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Man critical after incident at demolition

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Doctors say the 43-year-old man critically injured during the demolition of a Central California power plant could be able to keep both his legs.

August 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews rush to clean up former California nuke lab

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - The sun was barely up at a former Cold War rocket test site when crews in hard hats, neon vests and steel-toe boots collected jars of dirt as part of a massive effort to clean up from a partial nuclear meltdown a half century ago.

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


Bill gives Calif. youthful offenders second chance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Criminals serving long prison sentences for offenses they committed as teenagers would have an earlier chance for freedom under a bill working its way through the Legislature.

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


Judge OKs LA County condom requirements for porn

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has upheld as constitutional a Los Angeles County law requiring adult film performers to wear condoms.

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


SF Bay Area building demolition fuels quake study

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) - With a series of quick blasts and a cloud of dust a 13-story building on the Cal State-East Bay campus crashed to the ground Saturday morning as scientists monitored the impact on the nearby Hayward Fault.

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


Dozens missing after ferry crash in Philippines

CEBU, Philippines (AP) - Divers combed through a sunken ferry Saturday in search of dozens of people missing after a collision with a cargo vessel near the central Philippine port of Cebu that sent passengers jumping into the ocean and leaving many others trapped. At least 31 were confirmed dead and hundreds rescued.

August 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


CIA acknowledges Area 51

LAS VEGAS (AP) - UFO buffs and believers in alien encounters are celebrating the CIA's clearest acknowledgement yet of the existence of Area 51, the top-secret Cold War test site that has been the subject of elaborate conspiracy theories for decades.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Rescued teen taking things day at a time

LAKESIDE (AP) - The father of a 16-year-old girl said she is taking things one day at a time after FBI agents killed a longtime family friend suspected of torturing and killing her mother and brother and escaping with her to the Idaho wilderness.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Naso denies he is serial killer

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Joseph Naso, taking on the air of a befuddled and sometimes cantankerous grandfather, stood before jurors on Friday and told them law enforcement officials and prosecutors made a grievous error: He is not the long-time serial killer of young women they say he is.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


1,600 homes evacuated as Idaho wildfire burns

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Sheriff deputies in Idaho are ordering more homeowners to clear out of the way of a wind-driven wildfire burning near the resort community of Sun Valley.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NTSB: UPS pilots had warnings moments before crash

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A flight recorder revealed that pilots of a UPS cargo jet that crashed short of a runway at Birmingham's airport received warnings about their rate of descent seconds before impact, investigators said Friday.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Medi-Cal cut of 10 percent begins next month

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Long-delayed cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursements are slated to go forward, slashing doctor and medical worker payments by 10 percent, and promising to save the state $387 million, according to state advocates.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Thousands honor Elvis Presley at Graceland vigil

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Elvis Presley fans from around the world made their annual pilgrimage to Graceland on Thursday to pay their respects to the rock n' roll icon with a solemn candlelight vigil on the 36th anniversary of his death.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Shark attack victim's rescuer describes ordeal

HONOLULU (AP) - A California high school teacher who swam a shark attack victim to shore in Maui says the woman kept repeating she was going to die as she clung to him with one arm.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Emergency US court hearing on NV mustang auction

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A federal judge agreed to hear last-minute arguments Friday from wild horse advocates seeking to block the sale of hundreds of wild mustangs, likely for slaughterhouses if a weekend auction goes forward, claiming the animals are federally protected mustangs that were rounded up illegally by a Nevada tribe.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


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Cambodia tribunal convicts Khmer Rouge leaders

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - They were leaders of Cambodia's infamous Khmer Rouge, the fanatical communist movement behind a 1970s reign of terror that transformed this entire Southeast Asian nation into a ruthless slave state - a place where cities were emptied of their inhabitants, religion and schools were banned, and anyone deemed a threat was executed.

August 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Russia hits back on sanctions; bans food from West

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia banned most food imports from the West on Thursday in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, an unexpectedly sweeping move that will cost farmers in North America, Europe and Australia billions of dollars but will also likely lead to empty shelves in Russian cities.

August 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Iraqi militants seize country's largest dam

BAGHDAD (AP) - Sunni militants from the Islamic State group on Thursday seized Iraq's largest dam, placing them in control of enormous power and water resources and access to the river that runs through the heart of Baghdad.

August 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Prosecutor says Pistorius lied on stand

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial said Thursday in closing arguments that the athlete repeatedly lied during testimony in a crude attempt to defend against a murder charge for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

August 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Iselle to give Hawaii first hurricane in 22 years

HONOLULU (AP) - Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn't - and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years. Tracking close behind it was Hurricane Julio, which strengthened early Thursday into a Category 2 storm.

August 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Senior official says Hamas not extending truce

CAIRO (AP) - A senior Hamas official said the group has decided not to extend a 72-hour cease-fire with Israel that expires on Friday morning. Before the end of truce, Gaza militants fired two rockets at Israel, the army said.

August 07, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judges weigh 4 states' same-sex marriage cases

CINCINNATI (AP) - Three federal judges weighing arguments in a landmark gay marriage hearing Wednesday peppered attorneys on both sides with tough questions, with one judge expressing deep skepticism about whether courts are the ideal setting for major social change and another saying the democratic process can be too slow.

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


Judges weigh 4 states' same-sex marriage cases

August 06, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


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


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