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Militants say hostages die in Algerian raid

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - Algerian forces launched a military assault Thursday at a natural gas plant in the Sahara Desert, trying to free dozens of foreign hostages held by militants who have ties to Mali's rebel Islamists, diplomats and an Algerian security official said.

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


Charities worry new tax law will reduce donations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Charities and nonprofit organizations are worried that new limits on tax deductions for high earners will hurt donations just as charitable giving is starting to rebound from the depths of the recession.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Sniping, then singing as 'American Idol' returns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There was no hair-pulling between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on the season debut of "American Idol," although some viewers may have been reduced to it.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


University of California wants more classes online

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California leaders on Wednesday called for an expansion of online courses to help the 10-campus system contain costs, broaden access and hold down tuition rates.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama gun plan faces uncertain future

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's sweeping gun-control package faces an uncertain future on Capitol Hill, where majority House Republicans are rejecting his proposals while the president's allies in the Democratic-controlled Senate are stopping well short of pledging immediate action.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hometown backs Te'o after hoax

LAIE, Hawaii (AP) - People in the small Hawaii hometown of Manti Te'o are offering support for the Notre Dame linebacker, after the story of his girlfriend and her death from leukemia were revealed as a hoax.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


GPS tracker in iPad leads to parolee

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) - A GPS tracker in an Apple iPad has led police to a California parolee with a booty of stolen electronics in his home.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Boeing's 787 woes far more serious than acknowledged

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lithium batteries that can leak corrosive fluid and start fires have emerged as the chief safety concern involving Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, a problem that apparently is far more serious than government or company officials acknowledged less than a week ago.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Militants say hostages, kidnappers killed

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January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pregnant Kim Kardashian wants to be more private

NEW YORK (AP) - As the tabloids speculated about whether Jessica Simpson is expecting again (she is) and the media zeroed in on Kate Middleton's acute morning sickness, Kim Kardashian says it was nice to be out of the media spotlight during the early stages of her pregnancy.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


EPA changed course after gas company protested

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) - When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his family's drinking water had begun bubbling like champagne, the federal government sounded an alarm: A company may have tainted their wells while drilling for natural gas.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Armstrong to AP: 'People can decide' the truth

Lance Armstrong said viewers can judge for themselves how candid he was in his interview with Oprah Winfrey.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Islamists take hostages in Algeria

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - In a desert standoff deep in the Sahara, the Algerian army ringed a natural gas complex where Islamist militants hunkered down with dozens of hostages Wednesday night after a rare attack that appeared to be the first violent shock wave from the French intervention in Mali.

January 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Space station to get $18 million balloon-like room

LAS VEGAS (AP) - NASA is partnering with a commercial space company in a bid to swap out the cumbersome "metal cans" that now serve as astronauts' homes in space for inflatable bounce-house-like habitats that can be deployed on the cheap.

January 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Utah avalanche survivor recounts experience

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A 43-year-old Utah woman who survived an avalanche says she felt a 'strange serenity' while trapped under the snow before she went unconscious.

January 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Calif. motorist cleared in Google Glass case

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman who authorities said was driving while wearing the Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate approaches final OK of $1.1T spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress edged Thursday toward granting final approval to a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown and underscores lawmakers' fatigue with budget battles.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan: Musharraf advised to move to US hospital

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A lawyer representing Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf in his high treason trial said Thursday that his client needs to go to the U.S. for further medical treatment following a heart scare.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Recidivism fell before prison realignment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's recidivism rate dropped in the years before Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment law took effect, even though six of every 10 offenders returned to prison, the corrections department said in a report released Wednesday.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


"American Hustle," "Gravity" lead Oscar race

The con-artist comedy "American Hustle and the 3-D space odyssey "Gravity" lead the Academy Awards with 10 nominations each, including nods for best picture.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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