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Military families worried about fiscal cliff

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Emerging from more than a decade at war, military families are confronting a new worry at home: the prospect that a deal between Congress and the White House over federal spending cuts could chip away at military health insurance, pensions and other services long considered untouchable.

December 14, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Internet restrictions across the world

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Envoys in Dubai signed a new U.N. telecommunications treaty Friday that a U.S.-led delegation says endorses greater government control of the Internet. The U.S. and more than 20 other countries refused to ratify the accord by the 193-nation International Telecommunications Union.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP source: 20-year-old suspect had ties to school

WASHINGTON (AP) - A law enforcement official says the attacker in the Connecticut school shootings is a 20-year-old man with ties to the school.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Respiratory virus cases up in Ariz. this season

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Cases of a potentially life-threatening respiratory virus that mostly affects babies and young children have risen 40 percent in Arizona this season when compared with the same period last year, health officials said.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UN telecom chief 'surprised' by US-led treaty snub

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Envoys from nearly 90 nations signed Friday the first new U.N. telecommunications treaty since the Internet age, but the U.S. and other Western nations refused to join after claiming it endorses greater government control over cyberspace.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tolkien class at Wisconsin university proves popular

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The vast collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts initially sold senior Joe Kirchoff on Marquette University, so when the school offered its first course devoted exclusively to the English author, Kirchoff wanted in. The only problem: It was full and he wasn't on the literature track.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


FDA review of tobacco products grinds to a halt

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Talk about a smoke break.

December 14, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Transsexual college hoops player stays focused

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The women's basketball team at Mission College expected the bleachers to be full and the hecklers ready when its newest player made her home court debut.

December 14, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man sentenced in bizarre murder solicitation

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A former Southern California man has been sentenced to prison for soliciting the murder of his ex-girlfriend and asking the hit-man to videotape the killing so he could watch it on Christmas.

December 14, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Smartphones can soon be used to 'e-hail' NYC taxis

NEW YORK (AP) - Raising your arm and yelling "taxi!" is the old-fashioned way to nab a New York City cab. Soon, all you'll need is a smartphone app.

December 14, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NKorea still years away from reliable missiles

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - After 14 years of painstaking labor, North Korea finally has a rocket that can put a satellite in orbit. But that doesn't mean Pyongyang is close to having an intercontinental ballistic missile.

December 14, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Raul Castro says economic reforms are working

HAVANA (AP) - President Raul Castro declared Thursday that Cuba's two-year experiment with market reforms is working and has the wind at its back, but said much work remains to breathe life into the sputtering economy.

December 14, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Embattled, Rice bows out of running; Kerry likely

WASHINGTON (AP) - Susan Rice, the embattled U.N. ambassador, abruptly withdrew from consideration to be the next secretary of state on Thursday after a bitter, weekslong standoff with Republican senators who declared they would fight to defeat her nomination.

December 14, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas boy with pentagram carved back discharged

RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (AP) - A 6-year-old Texas boy whose father allegedly carved a pentagram on the child's back is out of the hospital and doing well given the circumstances, police said Thursday.

December 13, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Florida won't restore rights to famed jewel thief

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Jack Roland Murphy, the famed jewel thief and surfer known as "Murph the Surf," has spent the last quarter-century going into prisons and telling inmates that they could still turn their lives around.

December 13, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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War Machine extradited on assault charges

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine has been extradited to Las Vegas to face charges he beat his porn star ex-girlfriend and then fled to California.

August 30, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

BEIRUT (AP) - Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict.

August 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Legislators wrap up with water, ethics, guns bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A year marked by the worst drought in a generation, the arrest of two state senators on federal corruption charges and a deadly rampage in a Santa Barbara college community drove support for legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown in the final weeks of the legislative session.

August 30, 2014 | | Signal AP


In quake, barrels became quarter-ton projectiles

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Napa Valley's seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not.

August 30, 2014 | | Signal AP


22 0f 26 trapped gold miners rescued in Nicaragua

BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) - Nicaraguan rescuers have saved 22 of at least 26 workers trapped in a mine collapse and were working Saturday to free the rest, officials said.

August 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Aleshin hospitalized after Fontana IndyCar crash

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was hospitalized in serious but stable condition Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale.

August 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


No place like home: Senate foes raise questions

ATLANTA (AP) - Two candidates officially live with their parents. One rents a room from a contributor. Another won and lost elections in one state, then moved to another in a bid to get back into the U.S. Senate.

August 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund

WASHINGTON (AP) - Western business connections are complicating efforts to bring economic sanctions against executives and companies closely aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle. A prime example: the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a $10 billion sovereign wealth fund that's escaped sanctions in spite of international efforts to punish Russia for its incursions in Ukraine.

August 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.

August 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California lawmakers pass first US plastic bag ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California mentally ill inmates get special units

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa - once more of it can be made.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California appeals teacher tenure ruling

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for California's teachers, setting himself apart from leaders in some other states who have fought to end such protections or at least raise the standards for obtaining them.

August 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Slice of Princess Diana's wedding cake auctioned

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375.

August 29, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


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