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Tests show Calif beach bonfires hurt air quality

SANTA ANA (AP) - Preliminary testing released Wednesday by regional air quality officials found that smoke from the beach bonfires that dot the Southern California coastline pollutes the air in nearby neighborhoods and on the beaches themselves.

May 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Search continues after fatal San Jose stabbings

SAN JOSE (AP) - Sheriff's deputies and K-9 teams continue to search a San Jose neighborhood for a man a sheriff's spokesman is describing as a "person of interest" after a 1-year-old boy and a 40-year-old woman were stabbed to death in a home in an unincorporated part of the city.

May 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: IRS acting commissioner has resigned

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced the resignation of the top official at the Internal Revenue Service following a controversy over the agency's targeting of conservative political groups.

May 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Los Angeles apartment evacuated and devices found

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A police bomb squad was detonating homemade explosive devices found in an apartment on Wednesday after a traffic stop revealed a potentially dangerous liquid in a man's car, authorities said.

May 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Holder defends subpoenas for AP telephone records

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress Wednesday that a serious national security leak required the secret gathering of telephone records at The Associated Press as he stood by an investigation in which he insisted he had no involvement.

May 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Shrinks, critics face off over psychiatric manual

CHICAGO (AP) - In the new psychiatric manual of mental disorders, grief soon after a loved one's death can be considered major depression. Extreme childhood temper tantrums get a fancy name. And certain "senior moments" are called "mild neurocognitive disorder."

May 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Google unveils maps, photo, music features

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google's sixth annual conference for software developers opened Wednesday with a chance for the company to showcase its latest services. Announcements included new features for online games, maps and search, a new music-streaming service and enhancements to its Google Plus social network, including tools for sharing and enhancing photos.

May 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


House panel set to OK cut in food stamp program

WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee rebuffed Democratic efforts Wednesday to keep the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program whole, as debate on the farm bill turned into a theological discourse on helping the poor.

May 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


OJ testifies in bid for new trial

LAS VEGAS (AP) - More than four years after the world last heard from O.J. Simpson in court, one of the nation's most famous prisoners spoke again Wednesday in a bid to win freedom from a sentence that could keep him behind bars until he dies.

May 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Convicted Pa. abortion doctor gets life in prison

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies born alive at his rogue clinic dodged a possible death sentence on Tuesday in a hasty post-verdict deal with prosecutors.

May 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Hikers won't have to pay cost of rescue

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two hikers lost for days in the Southern California wilderness won't be charged the $160,000 it took to find them.

May 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Justice investigating IRS targeting of tea party

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is investigating the Internal Revenue Service for targeting tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday, widening a probe that includes investigations by three committees in Congress.

May 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Tougher drunken driving threshold recommended

WASHINGTON (AP) - States should cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half- from .08 blood alcohol level to .05_matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries, a federal safety board recommended Tuesday. That's about one drink for a woman weighing less than 120 pounds, two for a 160-pound man.

May 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2 co-op startups in Ore. health insurance market

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Two startup cooperatives have joined a crowded health insurance market in Oregon, offering a consumer-run experience and hoping to draw customers who prefer smaller not-for-profits, or who support underdogs and alternative, DIY culture.

May 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Officials ID 3 of 5 found dead in northern Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Authorities have identified three of the five people found dead in string of homicides in northern Nevada.

May 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Brown OKs brown lawns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Under legislation that took effect Monday homeowner associations can no longer slap fines on residents with dry, brown lawns during droughts

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time.

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


Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet that was shot down last week over Ukraine.

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


Witness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay debts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

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


Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) - Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.

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


2 Americans die in Hamas fighting

Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel.

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police probe other attacks after transients killed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinderblocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday.

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


Obama voices concern about casualties in Mideast

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

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


Canyon Country resident scares off burglar

A resident surprised a burglar who broke into a home early Monday morning then ran off when confronted by the homeowner, sheriff's officials said.

July 21, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Comic-Con offers toy designers a chance to go wild

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.

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


UN to vote on crash resolution; Russia has doubts

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it.

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


Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says America's federal government contracts should not subsidize discrimination.

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


Drought hinders California's clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.

July 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry heads to Mideast in bid for cease-fire

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel.

July 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Helpful weather coming to Washington wildfires

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on a wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles.

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


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