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Hudson's Bay buying Saks for about $2.4 billion

NEW YORK (AP) - Don't let the global economy fool you: Luxury is hardly dead. Saks Inc. agreed to sell itself to Hudson's Bay Co., the Canadian parent of upscale retailer Lord & Taylor, for about $2.4 billion in a deal that will bring luxury to more North American locales. The acquisition combines three department-store brands - Hudson's Bay, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue- and creates a North American upscale retailing behemoth with 320 stores in some of the biggest and most populous cities in the U.S. and Canada. Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay, Canadian's ...

July 29, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Philadelphia row house collapses, injuring 8

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Investigators say a gas leak is to blame for a Philadelphia house explosion that left eight people hurt, one critically.

July 29, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Obama promising to protect minority voting rights

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is promising not to let one election go by without protecting minority voting rights.

July 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Paterno family: Testimony shows report flaws

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A spokesman for the family of the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno says testimony from a former assistant coach raises more questions about the credibility of the school's report into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

July 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Several injured in Swiss train collision

GENEVA (AP) - Police in western Switzerland say several people have been injured when two passenger trains collided head-on.

July 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Estimate of French diamond heist raised to $136M

PARIS (AP) - Wearing a scarf to mask his face, the gunman held up at least three security guards and then fled the luxury Cannes hotel roughly a minute later with $136 million in diamond jewelry, more than twice the initial estimated worth of the loot.

July 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


FBI raids rescue 105 kids forced into prostitution

WASHINGTON (AP) - Authorities rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution and arrested 150 pimps and others in a three-day law enforcement sweep in 76 American cities, the FBI said Monday. The victims, almost all girls, range in age from 13 to 17.

July 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope says he won't judge gay priests

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) - Pope Francis reached out to gays, saying he won't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference Monday as he returned from his first foreign trip.

July 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds rescue 105 kids from prostitution in sweep

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI says it has rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution in the United States and arrested 150 people it described as pimps and others in a series of raids in 76 American cities.

July 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Huntington Beach crowd won't leave after surf open

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Police in Huntington Beach say crowds in the aftermath of the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing are refusing to leave the seaside downtown of the Orange County city and fights are breaking out.

July 29, 2013 | 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:

July 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rescuers say 37 dead in Italy bus plunge

ROME (AP) - A tour bus filled with Italians returning home after an excursion plunged off a highway into a ravine in southern Italy on Sunday night after it had smashed into several cars that were slowed by heavy traffic, killing at least 37 people, said police and rescuers.

July 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Disturbance after surfing competition

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Police say eight people have been arrested after a rowdy crowd surged through downtown in the Southern California city of Huntington Beach after the U.S. Open of Surfing, fighting and damaging property.

July 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. lawmakers alter votes on budget, gun bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - While the state Legislature remains in session most of the year, action on the most high-profile bills tends to be clustered in the days leading up to several deadlines.

July 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Big question at Bulger trial: Will he testify?

BOSTON (AP) - As lawyers for James "Whitey" Bulger begin to defend him against a massive racketeering indictment charging him in 19 killings, one big question remains: Will he testify?

July 28, 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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