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Over the fiscal cliff: Soft or hard landing?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three days out from the end of the year, lawmakers appeared to have made little progress toward devising a compromise to keep the nation from going over the so-called fiscal cliff at the start of 2013. All eyes were on the Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate, who vowed to keep chipping away despite the wide gulf still separating them.

December 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


All eyes on them, Senate leaders seek fiscal deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate leaders rushed to assemble a last-ditch agreement to avoid middle-class tax increases and possibly delay steep spending cuts in an urgent attempt to find common ground after weeks of postelection gridlock.

December 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


New Calif. law eases sperm donor testing rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California women who want to get pregnant using sperm from a donor they know should find the process easier and less expensive next year, thanks to a new state law scheduled to take effect on Jan 1.

December 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


4 dead in Moscow airliner crash

MOSCOW (AP) - A passenger airliner careered off the runway at Russia's third-busiest airport and partly onto a highway while landing on Saturday, broke into pieces and caught fire, killing at least four people.

December 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Maine same-sex couples marry in first hours of law

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Arriving in a limo, Donna Galluzzo and Lisa Gorney had all the trappings of a traditional wedding: Rings, flowers, wedding vows, an entourage and a friend to officiate.

December 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 dead after being swept into SF Bay by wave

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a man and a juvenile fishing near the Golden Gate Bridge died after being swept into the ocean by large waves.

December 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2012: A year of turbulence and altered landscapes

It was a year of storms, of raging winds and rising waters, but also broader turbulence that strained our moorings. Our atmosphere, our politics, our economy - rarely in memory have they seemed in such constant agitation.

December 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


A surprisingly good vintage as market logs gains

NEW YORK (AP) - If you'd told investors what was going to happen in 2012 - U.S. economic growth at stall speed, an intensifying European debt crisis, a slowdown in China, fiscal deadlock in Washington, decelerating corporate earnings growth - and asked how the stock market would perform, few would have predicted a good year.

December 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mayor: Keep 2 NY subway push deaths in perspective

NEW YORK (AP) - For New York City, it wasn't an unusual sight: a possibly mentally ill woman pacing and mumbling to herself on an elevated subway station platform.

December 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


FBI removes many redactions in Monroe file

LOS ANGELES (AP) - FBI files on Marilyn Monroe that could not be located earlier this year have been found and re-issued, revealing the names of some of the movie star's communist-leaning friends who drew concern from government officials and her own entourage.

December 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Beyonce, Chili Peppers, among NYE lineup in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sin City has another New Year's Eve planned with celebrity-studded bashes, exclusive concerts and a rooftop fireworks display billed as the nation's largest.

December 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fearful of ban, frenzied buyers swarm gun stores

NEW YORK (AP) - The phones at Red's Trading Post wouldn't stop ringing. Would-be customers from as far away as New York wanted to know if the Twin Falls, Idaho gun shop had firearms in stock. Others clamored to find out if their orders had been shipped.

December 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Western character actor Harry Carey Jr. dies at 91

Santa Clarita Valley native Harry Carey Jr., a character actor who starred in such Westerns as "3 Godfathers" and "Wagon Master," has died. He was 91.

December 28, 2012 | By Sara Mitchell Signal Staff Writer | Signal AP


Chicken alerted couple to blaze

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Wisconsin couple says clucks, not fire trucks, helped them escape a blaze at their home.

December 28, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. man posts suicide note on Facebook

HUGHSON, Calif. (AP) - A Central California man died after posting a suicide note on Facebook and then driving his car onto railroad tracks about an hour later, as friends and family frantically tried to get in touch with him.

December 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Serial stowaway arrested again

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who flew from San Jose to Los Angeles without a boarding pass and has made repeated attempts to sneak aboard flights was arrested again Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.

August 07, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Revelations about the National Security Agency's electronic eavesdropping capabilities have sparked anger in Germany and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails, listen to calls or comb through texts.

August 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry urges Afghan candidates to end dispute

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Obama administration on Thursday stepped up efforts to press Afghanistan's two feuding presidential candidates to end their dispute over June elections, accept the results of an ongoing audit of all ballots and form a national unity government by early September.

August 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Survey shows state by state consumer spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - North Dakotans, enriched by an oil boom, stepped up their spending at triple the national pace in the three years that followed the Great Recession. In Nevada, smacked hard by the housing bust, consumers barely increased their spending.

August 07, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


No Ebola drug for Africans; troops deployed

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - West Africans battling to contain the spread of Ebola will have to wait for months until a potentially life-saving experimental drug used on two Americans infected with the dreaded disease could even be made, officials said. Soldiers in two of the affected countries deployed Thursday to try to stem further spread of the virus.

August 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


BofA nears $16-$17B settlement with US

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bank of America is nearing a $16 billion to $17 billion settlement to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, a person directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

August 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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


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