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Hope dims for fiscal cliff agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) - A last-gasp effort Thursday to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts got off on the same convulsive, partisan tone that marked congressional attempts to resolve the impasse before lawmakers left Washington to go home for Christmas.

December 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Minn. soda shop rebuked for stocking candy smokes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Owners of an old-school soda shop in St. Paul, Minn., are being warned to kick the habit and stop stocking novelty candy cigarettes.

December 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Private picture of Mark Zuckerberg's family leaked

SEATTLE (AP) - Even Mark Zuckerberg's family can get tripped up by Facebook's privacy settings.

December 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 NY firefighters who survived gun ambush thankful

Two firefighters wounded by a gunman who set his upstate New York house ablaze and killed two of their colleagues in an ambush with weapons he wasn't allowed to own were on the mend Wednesday and said they were thankful for the support they've received.

December 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Storm blows through East; 135K in dark in Arkansas

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A muted version of a winter storm that has killed more than a dozen people across the eastern half of the country plodded across the Northeast on Thursday, trapping airliners in snow or mud and frustrating travelers still trying to return home after Christmas.

December 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Settlement reached in Toyota acceleration cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it has reached a settlement worth more than $1 billion in a case involving unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles.

December 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


New laws address gays, children, immigration

Measures on gay rights and child safety are among the top state laws taking effect at the start of 2013, along with attempts to prevent identity theft and perennial efforts to restrict abortion and illegal immigration.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fees undermine fliers' ability to compare fares

WASHINGTON (AP) - For many passengers, air travel is only about finding the cheapest fare.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Delays litter long road to vehicle rearview rules

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the private hell of a mother's grief, the sounds come back to Judy Neiman. The SUV door slamming. The slight bump as she backed up in the bank parking lot. The emergency room doctor's sobs as he said her 9-year-old daughter Sydnee, who previously had survived four open heart surgeries, would not make it this time.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Spokesman: George H.W. Bush in intensive care

HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever," but he is alert and talking to medical staff, his spokesman said Wednesday.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ailing Calif nuke plant faces questions on restart

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators Wednesday pressed the operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant for more analysis on its damaged steam generators, as the government considers when, or if, one of the seaside reactors can be restarted safely.

December 26, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lion habitat features big cats that worked at MGM

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - Dozens of lions that used to entertain tourists at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas now have a new day job.

December 26, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Patrick Dempsey brews up coffee shop purchase

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patrick Dempsey says he wants to rescue a coffee house chain and more than 500 jobs.

December 26, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Settlement reached in Toyota acceleration cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it has reached a settlement worth more than $1 billion in a case involving hundreds of lawsuits over acceleration problems in its vehicles.

December 26, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California snowpack above normal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Officials say several early season storms have pushed California's snowpack - which supplies much of the state's water - to well above normal levels.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


Senate on track to pass Ukraine aid bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is on track to approve sanctions against Russia and aid for Ukraine after Democrats withdrew a provision that was blocking Congress from issuing a sharp response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's military intervention in Crimea.

March 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bin Laden son-in-law convicted at NYC terror trial

NEW YORK (AP) - Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, the voice of fiery al-Qaida propaganda videotapes after the Sept. 11 attacks, was convicted Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans for his role as the terror group's spokesman.

March 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Satellite spots 122 objects in Malaysia jet search

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - A French satellite scanning the Indian Ocean for remnants of a missing jetliner found a possible plane debris field containing 122 objects, a top Malaysian official said Wednesday, calling it "the most credible lead that we have."

March 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California lawmakers reconsider bare-hand food ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are beginning to back away from a new law that bans bare-hand contact with food in restaurants and bars, with the Assembly Health Committee voting unanimously Tuesday to repeal and revisit the regulation.

March 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Facebook buys virtual reality co. Oculus for $2B

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook has agreed to buy Oculus for $2 billion, betting that its virtual reality may be a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained.

March 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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