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Hot spots draw believers, but not doomsday

As the sun rose from time zone to time zone across the world on Friday, there was still no sign of the world's end - but that didn't stop those convinced that a 5,125-year Mayan calendar predicts the apocalypse from gathering at some of the world's purported survival hot spots.

December 21, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US economy grew at 3.1 percent in summer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.1 percent over the summer as exports increased, consumers spent more and state and local governments added to growth for the first time in three years. But the economy is likely slowing in the current quarter.

December 21, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama nominating Kerry for secretary of state

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday will nominate Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, a senior administration official said, making the first move in an overhaul of his national security team heading into a second term.

December 21, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NRA calls for armed police officer in every school

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

December 21, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hot rhetoric, tiny numbers separate Obama, Boehner

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite all the hot fiscal cliff rhetoric, the differences between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner seem relatively narrow. So why haven't they shaken hands already? One answer: Both sides need to keep - or get - their own troops behind them.

December 21, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Newtown first responders carry heavy burdens

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - While the people of Newtown do their best to cope with loss and preserve the memories of their loved ones, another class of residents is also finding it difficult to move on: the emergency responders who saw firsthand the terrible aftermath of last week's school shooting.

December 21, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


All we want for Christmas is our gifts on time!

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Santa's sleigh be late?

December 21, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UN OKs military action to oust al-Qaida in Mali

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council on Thursday authorized military action to wrest northern Mali from the control of al-Qaida-linked extremists but demanded progress first on political reconciliation, elections and training African troops and police.

December 21, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stores brace for snow during final shopping days

NEW YORK (AP) - Midwesterners aren't the only ones who could get slammed by the storm that's expected to bring heavy snow, winds and rain to the middle of the country over the next couple of days. Stores could get hit too.

December 20, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


In Mexico, New Agers hope Dec. 21 brings new era

MERIDA, Mexico (AP) - Doomsday hour is here, at least in much of the world, and so still are we.

December 20, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hot rhetoric, tiny numbers separate Obama, Boehner

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite all the hot fiscal cliff rhetoric, the differences between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner seem relatively narrow. So why haven't they shaken hands already? One answer: Both sides need to keep - or get - their own troops behind them.

December 20, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Americans seeking unemployment aid rises by 17,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week by 17,000, reversing four weeks of declines. But the number of people seeking aid is consistent with a job market that continues to grow modestly.

December 20, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Snow in Midwest leads to fatal 25-vehicle pileup

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The first widespread snowstorm of the season crawled across the Midwest on Thursday, with whiteout conditions stranding holiday travelers and sending drivers sliding over slick roads - including into a fatal 25-vehicle pileup in Iowa.

December 20, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas town allows teachers to carry concealed guns

HARROLD, Texas (AP) - In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school - mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons.

December 20, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


House approves $633 billion defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $633 billion defense bill for next year despite Pentagon complaints that it spares outdated but politically popular weapons at the expense of the military's ability to fight.

December 20, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Virginia AG to fight state's gay marriage ban

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - In a move that could give gay marriage its first foothold in the South, Virginia's attorney general said Thursday he concluded the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional and he will join the fight against it.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bieber arrested in Miami

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police in Miami Beach say pop singer Justin Bieber has been charged with resisting arrest without violence in addition to drag racing and DUI. Police also say the singer told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Peace talks on Syria stuck over Assad's future

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) - Furiously divided from the start, representatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the rebellion against him threatened Wednesday to collapse a peace conference intended to lead them out of civil war.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas executes man despite opposition from Mexico

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.

January 23, 2014 | 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 today:

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Snowstorm dress rehearsal for the Super Bowl

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The NFL and personnel at MetLife Stadium had a Super Bowl pop quiz on snow removal less than two weeks before the title game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Speaker Boehner visits California for drought bill

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says he'll support an emergency drought-relief bill to help farmers through what's certain to be a devastating year.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. sisters get lungs from same donor

HOUSTON (AP) - They quibble, joke and share knowing looks, finishing each other's thoughts and making snide comments - like many sisters. But a recent heated argument was unlike any other they've had, and it ended in a most surprising way.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police search for motive in deadly Purdue shooting

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Classes at Purdue University were interrupted by the sounds of gunfire, fire alarms and screams when a student entered a basement classroom and fatally shot a fellow senior engineering student whom a former teacher described as "phenomenal."

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama targets college sexual assault epidemic

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama shone a light Wednesday on a college sexual assault epidemic that is often shrouded in secrecy, with victims fearing stigma, police poorly trained to investigate and universities reluctant to disclose the violence.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Northeast digs out from snow; NYC back to school

NEW YORK (AP) - Northeasterners scraped and shoveled Wednesday after a snowstorm grounded flights, shuttered schools and buried roads with a surprising amount of snow, leaving biting cold in its wake. The atmosphere was particularly frosty in New York, where some residents complained that plowing was spotty and schools were open while children elsewhere in the region stayed home.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


More heat records set in Southern California

Cloudy skies have made Southern California look a bit wintry but thermometers continue to insist it's summer.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Brown to lay out vision for state in speech

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In just a few years, Gov. Jerry Brown has helped turn California's budget deficits into surpluses, persuaded Californians to raise taxes and quieted the complaints of many political opponents.

January 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Emergency drought bill to be introduced in Calif.

FRESNO (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner is scheduled to visit the Central Valley of California on Wednesday, joining three Republican colleagues to propose emergency legislation aimed at drought relief, a congressional aide said Tuesday.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Today

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

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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