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Legislative leader says state budget deal is near

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says Democratic leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown are close to a state budget deal that maintains fiscal balance.

June 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


A look at those killed, wounded in Santa Monica

Five people died and others were wounded when John Zawahri armed himself with a semi-automatic rifle and went on a shooting rampage Friday in Santa Monica, Calif. The carnage ended when police shot the 23-year-old to death in the Santa Monica College library. This is a brief look at the lives of the people he attacked, as well as his own troubled life.

June 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Flight from LA to Texas diverted to Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) - A Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas, has landed in Phoenix after a possible threat.

June 10, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Man to be tried in killing of 17-yr-old Calif girl

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A man charged with murdering a 17-year-old Moreno Valley girl on her way back from summer school has been ordered to stand trial.

June 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA jury recommends death in killing of 4

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The third Los Angeles jury to hear penalty evidence against a man convicted of a quadruple gang killing has recommended death for Charles Ray Smith in a case which involved the murder of a 10-year-old boy.

June 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Records show past turmoil in Calif. gunman's home

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - The mother of a gunman who fatally shot five people in Santa Monica once said the shooter's father had threatened to kill her at least twice during years of turmoil in the family, according to court records obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

June 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


10 women, many in 90s, escape Calif. limo fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ten women - some of them in their 90s - escaped unharmed from a limousine that began smoking and caught fire in Northern California a little more than a month after five nurses were killed while trapped inside a burning limousine on a nearby bridge.

June 10, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Neighbor: Calif. gunman's mother in mourning

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - An acquaintance says the mother of the gunman who killed five people in Santa Monica, Calif., is in mourning and is trying to make sense of what happened.

June 10, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. Legislature debates plans for new budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Lawmakers have until the end of the week to finish their version of California's annual budget. Unlike in recent years, this one contains a rare surplus that has emboldened Democrats to try to restore past social service cuts at the same time Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to keep a lid on spending.

June 10, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Body of missing SoCal teacher found

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Orleans Parish coroner's office says the body found inside a car pulled from a New Orleans bayou this weekend has been identified as missing teacher Terrilynn Monette, and that the cause of her death was drowning.

June 10, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Prosecutors seek properties from Alamo's ministry

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Federal prosecutors on Monday filed court papers to seize more than two dozen properties associated with imprisoned Arkansas evangelist Tony Alamo to help pay the $2.5 million in restitution he owes to women he took as his "brides" when they were children.

June 10, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Santa Anita to host 2014 Breeders' Cup

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - The Breeders' Cup will remain at Santa Anita in 2014, keeping the year-end world championships at the Arcadia, Calif., track for the third consecutive year.

June 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jury selection begins in Zimmerman's trial

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - On the first day of his trial Monday, George Zimmerman got a look at the people who might decide whether he committed second-degree murder when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

June 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cleanup work after BP oil spill end in 3 states

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Cleanup work has ended in three of the states affected by BP PLC's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company said Monday.

June 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lightning strikes raise fire danger in NorCal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters in Northern and Central California are on high alert, as a storm system with dangerous lightning moves through the region.

June 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Counties tell Brown they need money for his law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has been quietly visiting California counties since the start of the year to see how they are faring under his 3-year-old realignment law that dramatically altered the state's criminal justice system by increasing the burden on local governments.

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


Santa Paula customers hit with expensive Del Taco bills

SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) - What was supposed to be a cheap bite at Del Taco turned out to be small fortune for some customers.

April 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


13th body pulled from Everest avalanche

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.

April 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


National energy boom blurs political battle lines

DENVER (AP) - The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country.

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


Man sentenced in USC shooting that wounded 4

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for a shooting that wounded four people outside a Halloween party on the University of Southern California campus in 2012.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


FBI: Suspect in 1976 killings has LA-area roots

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former diplomat on the FBI's Most Wanted list suspected of bludgeoning five family members to death with a hammer nearly 40 years ago in Maryland has Southern California roots and may be in the region, authorities said.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured.

April 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Projects encouraging biking, walking to get boost from Caltrans

SACRAMENTO – Caltrans is asking cities and counties throughout California to submit applications for projects that promote biking and walking that will vie for a share of $360 million in federal and state funding from the state's new Active Transportation Program – the nation's largest.

April 18, 2014 | Source: Caltrans | Signal AP


Strong earthquake strikes Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - A powerful, magnitude-7.5 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.

April 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Affidavit: Smuggler threats follow Puig from Cuba

MIAMI (AP) - The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents.

April 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast.

April 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Chelsea Clinton expecting first child

WASHINGTON (AP) - Call it the year of the baby: Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year.

April 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Weak Barbie sales weigh on Mattel 1Q

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Toy maker Mattel says weak sales of Barbie and markdowns to clear out excess inventory left over from a sluggish holiday season led to an unexpected first-quarter loss.

April 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California dentist convicted of patient assault

MERCED, Calif. (AP) - A Central Valley dentist accused of groping four female patients while they were sedated is facing three years in prison after pleading no contest to sexual battery charges.

April 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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