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Limo driver: Fire took 3 minutes to claim 5 lives

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - First came the tapping. Over the blasting music, limo driver Orville Brown heard someone in the backseat knock on the partition behind him, saying something about smoke. No smoking allowed, he told the crowd of partying women.

May 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Mass. funeral director chasing burial offers

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts funeral director said Monday he has received burial offers for more than 100 out-of-state graves for the body of a Boston Marathon bombing suspect who was killed in a gun battle with police but none are panning out, even as Tamerlan Tsarnaev's mother told him she wants the body returned to Russia.

May 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


UPDATE:Senate passes bill letting states tax online sales

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate sided with traditional retailers and financially strapped state and local governments Monday by passing a bill that would widely subject online shopping - for many a largely tax-free frontier - to state sales taxes.

May 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Former Calif. mortician gets 25-to-life sentence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former mortician was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life in prison for plotting to kill a funeral business rival in a decades-old case that initially resulted in an unusual sentence of lifetime probation.

May 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. crews mop up wildfire as rain falls

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - Rain showers moved across Southern California on Monday, dousing remnants of a wildfire that blackened thousands of acres in coastal mountains and bringing much-needed moisture to a region left parched by a dry winter.

May 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif agency says PG&E should pay $2.25B for blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California agency investigating the deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood recommended Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay a $2.25 billion fine for its negligence leading up to the blast.

May 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Lauryn Hill gets 3 months for failing to pay taxes

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million in earnings.

May 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


What happened in limo that burst into flames?

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities searched for answers Monday in the fire that roared through a limousine packed with women celebrating a girls' night out, hoping to learn what sparked the blaze and why the dead could not escape the fast-spreading flames that turned a luxury car into a deadly inferno.

May 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


East about to be overrun by billions of cicadas

WASHINGTON (AP) - Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the East Coast. The insects will arrive in such numbers that people from North Carolina to Connecticut will be outnumbered roughly 600-to-1. Maybe more.

May 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Could immigration bill set off another backlash?

WASHINGTON (AP) - As a Senate committee prepares to begin voting this week on far-reaching immigration legislation, advocates are watching warily to see whether relatively tame opposition balloons into the kind of fierce resistance that killed Congress' last attempt to overhaul the system.

May 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cause of Camarillo wildfire appears accidental

CAMARILLO (AP) - Investigators say the cause of a huge wildfire burning through Southern California's coastal mountains appears to be accidental.

May 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama to launch series of trips on economic plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Immigration, guns and national security are dominating the discussion on Capitol Hill, but Americans by and large are still focused on their bottom line. So President Barack Obama is launching a series of quick jaunts around the country to remind Americans he's still got jobs and the economy on his mind.

May 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fever hits thousands in parched West farm region

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - California and federal public health officials say valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease infecting more and more people around the nation, has been on the rise as warming climates and drought have kicked up the dust that spreads it.

May 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Israeli airstrikes on Syria prompt threats, anger

BEIRUT (AP) - Israel rushed to beef up its rocket defenses on its northern border Sunday to shield against possible retaliation after carrying out two airstrikes in Syria over 48 hours - an unprecedented escalation of Israeli involvement in the Syrian civil war.

May 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: 5 women die as limo bursts into flames in N. Cal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A limousine taking nine women to a party erupted in flames, killing five of the passengers, authorities and the mother of one of the survivors said Sunday.

May 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Obama: U.S. to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.

June 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine military launches offensive against rebels

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian troops on Tuesday launched an offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk and advanced through the city's outskirts, the nation's interior minister said.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan air force jet crashes, killing 3

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistan air force fighter jet crashed into the country's largest city after a technical fault Tuesday, killing two pilots and a civilian on the ground, authorities said.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Automakers see big US sales gains in May

DETROIT (AP) - Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks - and five sunny weekends - likely pushed U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: US to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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