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Yosemite takes steps to protect sequoias from fire

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - As a wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park, officials cleared brush and set sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias.

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


Marching for King's dream: 'The task is not done'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled.

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


Huge Northern California wildfire gains strength

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire raging along the northwest edge of Yosemite National Park gained strength Saturday morning as firefighters scrambled to protect nearby mountain communities.

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


California vies for new space industry

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives.

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


Millions spent on water-storage plan that leaks

MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) - More than two decades ago, two water distributors came up with a tantalizing idea to increase reserves in parched Southern California: Create an underground lake so vast it could hold enough to blanket Los Angeles - all 469 square miles - under a foot of water.

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


Linda Ronstadt tells AARP she has Parkinson's

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Linda Ronstadt says she suffers from Parkinson's disease, which has robbed her ability to sing.

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


Holder: I wouldn't be AG without 1963 marchers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder says the spirit of the 1963 March on Washington now demands equal rights for gays, Latinos, women and people with disabilities.

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


20 Army reserve soldiers hurt in NC bus wreck

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say 20 people were hurt, one critically, when a bus carrying Army reservists overturned north of Charlotte.

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


'Hyperloop' travel idea gains fans if not backers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk urged the public to polish sketch plans he released last week for a "Hyperloop" that would shoot capsules full of people at the speed of sound through elevated tubes connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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


Villagers unsatisfied by life sentence for Bales

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole - the most severe sentence possible, but one that left surviving victims and relatives of the dead deeply unsatisfied.

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


Military jury convicts soldier in Fort Hood attack

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A military jury on Friday convicted Maj. Nidal Hasan in the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, making the Army psychiatrist eligible for the death penalty in the shocking assault against American troops by one of their own on home soil.

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


Atty: Sandusky's son among 7 who settle with PSU

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Philadelphia attorney said Friday seven young men he represents have finalized deals with Penn State over claims of abuse by the school's former assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky.

August 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Indiana man charged in ex-girlfriend's '93 killing

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A northern Indiana man was arraigned Friday on murder charges in the 1993 strangulation of his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend, five years after prosecutors got the break in the case that eventually led them to him.

August 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


ESPN drops out of PBS project on NFL head injuries

LOS ANGELES (AP) - ESPN ended its collaboration with PBS on an investigation of the NFL and players' head injuries as public TV producers expressed surprise over the abrupt collapse of the 15-month partnership.

August 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Paula Deen discrimination suit dropped

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Lawyers signed a deal Friday to drop a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against celebrity cook Paula Deen, who was dumped by the Food Network and other business partners after she said under oath that she had used racial slurs in the past.

August 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Wife in hot car death case has attorney

ATLANTA (AP) - The wife of a Georgia man facing charges after their son was left in a hot car and died has retained a criminal defense attorney for herself.

July 11, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Divers fail to find body of missing swimmer

RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - Divers searching for a 19-year-old man believed to have drowned at a rocky ocean cove near Los Angeles failed to find his body for a second day Thursday.

July 10, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cartel enforcer extradited to U.S.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A reputed top enforcer for the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel has been extradited to face federal charges in San Diego, six months after his capture in the Netherlands.

July 10, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Famed Baker thermometer rises again

BAKER. (AP) - A giant thermometer rising from the Southern California desert is once again a beacon for tourists headed to and from Las Vegas.

July 10, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA animal rights activitists await hearing

CHICAGO (AP) - Two animal rights activists from Los Angeles are accused of setting off on a cross-country trip last summer with the aim of freeing animals from farms that raise minks and foxes for furs.

July 10, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Traffic stop leads police to tons of pot

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Police in Central California said Thursday they seized more than 3 tons of packaged marijuana after pulling over a U-Haul driver who ran a red light.

July 10, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Angler Will Not Be Cited by CDFW for Hooking White Shark from Manhattan Beach Pier

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced they found no evidence state fishing laws were violated by an angler who hooked a white shark from the Manhattan Beach Pier.

July 10, 2014 | Source: California Department of Fish and Wildlife | Signal AP


Prostitute in Google exec case linked to 2nd death

MILTON, Ga. (AP) - Two months before police say a high-priced prostitute calmly left a Google executive dying from a heroin overdose on his yacht, the woman panicked on the phone with a 911 dispatcher as her boyfriend lay on the floor of their home in the throes of a fatal overdose.

July 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California man sentenced to 15 years for espionage

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a California chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28.3 million for a rare economic-espionage conviction for selling China a secret recipe to a widely used white pigment.

July 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


GOP leader asks Brown not to appeal teacher ruling

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican lawmakers are asking Gov. Jerry Brown not to appeal a Los Angeles judge's decision striking down tenure and other job protections for California teachers.

July 10, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Brown signs tax bill that will benefit Tesla plant

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation creating a $420 million tax credit for aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin that also includes language to help California-based electric car maker Tesla.

July 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Shelly Sterling returns to witness stand

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A day after being berated in court by her husband, Shelly Sterling returned to the witness stand Thursday in a trial to determine whether she has the right to sell Donald Sterling's Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

July 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Disabled people denied voting rights, group says

LOS ANGELES (AP) - At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation's largest county.

July 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Researchers try to save huge US salamander

CORYDON, Ind. (AP) - With a long, slimy body and beady eyes, North America's largest salamander wouldn't top any cutest animal lists. The hellbender's alien appearance and mysterious ways have earned the big amphibian a bad reputation and unflattering nicknames ranging from snot otter to devil dog.

July 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright.

July 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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