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UPDATE: Film critic Roger Ebert dies at age 70

CHICAGO (AP) - Roger Ebert, the nation's best-known film reviewer who with fellow critic Gene Siskel created the template for succinct thumbs-up or thumbs-down movie reviews, died Thursday. He was 70.

April 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Philadelphia gets ready to play 'Pong' on building

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia is getting ready for a supersized game of "Pong" - on the side of a skyscraper.

April 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Goat that walked into Mont. bar was taken from zoo

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - So the goat that walked into a Montana bar last weekend ... was stolen from a petting zoo.

April 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Conn. governor signs sweeping gun limits into law

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who four months ago broke the news to shocked parents that their children had been slaughtered in a Connecticut elementary school, signed into law Thursday sweeping new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines similar to the ones used by the man who gunned down 20 child and six educators in the massacre.

April 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Conn. Senate approves sweeping gun control bill

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Senate on Wednesday approved sweeping new restrictions on weapons and large-capacity magazines, a response to last year's deadly Newtown elementary school shooting that would give the state some of the country's tightest gun control laws.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama fundraises, catches Keystone heat in Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Barack Obama is raising money for the Democratic Party in California, eager to weaken his Republican opposition in Congress even as he confronts protests from his liberal flank over a contested oil pipeline project that is awaiting approval from his administration.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Search resumes for second hiker

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) - Crews resumed the search for one of two teenage hikers missing in Southern California's Cleveland National Forest, the morning after her male companion was found dehydrated and disoriented in heavy brush.

April 04, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 with gang ties sought in CO prison chief death

DENVER (AP) - Authorities investigating the death of Colorado's prisons chief told law enforcement officers Wednesday to be on the lookout for two known associates of a white supremacist prison gang.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama to return 5 percent of salary to Treasury

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sharing a bit of budget pain, President Barack Obama will return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in a show of solidarity with federal workers smarting from government-wide spending cuts.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


North Korea clears its military to attack U.S. with nukes

PAJU, South Korea (AP) - North Korea warned early Thursday that its military has been cleared to attack the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear" weapons, while the U.S. said it was strengthening protection in the region and seeking to defuse the situation.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lewinsky lawyer William H. Ginsburg dies at 70

LOS ANGELES (AP) - William H. Ginsburg, who was Monica Lewinsky's first lawyer during the sex scandal involving President Bill Clinton, has died. He was 70.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. bill would require panic alarms in schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A bill that would require panic alarms in California schools has passed a legislative committee.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews try to corral cruise ship that tore loose

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The crippled cruise ship whose sewage-filled breakdown in the Gulf of Mexico subjected thousands to horrendous conditions tore loose Wednesday from the dock where it's being repaired, lumbered downriver and crunched into a cargo ship.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US missile defense shield to counter NKorea threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the face of escalating threats from North Korea, the Pentagon said Wednesday it will deploy a missile defense system to Guam to strengthen the Asia-Pacific region's protections against a possible attack.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Clinton and White House try to shrug off split

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) - In yet another twist to a complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered on Martha's Vineyard following a foreign policy split.

August 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Robin Williams: Bay Area made him feel normal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Robin Williams was everywhere in San Francisco, it seemed, as he made a place for himself in the everyday fabric of a city where he once said he passed for normal.

August 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama weighing options for rescuing Iraqi refugees

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama is considering a range of military options, including airlifts and creating safe passages, for rescuing thousands of Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain, and is expected to make a decision in days, the White House said Wednesday.

August 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine-bound Russian convoy stuck amid bickering

VORONEZH, Russia (AP) - Hundreds of Russian trucks carrying aid intended for rebel-held eastern Ukraine remained parked Wednesday in the southern city of Voronezh, their fate shrouded in mystery as Ukraine accused Moscow of plotting to use them as a cover for invasion.

August 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


W-I-N-N-E-R! Oregon man crowned Scrabble champ

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A 24-year-old Portland, Oregon player has been crowned the national Scrabble champion.

August 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


L.A. to pay $26M over garbage-truck nap ban lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council has finalized a $26 million payment to settle a lawsuit over a ban on lunchtime naps by garbage-truck drivers.

August 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP video journalist, translator killed in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - An Associated Press video journalist and a freelance Palestinian translator were killed Wednesday when ordnance left over from the Israeli-Hamas war exploded as they were reporting on the conflict's aftermath.

August 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


As African medics die of Ebola, debate over drugs continues

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - A leading physician in Sierra Leone's fight against Ebola has died from the disease, an official said Wednesday, as it emerged that another top doctor last month was considered for an experimental treatment.

August 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Authorities: California man admits killing family

GOLETA (AP) - A man stabbed to death his elderly father, then killed his two young sons, his mother and finally the family dog. He then calmly called police to the home on California's Central Coast and told detectives the killings were his destiny, authorities said Tuesday.

August 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89

NEW YORK (AP) - Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep" and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood's most storied marriages, died Tuesday at age 89.

August 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Apple's tech jobs held mostly by white, Asian men

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics.

August 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Clippers sale to Steve Ballmer goes through

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Steve Ballmer officially became the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

August 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Sheriff: Robin Williams hanged himself

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his San Francisco Bay Area home, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

August 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pacers believe Paul George will make full recovery

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Pacers expect Paul George to make a full recovery from the compound fracture in his right leg. They're just not expecting that to happen this season.

August 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Iraq isn't Syria: Congress on board this time

WASHINGTON (AP) - Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq.

August 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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