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Lt. Gov. Newsom to lead pot legalization panel

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says it's time for California to get serious about legalizing marijuana and that he's willing to put his political reputation on the line to make it happen.

October 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Deadly Halloween tableau too realistic for some

MUSTANG, Okla. (AP) - One man lies on his stomach on the driveway. Blood is splattered along the garage door that smashed his head and presumably killed him. Another man lies a few feet away, run over by a truck.

October 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: NSA and CIA collaborate on drone strikes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government's targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.

October 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California home prices cool in September

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A research firm says California housing prices cooled last month as inventories grew and investor interest waned.

October 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Californians 'drop, cover, hold' in quake drill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Many Californians dove under desks and tables at midmorning Thursday in a major drill of the "drop, cover and hold on" earthquake survival skill.

October 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


WHO agency: Air pollution causes cancer

LONDON (AP) - What many commuters choking on smog have long suspected has finally been scientifically validated: air pollution causes lung cancer.

October 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bodies recovered in Mekong after Laos plane crash

PAKSE, Laos (AP) - Rescuers in fishing boats pulled bodies from the muddy Mekong River on Thursday as officials in Laos ruled out finding survivors from a plane that crashed in stormy weather, killing 49 people from 11 countries.

October 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


SF Bay Area trains run as strike talks drag on

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A marathon negotiating session between a major San Francisco Bay Area transit agency and its two largest unions spilled into the early morning hours Thursday without a deal to end the months-long contract dispute that has left many riders under the repeated threat of a commute-crippling strike.

October 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Federal workers return after shutdown ends

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barriers went down at federal memorials and National Park Service sites, and thousands of furloughed federal workers returned to work across the country Thursday after 16 days off the job due to the partial government shutdown.

October 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rare whale found dead in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A rare whale that has a dolphin-shaped head and saber-like teeth has been found dead on Los Angeles' Venice Beach, even though it prefers frigid subarctic waters.

October 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama signs bill to avert default, open government

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed a measure into law reopening the federal government and averting a potential default.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Aretha: Side effects 'were rough,' glad to work

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) - Aretha Franklin says "the side effects were rough" from her treatment for an undisclosed condition.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Man on trial in killing ex-girlfriend's relatives

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - At the suggestion of her family, college freshman Shayona Dhanak broke up with her boyfriend and told him religious differences were to blame. Less than two months later, her father and sister were killed, her mother assaulted and left for dead, and her family's home burned.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Deal reached to avoid default and open government

WASHINGTON (AP) - Up against one last deadline, Congress raced to pass legislation Wednesday avoiding a threatened national default and ending a 16-day partial government shutdown along the strict terms set by President Barack Obama when the twin crises began.

October 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crash tests use Center for Pet Safety's dummy dogs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - To make the world safer for pets, Lindsey Wolko had to design an indestructible dog.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Double duty: Kurt Busch set for 1,100-mile bid

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Appearing loose and ready to go, Kurt Busch chatted with family and well-wishers hours before he tried to become just the second driver to complete the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in a single day - a grueling, 1,100-mile slog that will include an airplane ride from Indiana to North Carolina in time for the longer of the two races Sunday evening.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama slips into Afghanistan to visit US troops

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) - President Barack Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: 7 dead in drive-by shooting near UC Santa Barbara

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - The son of a Hollywood director stabbed three men to death in his apartment, gunned down two women outside a sorority and killed a sixth person in a rampage that was foreshadowed by a chilling Internet video in which he vowed to his victims that he would "take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you."

May 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Marine whose leg was blasted drives to victory

Marine Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer always knew that despite losing much of his left leg in combat he could win races if he got the chance.

May 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Farmer's death still mystery as convict walks free

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to killing his North Dakota neighbor in 1999 over a water drainage dispute will leave prison without ever telling authorities where he dumped the body.

May 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Candidate on probation for shoplifting eyes Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A 2011 surveillance video shows a woman with a bag walking into a Neiman Marcus store and trying on clothes. She buys some items and returns others before being stopped outside the high-end department store by security workers.

May 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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