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USDA to test new trap to catch Everglades pythons

MIAMI (AP) - Federal wildlife officials alarmed by an infestation of Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades have tried radio tracking devices, a massive public hunt and even snake-sniffing dogs to control the invasive species. Now there's talk of snaring the elusive pythons in specially designed traps.

September 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Google retools Internet search engine

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Google says it recently overhauled the closely guarded formula that runs its influential Internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by Web surfers.

September 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Farmers face labor shortages in the fields

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.

September 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


30-day rape sentence sparks outrage

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana prison officials released a former high school teacher Thursday after he completed a 30-day sentence for rape that is under review by the state's high court and has prompted critics to call for the removal of the judge who oversaw the case.

September 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfires getting knocked down

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Hundreds of firefighters are drawing closer to surrounding a pair of blazes that torched several hundred acres of Southern California brushland and briefly threatened dozens of homes earlier this week.

September 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 arrested in stabbing death of Dodger fan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police arrested two people in the fatal stabbing of a Dodgers fan during a fight near San Francisco's AT&T Park after the Giants' 6-4 win over the Dodgers, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said.

September 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US economy grew 2.5 percent in spring

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate from April through June, an improvement from the first three months of the year. But economists are worried that growth may now be slowing.

September 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


De Niro takes over Gandolfini miniseries role

LOS ANGELES (AP) - HBO says Robert De Niro will step into a project that was thrown into question by the death of James Gandolfini.

September 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Navy Yard gunman left note about radio waves

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis left a note saying he was driven to kill by months of bombardment with extremely low-frequency radio waves, the FBI said Wednesday in a disclosure that explains the phrase he etched on his shotgun: "My ELF Weapon!"

September 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Forever grateful': Saved mall goers thank police

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - As al-Qaida-linked terrorists threw grenades and fired automatic weapons, the three plainclothes Kenyan police officers, lightly armed and wearing no bulletproof vests, helmets or other protective gear, worked their way to the roof of Nairobi's Westgate Mall and led a group of frightened shoppers to safety.

September 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA students breach school iPads' security

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It took just a week for nearly 300 students who got iPads from their Los Angeles high school to figure out how to alter the security settings so they could surf the Web and access social media sites, prompting district officials to halt a $1 billion program aimed at putting the devices in the hands of every student in the nation's second-largest school system.

September 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Conn. panel orders release of Newtown 911 tapes

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The state's Freedom of Information Commission on Wednesday ordered the release of the 911 tapes from last year's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, ruling in favor of an appeal by The Associated Press for access to records withheld by investigators.

September 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


USPS seeks increase in cost of stamps, to 49 cents

WASHINGTON (AP) - It soon could cost 49 cents to mail a letter.

September 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Terrorists claim death toll at 137 in mall attack

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The terrorist group behind the takeover of a Nairobi mall claimed Wednesday that the Kenyan government assault team carried out "a demolition" of the building, burying 137 hostages in rubble. A government spokesman denied the claim and said Kenyan forces were clearing all rooms, firing as they moved and encountering no one.

September 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Navy Yard shooting victims remembered

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) - Friends and family of Navy Yard shooting victim John Johnson remembered him Tuesday as a religious family man known for his infectious smile and firm bear hugs.

September 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Engaged Johnny Depp shows off 'chick's ring'

BEIJING (AP) - Johnny Depp showed off a diamond engagement ring that he called a "chick's ring" on Monday - indirectly confirming rumors of his engagement to actress Amber Heard.

March 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Protesters clash with police in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Hundreds of protesters angry over recent Albuquerque police shootings clashed with riot officers for more than 10 hours, calling on the police chief and other city officials to resign.

March 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Party of the rich: In Congress, it's the Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans are the party of the rich, right? It's a label that has stuck for decades, and you're hearing it again as Democrats complain about GOP opposition to raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits.

March 31, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Animal mummies displayed at California museum

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Dogs and cats are often beloved family members in current culture, but animals held such a prominent place in ancient Egyptian society that tens of millions were mummified, some going into the pharaohs' tombs to rest eternally in the company of their kings.

March 31, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


No national system to track landslide hazards

SEATTLE (AP) - People living in the path of a deadly Washington state landslide had virtually no warning before a wall of mud, trees and other debris thundered down the mountain. Some of the homeowners didn't even know the hillside could give way at any time.

March 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry, Russian counterpart meet on Ukraine crisis

PARIS (AP) - Russia on Sunday set out demands for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, saying the former Soviet republic should be unified in a federation allowing wide autonomy to its various regions as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Paris in another bid to calm tensions.

March 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


7.5 quake on California fault could be disastrous

LA HABRA, Calif. (AP) - Experts say a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave Southern California a moderate shake could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded "Big One" from the more famous San Andreas Fault.

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


'Noah' rises to top of box office with $44M debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After weathering a sea of controversy, "Noah" arrived in first place at the weekend box office.

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


Mixed legacy for Karzai as Afghan president

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghans go to the polls next weekend to choose a new president, and that in itself may one day be considered Hamid Karzai's greatest achievement.

March 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Photos found at slide site; missing number drops

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Hundreds of family photographs and albums are among the personal belongings being recovered by crews searching for victims at a massive debris site left by the deadly mudslide in Washington state.

March 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US mediators try to rescue Mideast peace talks

JERUSALEM (AP) - American mediators are in urgent talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials in hopes of salvaging troubled Mideast peace talks.

March 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Piers Morgan ends CNN show with gun-control plea

LOS ANGELES (AP) - CNN host Piers Morgan issued one last plea for U.S. gun control as he wrapped up his show's three-year run.

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


National soil collection may unlock mysteries

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The government has been collecting dirt - lots of it.

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


American farmers confront 'big data' revolution

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Farmers from across the nation gathered in Washington this month for what has become an annual trek to seek action on the most important matters in American agriculture, such as immigration reform and water regulations.

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


Number of missing from Washington slide plummets

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - As crews using heavy equipment, dogs and their bare hands searched in heavy rain for more victims from a deadly Washington landslide, authorities said Saturday that the number of people believed missing had dropped substantially.

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


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