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Fewest Americans since 2007 seek jobless benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, the fewest since October 2007 - a sign of dwindling layoffs and steady if modest job growth.

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


Free flow of racy content a headache for parents

Until this summer, few people outside the R&B music scene knew who Robin Thicke was. Then came his new song "Blurred Lines" and an unrated online video to promote it.

August 15, 2013 | by Jim Holt | Signal AP


Japan shrine still flashpoint 68 years after war

TOKYO (AP) - In the steamy heat of mid-August, the tranquil, cherry tree-shaded grounds of Yasukuni Shrine in the heart of Tokyo seem an unlikely hotbed of provocation.

August 15, 2013 | by Jim Holt | Signal AP


Abductor, teen exchanged 13 calls

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Court papers shed new light on the slayings of a California mother and son and abduction of a teenager by a family friend, revealing that the suspect tortured his victims before he killed them and exchanged more than a dozen calls earlier that day with the teen.

August 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Olympics 'Bond' skydiver killed

GENEVA (AP) - He wasn't a competitor, but Mark Sutton still got one of the biggest cheers of the 2012 Olympics.

August 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Manning takes stand, apologizes for hurting US

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Pfc. Bradley Manning took the stand Wednesday at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks case and apologized for hurting his country, pleading with a military judge for a chance to go to college and become a productive citizen.

August 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. IN EGYPT, BLOODIEST DAY SINCE START OF ARAB SPRING

August 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Police storm protest camps; nearly 300 dead

CAIRO (AP) - In Egypt's bloodiest day since the Arab Spring began, riot police Wednesday smashed two protest camps of supporters of the deposed Islamist president, touching off street violence that officials said killed nearly 300 people and forced the military-backed interim leaders to impose a state of emergency and curfew.

August 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jackson's ex-wife testifies about his fear of pain

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson's ex-wife broke into tears on Wednesday when she took the witness stand in a civil case and described the singer's fear of pain and trust of physicians.

August 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Nevada petroglyphs the oldest in North America

PYRAMID LAKE, Nev. (AP) - Ancient rock etchings along a dried-up lake bed in Nevada have been confirmed to be the oldest recorded petroglyphs in North America, dating back at least 10,000 years.

August 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


So. Calif. home sales soar in July, prices steady

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California's recovering housing market remains red-hot with sales hitting an eight-year high for July and prices remaining firm, a real estate research firm said Tuesday.

August 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2 journalists killed in Egypt turmoil

CAIRO (AP) - A cameraman for British broadcaster Sky News and a Dubai-based newspaper reporter were killed during violence in Egypt on Wednesday, their employers said.

August 14, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


UPS jet crashes near Birmingham airport, 2 dead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A UPS cargo plane crashed into a field near the Birmingham airport Wednesday, killing two pilots and scattering wreckage over a rural area moments after witnesses heard the massive A300 jet coming in at treetop level.

August 14, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


UPDATE: 30 months prison for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

August 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Police kill La. bank hostage taker; 1 hostage dies

ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) - A man who believed a device had been implanted in his head shot two hostages, killing one, at a rural Louisiana bank before state police ended the hours-long standoff by shooting him dead.

August 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Obama: Any misconduct at VA will be punished

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to head off a growing furor over veterans' health care, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that allegations of misconduct at Veterans Affairs hospitals are "dishonorable" and will be not be tolerated by his administration.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Police dig into fatal shooting of Jace's wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jace projected the image of a doting, hands-on father and husband to neighbors, but authorities say they are now trying to determine what prompted the veteran actor to apparently shoot and kill his wife while their young sons were in the home.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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