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Opposition says Putin's lifestyle costs billions

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is spending billions of taxpayers' rubles on 20 luxurious residences, 43 jets and four yachts, a top opposition leader claimed Tuesday.

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


Apple's victory means soul-searching for Samsung

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A U.S. jury's $1 billion verdict against Samsung for what rival Apple claimed was the illegal copying of its iPhone and iPad designs signals a turning point for the South Korean electronics giant known for its prowess in adapting the innovations of others and nimbly executing production.

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


Ann Romney to speak at convention

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Poised at last to claim the prize he's been chasing for years, Mitt Romney barreled into his convention city Tuesday as Republicans worked to showcase him at their national convention as a man who understands everyday Americans and a leader who can fix the economy.

August 28, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


SF archbishop-elect apologizes for DUI arrest

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco has apologized for his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving, behavior that he said brought "shame" and "disgrace" on himself and the church, though legal experts said was unlikely to derail his promotion.

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


New Orleans' post-Katrina gentrification is touchy

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, the city finds itself at a delicate moment in its rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina struck seven years ago.

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


Stocks flat in early trading; oil creeps to $96

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks hovered near the break-even mark Tuesday after an encouraging report on home sales in the United States and an unexpected drop in consumer confidence this month.

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


Obama courts college students returning to campus

WASHINGTON (AP) - As college students return to campus, President Barack Obama's campaign will be there waiting for them.

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


Isaac becomes Category 1 hurricane

CHAUVIN, La. (AP) - Isaac became a hurricane Tuesday that could flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its way to New Orleans, where residents hunkered down behind levees fortified after Katrina struck seven years ago this week.

August 28, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US home prices post first 12-month gain since '10

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose in June from the same month last year, the first year-over-year increase since the summer of 2010. The increase is the latest evidence of a nascent recovery in the housing market.

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


Year after Irene, celebration and mourning in Vt.

WAITSFIELD, Vt. (AP) - For some, there will be block parties and parades. For others, a moment of silence. Or it might be just another day of cleaning up the mess.

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


Americans' confidence falls off in Aug

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans are feeling worse about the economy than they have in a long time.

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


WATCHING THE SHOW: Mitt Romney, trying to connect

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - If the presidential election were held today, Romney and Obama would be more or less tied, the latest polls show. But on one voter test, Obama has a clear advantage:

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


Paul delegates mounting floor fight over new rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Ron Paul's delegates are trying to mount a floor fight over new GOP rules designed to limit the ability of insurgent presidential candidates to amass delegates to future Republican conventions.

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


Networks prepare to juggle politics, weather

NEW YORK (AP) - Television networks began juggling two major stories on Monday, still wondering whether Tropical Storm Isaac will cause them to divert a large amount of attention from the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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


2nd Yosemite visitor dies of rodent-borne illness

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A second person has died of a rare, rodent-borne disease after visiting Yosemite National Park earlier this summer and park officials warned past visitors Monday to be aware of some flu-like aches and symptoms.

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


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AP source: Brosnan withdraws from MLB vote

BALTIMORE (AP) - Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred and Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner were left as the remaining candidates to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner after MLB Executive Vice President Tim Brosnan withdrew before the start of voting Thursday.

August 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken, which military officials acknowledge will not blunt the group's momentum.

August 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama says no excuse for excessive force by police

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama says there is no excuse for the use of excessive force by police in the tense aftermath of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and no excuse for violence against the police.

August 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lighter sentences sought for some business crimes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal panel that sets sentencing policy eased penalties this year for potentially tens of thousands of nonviolent drug offenders. Now, defense lawyers and prisoner advocates are pushing for similar treatment for a different category of defendants: swindlers, embezzlers, insider traders and other white-collar criminals.

August 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


14 hurt in mult-vehicle crash in S. El Monte

SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say 14 people have been injured in a fiery multi-vehicle crash that has shut down all lanes of a Los Angeles County freeway.

August 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Communities across US recover from heavy rain

NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) - Communities across the U.S. are drying out after unusually heavy rains swamped highways, flooded basements and were blamed for at least four deaths.

August 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Brown sends $7.5 billion water plan to ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Driven to action by the state's historic drought, California lawmakers on Wednesday voted to place a $7.5 billion water plan before voters in November.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with some people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


ID of officer who killed teen festering issue

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The police chief of a St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death said Wednesday he won't be pressured into publicly identifying the officer despite mounting demands from clergy, protesters and even hackers.

August 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt: Israel, Hamas to extend temporary truce

CAIRO (AP) - Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary cease-fire for five days, Egyptian and Palestinian officials announced Wednesday, potentially averting renewed violence and permitting the sides to continue to negotiate a substantive deal to end the war in Gaza.

August 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Clinton and White House try to shrug off split

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) - In yet another twist to a complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered on Martha's Vineyard following a foreign policy split.

August 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Robin Williams: Bay Area made him feel normal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Robin Williams was everywhere in San Francisco, it seemed, as he made a place for himself in the everyday fabric of a city where he once said he passed for normal.

August 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama weighing options for rescuing Iraqi refugees

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama is considering a range of military options, including airlifts and creating safe passages, for rescuing thousands of Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain, and is expected to make a decision in days, the White House said Wednesday.

August 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine-bound Russian convoy stuck amid bickering

VORONEZH, Russia (AP) - Hundreds of Russian trucks carrying aid intended for rebel-held eastern Ukraine remained parked Wednesday in the southern city of Voronezh, their fate shrouded in mystery as Ukraine accused Moscow of plotting to use them as a cover for invasion.

August 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


W-I-N-N-E-R! Oregon man crowned Scrabble champ

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A 24-year-old Portland, Oregon player has been crowned the national Scrabble champion.

August 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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