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Boston crime boss faces once-loyal crony

BOSTON (AP) - His hands on his hips in a you-want-a-piece-of-me stance, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi glared at James "Whitey" Bulger in the courtroom, and the two men snarled what sounded like obscenities at each other.

July 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


IRS watchdog 'disturbed' agency withheld documents

WASHINGTON (AP) - The investigator who wrote a scathing report about the Internal Revenue Service targeting tea party groups says he is "disturbed" the agency withheld newly released documents showing progressive groups may also have been singled out for additional scrutiny.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Internet shows its muscle by making Emmy history

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Emmy Awards are television's biggest celebration of itself, but this year's ceremony will face an intruder: "House of Cards," the first online series to nab a top nomination with its best drama series.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California unemployment falls to 8.5 percent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's unemployment rate has fallen to 8.5 percent as the state continues to close the gap on the national jobless rate.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Napolitano approved as Calif. university president

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California governing board has approved Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as the first female president of the 10-campus college system.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds fine St. Louis drug maker $3.5 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A St. Louis-based drug maker is paying $3.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit that it illegally paid doctors to prescribe out-of-date antidepressants and sleep aids to Medicare and Medicaid patients.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Perry signs sweeping Texas abortion restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the state's clinics that provide the procedure, a final step for the Republican-backed measure after weeks of sometimes raucous protests at the state Capitol.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Prices bouncing back for California housing market

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Home prices across California are surging, but inventory levels remain stubbornly low, according to the latest figures from the real estate tracking firm DataQuick released Thursday.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


S. Calif. fire forces evacuation of mountain town

HEMET, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire in the Southern California mountains shut down the famed Pacific Crest Trail and was threatening a popular tourist destination Thursday, forcing the evacuation of an estimated 6,000 residents and tourists.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. city to pay $1.5M in police dog bite case

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area city has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging a police dog mistakenly bit an elderly man who then had to have part of his leg amputated and later died.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Senators ready to restore lower college loan rates

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan compromise on student loans promises better deals for students and parents over the next few years but could spell higher rates if it gets more expensive for the government to borrow money as expected.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UK investigators: Disable locator beacon on 787s

LONDON (AP) - U.K. air accident investigators recommended Thursday that aviation authorities temporarily disable a Honeywell emergency transmitter on all Boeing 787 Dreamliners following a fire last week at London's Heathrow Airport.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mandela improving on 95th birthday

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday with acts of charity on Thursday, a milestone capped by news that the former president's health was improving after fears that he was close to death during ongoing hospital treatment.

July 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The zombies, superheroes, space aliens, pirates and time travelers taking over the streets of downtown San Diego can only mean one thing: Comic-Con is here!

July 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


ACLU: Police record license plates by the millions

WASHINGTON (AP) - You can drive, but you can't hide.

July 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

PARIS (AP) - David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing at next month's Cannes Film Festival.

April 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

BRUSSELS (AP) - NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.

April 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


SpaceX will try again Fri. to launch station cargo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

April 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

NEW YORK (AP) - Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism threats, but they said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place.

April 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Disney Channel's 'Jessie' breaks romantic ground

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The title character of "Jessie" heads in an unprecedented direction for a Disney Channel series: toward the altar.

April 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers.

April 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California delays decision on protecting gray wolf

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Advocates for the gray wolf in California will have to wait 90 days before learning if the animal will be listed as endangered, a state board decided Wednesday. Ranchers and state wildlife officials oppose granting the species legal protections.

April 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

BOSTON (AP) - Police stepped up patrols near the Boston Marathon finish line after a masked man walked in the street with a rice cooker in his backpack only hours after the city marked the anniversary of last year's deadly bombing.

April 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US

BEIJING (AP) - Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas.

April 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


German Shepherd called for jury duty

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) - At least one prospective juror in New Jersey could take a bite out of crime.

April 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - They're called leggings - popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.

April 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

WASHINGTON (AP) - Anxious students - not to mention their parents - can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years.

April 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge blocks Massachusetts ban on painkiller

BOSTON (AP) - A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro.

April 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.

April 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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