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Students return to school in Okla. after tornado

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Students from two elementary schools destroyed by a tornado last spring returned to classes Friday, eager to reunite with their classmates but worried about what would happen the next time bad weather sweeps in.

August 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California PUC joins settlement to bring $750 million to residents

SAN FRANCISCO, August 16, 2013 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today announced a settlement to resolve one of the largest remaining claims of overcharges arising from the California Energy Crisis of 2000-2001. Under the terms of today's settlement, Powerex, Inc., a subsidiary of British Columbia Hydroelectric (a unit of the Provincial Government of British Columbia) will refund $750 million (USD) to electricity consumers in California.

August 16, 2013 | Source: California Public Utilities Commission | Signal AP


US scraps military drills with Egypt - but not aid

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama scrapped plans for joint American-Egyptian military exercises Thursday, announcing the first concrete U.S. reaction to the spiraling violence in and around Cairo but stopping well short of withholding $1.3 billion in annual American military aid.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: NSA spying broke privacy rules many times

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rockefeller impostor sentenced for Calif. murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small, bespectacled German immigrant who invented a glamorous life for himself in the United States by posing as an heir to the fabled Rockefeller fortune was sentenced Thursday to 27 years to life in prison for a California cold-case murder.

August 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


SF-Oakland Bay Bridge set to open after Labor Day

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Despite broken earthquake-safety bolts that threatened months of delays, California transportation officials approved a plan Thursday to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge around the Labor Day weekend as originally planned.

August 15, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Navigator groups get $67M to sign up uninsured

CHICAGO (AP) - With the new health law's enrollment period set to open in just a little more than six weeks, President Barack Obama's administration announced $67 million in awards Thursday to organizations that will help people understand their new insurance opportunities and get signed up.

August 15, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Adorable new mammal species found 'in plain sight'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Imagine a mini-raccoon with a teddy bear face that is so cute it's hard to resist, let alone overlook. But somehow science did - until now.

August 15, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Pole vault great condemns homosexuality at worlds

MOSCOW (AP) - Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality Thursday after criticizing competitors who painted their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia.

August 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fewest Americans since 2007 seek jobless benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, the fewest since October 2007 - a sign of dwindling layoffs and steady if modest job growth.

August 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Free flow of racy content a headache for parents

Until this summer, few people outside the R&B music scene knew who Robin Thicke was. Then came his new song "Blurred Lines" and an unrated online video to promote it.

August 15, 2013 | by Jim Holt | Signal AP


Japan shrine still flashpoint 68 years after war

TOKYO (AP) - In the steamy heat of mid-August, the tranquil, cherry tree-shaded grounds of Yasukuni Shrine in the heart of Tokyo seem an unlikely hotbed of provocation.

August 15, 2013 | by Jim Holt | Signal AP


Abductor, teen exchanged 13 calls

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Court papers shed new light on the slayings of a California mother and son and abduction of a teenager by a family friend, revealing that the suspect tortured his victims before he killed them and exchanged more than a dozen calls earlier that day with the teen.

August 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Olympics 'Bond' skydiver killed

GENEVA (AP) - He wasn't a competitor, but Mark Sutton still got one of the biggest cheers of the 2012 Olympics.

August 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Manning takes stand, apologizes for hurting US

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Pfc. Bradley Manning took the stand Wednesday at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks case and apologized for hurting his country, pleading with a military judge for a chance to go to college and become a productive citizen.

August 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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China detains employees of suspect meat seller

BEIJING (AP) - Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.

July 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life

DETROIT (AP) - A defense lawyer for a Detroit-area man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch says he repeatedly heard poundings - "boom, boom, boom" - outside his home before he opened the door and shot her in the face.

July 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 trapped, feared dead

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and the transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.

July 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) - Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed Wednesday in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two fighter jets in Ukraine's restive east as fighting flared in the region.

July 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man dies in California after beach hole collapses

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) - A young man died after a hole he dug on a Northern California beach collapsed and trapped him in the sand for at least five minutes, authorities said Tuesday.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama on fundraising trip to West Coast

SEATTLE (AP) - Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him - raising money for his fellow Democrats.

July 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Friend convicted of impeding Boston Marathon probe

BOSTON (AP) - A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room three days after the attack.

July 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Downton Abbey' back on Jan. 4 for season 5

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - "Downton Abbey" will be back for its fifth season on Jan. 4, but the return date for another hit PBS series, "Sherlock," is up in the air, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said Tuesday.

July 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

July 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the once-dominant bloc.

July 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Missing Marine wife may have been shot

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - Investigators believe the missing pregnant wife of a California-based Marine may have been shot while hunting with a married ex-Marine with whom she was having an affair.

July 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Airlines scrap Israel flights over missile fear

In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel Tuesday after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

July 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 Americans killed in fighting in Gaza Strip

Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rebels release bodies from downed jet

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) - Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

July 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Apes' rule box office

NEW YORK (AP) - "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," maintained its box office rule with $36.3 million over the weekend, according to final studio figures Monday.

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


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