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Settlement reached in high-speed rail lawsuit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A group representing Central Valley farmers said Thursday it reached a settlement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority in a lawsuit that was one of the biggest obstacles to the state's $68 billion bullet train project.

April 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California college aid scam defendant pleads guilty

SAN PABLO, Calif. (AP) - Court records show campus administrators were suspicious of the alleged ringleader of a college aid scam at Contra Costa College months before police launched an investigation.

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


Report: Lawsuit over Lap-Band ads is settled

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A company that promoted Lap-Band weight-loss surgery has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a false-advertising lawsuit, with some of the money going to billboards warning the public about the risks of weight-loss surgery, a newspaper reported Thursday.

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


Kerry disappointed by recent talks with Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry called for patience despite widespread frustration with the recent failure of negotiations between six world powers and Iran over its disputed nuclear program and growing fears of Tehran developing a weapon of mass destruction.

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


UPDATE: Rescue workers search rubble of plant

WEST, Texas (AP) - Rescue workers searched the smoldering ruins of a fertilizer plant Thursday for survivors of a monstrous explosion that leveled homes and businesses in every direction across the Texas prairie. As many as 15 people were feared dead and more than 160 others injured.

April 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rock Hall set to induct 2013 class at LA ceremony

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson are among the singers set to pay tribute to this year's eclectic group of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

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


Husband describes night wife cut off penis

SANTA ANA (AP) - The estranged husband of a woman charged with severing his penis said it was as though his life ended the evening of the attack.

April 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Downtown LA fabric company burns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities are investigating a fire that roared through a fabric company in downtown Los Angeles.

April 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama attends service in Boston

BOSTON (AP) - President Barack Obama sought to soothe a nervous nation Thursday and draw attention to those killed and gravely wounded in what he called an "act of terror" at the Boston Marathon.

April 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Assad accuses West of backing al-Qaida in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - Syria's president accused the West on Wednesday of backing al-Qaida in his country's civil war, warning it will pay a price "in the heart" of Europe and the United States as the terror network becomes emboldened.

April 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Media hits and misses in coverage of marathon investigation

NEW YORK (AP) - For about an hour Wednesday afternoon, people could flip through different television channels and hear completely different accounts of the investigation into the Boston Marathon explosions: Some news organizations reported the arrest of a suspect and then took those claims back.

April 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Number of injured or killed unknown in explosion at Texas fertilizer plant

WEST, Texas (AP) - A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco on Wednesday night injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin following a blast that damaged buildings for blocks in every direction.

April 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Miss. man arrested in ricin letters

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A man in Mississippi has been arrested and accused of sending letters with suspected ricin poison to President Barack Obama and other leaders.

April 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. woman goes on trial in severed penis case

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California woman yelled "You deserve it" before severing her estranged husband's penis with a 10-inch kitchen knife and throwing it in a garbage disposal, a prosecutor said Wednesday in opening statements at her trial.

April 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Starving sea lion pups fill Calif. rescue centers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Starving sea lion pups are washing up on Southern California beaches at a rate more than five times higher than usual, and scientists are scrambling to figure out why, officials said Wednesday.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Protesters seize new building in eastern Ukraine

LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Protesters demanding more power for Ukraine's regions stormed the government building in Luhansk with baseball bats Tuesday, seizing control of a key site in one of the largest cities in Ukraine's troubled east.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Mona Lisa' actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71

LONDON (AP) - British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from noir drama "Mona Lisa" to animated fantasy "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" has died aged 71.

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


Severe weather brings flooding in South

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - In the latest blow from a dayslong chain of severe weather across the South and Midwest, the Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast were hit with widespread flooding early Wednesday, with people stranded in cars and homes waiting for rescuers to find a way around impassable roads and others abandoning vehicles to walk to safety.

April 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


High lime prices giving US bartenders a hangover

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Every time a bartender at trendy Los Angeles fusion eatery Luna Park squeezes a shot of lime into a drink these days, owner Peter Kohtz says he winces a little.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Winds, hot weather bring fire concerns

Gusty Santa Ana winds, unseasonably high temperatures and low relative humidity are bringing wildfire concerns to Southern California.

April 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Justices wary of unlimited cellphone searches

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court seemed wary Tuesday of allowing police unbridled freedom to search through cellphones of people they arrest, taking on a new issue of privacy in the face of rapidly changing technology.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Netflix pays Verizon for better Internet access

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix will pay Verizon Communications to help clear up some of the congestion that has been bogging down its Internet video service.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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