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Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Murder conviction against US Marine overturned

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The military's highest court overturned a murder conviction Wednesday against a Camp Pendleton Marine in one of the most significant cases against American troops from the Iraq war.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pats tight end charged with murder

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) - New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the shooting death of a friend prosecutors say had angered the NFL player at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people.

June 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kaiser Permanente fined $4 million by Calif agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State officials fined Kaiser Permanente $4 million, saying the health care giant failed to provide adequate mental health services, a newspaper reported.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Amtrak train hits car, killing driver, in La.

CADE, La. (AP) - An Amtrak train collided with a van on Wednesday and killed the woman driving the vehicle, which had stopped on the tracks at a railroad crossing near Lafayette, officials said.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Microsoft tweaks Windows 8, blamed for PC slump

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft on Wednesday released a preview version of an update to Windows 8, aiming to address some of the gripes people have with the company's flagship operating system.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mom sues Monster energy drink over teen's death

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The mother of a teenager who died from cardiac arrhythmia last year is blaming his death on Monster Beverage Corp., alleging in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that his death was caused by habitually drinking the company's energy drink.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


ASPCA uses USDA photos in fight over puppy mills

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is bolstering its campaign against puppy mills by showing photos of sick puppies and harsh kennel conditions taken by the federal agency that licenses commercial breeders.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Couple lets coffee drinkers choose baby name

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut couple has named its baby with help from customers at a Starbucks coffee shop.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Boxer releases statement in favor of court rulings on gay marriage

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) issued the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court's rulings in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor:

June 26, 2013 | Source: Office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer | Signal AP


Suspect in L.A. police shooting found dead

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man suspected of wounding a policeman and a probation officer was found dead Wednesday morning after a 13-hour standoff at a Willowbrook home, but another gunman sought in a separate ambush that wounded two detectives remained at large, police said.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama releases statement on Defense of Marriage Act

The following is a statement from President Barack Obama regarding today's Supreme Court decision to declare the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional:

June 26, 2013 | Source: White House Office of Communications | Signal AP


Prop. 8 ruling draws sober response in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A crowd gathered at San Francisco City Hall applauded the news that the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for same-sex marriages to resume in California, but the reaction was shaded by the knowledge that the high court had sidestepped the larger question of whether banning gay marriages is unconstitutional.

June 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate approves changes to enterprise zone program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate late Tuesday passed a compromise version of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to retool California's enterprise zone program in a way the governor hopes will encourage manufacturing and job growth.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Court decisions give victories to gay rights

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.

June 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Google faces up to image problem in Europe

AMSTERDAM (AP) - As Google bowed to a European court ruling to consider users' claims to remove embarrassing search results, the company took the first step toward preventing any more such punishing decisions - acknowledging it has an image problem in Europe.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fan-fueled red carpets present security challenge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Movie premieres are just like they look on TV: Throngs of fans competing with photographers and reporters for stars' attention. Cameras flash as beefy bodyguards escort couture-clad celebrities into the maelstrom.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Zuckerberg gives $120 million to public schools

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

May 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Shinseki resigns amid VA health care scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday in a personal meeting with President Barack Obama, shortly after publicly apologizing for deep problems plaguing the agency's health care system that Obama called "totally unacceptable."

May 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


How Google got states to legalize driverless cars

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers - not people - became convinced that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: Driverless cars were almost certainly illegal.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police knew about killer's videos during check

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office deputies checking on Elliot Rodger three weeks before he killed six college students were aware of, but didn't view, disturbing videos that prompted calls about his well-being, the agency disclosed Thursday.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate approves tying minimum wage to inflation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage and tie it to inflation.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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