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China to ease 1-child policy, abolish labor camps

BEIJING (AP) - China's leaders announced Friday the first significant easing of its one-child policy in nearly 30 years and moved to abolish its labor camp system - addressing deeply unpopular programs at a time when the Communist Party feels increasingly alienated from the public.

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


Altered landscape for Sony, Microsoft consoles

NEW YORK (AP) - Remember a time before "Angry Birds," the iPad and the iPhone? No?

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


10 Things to Know: This Week's Takeaways

Looking back at the stories to remember from this week:

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


After condom law, porn film permits plummet

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of permits pulled to make porn films in Los Angeles County has declined an estimated 95 percent - from about 480 issued in 2012 to only 24 through the first nine months of this year - since a law requiring adult film actors to use condoms took effect, officials said Friday.

November 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Comic Jon Stewart and Chicago mayor engage over deep-dish diss

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's mayor has delivered a message to comedian Jon Stewart: Don't diss his city's prized pizza.

November 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Bodies in desert believed to be missing family

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - Human remains found this week in the Southern California desert are believed to be a San Diego-area family of four who disappeared more than three years ago, and their deaths appear to be homicides, authorities said Friday.

November 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Batkid' fighting crime in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crooks beware! Batkid is fighting crime Friday on the mean streets of San Francisco.

November 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Retailers take on Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the center of it all.

November 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Marines killed in Calif. were doing dangerous job

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The job is one of the most dangerous in the Marine Corps.

November 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Father of California assemblyman killed in home

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police investigating the killing of a California assemblyman's father said Thursday there were no indications the shooting was politically motivated.

November 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


16-year-old injured in Calif. camper explosion

ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was critically injured when a camper in front of a Northern California home exploded following a propane leak.

November 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Where did dogs first appear? DNA points to Europe

NEW YORK (AP) - For years, scientists have been dogged by this evolution question: Just where did man's best friend first appear?

November 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Possible sinkhole reported in yard in Florida

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - Residents of several Florida homes have been evacuated due to a possible sinkhole that opened in a backyard in Pinellas County on Thursday.

November 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Should students learn cursive? Some states say yes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The swirling lines from Linden Bateman's pen have been conscripted into a national fight to keep cursive writing in American classrooms.

November 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Obama to allow sale of canceled plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday.

November 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Review: Amazon phone better for info than shopping

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - My buying habits have yet to change in my nearly three weeks with Amazon's shopping-centric Fire phone.

August 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Study: Blue whales at risk of hitting ships

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A satellite study of blue-whale movements shows the endangered creatures cluster for long periods in busy shipping lanes off the California coast, putting them at risk for collisions with large vessels.

August 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Small businesses see revenue gains, hire workers

NEW YORK (AP) - The long-awaited surge in hiring at small businesses appears to be underway.

August 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tensions grow in Ukraine over Russia troop buildup

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - The steadily advancing Ukrainian army is setting its sights on the largest rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine, while Western officials on Wednesday warned that a Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border could herald a major incursion to protect the separatists.

August 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Afghan official: General's killer hid in bathroom

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Afghan soldier who killed a U.S. two-star general and wounded other top officers hid in a bathroom before his assault and used a NATO assault rifle in his attack, an Afghan military official said Wednesday.

August 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ships to be paid to slow off Calif. to save whales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cargo ships will be paid to slow down to avoid hitting whales and cut air pollution, under a new voluntary program being launched off California.

August 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


7 ways to create better, stronger passwords

NEW YORK (AP) - With the recent news that a Russian hacker ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations, it's a good time to review ways to protect yourself online.

August 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Iraq TV: Airstrike kills 60 suspected militants

BAGHDAD (AP) - An Iraqi army airstrike targeting the Islamic State group that's seized wide swaths of territory across the country's north killed some 60 suspected militants Wednesday, state television reported.

August 06, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ebola death toll reaches 932; 1,700 cases: WHO

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - A Nigerian nurse who treated a man with Ebola is now dead and five others are sick with one of the world's most virulent diseases, authorities said Wednesday as the death toll rose to at least 932 people in four West African countries.

August 06, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Yelp CEO reviews his own business after 10 years

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After Yelp posted the first quarterly profit in its history last week, the online business review site got panned on Wall Street. The company's stock plummeted 11 percent the day after the results came out, wiping out its gains for the year.

August 06, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


New clashes break out in Lebanese border town

BEIRUT (AP) - Fighting erupted again Wednesday in a Lebanese border town held by Islamic extremists from neighboring Syria after a negotiated truce collapsed overnight. Muslim clerics launched new efforts to broker another cease-fire in what has been the most serious spillover to date from Syria's civil war.

August 06, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kansas GOP Sen. Roberts grabs early primary lead

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts on Tuesday seized an early lead over tea party favorite Milton Wolf in Kansas' primary as four states kicked off a busy month of contests to settle the ballots for November's midterm elections.

August 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Corrosion led pipe to burst that swamped UCLA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Corrosion and structural problems caused a pipe to burst that flooded a landmark athletic arena at the University of California, Los Angeles and submerged hundreds of cars, officials said Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Missing fishing boat captain has arrest warrant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A missing captain who may have abandoned his fishing boat when it got stranded off a popular San Francisco beach also has an outstanding warrant for his arrest, authorities said Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge construction

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Senior officials who oversaw construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly and deliberately brushed off criticism about construction problems and sought to keep information secret as part of an "institutionalized, if not malicious, lack of transparency in the project," a state Senate investigative report released Thursday found.

August 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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