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AP Exclusive: Soldier to admit Afghan massacre

SEATTLE (AP) - The Army staff sergeant charged with slaughtering 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty in a deal that requires him to recount the horrific attack for the first time, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

May 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


AP sources: Obama preparing to name Comey to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate former Bush administration official James Comey to head the FBI, people familiar with the decision said Wednesday.

May 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Cops: Letters to NYC mayor test positive for ricin

NEW YORK (AP) - Two threatening letters containing traces of the deadly poison ricin were sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington, police said Wednesday.

May 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Charities see influx of aid after Okla. tornado

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Donations are pouring into Oklahoma as people around the country look to help residents affected by last week's violent tornado outbreak, but charities also are receiving plenty of items they don't need - tons of used clothes, shoes and stuffed animals that take up valuable warehouse space and clog distribution networks.

May 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. bills intended to strengthen school safety

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate has unanimously passed two bills designed to better safeguard teachers and students from attacks.

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


Woman killed by Humvee driven by sleeping Marine

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. (AP) - California Highway Patrol authorities say a crash that killed a 26-year-old woman was caused by a Marine falling asleep at the wheel of a Humvee and drifting into oncoming traffic in Joshua Tree.

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


Calif. bill challenges Boy Scouts' policy on gays

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would use California's tax policy in an attempt to pressure the Boy Scouts of America into fully accepting gay members.

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


Driver in Calif crash that killed 5 unlicensed

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A young man identified by the coroner as the driver in a single-car crash that killed five teenagers did not have a valid driver's license, DMV officials said Wednesday.

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


Calif tunnels, delta restoration at $24.54 billion

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The massive twin-tunnel system that would carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and its accompanying delta habitat restoration plan will cost half a billion dollars more than previously reported, according to new estimates California state water officials released Wednesday.

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


Senate passes series of gun, ammunition bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Invoking the image of recent mass shootings, Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday passed a series of firearms bills intended to reduce the chances for widespread carnage even as opponents warned that the measures would not keep weapons from those intent on committing horrific crimes.

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


Officials to update repair work on Bay Bridge

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had another bolt problem involving the bicycle path, but it has since been fixed, a state transportation official said on Wednesday.

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


Magnitude-4.8 quake shakes S. California coast

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - The magnitude of a Southern California coastal earthquake has been revised upward slightly to 4.8.

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


Rep. Bachmann says she won't run for re-election

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman whose sharply conservative views on social and fiscal issues elevated her to a leader of the tea party movement, announced Wednesday she will not seek a fifth term but insisted the decision was unrelated to ethics inquiries or her near-loss last fall.

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


CSX: Md. train explosion caused by chemical cargo

ROSEDALE, Md. (AP) - Train operator CSX Transportation on Wednesday pointed to a hazardous chemical in a rail car as the source of an explosion on a derailed train near Baltimore that sparked a fire, rattled homes and damaged buildings. A company spokesman said officials still weren't sure what caused the sodium chlorate to explode in the first place, but it ignited another chemical in a second car.

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


Arrest made in Disneyland dry-ice blast

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Police have arrested a Disneyland employee on suspicion of placing a so-called dry ice bomb in a trash can at the theme park.

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


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High court upholds Mich. affirmative action ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions despite one justice's impassioned dissent that accused the court of wanting to wish away racial inequality.

April 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Yemen says strikes on al-Qaida base kill 55

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains. The government said 55 militants were killed so far.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


US: Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. Russia in turn accused authorities in Kiev of flagrantly violating the pact and declared their actions would not stand.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Stowaway teen forces review of airport security

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport's tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii - a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation's airline fleet.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Death count in ferry sinking tops 100

JINDO, South Korea (AP) - One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from a South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas.

April 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Keyshawn Johnson arrested in domestic dispute

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says former NFL and Southern California receiver Keyshawn Johnson has been arrested after a report of a domestic dispute.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


PG&E pleads not guilty in fatal pipeline blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to a dozen felony charges stemming from alleged safety violations in a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Teen rides in wheel well of Hawaii jet

HONOLULU (AP) - Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.

April 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


American wins Boston marathon

Meb Keflezighi of San Diego won the men's race in the Boston Marathon Monday, giving the city its long-hoped-for American champion a year after the bombings.

April 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules

GROTON, Conn. (AP) - With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the U.S. Navy for decades has staggered sailors' working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean's surface.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Survivors recall chaos, fear in Everest avalanche

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Survivors of Mount Everest's deadliest avalanche recalled scenes of panic and chaos, describing Sunday how they dug through snow with their hands and ice axes in hopes of finding their friends alive.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Easter morning delivery for space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space station astronauts got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sleeping girl killed after car drives into home

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a 16-year-old Southern California girl asleep in her bed has died after a driver accused of being drunk crashed his SUV into her home.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Colorado celebrates 4/20

DENVER (AP) - Denver police say they have issued 28 citations for public consumption of marijuana and arrested one person accused of attempting to distribute the drug so far this weekend as revelers celebrate the traditional pot holiday of April 20.

April 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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