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Taliban offer to free US soldier

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban proposed a deal in which they would free a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their most senior operatives at Guantanamo Bay, while Afghan President Hamid Karzai eased his opposition Thursday to joining planned peace talks.

June 21, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Watchdog faults background check of NSA leaker

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government watchdog testified Thursday there may have been problems with a security clearance background check conducted on the 29-year-old federal contractor who disclosed previously secret National Security Agency programs for collecting phone records and Internet data - just as news media disclosed more information about those programs.

June 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Starving cats, birds, pig rescued outside Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Animal advocates say they've rescued 61 animals including cats, birds and a potbellied pig that were starving at a makeshift shelter in rural Fresno County.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif man pleads guilty to smuggling fish bladders

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California man has pleaded guilty to smuggling endangered fish bladders into the United States from Mexico to later sell to Asia.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Toddler dies in Bakersfield house fire

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a toddler died after being trapped inside a burning house Bakersfield.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


4 arrested in $2 million N. Calif. marijuana bust

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state attorney general's office says four men are in custody after authorities seized thousands of marijuana plants worth $2 million during a Sacramento County raid.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-USC prof. pleads not guilty to child sex charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former University of Southern California professor accused of traveling abroad to engage in illicit sex acts with children has pleaded not guilty to federal charges.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man convicted for death of girlfriend in trash can

PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) - A man in Northern California has been convicted in the death of his live-in girlfriend whose body was found in a trash can.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


FDA allows OTC morning-after pill, lifts age limit

WASHINGTON (AP) - The morning-after pill is finally going over-the-counter.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fast-moving fire burns in Santa Barbara County

ORCUTT, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials say 200 homes have been evacuated as a wind-fanned vegetation fire threatens structures in northern Santa Barbara County.

June 20, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. mission artifact moved from railway route

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly two centuries ago, an ex-pirate built a mill that ground corn and wheat for the San Gabriel Mission, part of the chain of Spanish outposts in California dating to the 1700s.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Canadian's death in LA water tank was accident

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a Canadian woman whose body was discovered in a downtown Los Angeles hotel's rooftop water tank accidentally drowned.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Arborists try to clone John Muir's Bay area tree

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) - More than one hundred years after John Muir helped conserve thousands of acres of California wilderness, arborists are trying to clone a dying tree the naturalist brought to the San Francisco Bay area in the nineteenth century.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judges: Brown must fully comply with prison order

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A panel of federal judges has rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to circumvent its long-standing order for reducing California's prison population.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Clogged pipe blamed for A's stadium sewage backup

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a clogged pipe was to blame for a sewage backup at the Oakland A's stadium over the weekend that created a stink and pools of water in the clubhouses used by the A's, the visiting Seattle Mariners and the umpires.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Man shot for texting in theater

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) - The 71-year-old retired police officer accused of shooting a man in a Florida movie theater is scheduled for his first appearance in court.

January 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Red flag warnings in effect

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Red flag warnings remain posted as dry and gusty Santa Ana winds continue to buffet much of Southern California.

January 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

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

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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