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UPDATE: Amid tensions, Obama, Putin put on a happy face

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin shook hands, smiled and made small talk about the scenery on Thursday - a public exchange of pleasantries belying a tense relationship that only seems to be getting worse.

September 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


National Zoo: 2-week-old panda cub is female

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a girl!

September 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Preview of spring styles at NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK (AP) - Previews of spring styles officially started Thursday at New York Fashion Week, but the crowd here always likes to get a jump on things, so the stylists, editors, retailers, models and celebrities were drawn to a slew of early events, including the Style Awards at the Lincoln Center tents that serve as a hub for the next eight days.

September 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Divided Syria vote foreshadows challenge for Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel's deep divide over giving President Barack Obama the authority to use U.S. military force against Syria underscores the commander in chief's challenge in persuading skeptical lawmakers and wary allies to back greater intervention in an intractable civil war.

September 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US spies missed signs of Aug. 21 Syrian WMD Strike

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence agencies did not detect the Syrian regime readying a massive chemical weapons attack in the days ahead of the strike, only piecing together what had happened after the fact, U.S. officials say.

September 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Cause of Rim Fire could take months to determine

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - There was no evidence of an illegal marijuana grow near the spot where a raging wildfire started near Yosemite National Park, a federal forestry official said Wednesday.

September 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'American Idol' taps Lopez, Connick as judges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "American Idol" is betting that a judges' remix with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will fare better with viewers than bickering divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did last season.

September 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate panel criticizes governor's prison plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state senators are criticizing a plan by Gov. Jerry Brown to rent thousands of private prison and county jail cells to meet a federal court order to greatly reduce California's prison population.

September 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


McDonald's exploring changes to Dollar Menu

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's Corp. says a revamped version of its Dollar Menu that includes items priced at $5 could be launched nationally this year.

September 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Early look at health law's premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's the No. 1 question about President Barack Obama's health care law: Will consumers be able to afford the coverage?

September 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Education chief: Maybe start school day later

WASHINGTON (AP) - High school students could start their days later and get more sleep if the nation's top education official gets his way.

September 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: Congress, world credibility on line

WASHINGTON (AP) - In an impassioned appeal for support both at home and abroad, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the credibility of the international community and Congress is on the line in the debate over how to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. As Obama made his case overseas during a visit to Sweden, his appeal for military intervention ran into trouble on Capitol Hill.

September 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dark Horse Comics brings 'The Star Wars' to life

A young, idealistic rebel from a desert planet seeks to fight an unjust, tyrannical emperor with a space station capable of destroying planets.

September 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama gains Syria-strike support

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama gained ground Tuesday in his drive for congressional backing of a military strike against Syria, winning critical support from House Speaker John Boehner while key Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed to back a no-combat-troops-on-the-ground action in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack.

September 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Man who held 3 women in Cleveland kills self

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio corrections officials say Ariel Castro who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade has committed suicide at a state prison facility.

September 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Rebels take full control of plane crash bodies

TOREZ, Ukraine (AP) - Rebels in eastern Ukraine took control Sunday of the bodies recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and the U.S. and European leaders demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin make sure rebels give international investigators full access to the crash site.

July 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.

July 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Second chance? Perry in Iowa again courting voters

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is visiting Iowa for the fourth time in eight months, hoping for a second chance to win over Republican voters who delivered him a stinging caucus loss when he ran for president two years ago.

July 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash site

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) - International monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses that fell from a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, trying to secure the sprawling site in hopes that a credible investigation can be conducted.

July 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Another Boko Haram atrocity

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 100 people and hoisted their black and white flag over a town left undefended by Nigeria's military, just 85 kilometers (53 miles) from the northeastern state capital of Maiduguri, a civil defense spokesman and a human rights advocate said Saturday.

July 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Ninja Warrior' competitor wants to inspire others

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A YouTube video that shows Kacy Catanzaro, a 5-foot, 100-pound gymnast, breezing through an obstacle course where others twice her size often fail has garnered more than 6 million views since she competed in the "American Ninja Warriors" TV show.

July 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Johnson calls Christie 'a buddy'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dwayne Johnson says he considers New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "a buddy" despite making Christie take down an online video that featured the Hollywood star.

July 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Big Baby stays with Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Big Baby is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers.

July 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. drone hits extremists

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - A U.S. drone fired several missiles at a sprawling compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Saturday, killing 11 militants, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

July 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Schimmel's 29 leads East over West 125-124 in OT

PHOENIX (AP) - Showtime Shoni had quite the All-Star debut.

July 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Alleged cartel kingpin arrested

MADRID (AP) - Spanish police have arrested one of Colombia's most-wanted criminals, a 40-year-old man nicknamed the Rat who is one of leaders of a ruthless drug cartel linked to 400 murders and the shipment of largest amounts of cocaine to Europe and the United States.

July 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Israeli bulldozers destroy Hamas tunnels

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli bulldozers on Saturday demolished more than a dozen tunnels the military said were being used by Hamas gunmen to sneak beneath the southern border of the Jewish state and carry out attacks on its soldiers and civilians.

July 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police seek driver in deadly California bank heist

FRESNO, California (AP) - While police in the Northern California city of Stockton searched Saturday for an accomplice in a bank robbery that led to a police chase and deadly shootout, investigators said Saturday they suspect the same men carried out other area bank heists, including one at the same branch hit this week.

July 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Leslie headlines 2015 women's Hall of Fame class

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie headlines the 2015 women's basketball Hall of Fame induction class announced Saturday.

July 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23B in damages

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida jury has slammed the nation's No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.

July 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


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