legislature.

June 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


'Gilligan's Island' professor Russell Johnson dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Actor Russell Johnson, who became known to generations of TV fans as "The Professor," the fix-it man who kept his fellow "Gilligan's Island" castaways supplied with gadgets, has died. He was 89.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Firefighters containing blaze

GLENDORA (AP) - Santa Ana winds that fanned a campfire into a wildfire that destroyed five homes and threatened foothill neighborhoods east of Los Angeles relented Thursday afternoon, halting the blaze in its tracks.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. motorist cleared in Google Glass case

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman who authorities said was driving while wearing the Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate approaches final OK of $1.1T spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress edged Thursday toward granting final approval to a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown and underscores lawmakers' fatigue with budget battles.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan: Musharraf advised to move to US hospital

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A lawyer representing Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf in his high treason trial said Thursday that his client needs to go to the U.S. for further medical treatment following a heart scare.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Recidivism fell before prison realignment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's recidivism rate dropped in the years before Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment law took effect, even though six of every 10 offenders returned to prison, the corrections department said in a report released Wednesday.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


"American Hustle," "Gravity" lead Oscar race

The con-artist comedy "American Hustle and the 3-D space odyssey "Gravity" lead the Academy Awards with 10 nominations each, including nods for best picture.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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