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Interim LA County sheriff sworn in

LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Scott was sworn in Thursday as interim sheriff of Los Angeles County, two hours after Lee Baca stepped down as head of the nation's largest sheriff's department in the wake of a scandal over alleged jail beatings and corruption.

January 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NYC female firefighters trying to boost numbers

NEW YORK (AP) - As a New York City firefighter, Sarinya Srisakul didn't work with another woman for five years, and when she did, she took pictures because it was so rare.

January 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Toronto's mayor defends Justin Bieber

TORONTO (AP) - Toronto's favorite black sheep, Mayor Rob Ford, is rising to the defense of fellow Canadian Justin Bieber, who has recently been in the headlines for the wrong reasons.

January 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California voters may revisit affirmative action

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The fight over affirmative action in California's higher education system is coming back.

January 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


African Union summit ponders violent conflicts

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - African leaders are meeting in Ethiopia Thursday at a summit to discuss outbreaks of violence in South Sudan and Central African Republic, as well as food security across the continent.

January 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Knox in US as Italian court begins deliberations

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) - An appeals court in Florence began deliberations Thursday in the third murder trial of U.S. student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend as the star defendant waited on another continent with, in her words, "my heart in my throat."

January 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Where's my car? Storm clean up underway in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - The snow and sleet had stopped falling and traffic was moving again around Atlanta following a crippling storm - but officials warned that ice-covered roads remained a threat for drivers Thursday morning.

January 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US stocks move higher, helped by Facebook, US GDP

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks moved higher in morning trading Thursday, helped by strong earnings from Facebook and an encouraging report that the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter.

January 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. Rep. Waxman to retire

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Henry Waxman, one of Congress' fiercest negotiators and a policy expert on everything from clean air to health care, will retire at the end of the year after four decades in the House.

January 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


17 California communities running low on water

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Seventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of a severe water shortage within four months, according to a list compiled by state officials.

January 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Caltrans needs 'modernizing'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Department of Transportation desperately needs fundamental reforms to help a changing state move people and goods more efficiently, according to a report released Thursday.

January 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

January 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Bieber turns self in on assault charge

TORONTO (AP) - Justin Bieber turned himself in to Toronto police on an assault charge Wednesday, the second arrest in a week for the baby-faced 19-year-old pop star.

January 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hundreds of living, dead pythons found in home

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A California schoolteacher was arrested Wednesday after hundreds of living and dead pythons in plastic bins were found stacked floor to ceiling inside his stench-filled home in suburban Orange County.

January 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. lawmakers pass space industry tax exemption

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have approved legislation to exempt space companies from paying property tax on space-flight property.

January 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


L.A. to pay $26M over garbage-truck nap ban lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council has finalized a $26 million payment to settle a lawsuit over a ban on lunchtime naps by garbage-truck drivers.

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


AP video journalist, translator killed in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - An Associated Press video journalist and a freelance Palestinian translator were killed Wednesday when ordnance left over from the Israeli-Hamas war exploded as they were reporting on the conflict's aftermath.

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


As African medics die of Ebola, debate over drugs continues

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - A leading physician in Sierra Leone's fight against Ebola has died from the disease, an official said Wednesday, as it emerged that another top doctor last month was considered for an experimental treatment.

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


Authorities: California man admits killing family

GOLETA (AP) - A man stabbed to death his elderly father, then killed his two young sons, his mother and finally the family dog. He then calmly called police to the home on California's Central Coast and told detectives the killings were his destiny, authorities said Tuesday.

August 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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