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Bombs bursting in air: July 4 nightmare for dogs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Liberty is loud and a lot of dogs have problems with those Fourth of July sounds of freedom, Erika Gamez said. She should know - she takes care of over 150 at work and five at home.

July 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. recommends expansion of hazardous dump

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - California regulators are recommending allowing a major expansion of the largest hazardous waste dump in the Western United States, even though some residents blame the dump for birth defects and have opposed the expansion, officials said on Tuesday.

July 02, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Federal public defenders warn of dire budget cuts

SEATTLE (AP) - The lawyers who represent poor people charged with federal crimes across the country say they already face an unfair fight when they head into court against the resources of the Justice Department - and that's only going to get worse if draconian budget cuts occur as planned next year.

July 02, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Arizona Hotshots lived the meaning of the word

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - They were fathers and expectant fathers. High school football players and former Marines. Smoke-eaters' sons and first-generation firefighters.

July 02, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 win National High School Musical Theater Awards

NEW YORK (AP) - One brought leading man grace. One brought a little raunch. Together they left New York with the top National High School Musical Theater Awards.

July 02, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


More air passengers show up with guns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Several times every day, at airports across the country, passengers are trying to walk through security with loaded guns in their carry-on bags, purses or pockets, even in a boot.

July 02, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Feds want $12.5M in Antelope Valley bias case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal officials who claim that authorities discriminated against black residents of public housing want Los Angeles County and two cities to pay the alleged victims $12.5 million.

July 02, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Snowden hits hurdles in search for asylum

MOSCOW (AP) - NSA leaker Edward Snowden's best chance of finding refuge outside the United States may hinge on the president of Venezuela, who was in Moscow on Tuesday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

July 02, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pierce Brosnan's daughter dies of ovarian cancer

NEW YORK (AP) - Pierce Brosnan's daughter has died from ovarian cancer, his publicist confirms.

July 02, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama courts Africa's business on trip's final leg

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday courted African business leaders and announced new trade initiatives to open up East Africa's markets to American businesses, as he sought to counter the rise of Chinese economic influence in the growing continent.

July 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Lady Liberty reopening July 4, months after Sandy

NEW YORK (AP) - Months after Superstorm Sandy swamped her little island, the Statue of Liberty will finally welcome visitors again on Independence Day.

July 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


WikiLeaks: Snowden makes expanded asylum requests

WASHINGTON (AP) - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, believed to be in legal limbo in the Moscow airport, is expanding his requests for asylum to another 19 countries, including China, according to WikiLeaks.

July 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt's military issues 48-hour ultimatum

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's military issued a "last-chance" ultimatum Monday to President Mohammed Morsi, giving him 48 hours to meet the demands of millions of protesters in the streets seeking the ouster of the Islamist leader or the generals will intervene and impose their own plan for the country.

July 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: 2 ex-Californians among fallen Arizona Hotshots

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - With no way out, the 19 elite firefighters did what they were trained to do when trapped by a wildfire: They unfurled their foil-lined, heat-resistant tarps and rushed to cover themselves on the ground.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


BART strike slows rush hour

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay area commuters sweated in crowded buses, shivered on loaded ferries or inched through crowded freeway traffic on Monday after hundreds of train workers demanding higher wages went on strike and the region's heavily used rail system ground to a halt.

July 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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'Gravity,' '12 Years' win big at Critics' Choice

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Gravity" soared with a record-setting seven Critics' Choice Awards, but "12 Years a Slave" was named best picture.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Drug charges dropped for Calif. treasurer's wife

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County judge has dismissed drug charges against the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Colby Fire evacuation to be lifted at 4 p.m.

On 01/17/2014 at 4:00 PM, residents who reside in the areas between Yucca Ridge and Ranch Road, Crystal Canyon Condo Complex and Mirador Housing Tract may return to their residences.

January 17, 2014 | Source: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department | Signal AP


UPDATE: 2 Philadelphia high school students shot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A boy and a girl hanging out with a group of fellow students in a high school gym were shot and wounded Friday afternoon, and up to three other boys may have been involved in their shooting, police said.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Helen Mirren earns Harvard's Hasty Pudding award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren said that given her love of pudding of all kinds, she's thrilled to be named woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope defrocks 400 priests in 2 years

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A document obtained by The Associated Press shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children.

January 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California's newest city votes to start disbanding

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - California's youngest city has moved closer to disbanding over financial troubles after the state shifted crucial revenue away from municipal coffers.

January 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NJ's pigskin-picking camel dies before Super Bowl

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's pigskin-prognosticating camel has died just weeks before the state is set to host its first Super Bowl.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Explosion hits Bangkok protesters, wounding dozens

BANGKOK (AP) - Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand's capital Friday when a grenade blast ripped through a crowd of marching anti-government demonstrators, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country's political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

WASHINGTON (AP) - One in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking unless the nation takes more aggressive action to end the tobacco epidemic, the U.S. Surgeon General said Friday - even as, astonishingly, scientists added still more diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


French president visits hospitalized first lady

PARIS (AP) - President Francois Hollande has visited France's first lady for the first time since she was hospitalized late last week after a gossip magazine reported he was having an affair with an actress.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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