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Allegretti, 'Captain Kangaroo' character, dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children's television show "Captain Kangaroo," has died. He was 86.

August 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


FBI meets plane in Philly after apparent threat

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Federal authorities are at Philadelphia's airport because of an apparent bomb threat made in connection with an incoming flight from Ireland.

August 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Obama says he'd save money by refinancing mortgage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he'd save money if he refinanced the mortgage on his Chicago home, but he hasn't jumped on current low interest rates because "when you're president you have to be a little careful about these transactions."

August 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Benefit of mobile apps for toddlers questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) - Can a mobile app really teach a baby to find her nose? Or learn to recognize letters and numbers? Not according to an advocacy group that filed a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that two popular baby app developers - Fisher-Price Inc. and Open Solutions - are trying to dupe parents into thinking their online games make infants and toddlers smarter.

August 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


SoCal wildfire 73 percent contained

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - A smoldering wildfire in Riverside County southwest of Lake Elsinore is 73 percent contained.

August 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Close friend becomes suspect in California death

LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) - The children treated him like an uncle. He was close friends with their parents.

August 07, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stores with past Powerball winners lure crowds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Ticketholders aren't the only ones who benefit from a win like the one expected in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, estimated at $425 million so far. Stores known for selling winning tickets also see their business pick up as superstitious dreamers pour in, hoping luck will strike again.

August 07, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt army says 60 militants in Sinai killed

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's military spokesman says 60 militants have been killed and 103 arrested on the Sinai Peninsula as part of the army's operations there over the past month.

August 07, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Evacuations over, flames calm at Lake Elsinore fire

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - Residents from about 50 homes that were the last under evacuation orders near a Riverside County wildfire were allowed to return home Tuesday night as firefighters made consistent progress against the blaze.

August 07, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama cancels summit with Putin

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama on Wednesday canceled his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

August 07, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Study disputes link between combat and suicide

CHICAGO (AP) - Combat appears to have little or no influence on suicide rates among U.S. troops and veterans, according to a military study that challenges the conventional thinking about war's effects on the psyche.

August 07, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. FORT HOOD DEFENDANT ADMITS HE WAS THE SHOOTER

August 07, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: Terror threat requires 'every precaution'

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - President Barack Obama says the threat of an imminent terrorist attack against Americans is, in his words, "significant enough that we're taking every precaution."

August 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama 'disappointed' in Russia's Snowden decision

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - President Barack Obama says he is "disappointed" that Russia granted temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

August 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Groups sue to block demolition at ex-nuclear site

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Several environmental groups on Tuesday sued state regulators over the cleanup of a former nuclear research lab, saying low-level radioactive waste was improperly shipped to landfills.

August 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Complaint: Ex-Blue Angels head led lewd workplace

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former commanding officer of the Navy's Blue Angels allowed, and in some cases encouraged, sexually explicit humor and inappropriate comments among members of the famed precision flying team, the U.S. Navy contended Wednesday.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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