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Large pet reptile found guarding Calif. pot stash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California made a snappy discovery during a routine probation check: An alligator-like reptile named "Mr. Teeth," who was apparently protecting a stash of marijuana.

January 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pentagon prepares for budget cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare for drastic budget cuts if Congress can't reach an agreement on a final spending plan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.

January 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gasoline prices predicted to fall in 2013

NEW YORK (AP) - At least gasoline should cost you less in 2013.

January 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Source: Britney Spears out of 'X Factor'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Britney Spears is out of "The X Factor" after a season in which the pop star failed to deliver a ratings boost for the singing contest, a person familiar with the show's plans said Thursday.

January 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Drug companies forge partnerships with top schools

ST. LOUIS (AP) - In their quest for the next big drug discovery, pharmaceutical companies are increasingly teaming up with some of the nation's top universities, recruiting campus scientists as partners and offering schools multimillion-dollar deals to work on experimental drugs in development.

January 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama signs bill creating new nat'l park in Calif.

SOLEDAD, Calif. (AP) - California's Pinnacles National Monument, a 40 square-mile site that includes caves and towering volcanic rock formations popular with climbers, became the country's 59th national park on Thursday.

January 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NY captain: Ferry suffered mechanical failure

NEW YORK (AP) - The captain of a commuter ferry that crashed into a New York City dock says the vessel suffered a mechanical failure.

January 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Brown proposes overhaul of K-12 financing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a sweeping overhaul of K-12 education financing that would provide more money for low-income schools and give districts more control over how they can spend state funds.

January 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Biden says consensus emerging on gun safety

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pledging swift action to curb gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden says he will deliver new proposals to President Barack Obama by next Tuesday.

January 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: 1 student wounded in Taft, CA, school shooting

TAFT, Calif. (AP) - A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into class in a rural California high school on Thursday and shot one student, fired at another but missed, and then was talked into surrendering by a teacher and another staff member, officials said.

January 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Brown's budget 7 percent higher

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Riding a wave of new tax revenue, California's spending plan for the coming fiscal year will rise by nearly $5 billion, a powerful indication that the state that came to symbolize fiscal mismanagement during the heart of the recession is emerging into brighter days.

January 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hall of Famers happy about shutout

NEW YORK (AP) - Nobody was happier about the Hall of Fame shutout than the Hall of Famers themselves.

January 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US tax code longer than Bible

WASHINGTON (AP) - Too intimidated to fill out your tax return without help? Join the club.

January 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


List of 85th annual Academy Award nominations

Complete list of 85th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Thursday:

January 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Oscar snubs: Musical chairs in the director's seat

NEW YORK (AP) - In this year's Oscar nominations, the director's seat was the hot seat.

January 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Explosion hits Bangkok protesters, wounding dozens

BANGKOK (AP) - Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand's capital Friday when a grenade blast ripped through a crowd of marching anti-government demonstrators, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country's political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

WASHINGTON (AP) - One in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking unless the nation takes more aggressive action to end the tobacco epidemic, the U.S. Surgeon General said Friday - even as, astonishingly, scientists added still more diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


French president visits hospitalized first lady

PARIS (AP) - President Francois Hollande has visited France's first lady for the first time since she was hospitalized late last week after a gossip magazine reported he was having an affair with an actress.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews chase flareups in wildfire

GLENDORA (AP) - Firefighters were chasing early-morning flare-ups Friday in a damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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