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State jobless rate at 4 1/2-year low

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 4 1/2 years as the state experienced one of the sharpest drops in joblessness nationwide, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

May 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Deal to sell Sacramento Kings signed

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced to screaming throngs of Kings fans Friday that the deal to sell the NBA franchise to a group led by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive has been signed.

May 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Congress gets mixed advice on regulating drones

WASHINGTON (AP) - The growing use of unmanned surveillance "eyes in the sky" aircraft raises a thicket of privacy concerns, but Congress is getting mixed advice on what, if anything, to do about it.

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


'American Idol' finale draws record low ratings

NEW YORK (AP) - Ratings for the "American Idol" finale plunged to a record low for the 12-year-old show.

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


Alaska man runs onto frozen lake to avoid jail

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage police say a young man who didn't want to return to jail ran out onto the uncertain ice of an Alaska lake to escape officers armed with an arrest warrant.

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


Arrests in New Orleans parade shootings cheered

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Days after a burst of gunfire brought a chaotic and bloody end to a Mother's Day neighborhood parade in New Orleans, news of six arrests gave an organizer of the traditional event reason to celebrate again.

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


Obama picks budget official to run troubled IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama picked a senior White House budget official to become the acting head of the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday, the same day another top official announced plans to leave the agency amid the controversy over agents targeting tea party groups.

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


Famed 'hatchet hitchhiker' arrested in NJ homicide

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - A homeless, hatchet-wielding hitchhiker who became an Internet hero earlier this year was arrested Thursday for allegedly beating a New Jersey lawyer to death inside his home.

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


Afghans tell of US soldier's killing rampage

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Sitting on a dirty straw mat on the parched ground of southern Afghanistan, Masooma sank deeper inside a giant black shawl. Hidden from view, her words burst forth as she told her side of what happened to her family sometime before dawn on March 11, 2012.

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


Mom in NM chases down child abductor; man arrested

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A mother whose 4-year-old was being abducted chased the suspect down and crashed her vehicle into his car, triggering a manhunt and the arrest of the suspect, Albuquerque police said Thursday.

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


Report: Calif. short on key state water workers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is losing key employees at the Department of Water Resources because it can't pay afford to pay them enough.

May 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Justice Dept. faulted over terrorist identities

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government allowed "a small but significant number" of terrorists into America's witness protection program and then failed to provide the names of some of them for a watch list that's used to keep dangerous people off airline flights, the Justice Department's inspector general says.

May 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dying man's eye blinks lead to Ohio murder verdict

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio man was found guilty Thursday of fatally shooting a man who authorities say identified his assailant by blinking his eyes while paralyzed and hooked up to a ventilator.

May 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California fuels Powerball $550 million jackpot

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The numbers sum up the frenzy that has taken over the Golden State since it became the newest in the nation to join the madness over Powerball, which saw its jackpot soar Thursday to $550 million.

May 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas tornado devastation includes Habitat homes

GRANBURY, Texas (AP) - Habitat for Humanity spent years in a North Texas suburb, helping build many of the 110 homes in the low-income area. But its work was largely undone during an outbreak of 12 tornadoes Wednesday night that killed six people and injured dozens.

May 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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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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