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Kissing protest follows arrest in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The arrest of a man after a woman objected to him kissing his female companion in public has prompted a "kiss-in" protest in a conservative Mexico city.

August 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Elite colleges transform online higher education

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offered its first free online course this spring, Ashwith Rego jumped at the chance to learn from some of the world's leading researchers - without leaving his home in India.

August 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Newspaper says Caltrans found problems with tests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California Department of Transportation engineering team has uncovered a broader range of problems with the safety testing of roadways and bridges in California, including tests of work performed on the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.

August 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tahoe Shakespeare festival produces 4-legged star

RENO, Nev. (AP) - This summer's Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival has produced an unlikely star: a deaf pit bull named Michael who narrowly escaped euthanasia.

August 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: Ohio man shoots wife in hospital ICU

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A 66-year-old man entered a hospital intensive care unit and shot his 65-year-old wife while standing at her bedside, Ohio police said.

August 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


McCain, Haley among first announced for GOP confab

WASHINGTON (AP) - A trio of female firsts and three former GOP presidential contenders are among the first speakers disclosed for August's Republican National Convention.

August 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Israel had reports of impending attack from Egypt

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli intelligence services had reports of an impending attack from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and therefore were able to thwart the latest assault by suspected Islamist militants who killed 16 Egyptian soldiers at a border checkpoint, then stole two of their vehicles to burst through a security fence into Israel, Israel's chief military spokesman said Monday.

August 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA rover Curiosity lands on Mars after plummet

PASADENA (AP) - In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet's past.

August 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Many wildfire evacuation orders lifted in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Many Oklahoma residents forced to leave their homes because of raging wildfires were allowed to return Sunday, despite some blazes continuing to burn and emergency shelters remaining open in four communities.

August 05, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


1 dead, 9 injured in lightning strike at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - A lightning strike in the parking lot at Pocono Raceway after a rain-shortened NASCAR race Sunday killed one person and injured nine others, racetrack officials said.

August 05, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


7 dead in Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) - A gunman opened fire Sunday and killed six people at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with the first officer to respond to the chaotic scene, authorities said.

August 05, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Oregon man's Facebook post sparks airline backlash

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A longtime Oregon concert promoter sparked an online backlash against Alaska Airlines with a Facebook post describing what he called "the worst of humanity."

August 05, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Veterinarian arrested after dog in locked car dies

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California veterinarian has been arrested after a dog locked in his car suffered a seizure and died.

August 05, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP source: Loughner would get life in shooting

A person familiar with the Jared Lee Loughner case says a court-appointed psychiatrist will testify Tuesday that Loughner is competent to enter a plea in the murders and attempted murders including the wounding of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

August 05, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Southwest says computer glitch caused ticket woes

DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Airlines' attempt to thank its Facebook friends with a half-price ticket sale backfired when customers were inadvertently billed multiple times for a single flight - they're not feeling the "luv."

August 05, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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California killer given additional death sentence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given an additional death sentence Friday.

August 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


44 killed in Gaza; Israeli soldier feared captured

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in a southern town in the war-ravaged strip, killing at least 44 Palestinians. The Israeli military said two soldiers were killed and an infantry officer was feared captured during fighting.

August 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA water main repair could take days

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

August 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US employers add 209K jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery.

August 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


TV news chopper pilot had no license

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man who worked for years as a Northern California helicopter news pilot without a legal pilot's license has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft.

July 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Proposed bullet train wins court victory

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appellate court on Thursday overturned two lower court rulings that had stalled funding for California's $68 billion bullet train, handing a big win to Gov. Jerry Brown's signature project and allowing the state to resume selling bonds to pay for it.

July 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-mayor of Bell get 1-year sentence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former mayor of the scandal-ridden city of Bell was sentenced to serve a year in Los Angeles County jail and five years of probation.

July 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Candidate for Calif. governor goes homeless

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor in the nation's most populous state.

July 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Invasive Species Action Week kicks off

Non-native plants and animals that have invaded California over the decades will be the focus of the state Department of Fish and Game's annual California Invasive Species Action Week, which kicks off on Saturday.

July 31, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Panasonic, Tesla to build big US battery plant

TOKYO (AP) - American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mansion or shack? It's the $1M question

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Swimming pool with a hot tub. Four bedrooms and four-car garage. Granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. That's what $ 1 million will buy you in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Panasonic, Tesla to build big US battery plant

TOKYO (AP) - American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs.

July 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. job market strengthens, but many don't feel it

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent. And the July jobs report being released Friday will likely show a sixth straight month of healthy 200,000-plus gains.

July 31, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the problem-plagued Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans sought to win over reluctant, tea party conservatives on a border security bill.

July 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Sorting out the claims after pipe break: Who pays?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hundreds of cars submerged below murky water. A landmark basketball court, newly refurbished, showing signs of buckling. Soaked and stained carpets. An athletic track coated in mud.

July 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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