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Homeland Security choice suggests priority shift

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday nominated the Pentagon's former top lawyer to help craft the nation's counterterrorism policy as secretary of homeland security, suggesting a shift from the department's emphasis on immigration and border issues to a greater focus on security against possible attacks.

October 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Both sides make offers in BART strike

OAKLAND (AP) - Bay Area rapid transit authorities and striking workers both made offers late Friday they said had a single aim: get stationary trains that move 400,000 commuters on any given workday back on track.

October 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S.: Racial policy in Calif prison riots breaks law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is violating the federal Constitution when it punishes prison inmates after a riot based on their race, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

October 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Fire damages residential high-rise in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eight people, including a young girl in critical condition, were taken to hospitals on Friday with injuries sustained in a residential high-rise fire in Los Angeles that was mostly confined to one apartment, authorities said.

October 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Stepmom of teen accused in Fla. bullying arrested

The stepmother of a 14-year-old accused of bullying a Florida girl prior to her suicide was arrested and charged with child abuse after a video depicting the woman beating a boy was posted on Facebook, a sheriff said Friday.

October 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California faith healer, pilot in Kan. plane crash

DERBY, Kan. (AP) - A traveling California faith healer and his pilot died Friday morning when their small Texas-bound plane crashed soon after taking off from a Kansas airport, authorities said.

October 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ellen gives $10K to NH waitress for soldiers' tab

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire waitress who picked up the lunch tab of two National Guard soldiers affected by the federal government's shutdown has been repaid - more than 300 times over - by television star Ellen DeGeneres.

October 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US says racial policy in Calif. prisons breaks law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice says California is violating the federal Constitution when it punishes prison inmates after riots based on their race.

October 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. man pleads guilty to possessing pipe bombs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A California man has pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of pipe bombs after several were found in his car at a New Mexico border inspection.

October 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Saudi Arabia rejects seat on UN Security Council

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Just hours after winning a coveted place on the U.N. Security Council for the first time, Saudi Arabia did a stunning about-face Friday and rejected the seat, denouncing the body for failing to resolve world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war.

October 18, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Season of uncertainty for stores

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Washington be the Grinch who stole Christmas?

October 18, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Brenner, nun to Tijuana prison inmates, dies at 86

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Antonia Brenner, an American nun who was raised in Beverly Hills and abandoned a life of privilege to live in a notorious Mexican prison, has died at the age of 86.

October 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Closures for I-5 Truck Lane Project

Santa Clarita - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to implement the closures listed below as part of a project that is constructing a truck lane on southbound I-5 between Pico Canyon Road/Lyons Avenue and the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14). More information about the project is here.

October 18, 2013 | SOURCE: Caltrans | Signal AP


Mega Millions game revamped with bigger prizes

ATLANTA (AP) - Lottery officials say the Mega Millions game will have bigger and faster growing jackpots as a result of a series of upcoming changes.

October 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Train strike clogs San Francisco-area highways

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco Bay area transit workers are on strike for the second time since July, scrambling the morning commute for hundreds of thousands of workers who were up before dawn to clog highways, swarm buses and shiver on ferry decks as they found alternative ways to the office.

October 18, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


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US: Evidence of Russia driving Ukraine unrest

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Monday said there was "overwhelming evidence" that Russia is fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but suggested that President Barack Obama has not yet concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions warrant broader sanctions on key Russian economic sectors.

April 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.

April 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rocket leak delays space station delivery launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer.

April 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

NEW YORK (AP) - The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

April 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge: Michael Jackson's mom should pay costs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has indicated that Michael Jackson's mother should pay the promoter of her son's ill-fated comeback concerts more than $800,000 in costs associated with her failed negligent hiring lawsuit.

April 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine asks for UN peacekeepers in restive east

HORLIVKA, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's acting president urged the United Nations on Monday to send peacekeeping troops to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian gunmen kept up their rampage of storming and occupying local government offices, police stations and a small airport.

April 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Prosecutor presses Pistorius at murder trial

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Monday alleged numerous inconsistencies in the athlete's account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year, seeking to show that the athlete is lying when he says he shot her by mistake.

April 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Police seek answers after 7 dead babies found

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) - Police in Utah are questioning a mother and family members about the killings of seven babies whose bodies were found stuffed in cardboard boxes in a garage.

April 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


False leads in search for missing jet

If the signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are truly from the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, they ultimately will close the book on a frustrating long list of false leads in the effort to find the jet. Here are the most prominent moments in which hopes of solving the tragic aviation mystery were dashed:

April 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man accused in Kansas City Jewish attacks is white supremacist

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - A gunman opened fire outside of a Jewish community center on Sunday, killing a doctor and his teenage grandson before heading to a Jewish retirement community a few blocks away and killing someone else, authorities said.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine to deploy troops in anti-terror operation

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine is deploying troops in a "large-scale anti-terrorist operation" to resist attacks by armed pro-Russian forces, Ukraine's President Oleksandr Turchynov said on Sunday in a televised address.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Combative prosecutor makes mark in Pistorius trial

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel fired another tough question at murder suspect Oscar Pistorius.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope poses for 'selfies' after Palm Sunday homily

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with young people and also sipping tea passed to him from the crowd.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years

WASHINGTON (AP) - As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NTSB: Claim about truck fire still uncorroborated

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) - Federal investigators could not corroborate on Saturday a driver's claim that a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened across a freeway median, sideswiped her car and slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in a fiery wreck.

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


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