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California foster care official faces embezzlement charges

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A Temecula woman is charged with embezzling nearly $400,000 earmarked for foster children and spending it on vacations and mortgage payments.

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hip-hop version of 'Othello' resonates behind bars

CHICAGO (AP) - Act I, Scene 1: Four actors in well-worn coveralls and baseball caps take the stage at the county jail. They're here to tell a tale of love, friendship, jealousy and betrayal. It's the stuff of Shakespearean tragedy. The names and themes haven't changed over the centuries, but the language has a modern beat:

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Sierra fire puts some holiday tourists in quandary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The huge Sierra Nevada wildfire and its smoke plume have caused some fearful tourists to opt out of plans for the last big travel weekend of the summer, but most appear intent to go through with vacations to destinations such as Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe.

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: U.S. finds itself with only 1 Syria partner: France

PARIS (AP) - The United States found itself Friday with France as its only major partner in a potential strike against Syria, after a stunning rejection of military force in Parliament forced Britain, America's staunchest ally, to pull out of any operation.

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds won't sue to stop marijuana use in 2 states

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite 75 years of federal marijuana prohibition, the Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it - as long as the weed is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Doctor: Valerie Harper's cancer close to remission

NEW YORK (AP) - Valerie Harper's doctor says the actress' brain cancer is getting close to remission.

August 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Liberace's one-time Vegas mansion sells for $500K

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 15,000-square-foot Las Vegas mansion once owned by Liberace was sold for $500,000 in cash to a British businessman who said he learned to play the piano after being inspired by the flamboyant performer.

August 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Powerful storms hit inland Southern California

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Powerful thunderstorms are lashing inland areas of Southern California east of Los Angeles.

August 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Support flows in for sick desert tortoises

LAS VEGAS (AP) - News that hundreds of threatened desert tortoises face euthanasia with the pending closure of a refuge near Las Vegas has generated a storm of reaction that has government officials scrambling to find alternatives and fielding offers from people wishing to adopt the reptiles or make donations.

August 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fast-food workers stage largest protests yet

NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food workers in dozens of U.S. cities walked off the job Thursday in their largest round of protests yet, saying they cannot get by on what they earn and must have higher wages.

August 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge: NFL, players to settle concussion lawsuits

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The NFL has reached a tentative $765 million settlement over concussion-related brain injuries among its 18,000 retired players, agreeing to compensate victims, pay for medical exams and underwrite research.

August 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


San Diego mayor's indiscretions went unnoticed

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is leaving office in disgrace amid sexual harassment allegations and many unanswered questions, including how someone who acknowledged mistreating women for many years could have survived for so long in politics.

August 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Ban Ki-moon pleads for time on Syria investigation

VIENNA (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that U.N. experts seeking to collect evidence from an apparent chemical attack in Syria that killed hundreds of people will report to him as soon as they leave the country Saturday.

August 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Americans driving less as car culture wanes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Driving in America has stalled, leading researchers to ask: Is the national love affair with the automobile over?

August 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama offers new gun control steps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations.

August 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Photographer sues Bieber over Hawaii altercation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A photographer who says he was assaulted by Justin Bieber's bodyguard on a Hawaii beach last year is suing the pop singer for assault and negligence.

August 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


CHP says officer may face serious beating charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped repeatedly striking a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway could face serious charges, the agency said Wednesday after forwarding its investigation to the district attorney.

August 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Los Angeles port welcomes massive rubber duck

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Port of Los Angeles is welcoming an unusual visitor - the world's biggest bath toy.

August 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration.

August 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.

August 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press.

August 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


BofA reaches $17B settlement with US

WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials familiar with the deal say Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion settlement with federal and state authorities over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.

August 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to continue to confront Islamic State militants despite the beheading of an American journalist in Iraq, standing firm in the face of the militants' threats to kill another hostage unless the U.S. military changes course.

August 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


And the Emmy winners are...? We're happy to guess!

Truth be told, we're both perplexed about which Emmy nominees will carry trophies home from Monday's ceremony.

August 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Unrest grows in Liberian slum sealed to halt Ebola

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Liberian security forces sealed off a seaside slum in the capital Wednesday in the latest effort to stop the spread of Ebola, setting off protests by angry residents.

August 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) - About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a standoff that lasted more than 20 hours.

August 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - A Ukrainian official says government troops have taken control of a large part of Luhansk - a besieged rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine - after days of street battles.

August 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

OAKHURST (AP) - Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes.

August 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Students were planning a ‘massacre’

SOUTH PASADENA (AP) - Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday.

August 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Lawmakers target immigrant driver's license scams

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Legislation sent to the governor's desk Tuesday intends to crack down on people who try to make immigrants pay unnecessary fees for driver's licenses.

August 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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