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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


Despite Cruz, Senate heads toward Obamacare vote

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic-controlled Senate is on a path toward defeating tea party attempts to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law, despite an overnight talkathon on the chamber's floor led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

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


2013 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners unveiled

CHICAGO (AP) - The old man couldn't control his diabetes, no matter how closely he followed his doctor's instructions. A nurse visited him to find out why the insulin wasn't working, only to watch the nearly blind man inadvertently inject himself with a syringe filled with nothing but air.

September 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Governor signs bill hiking California minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Calling it a "matter of justice," Gov. Jerry Brown put his signature on a bill that will hike California's minimum wage to $10 an hour within three years, making it one of the highest rates in the nation.

September 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


6 more people found alive, well after Colo. floods

DENVER (AP) - The final six people who were unaccounted for after massive flooding in Colorado have been found safe and well, authorities said Tuesday, but new spills were reported in water-damaged oilfields.

September 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


US home prices rise 12.4 pct., most in 7½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose 12.4 percent in July compared with a year ago, the most since February 2006. An increase in sales on a limited supply of available homes drove the gains.

September 24, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Lohan's mom pleads on DWI charge in NY

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Her license suspended, Dina Lohan left a suburban New York courthouse in a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce on Tuesday after entering a not guilty plea on speeding and drunken driving charges.

September 24, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2nd Calif. county votes for secession

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) - A second far Northern California county has voted to secede from the state.

September 24, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Court: Applicants wrongly denied US citizenship

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - For more than two decades, Sigifredo Saldana Iracheta insisted he was a U.S. citizen, repeatedly explaining to immigration officials that he was born to an American father and a Mexican mother in a city just south of the Texas border.

September 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Colorado flood towns may come back less diverse

LYONS, Colo. (AP) - The storms that raged through the Rocky Mountain foothills instantly remade the landscape and disrupted thousands of lives. They may have also changed the character of the funky mountain hamlets that dot the Front Range.

September 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Miss Piggy joins Kermit in Smithsonian collection

WASHINGTON (AP) - Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution's collection of Jim Henson's Muppets, and Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too.

September 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate may shorten stopgap spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's No. 2 Democrat says the chamber may come out in favor of a smaller patch for bankrolling the government than the one envisioned in a temporary spending bill passed by the Republican-dominated House.

September 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Inspector general probing US 'Cuban Twitter' plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The inspector general for the nation's international aid agency is probing a once-secret Obama administration program that created a social media network in Cuba, The Associated Press has learned.

July 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Boehner losing optimism on border legislation deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid hardening positions by both political parties, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he's losing optimism that Democrats and Republicans can agree before their summer break on legislation to address the influx of young Central Americans across the U.S. border.

July 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATED: Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country, and Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights over Ukrainian airspace.

July 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70 in Zurich

GENEVA (AP) - Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, known for his lightning-fast blues guitar riffs, his striking long white hair and his collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70.

July 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut up to 18,000 jobs or 14 percent of its staff as it works to cut down on management layers and integrate the Nokia cellphone business it bought in April.

July 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


GM's legal staff targeted at recall hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into deadly recalls.

July 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: 2 Suspects in bank robbery gang members

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Police in Central California say two suspected bank robbers who took three women hostage and were killed in a resulting shootout with officers were gang members.

July 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Republicans criticize handling of IRS inquiry

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans chastised the Justice Department on Thursday for failing to share information with Congress about its investigation into the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Lawmakers called anew for a special prosecutor to look into the matter.

July 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine: Air Force jet downed by Russian missile

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - A Ukrainian fighter jet was shot down by an air-to-air missile from a Russian plane and Ukrainian troops were fired upon by missiles from a village inside Russia, a spokesman for Ukraine's Security Council said Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Tsarnaev pal's jury to begin 2nd day deliberating

BOSTON (AP) - A federal jury was set to begin a second day of deliberations on Thursday in the trial of a man accused of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during the investigation into the deadly attack.

July 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


3 dead in California bank robbery, gunbattle

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Cars and houses were riddled with bullets during a high-speed chase and hostages were thrown from a fleeing SUV after a bank robbery Wednesday that led to the deaths of a hostage and two robbers, police said.

July 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


HiddenCash to pay for park trampled by money hunt

WHITTIER (AP) - When the man with the Twitter handle @HiddenCash moved his scavenger hunt to Whittier, a thousand people trampled through Penn Park seeking free money.

July 16, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) - A Texas actress who tried to blame her husband after sending ricin-laced letters to officials including President Barack Obama was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison.

July 16, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


California hearing addresses oil refinery rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents of modest neighborhoods near three of the largest oil refineries in California called on the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to crack down on plant emissions, saying the pollution is choking their children and endangering their health.

July 16, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Scientists name Puerto Rico water mite after JLo

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Pop singer Jennifer Lopez may be thinking life is funny after a group of scientists named a water mite in her honor after discovering a new species near Puerto Rico.

July 16, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


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