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Officials: France in Mali until July or later

PARIS (AP) - French troops will stay in the West African country of Mali at least until July, amid tougher-than-expected resistance from Islamic fighters, officials have told The Associated Press, despite earlier government promises to begin a quick pullout within weeks.

February 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire forces evacuations in Riverside County

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Riverside County firefighters say evacuations are under way as a fast-moving blaze near a number of homes and buildings continues to grow in Rancho Jurupa Regional Park.

February 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama urges court to overturn gay marriage ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a historic argument for gay rights, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban and turn a skeptical eye on similar prohibitions across the country.

February 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


From eggs to film: A Japanese-American studio head

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - There isn't much "Hollywood" about Kevin Tsujihara.

February 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Brush fire erupts in LA's Cahuenga Pass

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A brush fire has broken out in Los Angeles near structures on the east side of the Hollywood Freeway at the top of the Cahuenga Pass.

February 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama to urge court to overturn CA's gay marriage ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration planned to ask the Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn California's ban on gay marriage and take a skeptical view of similar bans elsewhere, according to a person familiar with the government's legal filing in the California case.

February 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


All three women in SUV in Vegas attack found

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A week after a shooting and spectacular fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip, police said Thursday they have found and talked with all three women who were in an SUV with driver and accused shooter Ammar Harris.

February 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf buried at West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the no-nonsense Desert Storm commander famously nicknamed "Stormin' Norman," graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, soaking up it values: "Duty, Honor, Country."

February 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


SpaceX on verge of 3rd supply run to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The International Space Station is about to get another commercial shipment.

February 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rodman tells Kim Jong Un he has 'friend for life'

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman hung out Thursday with North Korea's Kim Jong Un on the third day of his improbable journey with VICE to Pyongyang, watching the Harlem Globetrotters with the leader and later dining on sushi and drinking with him at his palace.

February 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


9 California school districts file for federal waiver

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nine California school districts are submitting a joint application to the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver of stringent school standards and are proposing an alternative way to measure performance.

February 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


What the Pope said

The text of Pope Benedict XVI's comments, delivered to a roaring crowd in Castel Gandolfo:

February 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope, in final message, says he's a simple pilgrim

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI greeted the faithful for the last time as pope on Thursday, telling well-wishers that he is beginning the final stage of his life as "simply a pilgrim," hours before he becomes the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.

February 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Michelle Obama highlights obesity progress in MS

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) - Michelle Obama on Wednesday congratulated this Southern state for a more than 13 percent drop in its child obesity rates, saying its example should inspire the rest of the country.

February 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ohio court spars with lawyers in school Bible case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State Supreme Court justices sparred with lawyers on Wednesday in a heated hour of arguments over the extent to which a now-fired public school science teacher had the right to push his religious beliefs in class.

February 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


Gas explosion at Oxnard bakery injures 1

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a gas explosion at an Oxnard bakery has left one person injured.

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


Southern California freeway crash leaves 3 dead

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - Police say a car going the wrong way on the 210 Freeway crashed into another vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga, killing three people and seriously injuring two others.

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


How a flood of kids upended immigration debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's yearlong deliberation over immigration has taken a head-snapping detour.

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


Rebels take full control of plane crash bodies

TOREZ, Ukraine (AP) - Rebels in eastern Ukraine took control Sunday of the bodies recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and U.S. and European leaders demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin make sure rebels give international investigators full access to the crash site.

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


Bus becomes shower for homeless in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

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


Colleges woo Native Americans with new programs

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Elijah Watson knows he wants to go to college. He also knows that it will be difficult to leave home on the Navajo reservation if he does.

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


NY building shows how mod design stacks up as cool

NEW YORK (AP) - In a city piled high with ambitious architecture, a seven-floor structure off the beaten path boasts a distinction of its own: It's billed as the first multistory, modular-built apartment building to open in the nation's apartment capital.

July 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Thousands flee major battle with Israel in Gaza

JERUSALEM (AP) - Escalating their ground offensive, Israeli troops backed by tanks and warplanes battled Hamas militants in a crowded neighborhood of Gaza City early Sunday. The fighting, including heavy Israeli tank fire, killed scores of Palestinians, forced thousands to flee and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes.

July 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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