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7 Red Cross workers kidnapped in northern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - Gunmen kidnapped a team of seven workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross after stopping their convoy early Sunday along a roadside in northern Syria, a spokesman said.

October 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Al-Qaida surges back in Iraq, reviving old fears

BAGHDAD (AP) - First came the fireball, then the screams of the victims. The suicide bombing just outside a Baghdad graveyard knocked Nasser Waleed Ali over and peppered his back with shrapnel.

October 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate takes lead in shutdown talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators put faith in party leaders Sunday to devise a plan that would reopen the government and steer clear of a potential default this week, saying it's unthinkable that political obstinacy would prevent the United States from paying its bills.

October 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Donors chip in to help programs hurt by shutdown

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - As the partial government shutdown rolls on, programs that rely on federal money are feeling the strain - and so are the people who depend on their services.

October 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Xerox: Access restored for food stamp users

People in Ohio, Michigan and 15 other states found themselves temporarily unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a routine test of backup systems by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure. Xerox announced late in the evening that access has been restored for users in the 17 states affected by the outage, hours after the first problems were reported.

October 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Massive cyclone hits India

BEHRAMPUR, India (AP) - A massive, powerful cyclone packing heavy rains and destructive winds slammed into India's eastern coastline Saturday evening, as hundreds of thousands of residents moved inland to shelters in hopes of riding out the dangerous storm.

October 12, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Taylor Swift opens $4M Country Hall of Fame center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - It might as well be Taylor Swift weekend in Music City.

October 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Charlie Hunnam departs 'Fifty Shades of Grey' film

NEW YORK (AP) - Charlie Hunnam is dropping out of the highly anticipated big-screen version of "Fifty Shades of Grey" just weeks after being cast as the lead, citing his busy schedule.

October 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Grand Canyon reopens under deal

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Tourists returned to the Grand Canyon on Saturday after Arizona officials along with several counterparts agreed to a federal government plan to reopen national parks, which had been closed as a result of the partial government shutdown.

October 12, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Long Beach teacher killed in front of students

LONG BEACH (AP) - An elementary school teacher has been fatally stabbed while watching her students play at a park in Long Beach.

October 12, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bus plunges off cliff in Peru; 52 killed

LIMA, Peru (AP) - A makeshift bus carrying 52 Quechua Indians back from a party in rural Peru plunged off a cliff into a river southeast of the capital Lima, killing all passengers, including 13 children.

October 12, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cal contractor sting leads to 75 arrests

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California authorities arrested 75 people, some with shady pasts and most of them accused of working without proper licenses, during an undercover sting operation conducted last week by the Contrators State License Board.

October 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Google to change terms to use your identity in ads

Google wants your permission to use your name, photo and product reviews in ads that it sells to businesses.

October 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Parents pull off LA freeway, deliver baby in SUV

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A couple in Los Angeles turned the back seat of their SUV into a delivery room.

October 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Shutdown focus shifts to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The focus of efforts to end the government shutdown and prevent a U.S. default shifted to the Senate on Saturday, where leaders were in talks aimed at resolving the twin stalemates.

October 12, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Crews foresee some containment of Arizona wildfire

KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. (AP) - Hundreds of firefighters worked Thursday to protect communities on the edge of Flagstaff from a wildfire that is chewing up a scenic Arizona canyon with towering flames and burning entire trees down to nothing but ash.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


House defies Pentagon on defense spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House defied the Pentagon on Thursday, overwhelmingly backing a $601 billion defense authorization bill that saves the Cold War-era U-2 spy plane, military bases and Navy cruisers despites warnings that it will undercut military readiness.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Census: Texas has 3 of 5 fast-growing cities

HOUSTON (AP) - Oil equals boom - especially in population right now. And Texas, in the midst of a significant energy rush, is seeing its towns and cities burst at the seams.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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