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VA chief: Shutdown could hit millions of vets

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told lawmakers Wednesday. Some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents will see pension payments stopped.

October 09, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Poll: GOP gets blame in shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It's a struggle with no heroes.

October 09, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Shutdown means no new beer from craft brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The federal government shutdown could leave America's craft brewers with a serious hangover.

October 09, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


New Calif. law limits worker comp for pro athletes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Professional athletes who spend most of their careers with teams in other states will be prohibited from filing workers' compensation claims in California, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

October 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama to nominate Yellen as Bernanke successor

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will nominate Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the nation's central bank, the White House said Tuesday. Yellen would be the first woman to head the powerful Fed, taking over at a pivotal time for the economy and the banking industry.

October 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Surgery successfully completed on Sumatran tiger

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Sumatran tiger successfully underwent surgery at the Sacramento Zoo on Tuesday to remove obstructions caused by stones in its urinary tract.

October 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gov't: Most heating bills to rise this winter

The government forecast Tuesday that most households will pay more for heat this winter. Heating oil users will catch a slight break, but still pay near-record prices to keep warm.

October 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Govt health and safety efforts slowed or halted

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government shutdown has slowed or halted federal efforts to protect Americans' health and safety, from probes into the cause of transportation and workplace accidents to tracking the flu. The latest example: investigating an outbreak of salmonella in chicken that has sickened people in 18 states.

October 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge refuses inquiry into corruption case plea

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge refused Tuesday to order a hearing to disclose details of her decision allowing former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo to plead no contest to 69 charges in a corruption case.

October 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. court: Spanking with wooden spoon not abuse

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A state appeals court on Tuesday tossed out child abuse findings against a frustrated Northern California mother who spanked her 12-year-old daughter hard enough with a wooden spoon to cause bruising.

October 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Family: Man who set self on fire was mentally ill

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) - The death of a New Jersey man who set himself on fire on the National Mall was the result of his long fight with mental illness, not a political statement, his family said.

October 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Parents of malnourished boys make court appearance

DENVER (AP) - A Denver couple accused of starving their four young sons and keeping them in a filthy apartment strewn with cat feces, urine and flies made their first court appearance Tuesday and were advised of the felony child abuse charges against them.

October 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Doctors: Argentine president 'evolving favorably'

BUENOS AIRES (AP) - Doctors removed a blood clot pressuring the right side of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez's brain on Tuesday, relieving pressure that had been giving her headaches and numbness. Their report said she was "evolving favorably" after the surgery, and would remain hospitalized for now.

October 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt Jihadi group says responsible for attack

CAIRO (AP) - A self-described Jihadi group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a satellite communications center south of the Egyptian capital.

October 08, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Argentines worry after leader's skull surgery

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Doctors siphoned blood from beneath the skull of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Tuesday, relieving pressure on her brain two months after she suffered an unexplained head injury.

October 08, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Pro-Russia forces free 1 Western military observer

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Pro-Russia insurgents on Sunday freed one of the eight European military observers being held prisoner in eastern Ukraine. Earlier in the day, all eight appeared in public for the first time and, under armed guard, gave assurances they weren't being mistreated.

April 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Unique floating lab showcases 'aliens of the sea'

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Researcher Leonid Moroz emerges from a dive off the Florida Keys and gleefully displays a plastic bag holding a creature that shimmers like an opal in the seawater.

April 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Popes John XXIII and John Paul II become saints

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Two 20th-century popes who changed the course of the Catholic Church became saints Sunday as Pope Francis honored John XXIII and John Paul II in a delicate balancing act aimed at bringing together the conservative and progressive wings of the church.

April 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Trauma warnings move from Internet to Ivory Tower

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It seemed like a modest proposal, or so thought Bailey Loverin, a literature major at the University of California, Santa Barbara: What if professors were prodded to give students a written or oral heads-up before covering graphic material that could cause flashbacks in those who had been sexually assaulted, survived war or suffered other traumas?

April 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NBA probing alleged recording of Clippers owner

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Anger, frustration and calls for action echoed around the NBA on Saturday after an audio recording surfaced of a man identified as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to games.

April 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


More renounce U.S. citizenship

Inside the long-awaited package, six pages of government paperwork dryly affirmed Carol Tapanila's anxious request. But when Tapanila slipped the contents from the brown envelope, she saw there was something more.

April 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fans celebrate Coen Bros.' film at Lebowski Fest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There were bowling pins, bathrobes, white Russians, and even The Dude himself.

April 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Diggers find Atari's E.T. games in landfill

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - A documentary film production company has found buried in a New Mexico landfill hundreds of the Atari "E.T." game cartridges that some call the worst video game ever made.

April 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


5 NATO troops killed in Afghan helicopter crash

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Five NATO troops died in a British helicopter crash Saturday in southern Afghanistan, authorities said, the single deadliest day this year for foreign forces as they prepare to withdraw from the country.

April 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


School stabbing suspect is under psych evaluation

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A teenager charged with stabbing a fellow high school student to death on the day of their junior prom is being held in a hospital under psychiatric evaluation and will likely remain there for two weeks, one of his attorneys said Saturday.

April 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


All S. Korea ferry crew members arrested

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A prosecutor investigating the South Korean ferry sinking that left 302 people dead or missing says all 15 crew members involved in the ship's navigation are now in custody.

April 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


1 dead, 6 hurt as SUV hits group at ice cream shop

BUENA PARK, Calif. (AP) - An SUV driven by an elderly motorist plowed into a group of people waiting to enter an Orange County ice cream parlor Friday evening, killing a 73-year-old woman and injuring six others, authorities said.

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


State leaving online health exchange for US site

DURHAM, Ore. (AP) - After months of trying to get its problem-plagued online health exchange to work, Oregon on Friday officially gave up on the state portal and decided to switch to the federal website - the first state in the nation to do so.

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


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