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'Idol' winner Ruben Studdard now 'Biggest Loser'

Ruben Studdard didn't even get one last pig-out session before making his way to "The Biggest Loser" ranch.

September 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Audit says school lunch money theft may top $3m

RIALTO, Calif. (AP) - An investigator says a woman arrested on suspicion of stealing lunch money from a Southern California school district may have embezzled more than $3 million over the past 14 years.

September 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dodgers: Slain fan was son of team security guard

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers say the 24-year-old man who was fatally stabbed during a postgame confrontation in San Francisco was the son of one of the team's security guards.

September 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


ICBM test-launched from California

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California.

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


USDA to test new trap to catch Everglades pythons

MIAMI (AP) - Federal wildlife officials alarmed by an infestation of Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades have tried radio tracking devices, a massive public hunt and even snake-sniffing dogs to control the invasive species. Now there's talk of snaring the elusive pythons in specially designed traps.

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


Google retools Internet search engine

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Google says it recently overhauled the closely guarded formula that runs its influential Internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by Web surfers.

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


Farmers face labor shortages in the fields

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.

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


30-day rape sentence sparks outrage

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana prison officials released a former high school teacher Thursday after he completed a 30-day sentence for rape that is under review by the state's high court and has prompted critics to call for the removal of the judge who oversaw the case.

September 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfires getting knocked down

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Hundreds of firefighters are drawing closer to surrounding a pair of blazes that torched several hundred acres of Southern California brushland and briefly threatened dozens of homes earlier this week.

September 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 arrested in stabbing death of Dodger fan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police arrested two people in the fatal stabbing of a Dodgers fan during a fight near San Francisco's AT&T Park after the Giants' 6-4 win over the Dodgers, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said.

September 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US economy grew 2.5 percent in spring

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate from April through June, an improvement from the first three months of the year. But economists are worried that growth may now be slowing.

September 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


De Niro takes over Gandolfini miniseries role

LOS ANGELES (AP) - HBO says Robert De Niro will step into a project that was thrown into question by the death of James Gandolfini.

September 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Navy Yard gunman left note about radio waves

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis left a note saying he was driven to kill by months of bombardment with extremely low-frequency radio waves, the FBI said Wednesday in a disclosure that explains the phrase he etched on his shotgun: "My ELF Weapon!"

September 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Forever grateful': Saved mall goers thank police

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - As al-Qaida-linked terrorists threw grenades and fired automatic weapons, the three plainclothes Kenyan police officers, lightly armed and wearing no bulletproof vests, helmets or other protective gear, worked their way to the roof of Nairobi's Westgate Mall and led a group of frightened shoppers to safety.

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


LA students breach school iPads' security

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It took just a week for nearly 300 students who got iPads from their Los Angeles high school to figure out how to alter the security settings so they could surf the Web and access social media sites, prompting district officials to halt a $1 billion program aimed at putting the devices in the hands of every student in the nation's second-largest school system.

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


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W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - The deadliest recorded Ebola outbreak surpassed 700 deaths across West Africa on Thursday as the World Health Organization announced dozens of new deaths reported in the last several days.

July 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Investigators make it to Ukraine jet crash site

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) - As fighting raged in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 and got a first look at where it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago.

July 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


SF benefits from Pirates' blunder, ends skid at 6

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reliever Jean Machi and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of a huge baserunning blunder by Pittsburgh, tagging out two runners who wandered away on the same play and beating the Pirates 7-5 Wednesday to end a six-game losing streak.

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


Dollar Tree steps up fight, buys Family Dollar

NEW YORK (AP) - The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying.

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


Cowboys sign OT Tyron Smith to 8-year extension

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo.

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


Century-old pipe break points to national problem

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky swamp points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed decades ago.

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


California's governor wraps up trip to Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown wrapped up a three-day visit to Mexico on Wednesday, saying he will work with the U.S. government upon his return home to find a long-term solution to the immigration crisis.

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


White House threatens to veto House border bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is threatening to veto a spending bill drafted by House Republicans to deal with the influx of Central American minors at the U.S. border.

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


Crews work to keep Yosemite fire from sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday, as they tried to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park away from a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.

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


Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

WASHINGTON (AP) - When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.

July 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate reprieve for highly contested border bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill to deal with the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border has won a temporary reprieve in the Senate.

July 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in spring

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.

July 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine: Clashes prevent visit to jet debris site

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down, clashes on Wednesday between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site to recover remains still baking in midsummer heat in farm fields - deepening frustration for victims' relatives and the governments whose citizens died.

July 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gaza strike kills 15, wounds 150

JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) - Gaza health officials say 15 people have been killed and more than 150 wounded by an Israeli airstrike in a crowded shopping area.

July 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Broken water pipe floods UCLA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officials say a broken water pipe that flooded parts of the UCLA campus has been shut off after releasing millions of gallons of water.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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