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Officials: NSA programs broke plots in 20 nations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Top U.S. intelligence officials said Saturday that information gleaned from two controversial data-collection programs run by the National Security Agency thwarted potential terrorist plots in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries - and that gathered data is destroyed every five years.

June 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Solar-powered plane lands near Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) - A solar-powered plane nearing the close of a cross-continental journey landed at Dulles International Airport outside the nation's capital early Sunday, only one short leg to New York remaining on a voyage that opened in May.

June 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Poll: Most men aspire to be dads

A recent Associated Press-WE tv poll found more than 8 in 10 men said they have always wanted to be fathers or think they'd like to be one someday.

June 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bites derided as unreliable in court

At least 24 men convicted or charged with murder or rape based on bite marks on the flesh of victims have been exonerated since 2000, many after spending more than a decade in prison. Now a judge's ruling later this month in New York could help end the practice for good.

June 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gunmen in Pakistan kill 2 anti-polio workers

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Gunmen killed two anti-polio workers Sunday in northwest Pakistan, police said, the latest violence directed at efforts to eradicate the disease from the country.

June 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Man of Steel' takes flight with $125M debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Man of Steel" leaped over box office expectations in a single weekend.

June 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Turkish PM defends his 'duty' to end protests

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday it was his "duty" to order riot police to evict activists occupying an Istanbul park that became a center of defiance against his rule, even as the government crackdown continued across town with tear gas fired at protesters trying to regroup.

June 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


The tale of two Santa Monicas

SANTA MONICA (AP) - For decades there have been two Santa Monicas.

June 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Facebook can now say more on user surveillance

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook's top attorney said Friday night that after negotiations with national security officials the company has been given permission to make new but still very limited revelations about government orders to turn over user data.

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


Bear with head stuck in jar is rescued in Pa.

JAMISON CITY, Pa. (AP) - Four central Pennsylvania residents said they used only a rope and a flashlight during a wild chase to rescue a young bear whose head had been stuck in a plastic jar for at least 11 days.

June 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Google launches Internet-beaming balloons

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) - Wrinkled and skinny at first, the translucent, jellyfish-shaped balloons that Google released this week from a frozen field in the heart of New Zealand's South Island hardened into shiny pumpkins as they rose into the blue winter skies above Lake Tekapo, passing the first big test of a lofty goal to get the entire planet online.

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


Amid Gitmo strike, ex-detainee tells of force-feed

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - For more than three months, the U.S. military has faced off with defiant prisoners on a hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, strapping down as many as 44 each day to feed them a liquid nutrient mix through a nasal tube to prevent them from starving to death.

June 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Iranian-Americans and expatriates vote in election

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With their passports in tow, Iranian-Americans and expatriates trickled into polling sites across the United States on Friday, joining their countrymen half a world away in voting in Iran's presidential election.

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


1 dead, 6 injured in Northern California crash

BRENTWOOD (AP) - A woman has died and six others, including four children and a pregnant woman, have been injured in a crash in the San Francisco Bay area city of Brentwood.

June 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews battling Colo. wildfire hold flames in check

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Crews battling the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history say they were better prepared to take on the flames because of lessons learned fighting last year's Waldo Canyon Fire, a similarly devastating blaze that devoured hundreds of homes and killed two people only a few miles away.

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


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Police probe other attacks after transients killed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinderblocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama voices concern about casualties in Mideast

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Canyon Country resident scares off burglar

A resident surprised a burglar who broke into a home early Monday morning then ran off when confronted by the homeowner, sheriff's officials said.

July 21, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Comic-Con offers toy designers a chance to go wild

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UN to vote on crash resolution; Russia has doubts

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says America's federal government contracts should not subsidize discrimination.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Drought hinders California's clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.

July 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry heads to Mideast in bid for cease-fire

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel.

July 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Helpful weather coming to Washington wildfires

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on a wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles.

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


Gas explosion at Oxnard bakery injures 1

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a gas explosion at an Oxnard bakery has left one person injured.

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


Southern California freeway crash leaves 3 dead

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - Police say a car going the wrong way on the 210 Freeway crashed into another vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga, killing three people and seriously injuring two others.

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


How a flood of kids upended immigration debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's yearlong deliberation over immigration has taken a head-snapping detour.

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


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 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 The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bus becomes shower for homeless in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

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


Colleges woo Native Americans with new programs

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Elijah Watson knows he wants to go to college. He also knows that it will be difficult to leave home on the Navajo reservation if he does.

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


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