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Problems persist in CA prison mental health ward

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Although California has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to improve psychiatric treatment for convicts, the biggest mental health unit in the state prison system for high security inmates remains in disarray, according to a court-appointed investigator and others familiar with the facility.

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


Cruz in Iowa claims shutdown got people talking

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz argued to influential Iowa Republicans Friday that the partial government shutdown he help precipitate this month was a success despite a compromise that reopened the government and ultimately funded the health care law he has made his name fighting.

October 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


1 officer shot, 3 others hurt in NorCal

ROSEVILLE (AP) - A federal immigration officer was shot and three local police officers were wounded Friday during a violent confrontation with a suspect in a Sacramento suburb.

October 26, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


JPMorgan's $5B settlement doesn't end its troubles

WASHINGTON (AP) - The $5.1 billion that JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay hardly ends its legal troubles over mortgage securities it sold.

October 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police chase gunman, hostages across Mojave Desert

RIDGECREST (AP) - A gunman fatally shot a woman, injured a man and then led police on a wild chase through the Mojave Desert with two hostages in his trunk on Friday before he was killed in a shootout.

October 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US immigration officer shot in Northern Calif.

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Law enforcement authorities are swarming a neighborhood in a Sacramento suburb searching for a suspect after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer was shot and wounded.

October 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Quincy Jones sues Michael Jackson's estate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Quincy Jones is suing Michael Jackson's estate claiming he is owed royalties on some of the superstar's hits and was improperly deprived of a producer credit on music used in the "This Is It" film.

October 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Vatican's US donors get access for a $500 pittance

VATICAN CITY (AP) - They entered the Sistine Chapel in tuxedoes and gowns, the clacking of high heels on marble competing with the Latin chants of a choir filling the frescoed hall.

October 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jack Daniel's in legal fight with small distiller

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A white whiskey named for a famed Appalachian moonshiner started out being sold in Mason jars, to honor its roguish roots, but switched to square-shaped bottling. That new look has the upstart distiller embroiled in a trademark infringement fight with Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey.

October 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Iowa college says squirrel vandalized bicycle

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A squirrel roaming a community college in northern Iowa has become the No. 1 suspect in a vandalized bicycle incident.

October 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kraft recalls string cheese that may spoil early

Kraft Foods Group Inc. is voluntarily recalling some of its Kraft and Polly-O string cheese because they may spoil and change color before the expiration date on the packages.

October 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Huge landslide covers National Park road in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A massive landslide in Denali National Park in Alaska rained tons of rock and soil on parts of a road that attracts scores of tourists each summer, park officials said Friday.

October 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rim Fire now 100 percent contained

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A fire that raged in forest land in and around Yosemite National Park and grew to become one of the largest wildfires in California history is now 100 percent contained.

October 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Conan O'Brien calls horse race at Santa Anita

ARCADIA (AP) - Conan O'Brien brought his humor to the announcing booth on Friday at Santa Anita, calling a race that likely left fans wondering exactly which horse had won.

October 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


New boss for fixing the balky health care website

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly a month into the dysfunctional rollout, the Obama administration acknowledged the wide extent of its health care website's problems Friday and abruptly turned to a private company to oversee urgent fixes. Setting a new timetable, officials said most issues will be repaired by the end of November.

October 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's president has dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP Exclusive: Expert calls for nuke plant closure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bill to protect campus crime victims headed for governor's desk

SACRAMENTO, CA - A closely watched bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), which would ensure that crimes committed on college campuses are properly reported and investigated, passed the California Assembly Friday by a vote of 75-0. The legislation, AB 1433, would require colleges to report certain violent crimes (like sexual assault and hate crimes), occurring on or near campus, to local law enforcement, with the permission of the victim.

August 25, 2014 | Source: Assemblyman Mike Gatto's office | Signal AP


UPDATE: Michael Brown's family says he was a 'gentle soul'

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Michael Brown's relatives said goodbye Monday to the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer, remembering him as a "gentle soul" with a deep and growing faith in Christianity and ambitions that one day "the world would know his name."

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Soldier turns weapon on herself

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - A soldier with a gun inside a major command's headquarters turned the weapon on herself, causing an injury, but didn't wound any others as a heavily trafficked Virginia Army base temporarily went on lockdown Monday morning.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mexican president starts California visit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is visiting California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Divers end search for swimmer

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) - Divers have ended a search in the waters off Dana Point for the body of a man who disappeared after going under a large wave.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Accused former Ventura surgeon surrenders license

VENTURA (AP) - A former Ventura neurosurgeon facing allegations of performing unnecessary procedures has surrendered his California medical license.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hurricane Marie churns in Pacific

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Powerful Hurricane Marie kicked high swells along Mexico's northern Pacific coast on Monday, even as it weakened slightly to a Category 4 storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it would likely raise waves along Southern California later in the week.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Modern Family' aims at Emmy record

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Like baseball, the Emmy Awards are a game of statistics: Long-running shows are able to pile up TV's top awards and new records year after year.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Post-quake gas leak inspections underway

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - The utility serving areas damaged by Sunday's earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area says it expects to continue searching for possible gas leaks over the coming days.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire burns near Gold Rush-era boomtown

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Suspect detained in deadly California crime spree

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A suspect in a series of shootings that killed three people and injured four others within an hour in the Los Angeles area was taken into custody after a daylong search.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Californians tear out lawns to cope with drought

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: US says American held in Syria has been freed

WASHINGTON (AP) - An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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