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Feds take over Calif. high-risk insurance program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - About 17,000 Californians with serious medical problems will be moved from a state-run stopgap health insurance program to a federal plan starting in July, ensuring they will have no break in medical coverage until the national health care reforms kick in next year, state officials announced this week.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. sends rescue workers to Okla. tornado site

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is sending six specially trained urban search-and-rescue workers to Oklahoma to assist recovery efforts after Monday's tornado.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Point Mugu park reopening many areas after fire

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) - Many areas of sprawling Point Mugu State Park that have been off-limits since this month's big wildfire on the outskirts of Camarillo and Thousand Oaks will reopen in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Teachers credited with saving students in Okla.

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - The principal's voice came on over the intercom at Plaza Towers Elementary School: A severe storm was approaching and students were to go to the cafeteria and wait for their parents to pick them up.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate votes to make small cut to food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate voted Tuesday to keep a $400 million annual cut - or roughly a half of 1 percent - to the food stamp program as part of a major five-year farm bill.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dog day afternoon: dress your pooch for the beach

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Here's a rule that only applies to dog beaches: they are all clothing optional.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Arias asks for life in prison

PHOENIX (AP) - Jodi Arias begged jurors Tuesday to give her life in prison, saying she "lacked perspective" when she told a local reporter in an interview that she preferred execution to spending the rest of her days in jail.

May 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Photo gallery from Okla. tornado

These are just a few of the images from the Oklahoma City area which was devastated Monday by a huge tornado.

May 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Power of Okla. tornado dwarfs Hiroshima bomb

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wind, humidity and rainfall combined precisely to create the massive killer tornado in Moore, Okla. And when they did, the awesome amount of energy released over that city dwarfed the power of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima.

May 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


AP photographer sees kids pulled from rubble

Editor's Note: Oklahoma City-based AP photographer Sue Ogrocki was at the elementary school destroyed by a tornado and saw rescuers pulling children out of the rubble. This is her account of what she witnessed.

May 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Customs seizes elephant meat, dead primate in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Los Angeles have made some unusual seizures, including elephant meat, a dead primate and hundreds of handbags made from the skin of snakes, lizards and crocodiles.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Yahoo looks to regain its cool with Tumblr deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After falling woefully out of fashion, Yahoo wants to be cool again while catering to the capitalistic demands of its shareholders. That goal led CEO Marissa Mayer to make a $1.1 billion bet on online blogging forum Tumblr in a risky acquisition that revolves around the vision and instincts of a 26-year-old entrepreneur who dropped out of high school to pursue his dream of bringing more beauty and creativity to the Internet.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Officials say 24 killed in Okla. tornado

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Emergency crews combed the sticks and rubble remains of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday morning less than a day after a massive tornado slammed through the community, flattening homes and demolishing an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least seven children, and those numbers were expected to climb.

May 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: NPS hantavirus response followed policy

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Federal investigators probing the hantavirus outbreak blamed for three deaths at Yosemite National Park recommended on Monday that design changes to tent cabins and other privately run lodging first be reviewed by National Park Service officials.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Oklahoma twister tracked path of 1999 tornado

NEW YORK (AP) - Monday's powerful tornado in suburban Oklahoma City loosely followed the path of a killer twister that slammed the region in May 1999.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Italian conductor Claudio Abbado dies at 80

ROME (AP) - Claudio Abbado, a star in the great generation of Italian conductors who was revered by musicians in the world's leading orchestras for developing a strong rapport with them while still allowing them their independence, died Monday. He was 80.

January 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Urban streets named for MLK still struggle

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader: shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores.

January 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Monday

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

January 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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