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Flu Update: 29 dead across US

Nine more children or teens have died of the flu, bringing the nation's total this flu season to 29, health officials reported Friday.

January 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


House GOP may seek short-term debt limit extension

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - House Republicans may seek a quick, short-term extension of the government's debt limit, a move that would avoid an immediate default by the Treasury as the party seeks to maximize leverage in negotiations over spending cuts with President Barack Obama this spring, officials said Thursday.

January 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Algeria says most of hostages freed

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - The bloody three-day hostage standoff at a Sahara natural gas plant took a dramatic turn Friday as Algeria's state news service reported that nearly 100 of the 132 foreign workers kidnapped by Islamic militants had been freed.

January 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US home construction in 2012 highest in 4 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders started work on homes in December at the fastest pace in 4 ½ years and finished 2012 as their best year for residential construction since the early stages of the housing crisis.

January 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge considers San Francisco's public nudity ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge considering San Francisco's public nudity ban rejected arguments Thursday that simply disrobing in public was protected political speech akin to flag burning.

January 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Armstrong admits doping to Oprah

CHICAGO (AP) - Lance Armstrong confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, reversing more than a decade of denial.

January 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US commandos boost numbers to train Mexican forces

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is stepping up aid for Mexico's bloody drug war with a new U.S.-based special operations headquarters to teach Mexican security forces how to hunt drug cartels the same way special operations teams hunt al-Qaida, according to documents and interviews with multiple U.S. officials.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US slams hostage-taking; Clinton to call Algeria

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration appeared to be in the dark Thursday about a hostage situation at a natural gas plant in Algeria, where Algerian forces launched a military assault to free dozens of foreign hostages, including an unknown number of Americans, held by Islamist militants.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Opinions vary as Colorado movie theater reopens

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado cinema where 12 people were killed and dozens injured in a shooting rampage nearly six months ago reopens Thursday with a remembrance ceremony and a private screening of the fantasy film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" for survivors - but for some Aurora victims, the pain is still too much, the idea too horrific.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Algeria: Army rescues hostages, toll unclear

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - Algerian helicopters and special forces stormed a gas plant in the stony plains of the Sahara on Thursday to wipe out Islamist militants and free hostages from at least 10 countries. Bloody chaos ensued, leaving the fate of the fighters and many of the captives uncertain.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Video game puts players in shoes of Syrian rebels

BEIRUT (AP) - A new video game based on Syria's civil war challenges players to make the hard choices facing the country's rebels. Is it better to negotiate peace with the regime of President Bashar Assad, for example, or dispatch jihadist fighters to kill pro-government thugs?

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pacino to play Paterno in upcoming movie

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno in a movie about the late Penn State football coach.

January 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Poisoned lotto winner's body to be exhumed Friday

CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities plan to exhume the body of a Chicago businessman Friday in hopes of learning exactly how he ingested a lethal dose of cyanide.

January 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Subway 'crisis': Is footlong sub really 11 inches?

NEW YORK (AP) - What's in an inch? Apparently, enough missing meat, cheese and tomatoes to cause an uproar.

January 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Amtrak, California team up on high speed rail

WASHINGTON (AP) - The two biggest players in the nation's pursuit of high-speed rail said Thursday they'll work together to search for trains that will operate at up to 220 miles per hour along both coasts of the United States.

January 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Ebola death toll reaches 932; 1,700 cases: WHO

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - A Nigerian nurse who treated a man with Ebola is now dead and five others are sick with one of the world's most virulent diseases, authorities said Wednesday as the death toll rose to at least 932 people in four West African countries.

August 06, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Yelp CEO reviews his own business after 10 years

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After Yelp posted the first quarterly profit in its history last week, the online business review site got panned on Wall Street. The company's stock plummeted 11 percent the day after the results came out, wiping out its gains for the year.

August 06, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


New clashes break out in Lebanese border town

BEIRUT (AP) - Fighting erupted again Wednesday in a Lebanese border town held by Islamic extremists from neighboring Syria after a negotiated truce collapsed overnight. Muslim clerics launched new efforts to broker another cease-fire in what has been the most serious spillover to date from Syria's civil war.

August 06, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kansas GOP Sen. Roberts grabs early primary lead

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts on Tuesday seized an early lead over tea party favorite Milton Wolf in Kansas' primary as four states kicked off a busy month of contests to settle the ballots for November's midterm elections.

August 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Corrosion led pipe to burst that swamped UCLA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Corrosion and structural problems caused a pipe to burst that flooded a landmark athletic arena at the University of California, Los Angeles and submerged hundreds of cars, officials said Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Missing fishing boat captain has arrest warrant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A missing captain who may have abandoned his fishing boat when it got stranded off a popular San Francisco beach also has an outstanding warrant for his arrest, authorities said Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge construction

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Senior officials who oversaw construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly and deliberately brushed off criticism about construction problems and sought to keep information secret as part of an "institutionalized, if not malicious, lack of transparency in the project," a state Senate investigative report released Thursday found.

August 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama announces $33B in commitments for Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to strengthen America's financial foothold in Africa, President Barack Obama announced $33 billion in commitments Tuesday aimed at shifting U.S. ties with Africa beyond humanitarian aid and toward more equal economic partnerships.

August 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Poll: Obama health law is a tale of 2 Americas

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's health care law has become a tale of two Americas.

August 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nixon tapes released on resignation's anniversary

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) - Almost a decade after Richard Nixon resigned, the disgraced former president sat down with his one-time aide and told the tale of his fall from grace in his own words.

August 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: US general killed in Afghan attack

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire Tuesday on NATO troops at a military base, killing a U.S. two-star general and wounding some 15 people, among them a German brigadier general and a number of Americans troops, authorities said.

August 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: US companies to invest $14B in Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Tuesday announced $14 billion in commitments from U.S. businesses to invest in Africa, as representatives from nearly 100 American and African companies gathered in Washington to discuss ways to boost economic partnerships.

August 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Health groups decry US political efforts in Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) - Public health advocates and U.S. lawmakers are highly critical of the Obama administration's use of an HIV-prevention workshop in Cuba for political purposes, saying such clandestine efforts put health programs at risk around the world.

August 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2nd American infected with Ebola headed to Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - The second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa was en route to Atlanta on Tuesday after a customs and refueling stop in Maine.

August 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukrainian troops edge closer to rebel-held Donetsk

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian troops took control of a checkpoint Tuesday on the western edge of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk as the government makes further gradual advances to quash pro-Russian separatist forces in the east.

August 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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