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Napa Valley vintners prepare for drought

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


A Super Bowl ad is born: how 3 ads were created

NEW YORK (AP) - A timely Tweet that was praised. A story of a baby Clydesdale growing up that tugged at heart strings. A Jamaican accent that caused controversy.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mannequins get a makeover to look more real

NEW YORK (AP) - The one-size-fits-all mannequin is getting a much-needed makeover.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 missing Calif. girls found, 'appeared to be OK'

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A pair of missing girls set off a widespread and well-publicized search across Southern California, but it ended quietly as police found them within blocks of each other and close to their hometown.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Health care call center lawsuit alleges unpaid OT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Customer service workers at a call center for insurance exchanges established under the federal health care overhaul have sued their employer in federal court, saying they were forced to work unpaid overtime.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Buoyed by his characteristically soaring spirit, the surging crowd around him and a pair of canes, Pete Seeger walked through the streets of Manhattan leading an Occupy Wall Street protest in 2011.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Prospectors take advantage of California drought

AUBURN, Calif. (AP) - Gold prospectors are eyeing Northern California riverbeds, hoping to spot something shiny, as water levels dip to historically low levels during the drought,

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


States consider reviving old-fashioned executions

ST. LOUIS (AP) - With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama speech to challenge Congress on minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Challenging lawmakers to help him create greater economic opportunity, President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday to announce he's raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, underscoring a go-it-alone strategy in an election year critical to Democrats' hopes for retaining Senate control.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Southerners warned of icy mess in days ahead

ATLANTA (AP) - Across the South, residents stocked up on fuel and groceries, schools and offices closed, and road crews were at the ready as a storm moved in Tuesday from the central U.S., threatening to bring snow, ice and subzero temperatures to a region more accustomed to air conditioners and sunscreen than parkas and shovels.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stocks open higher on Wall Street; Pfizer gains

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks rose for the first day in four after a big slump prompted by worries about emerging market economies. As well as watching company earnings, investors are awaiting the start of the Federal Reserve's January policy meeting.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-Marlboro man dies from smoking-related disease

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it came to portraying the rugged western outdoorsman who helped transform a pack of filtered cigarettes into the world's most popular brand, Marlboro Man Eric Lawson was the real deal.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California drought has ranchers selling cattle

AROMAS, Calif. (AP) - In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market's cattle auction on California's Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Avalanches cut off only road to Alaska city

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Highway access to the city at the end of the trans-Alaska pipeline has been cut off indefinitely by avalanches, including one that dammed a river and created a lake up to a half-mile long across the roadway in a 300-foot wide mountain canyon.

January 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for needlessly extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs.

August 29, 2014 | | Signal AP


Shelley Sterling: Ballmer eager to own Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling did not know who he was. But in short order she convinced him the team was worth an unprecedented $2 billion.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 California counties ask to form separate state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal.

August 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Southern California gets more waves as storm eases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - High surf generated by a former hurricane in the eastern Pacific rolled onto Southern California beaches again Thursday, showing signs of diminishing but still bringing warnings of possible property damage and dangerous rip currents.

August 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Military pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) - The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday, bringing to a sad end an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers.

August 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California Supreme Court pick confirmed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's nominee to the California Supreme Court was easily confirmed Thursday after a brief hearing.

August 28, 2014 | | Signal AP


NFL increases penalties for domestic violence

NEW YORK (AP) - NFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second under a new policy outlined by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

August 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Day 3 of big waves expected in Southern California

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A third day of huge waves, dangerous rip currents and potential flooding was expected Thursday in Southern California as the coast felt the ripple effects of Tropical Storm Marie churning off the Mexican coast.

August 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jolie, Pitt wed at chateau in France

NEW YORK (AP) - Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in the French hamlet of Correns, a spokesman for the couple says.

August 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Springsteen picture book out in November

NEW YORK (AP) - The Boss is getting into the picture book business.

August 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

GENEVA (AP) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are known now, the World Health Organization said Thursday as the United States announced plans to test an experimental Ebola vaccine.

August 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

August 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Governor, lawmakers agree on Hollywood tax credit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown say they have reached a deal that would offer $330 million a year in tax credits for Hollywood film productions over five years.

August 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

August 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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