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Obama says fight for gun laws 'ought to obsess us'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Sunday memorialized the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting by urging Americans not to give up on a transformation in gun laws that he argued are to blame for an epidemic of violence. "There is nothing inevitable about it - it comes about because of decisions we make or fail to make," Obama said.

September 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' crowned at Emmys

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Breaking Bad," the brutal saga of an everyman's ambition turned evil, captured its first best drama Emmy Award on Sunday, while "Modern Family" won its fourth consecutive trophy for top comedy series.

September 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Kenyan forces say they rescued 'most' hostages

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Kenyan's military said late Sunday it had rescued "most" of the remaining hostages held by al-Qaida-linked militants in an upscale Nairobi mall after launching a major operation to end a two-day standoff that had already killed 68 people.

September 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Chinese politician Bo Xilai gets life sentence

JINAN, China (AP) - A court sentenced Bo Xilai to life in prison for corruption Sunday, burying the career of one of China's most up-and-coming politicians and lowering the curtain on a scandal that exposed a murder and illicit enrichment among the country's elite.

September 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Prisoners' tops box office with $21.4 million

NEW YORK (AP) - The more adult-oriented fall moviegoing season got off to a strong start over the weekend, as the Hugh Jackman kidnapping drama "Prisoners" opened with a box office-leading $21.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

September 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Blame already being cast over budget fight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even before a budget deadline arrives, leaders from both parties are blaming each other - and some Republicans are criticizing their own - for a government shutdown many are treating as inevitable.

September 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Suicide attack on Pakistani church kills 75 people

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - A pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing 75 people in the deadliest-ever attack on the country's Christian minority, officials said.

September 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Computer problems delay unemployment checks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Tens of thousands of California residents aren't getting their unemployment checks on time because of computer problems at a state agency.

September 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Hostages held in Kenyan mall siege

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Kenyan military forces engaged in sporadic gun battles Sunday with the Islamic extremists holding an unknown number of hostages inside an upscale Nairobi mall, as officials said the death toll from a grenade-and-gunfire siege a day earlier rose to 59, with at least 175 wounded.

September 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama urges people to push stalled gun legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Days after mass shootings in both of his hometowns, President Barack Obama urged his most ardent supporters Saturday "to get back up and go back at it" and help push stalled legislation out of Congress so dangerous people won't get their hands on guns.

September 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Roads in northern Colorado reopen as floods recede

DENVER (AP) - More highways in northern Colorado that were cut off because of destructive flooding last week are being reopened, helping reduce the number of people in need of emergency shelters and, transportation officials hope, reducing traffic congestion in heavily populated areas along the Front Range.

September 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Influential director Richard Sarafian dies at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Richard Sarafian, an influential film director whose 1971 countercultural car-chase thriller "Vanishing Point" brought him a decades-long cult following, has died in Southern California, his son said Saturday night.

September 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


4 dead, 3 hurt in Lancaster crash

LANCASTER (AP) - Authorities say four young people are dead and three critically injured after a car and a pickup truck collided on a rural desert road in northern Los Angeles County.

September 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Demand for US-born imams up in American mosques

ANAHEIM (AP) - Mustafa Umar, an imam in Southern California, is popular with the Muslim teenagers who attend his mosque. They pepper him with questions about sensitive topics like marijuana use, dating and pornography.

September 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope's blunt remarks pose challenge for bishops

NEW YORK (AP) - In recent years, many American bishops have drawn a harder line with parishioners on what could be considered truly Roman Catholic, adopting a more aggressive style of correction and telling abortion rights supporters to stay away from the sacrament of Communion.

September 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) - About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a standoff that lasted more than 20 hours.

August 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - A Ukrainian official says government troops have taken control of a large part of Luhansk - a besieged rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine - after days of street battles.

August 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

OAKHURST (AP) - Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes.

August 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Students were planning a ‘massacre’

SOUTH PASADENA (AP) - Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday.

August 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Lawmakers target immigrant driver's license scams

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Legislation sent to the governor's desk Tuesday intends to crack down on people who try to make immigrants pay unnecessary fees for driver's licenses.

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


How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

They've lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National Guard - and still the violence erupts nightly in the town of Ferguson, Missouri.

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


Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan's parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country's prime minister resign.

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


Prosecutor: Father shooting driver was 'execution'

ANGLETON, Texas (AP) - A drunk driver did not deserve "execution" by a Texas father accused of taking the law into his own hands in a fit of rage over the killing of his two sons in a wreck, a prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday.

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


Liberia: 3 receiving untested Ebola drug improving

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Three Liberian health workers receiving an experimental drug for Ebola are showing signs of recovery, officials said Tuesday, though medical experts caution it is not certain if the drug is effective.

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


Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

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


Iraq military clashes with militants in Tikrit

BAGHDAD (AP) - Skirmishes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged Islamic militants from a strategic dam in the country's north.

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


South Pasadena Police: 2 California boys planned school shooting

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Police said they prevented a "horrific tragedy" by arresting two teenage boys who plotted to kill three high school staffers then gun down as many students as possible in a quaint Los Angeles suburb.

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukrainian troops inch closer to rebel city Donetsk

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian government troops were fighting pro-Russian rebels in the streets of Luhansk on Tuesday and captured most of a town near the eastern city of Donetsk, tightening the noose around that key rebel-held stronghold, Ukrainian officials said.

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire near Yosemite threatens 500 structures

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park in recent weeks.

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

NEW YORK (AP) - Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded "Saturday Night Live."

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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