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Holder goes after mandatory federal drug sentences

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder announced a major shift Monday in federal sentencing policies, targeting long mandatory terms that he said have flooded the nation's prisons with low-level drug offenders and diverted crime-fighting dollars that could be far better spent.

August 12, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. governor signs transgender-student bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California on Monday became the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender K-12 students in state law, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want.

August 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Inducing labor may be tied to autism, study says

CHICAGO (AP) - The biggest study of its kind suggests autism might be linked with inducing and speeding up labor, preliminary findings that need investigating since labor is induced in increasing numbers of U.S. women, the authors and other autism experts say.

August 12, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Sinkhole swallows part of Florida resort villa

CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) - It sounded like a thunderstorm as windows broke and the ground shook, but vacations who were awakened from their rooms at a villa near Orlando soon realized that the building was starting to collapse - parts of it swallowed by a 100-foot sinkhole that also endangered two neighboring resort buildings.

August 12, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


'Hyperloop' would link LA-SF in 30 mins, if built

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Imagine stepping into a car-sized capsule in downtown Los Angeles and, 30 minutes later, emerging in San Francisco.

August 12, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


'Whitey' Bulger guilty of gangland killings

BOSTON (AP) - James "Whitey" Bulger, the feared Boston mob boss who became one of the nation's most-wanted fugitives, was convicted Monday in a string of 11 killings and other gangland crimes, many of them committed while he was said to be an FBI informant.

August 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UK bars trash cans from tracking people with Wi-Fi

LONDON (AP) - Officials demanded Monday that an advertising firm stop using a network of high-tech trash cans to track people walking through London's financial district.

August 12, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Petition backs Manning for Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway (AP) - Nobel Prize committee officials say they have received a petition claiming some 100,000 signatures that endorses awarding the peace prize to U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who faces up to 90 years in prison for disclosing classified information through WikiLeaks.

August 12, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan accuses India of shelling, killing man

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan accused Indian troops of shelling its territory along the disputed Kashmir border on Monday and killing a civilian, the latest in a series of allegations of cross-border attacks made by both sides over the past week.

August 12, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry trip to Brazil, Colombia could be chilly

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with Colombian officials negotiating with the nation's largest guerrilla army to find peace in the South American country for the first time since 1964.

August 12, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt police say they will besiege sit-in sites

CAIRO (AP) - Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi fortified their two Cairo sit-in sites as Egyptian security officials said their forces will move against the entrenched protest camps within 24 hours - perhaps as early as daybreak Monday.

August 11, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Dealers now being charged in drug overdose deaths

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - With the number of heroin overdoses skyrocketing nationwide, a growing number of law enforcement agencies are dusting off strict, rarely used drug laws, changing investigatory techniques and relying on technology to prosecute drug dealers for causing overdose deaths.

August 11, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Pitch Perfect,' 'Twilight' lead Teen Choice nods

With categories including best lip lock and male hottie, the Teen Choice Awards aren't exactly profound, but what they lack in depth they make up for in passion from their fans.

August 11, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rescued teen awaits reunion with father in Idaho

CASCADE, Idaho (AP) - A California teen missing for more than a week after she was abducted by a man suspected of killing her mother and brother has been rescued, her captor killed, and a reunion with her father was expected Sunday at an Idaho hospital.

August 11, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Deaths of wandering autistic kids prompt action

The 3-year-old girl wandered away from her grandmother's home in Wareham, Mass., in mid-April. A frantic search began almost immediately, and within an hour little Alyvia Navarro was found unresponsive in a nearby pond. She was pronounced dead the next day.

August 11, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

July 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Virginia police: 2 dead after storm at campground

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say two were killed and at least 20 injured when a fierce storm slammed a campground on the state's Eastern Shore.

July 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Official: Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed'

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France's foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane "probably crashed."

July 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) - His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Clinton launches baby-talking campaign in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a new campaign Wednesday - to encourage parents to talk, read and sing to their babies.

July 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Review: Fire phone, an improvement on the familiar

NEW YORK (AP) - Many of the Amazon Fire phone's features are twists on apps and concepts tried in other devices.

July 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man linked to Nazi police dies in Michigan at 93

DETROIT (AP) - A man under a deportation order for serving in a Nazi-controlled police force during World War II has died in Michigan at age 93 after years of denials that he shot at Jews.

July 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


New safety rules proposed to curb oil train fires

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.

July 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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


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