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Obama urges allies to stick with health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is appealing to its allies in Congress, on Wall Street and across the country to stick with President Barack Obama's health care law even as embarrassing problems with the flagship website continue to mount.

October 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope expels German 'luxury bishop' from diocese

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis temporarily expelled a German bishop from his diocese on Wednesday because of a scandal over a 31-million-euro project to build a new residence complex, but refused calls to remove him permanently.

October 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


N. Calif. deputies kill 13-year-old boy with replica weapon

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Northern California sheriff's officials and family members say deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who was carrying a replica assault weapon.

October 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 human rights groups criticize US drone program

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States on Tuesday defended drone strikes targeting al-Qaida operatives and others it deems enemies, rejecting reports by two human-rights groups questioning the legality of strikes they asserted have killed or wounded scores of civilians in Yemen and Pakistan.

October 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


WWII vet honored with long-overdue military medals

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Given the choice, World War II veteran Phillip Coon probably wouldn't want the formality and fuss of being honored on a military base with men and women standing at attention, dressed in full regalia - even if it was with a fistful of long-overdue medals he waited decades to receive.

October 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Nuke officers left blast door open

WASHINGTON (AP) - Twice this year alone, Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post, Air Force officials have told The Associated Press.

October 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Twitter secures new credit line ahead of IPO

Twitter has secured a credit agreement worth up to $1 billion ahead of its initial public offering.

October 22, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Farmers tied to listeria outbreak plead guilty

DENVER (AP) - Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to charges related to a deadly listeria outbreak have agreed to meet with family members of people who died and to donate any money they may collect from a related lawsuit to victims and their families, a lawyer said Tuesday.

October 22, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Apple unveils new Macs, iPad ahead of holidays

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple Inc. is refreshing its iPad lineup and slashing the price of its Mac computers ahead of the holiday shopping season, as it faces an eroding tablet market share and growing competition from rival gadget makers.

October 22, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nuke officers left blast door open

WASHINGTON (AP) - Twice this year alone, Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post, Air Force officials have told The Associated Press.

October 22, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


For those over 50, a tough job search

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - When Charlie Worboys lost his job, he feared searching for a new one at his age might be tough. Six years later, at 65, he's still looking.

October 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Surfer punches shark, escapes

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A 25-year-old Hawaii surfer and former boxer went toe-to-fin with a shark off Kauai and survived.

October 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: Nev. middle school gunman was 12 years old

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - The student who wounded two classmates and killed a teacher and then himself on a Nevada middle school campus was 12 years old.

October 22, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Builders of Obama's health website saw red flags

WASHINGTON (AP) - Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors.

October 22, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bullock, Roberts crowned at Hollywood Film Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - With talk of televising the Hollywood Film Awards Gala next year, stars at Monday's ceremony enjoyed what could be their last unedited award show.

October 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Boston announces marathon public safety measures

BOSTON (AP) - Boston officials have announced improved public safety measures for the final two miles of the Boston Marathon on April 21, a year after two explosions near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

April 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


No US tsunami threat after 7.6 quake in Pacific

HONOLULU (AP) - U.S. officials say there is no threat of a tsunami to the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii or Alaska after a magnitude-7.6 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands.

April 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


O'Brien: Colbert 'right person' for 'Late Show'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don't feel bad for Conan O'Brien. Again.

April 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. Democrats walk middle path in health debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has been making a habit lately of bucking his own president and voting with the Republican majority in the House as it moves to amend or overturn parts of the national health care law.

April 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Santa Barbara melee spurs calls to party less hard

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - With streets still littered in glass and garbage cans overflowing with red cups and bottles, University of California, Santa Barbara students were trying to shake off a lingering hangover from an annual spring party morphed into a raucous and violent blowout.

April 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Outkast reunite, headline Coachella

Outkast reunited onstage after a near decadelong hiatus with a jam-packed set at the Coachella music festival, their first of many performances planned this year.

April 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


SeaWorld loses its appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale at the theme park.

April 11, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Some link quakes to fracking

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.

April 11, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Tech stocks sink in sobering comedown

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The stock market's laws of gravity are ravaging its highest fliers.

April 11, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Safety standards to make large buses easier for passengers to escape after a crash have not been implemented 15 years after accident investigators called for new rules.

April 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during speech

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton ducked a thrown shoe, expressed surprise, cracked a couple of jokes that drew applause and continued her keynote speech on stage in front of a Las Vegas convention audience.

April 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Studies: Lab-grown nostrils, vaginas working well

LONDON (AP) - Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas.

April 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds: 'Excessive force' used by Albuquerque police

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A scathing report by the U.S. Justice Department released Thursday revealed a troubling pattern of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department and recommended that New Mexico's largest city become the latest municipality to adopt reforms aimed at cleaning up its police force.

April 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

WASHINGTON (AP) - Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

April 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had "lived out the promise" envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater racial equality.

April 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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