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Woman pleads guilty in 'total identity theft' case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - An illegal immigrant accused of assuming the persona of a Texas teacher pleaded guilty Monday in a case that put a face on the growing crime of "total identity theft" in the United States.

January 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US banks try to clean up remaining mortgage mess

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. banks have taken another step to clear away the wreckage of the 2008 financial crisis by agreeing to pay $8.5 billion to settle charges that they wrongfully foreclosed on millions of homeowners.

January 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mock Mars trek finds down-to-Earth sleep woes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Astronauts have a down-to-Earth problem that could be even worse on a long trip to Mars: They can't get enough sleep. And over time, the lack of slumber can turn intrepid space travelers into drowsy couch potatoes, a new study shows.

January 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Letterman says he sees psychiatrist weekly

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Three years after an extortion scandal that led him to bare his infidelities, David Letterman said he sees a psychiatrist once a week to try to be the person that he believed he was.

January 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Snakes on a Plane' director David R. Ellis dies

David R. Ellis, the actor-turned-stuntman-turned-director of "Snakes on a Plane," has died. He was 60 years old.

January 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Magistrate refuses to stop targeted CA pot shops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A medical marijuana dispensary that bills itself as the nation's largest has won another round in its fight to stay open amid a federal crackdown.

January 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Trial resumes for boy in father's death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The prosecution rested Monday after calling one final witness in its case against the son of a Southern California neo Nazi leader charged with killing his father when he was 10 years old.

January 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. bill would regulate ammunition sales

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A California assemblywoman introduced a bill on Monday that aims to regulate ammunition sales.

January 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. governor wants out-of-state inmates back

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown wants to end a 6-year-old program that has sent thousands of California inmates to private prisons in other states. But he may not get the chance unless he can persuade federal judges to revise a court order that limits the number of inmates the state can hold.

January 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge: Release unredacted Calif. priest files

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Monday ordered the release of thousands of pages of personnel files that would identify Roman Catholic priests accused of child molestation and their leaders in the church.

January 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Chicago lottery winner died from cyanide poisoning

CHICAGO (AP) - With no signs of trauma and nothing to raise suspicions, the sudden death of a Chicago man just as he was about to collect nearly $425,000 in lottery winnings was initially ruled a result of natural causes.

January 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Unusual respite from surging health care costs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans kept health care spending in check for three years in a row, the government reported Monday, an unusual respite that could linger if the economy stays soft or fade like a mirage if job growth comes roaring back.

January 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gov't spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration spent more money on immigration enforcement in the last fiscal year than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined, according to a report on the government's enforcement efforts from a Washington think tank.

January 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Harlem Globetrotters win basketball game on ice

PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) - The Harlem Globetrotters say they hope that deprived NHL fans have taken some comfort in watching basketball on ice.

January 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. serial killer gets prison for NYC slayings

NEW YORK (AP) - A California serial killer who left a trail of brutalized women's bodies in his wake was sentenced Monday in New York to an additional 25 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering two young women here in the 1970s.

January 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Strong earthquake strikes Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - A powerful, magnitude-7.5 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.

April 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Affidavit: Smuggler threats follow Puig from Cuba

MIAMI (AP) - The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents.

April 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast.

April 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Chelsea Clinton expecting first child

WASHINGTON (AP) - Call it the year of the baby: Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year.

April 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Weak Barbie sales weigh on Mattel 1Q

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Toy maker Mattel says weak sales of Barbie and markdowns to clear out excess inventory left over from a sluggish holiday season led to an unexpected first-quarter loss.

April 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California dentist convicted of patient assault

MERCED, Calif. (AP) - A Central Valley dentist accused of groping four female patients while they were sedated is facing three years in prison after pleading no contest to sexual battery charges.

April 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Diplomats eye joint statement on Ukraine

GENEVA (AP) - High-level talks aimed at calming soaring tensions over the crisis in Ukraine went into overtime on Thursday with top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine attempting to forge a common position on how to de-escalate the situation.

April 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

PARIS (AP) - David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing at next month's Cannes Film Festival.

April 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

BRUSSELS (AP) - NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.

April 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


SpaceX will try again Fri. to launch station cargo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

April 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

NEW YORK (AP) - Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism threats, but they said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place.

April 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Disney Channel's 'Jessie' breaks romantic ground

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The title character of "Jessie" heads in an unprecedented direction for a Disney Channel series: toward the altar.

April 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers.

April 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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