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Demand for US-born imams up in American mosques

ANAHEIM (AP) - Mustafa Umar, an imam in Southern California, is popular with the Muslim teenagers who attend his mosque. They pepper him with questions about sensitive topics like marijuana use, dating and pornography.

September 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope's blunt remarks pose challenge for bishops

NEW YORK (AP) - In recent years, many American bishops have drawn a harder line with parishioners on what could be considered truly Roman Catholic, adopting a more aggressive style of correction and telling abortion rights supporters to stay away from the sacrament of Communion.

September 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Small plane crashes in Vt. after detour; 2 hurt

MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS, Vt. (AP) - A small plane that couldn't land at its intended destination because of a hot air balloon festival ran out of fuel and crashed in Vermont on Saturday, injuring both men on board, police said.

September 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Unemployment checks delayed

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Tens of thousands of California residents aren't getting their unemployment checks on time because of computer problems at a state agency.

September 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Organization reviews chemical weapons data

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Technical experts at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were reviewing Saturday a further disclosure from Syria about its chemical weapons program.

September 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 Vietnam veterans awarded long-overdue medals

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two Vietnam veterans were awarded the Silver and Bronze Star medals Friday for their courage in a battle on a jungle hillside where more than 75 percent of the troops with them that day were killed or wounded.

September 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Colorado races to fix mountain roads before winter

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - With snow already dusting Colorado's highest peaks, the state is racing to replace key mountain highways washed away by flooding, in some cases laying down crude, one-lane gravel roads just to throw a lifeline to isolated towns before winter descends.

September 21, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


22 killed in shopping mall attack in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Gunmen threw grenades and opened fire Saturday killing at least 22 people in an attack targeting non-Muslims at an upscale mall in Kenya's capital that was hosting a children's day event, a Red Cross official and witnesses said.

September 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


TV's leading ladies celebrate before Emmys

BEVERLY HILLS - Television's leading ladies stepped out Friday night to celebrate at Variety and Women in Film's annual Emmys soiree.

September 21, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Chicago shooting shows gap in stepped-up policing

CHICAGO (AP) - A shooting that injured a 3-year-old boy and 12 others in Chicago occurred just outside a section of the city that police have flooded with officers, reigniting outrage over the toll of the community's gun violence and the inability of stepped-up police action to stop it.

September 21, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP Analysis: US-Russia Syria deal props up Assad

An AP News Analysis

September 21, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police kept Navy shooter's gun after 2004 arrest

SEATTLE (AP) - Police say Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis never got his gun back after a 2004 arrest in Seattle.

September 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Anchorage police seek friends of man left for dead

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage police hope a photograph of a severely beaten teenager will jog the memory of witnesses who can help piece together how he was left to die in an abandoned downtown home.

September 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dodgers make big splash in Arizona celebration

PHOENIX (AP) - How dare the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate in "our" swimming pool?

September 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Disney, Bruckheimer to end longtime partnership

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Walt Disney Co. has announced that it would not renew its first-look deal with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, bringing an end to a longtime partnership between the Hollywood icons.

September 20, 2013 | By the Associated Press | Signal AP


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Pakistan protester dies in clashes with police

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistani police are clashing with scattered pockets of anti-government protesters trying to advance on the prime minister's residence after a night of violence that saw hundreds wounded and the first death in more than two weeks of demonstrations.

August 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

BRUSSELS (AP) - Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia's increasing military involvement in Ukraine, European Union leaders on Sunday stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away.

August 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The Philippine military chief says more than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas in the Golan Heights that came under attack by Syrian rebels.

August 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


War Machine extradited on assault charges

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine has been extradited to Las Vegas to face charges he beat his porn star ex-girlfriend and then fled to California.

August 30, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

BEIRUT (AP) - Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict.

August 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Legislators wrap up with water, ethics, guns bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A year marked by the worst drought in a generation, the arrest of two state senators on federal corruption charges and a deadly rampage in a Santa Barbara college community drove support for legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown in the final weeks of the legislative session.

August 30, 2014 | | Signal AP


In quake, barrels became quarter-ton projectiles

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Napa Valley's seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not.

August 30, 2014 | | Signal AP


22 0f 26 trapped gold miners rescued in Nicaragua

BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) - Nicaraguan rescuers have saved 22 of at least 26 workers trapped in a mine collapse and were working Saturday to free the rest, officials said.

August 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Aleshin hospitalized after Fontana IndyCar crash

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was hospitalized in serious but stable condition Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale.

August 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


No place like home: Senate foes raise questions

ATLANTA (AP) - Two candidates officially live with their parents. One rents a room from a contributor. Another won and lost elections in one state, then moved to another in a bid to get back into the U.S. Senate.

August 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund

WASHINGTON (AP) - Western business connections are complicating efforts to bring economic sanctions against executives and companies closely aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle. A prime example: the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a $10 billion sovereign wealth fund that's escaped sanctions in spite of international efforts to punish Russia for its incursions in Ukraine.

August 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.

August 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California lawmakers pass first US plastic bag ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California mentally ill inmates get special units

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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