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US builder confidence steady, rates a concern

U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market held this month at its highest level in nearly eight years. But builders are starting to worry that sales may slow if mortgage rates continue to rise.

September 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Colo. flooding evacuees remember items left behind

LYONS, Colo. (AP) - Thousands of residents have poured out of the mountain towns around Boulder, Colo., over the past week, fleeing unprecedented floods that tore down hillsides, carried away homes and piled slabs of highway like stacks of books.

September 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


South Africa: Vietnamese group learns about rhinos

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The carcass of the poached rhino was about a week old when the Vietnamese delegation saw it in a South African wildlife park. There was a strong smell of rot, and animals had scavenged most of the meat. Rangers found the bullet that killed it by scouring the ground with a metal detector. The rhino horn was gone, hacked off its snout.

September 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Russia against use of force in Syria resolution

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Moscow insisted on Tuesday that a new Security Council resolution on Syria not allow the use of force, while the Arab country's main opposition group demanded a swift international response following the U.N. report that confirmed chemical weapons were used outside Damascus last month.

September 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Navy Yard shooting victims had long careers there

WASHINGTON (AP) - A dozen people died in a shooting rampage Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. It was the deadliest attack at a domestic military installation since November 2009, when an Army psychiatrist killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas. Early Tuesday, the stories of some of those who died started to surface.

September 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rocker to stand trial on charge of hiring hitman

VISTA (AP) - The frontman of the Grammy-nominated metal band As I Lay Dying will stand trial on a charge of trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife, a judge in San Diego ruled Monday.

September 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Study: Methane leaks from gas drilling not huge

WASHINGTON (AP) - Drilling and fracking for natural gas don't seem to spew immense amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the air, as has been feared, a new study says.

September 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California to ask judges to delay inmate releases

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown was planning to ask federal judges on Monday to delay their requirement that the state release thousands of inmates by year's end to ease prison overcrowding.

September 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: 13 killed in Navy Yard shooting rampage

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former Navy man launched an attack Monday morning inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallway at the heavily secured installation, authorities said. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman.

September 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Emmys to honor Gandolfini, Monteith, 3 others

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Emmy Awards will feature five special memorial tributes, including one to "Glee" star Cory Monteith, organizers said.

September 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Thousands cited for having pot on federal land

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Karen Strand didn't think she'd get in trouble for having a small container of medical marijuana when she went hiking in Olympic National Park this summer.

September 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Trailer fire in Ohio kills 6 while mom is at work

TIFFIN, Ohio (AP) - A fire that ripped through a mobile home killed a man and five young children just a few hours after the children's mother left to work an early morning shift at a fast-food restaurant.

September 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Shipwrecked Concordia wrested off Italian reef

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) - Engineers on Monday succeeded in wresting the hull of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia from the Italian reef where it has been stuck since it capsized in January 2012, leaving them cautiously optimistic they can rotate the luxury liner upright and eventually tow it away.

September 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Filipino troops retake 70% of rebel-held villages

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine troops have recaptured 70 percent of the coastal areas by a southern city that were occupied by Muslim rebels, the military said, adding helicopter gunships were deployed for the first time Monday as a hostage standoff dragged to its second week.

September 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Flooded Colo. towns clean up as rescues continue

ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) - Colorado mountain towns cut off for days by massive flooding slowly reopened to reveal cabins toppled, homes ripped from their foundations and everything covered in a thick layer of muck. Anxious home and business owners hurriedly cleaned and cleared what they could salvage as rescuers looked for a break in the weather Monday to resume airlifting those still stranded.

September 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


Obama, pope find common ground, differences

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Sharp differences over abortion and birth control surfaced as President Barack Obama held his first meeting Thursday with Pope Francis, even as the president sought to emphasize common ground issues like economic inequality during a much-anticipated Vatican visit.

March 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Study: Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober

CHICAGO (AP) - A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.

March 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California lawmaker faces gun, corruption charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.

March 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds propose to change protection for arroyo toad

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal wildlife officials on Wednesday proposed to downgrade the status of the arroyo toad from endangered to threatened, saying the California amphibian is no longer in danger of extinction.

March 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


House votes to limit president on public monuments

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has approved a Republican bill to limit the president's ability to designate new national monuments, a step President Barack Obama and other presidents have taken to protect historic or ecologically significant sites.

March 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


TSA wants police at checkpoints

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours in the aftermath of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

March 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Young salmon trucked downstream because of drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The severe drought in California is prompting state and federal wildlife officials to mount an unusual rescue operation involving millions of 6-month-old salmon that are at risk of dying in depleted rivers and streams.

March 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Newfound pink world lurks at solar system fringes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7½ billion miles from the sun.

March 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


TSA wants law enforcement at checkpoints

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that airports post armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours.

March 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Oprah Winfrey takes a show on the road

NEW YORK (AP) - Oprah Winfrey is taking a self-help show on the road.

March 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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