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Indians say cyclone evacuation kept them alive

PODAMPETTA, India (AP) - Like nearly everything in this seaside Indian village, Agya Amma's home was all but swept away when Cyclone Phailin roared in from the Bay of Bengal with winds topping 200 kilometers (131 miles) per hour. But unlike past storms that have lashed India's eastern coast, Phailin did not extract a heavy human toll, thanks to the evacuation of nearly 1 million people in one of the country's poorest regions.

October 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


LAX back to normal after dry ice explosion

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Flights are back to normal at Los Angeles International Airport after a plastic bottle containing dry ice exploded in an employee bathroom.

October 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US moves closer to default

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States moved perilously closer to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown entered its 14th day as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises facing the nation.

October 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Business is (baby) booming

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - Every passing month and unanswered resume dimmed Jim Glay's optimism more. So with no job in sight, he joined a growing number of older people and created his own.

October 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Social Security raise to be among lowest in years

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the second straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January.

October 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-US Rep. Gabby Giffords attends NY gun show

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - A smiling Gabrielle Giffords toured rows of tables loaded with rifles and handguns Sunday in her first visit to a gun show since surviving a 2011 shooting, and pleaded afterward for people to come together to stop gun violence.

October 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


SF Bay Area transit strike deadline looming

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With a strike deadline drawing ever closer, contracts talks between the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system and its two unions were expected to resume Sunday.

October 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Philippines spots new typhoon after deadly storm

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A typhoon blew out of the northern Philippines on Sunday after leaving 13 people dead, but officials remained on alert after another storm was spotted in the Pacific.

October 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Gravity' eclipses 'Phillips' at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Gravity" won't be held down.

October 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


7 Red Cross workers kidnapped in northern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - Gunmen kidnapped a team of seven workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross after stopping their convoy early Sunday along a roadside in northern Syria, a spokesman said.

October 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Al-Qaida surges back in Iraq, reviving old fears

BAGHDAD (AP) - First came the fireball, then the screams of the victims. The suicide bombing just outside a Baghdad graveyard knocked Nasser Waleed Ali over and peppered his back with shrapnel.

October 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate takes lead in shutdown talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators put faith in party leaders Sunday to devise a plan that would reopen the government and steer clear of a potential default this week, saying it's unthinkable that political obstinacy would prevent the United States from paying its bills.

October 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Donors chip in to help programs hurt by shutdown

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - As the partial government shutdown rolls on, programs that rely on federal money are feeling the strain - and so are the people who depend on their services.

October 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Xerox: Access restored for food stamp users

People in Ohio, Michigan and 15 other states found themselves temporarily unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a routine test of backup systems by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure. Xerox announced late in the evening that access has been restored for users in the 17 states affected by the outage, hours after the first problems were reported.

October 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Massive cyclone hits India

BEHRAMPUR, India (AP) - A massive, powerful cyclone packing heavy rains and destructive winds slammed into India's eastern coastline Saturday evening, as hundreds of thousands of residents moved inland to shelters in hopes of riding out the dangerous storm.

October 12, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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San Onofre nuclear plant hit with violation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators say a Southern California nuclear power plant violated rules by failing to get approval before eliminating 39 emergency-response jobs after the plant closed last year.

March 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Palm Springs give big send-off to giant Marilyn

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Palm Springs is singing "Goodbye, Norma Jean."

March 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Workers escape large garage collapse in L.A.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A portion of a parking garage being built to house buses in downtown Los Angeles collapsed on Friday, just minutes after nearly 200 construction workers were alerted that something was wrong and fled to safety, officials said.

March 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. recognizes Michigan same-sex couple marriages

DETROIT (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold.

March 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. House to vote next week on aid to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) - Aid to cash-strapped Ukraine and sanctions on Russia remain on track in the U.S. Congress, but it will take a few days longer before the legislation gets to President Barack Obama.

March 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Commanders fired in nuke missile cheating scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Air Force took the extraordinary step Thursday of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported.

March 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama says more than 6M signed up for health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Back on track after a stumbling start, President Barack Obama's heath care overhaul reached a milestone Thursday, with more than 6 million Americans signed up for coverage through new insurance markets.

March 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Settlement Will Save Edison Customers $1.12 Billion

SAN FRANCISCO, March 27, 2014 – The Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA), the independent consumer advocate within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today signed a comprehensive settlement agreement with Southern California Edison Company (Edison), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), and The Utility Reform Network (TURN) that will prevent the utilities from charging customers, who were served by the defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), for defective steam generators.

March 27, 2014 | SOURCE: Calif. Office of Ratepayer Advocates | Signal AP


PG&E: Federal criminal charges likely in gas blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in a fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

March 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Wandering wolf's signal ready to fade

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - The wandering wolf dubbed OR-7 has enjoyed well over his 15 minutes of fame. But even with continued public interest, he could soon fade from the spotlight.

March 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Scandals plague Democrats in California capital

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The latest was Wednesday's arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco on federal corruption charges, news that roiled the capital and led one of Yee's opponents in the race for secretary of state to call the Legislature a "corrupt institution."

March 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


IMF offers Ukraine up to $18 billion in loans

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - The International Monetary Fund pledged up to $18 billion in loans Thursday to prop up Ukraine's teetering economy, and the prime minister warned that everyone is going to feel some pain from the necessary financial reforms ahead.

March 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Jet search cut short; more satellites spot objects

PERTH, Australia (AP) - Hints about the lost Malaysian jetliner piled up Thursday, but there was precious little chance to track them down. Bad weather cut short the hunt for possible debris fields from the aircraft as satellite data revealed hundreds more objects that might be wreckage.

March 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mudslide recovery brings tears to searchers

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Firefighter Jeff McClelland uncovered a body on the moon-like surface that blankets what used to be the community of Oso. Suddenly, he realized the dead man's son and brother were among the volunteers scouring the debris field.

March 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mandatory Kim Jong Un haircuts a baldfaced lie?

TOKYO (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's distinctive hairstyle is the 'do of the day on the Internet, thanks to a viral report that every male university student in the capital is now under orders to get a buzz just like it. But it appears the barbers of Pyongyang aren't exactly sharpening their scissors.

March 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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