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Possible U.S.-led attack on Syria sparks rallies

HOUSTON (AP) - Protesters around the world took to the streets to protest Saturday for and against a possible U.S.-led attack on Syria, as President Barack Obama announced he would seek congressional approval for such a move.

August 31, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Analysis: Obama's credibility on line in reversal

WASHINGTON (AP) - For more than a week, the White House had been barreling toward imminent military action against Syria. But President Barack Obama's abrupt decision to instead ask Congress for permission left him with a high-risk gamble that could devastate his credibility if no action is ultimately taken in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack that crossed his own "red line."

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dozens of aftershocks expected on Alaskan island

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Dozens of noticeable aftershocks above magnitude 4.0 are expected in the remote Aleutian Island region off Alaska in the days and weeks following a major 7.0 earthquake, the Alaska state seismologist said Saturday.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Messages in tongues down among Pentecostals

LOS ANGELES (AP) - At Three Crosses Church, Pastor Ken Walters urges his parishioners to join him in song and scripture. The charismatic 58-year-old extends his arms skyward and belts out melodies praising God.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


City may renegotiate lease with Angels baseball

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The city of Anaheim is considering renegotiating its lease with the Angels in a bid to keep the baseball team in the Orange County city - and that may mean changing the team's name.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Smoke from Sierra fire reaches Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Dense smoke from a wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park on Saturday hampered both suppression efforts and the prized views sought by holiday weekend tourists.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Obama seeking congressional OK for Syria action

WASHINGTON (AP) - Delaying what had appeared to be an imminent strike, President Barack Obama abruptly announced Saturday he will seek congressional approval before launching any military action meant to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Scant foreign support for US strikes on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is poised to become the first U.S. leader in three decades to attack a foreign nation without mustering broad international support or acting in direct defense of Americans.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Report says earthquake kills 4 in China

BEIJING (AP) - An earthquake hit a mountainous area in southwestern China Saturday morning, killing at least three people injuring 10 others, according to state media and the China Earthquake Administration.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Grave excavation to begin at former reform school

MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) - University of South Florida researchers will begin exhuming dozens of graves Saturday at a former reform school in hopes of identifying the buried boys and learning how they died.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Will U.S. strike Syria?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Edging toward a punitive strike against Syria, President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing "limited and narrow" action as the administration bluntly accused Bashar Assad's government of launching a chemical weapons attack that killed at least 1,429 people - far more than previous estimates - including more than 400 children.

August 30, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


2-tone lobster, orange and brown, shown in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine has seen its share of blue lobsters, orange lobsters, albino lobsters and calico lobsters. But one on display at a Portland research facility has all of those turning green with envy.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Major quake recorded in Alaska's Aleutian Islands

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Alaska's Aleutian Islands with a jet-like rumble Friday that shook homes and sent residents scrambling for cover.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


More storms on way

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Meteorologists say you can expect to sweat this weekend, with occasional thunderstorms and a break in the humidity just in time for Labor Day.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Oldest person born in Mexico dies in Calif. at 114

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The oldest person born in Mexico, who also was California's oldest resident, has died in a hospice in Chula Vista, just 17 days after celebrating her 114th birthday.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Amid clashes, unclear roadmap for peace in Kiev

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - After a night of vicious streets battles, anti-government protesters and police clashed anew Monday in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Hundreds of protesters, many wearing balaclavas, hurled rocks and stun grenades and police responded with tear gas.

January 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Lawmakers skeptical about Obama surveillance idea

WASHINGTON (AP) - Leaders of the congressional intelligence committees are pushing back against a key part of President Barack Obama's attempt to overhaul U.S. surveillance, saying it is unworkable for the government to let someone else control how Americans' phone records are stored.

January 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Parades, marches and service projects to honor MLK

ATLANTA (AP) - The nation paused to remember Martin Luther King Jr. Monday with parades, marches and service projects.

January 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Italian conductor Claudio Abbado dies at 80

ROME (AP) - Claudio Abbado, a star in the great generation of Italian conductors who was revered by musicians in the world's leading orchestras for developing a strong rapport with them while still allowing them their independence, died Monday. He was 80.

January 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Urban streets named for MLK still struggle

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader: shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores.

January 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Monday

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

January 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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