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Japan shrine still flashpoint 68 years after war

TOKYO (AP) - In the steamy heat of mid-August, the tranquil, cherry tree-shaded grounds of Yasukuni Shrine in the heart of Tokyo seem an unlikely hotbed of provocation.

August 15, 2013 | by Jim Holt | Signal AP


Abductor, teen exchanged 13 calls

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Court papers shed new light on the slayings of a California mother and son and abduction of a teenager by a family friend, revealing that the suspect tortured his victims before he killed them and exchanged more than a dozen calls earlier that day with the teen.

August 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Olympics 'Bond' skydiver killed

GENEVA (AP) - He wasn't a competitor, but Mark Sutton still got one of the biggest cheers of the 2012 Olympics.

August 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Manning takes stand, apologizes for hurting US

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Pfc. Bradley Manning took the stand Wednesday at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks case and apologized for hurting his country, pleading with a military judge for a chance to go to college and become a productive citizen.

August 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. IN EGYPT, BLOODIEST DAY SINCE START OF ARAB SPRING

August 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Police storm protest camps; nearly 300 dead

CAIRO (AP) - In Egypt's bloodiest day since the Arab Spring began, riot police Wednesday smashed two protest camps of supporters of the deposed Islamist president, touching off street violence that officials said killed nearly 300 people and forced the military-backed interim leaders to impose a state of emergency and curfew.

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


Jackson's ex-wife testifies about his fear of pain

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson's ex-wife broke into tears on Wednesday when she took the witness stand in a civil case and described the singer's fear of pain and trust of physicians.

August 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Nevada petroglyphs the oldest in North America

PYRAMID LAKE, Nev. (AP) - Ancient rock etchings along a dried-up lake bed in Nevada have been confirmed to be the oldest recorded petroglyphs in North America, dating back at least 10,000 years.

August 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


So. Calif. home sales soar in July, prices steady

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California's recovering housing market remains red-hot with sales hitting an eight-year high for July and prices remaining firm, a real estate research firm said Tuesday.

August 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2 journalists killed in Egypt turmoil

CAIRO (AP) - A cameraman for British broadcaster Sky News and a Dubai-based newspaper reporter were killed during violence in Egypt on Wednesday, their employers said.

August 14, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


UPS jet crashes near Birmingham airport, 2 dead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A UPS cargo plane crashed into a field near the Birmingham airport Wednesday, killing two pilots and scattering wreckage over a rural area moments after witnesses heard the massive A300 jet coming in at treetop level.

August 14, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


UPDATE: 30 months prison for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

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


UPDATE: Police kill La. bank hostage taker; 1 hostage dies

ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) - A man who believed a device had been implanted in his head shot two hostages, killing one, at a rural Louisiana bank before state police ended the hours-long standoff by shooting him dead.

August 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Utah fire destroys 13 homes

WANSHIP, Utah (AP) - A lightning-sparked wildfire has destroyed 13 homes and threatens hundreds of others near a Utah resort town.

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


ND oil patch city prepares for brief baseball boom

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Teams in the 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series will find the dimensions of the baseball stadium in the northwestern North Dakota city of Williston to be similar to other fields nationwide.

August 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Mormon church defends Utah liquor laws

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mormon church has issued a sweeping declaration that opposes efforts to relax Utah's famously strict liquor laws.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Opportunity still roving on Mars after a decade

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rover Opportunity may not be sleek like a brand new car, but it shows no signs of braking even after a decade on Mars.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LAX gunfire came while officers away

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Minutes before a gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles International Airport terminal last fall, killing a security screener and wounding three other people, the two armed officers assigned to the area left for breaks without informing a dispatcher as required.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian govt says terrorism, not talks, is priority

GENEVA (AP) - Syria's government declared that its main priority was stopping terrorism - not ensuring peace - and the opposition hinted it was far from ready to negotiate directly with the government it wants to overthrow, casting sharp doubt Thursday on peace talks that have barely begun.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Government panel urges end to phone data spying

WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records, The Associated Press has learned.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Natural gas locomotives may prove cheaper, cleaner

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas - a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Virginia AG to fight state's gay marriage ban

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - In a move that could give gay marriage its first foothold in the South, Virginia's attorney general said Thursday he concluded the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional and he will join the fight against it.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bieber arrested in Miami

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police in Miami Beach say pop singer Justin Bieber has been charged with resisting arrest without violence in addition to drag racing and DUI. Police also say the singer told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Peace talks on Syria stuck over Assad's future

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) - Furiously divided from the start, representatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the rebellion against him threatened Wednesday to collapse a peace conference intended to lead them out of civil war.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas executes man despite opposition from Mexico

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.

January 23, 2014 | 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 today:

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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