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Obama signs bill to avert default, open government

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed a measure into law reopening the federal government and averting a potential default.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Aretha: Side effects 'were rough,' glad to work

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) - Aretha Franklin says "the side effects were rough" from her treatment for an undisclosed condition.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Man on trial in killing ex-girlfriend's relatives

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - At the suggestion of her family, college freshman Shayona Dhanak broke up with her boyfriend and told him religious differences were to blame. Less than two months later, her father and sister were killed, her mother assaulted and left for dead, and her family's home burned.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Deal reached to avoid default and open government

WASHINGTON (AP) - Up against one last deadline, Congress raced to pass legislation Wednesday avoiding a threatened national default and ending a 16-day partial government shutdown along the strict terms set by President Barack Obama when the twin crises began.

October 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crash tests use Center for Pet Safety's dummy dogs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - To make the world safer for pets, Lindsey Wolko had to design an indestructible dog.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: LAX dry ice bombs set for amusement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police believe a baggage handler arrested after dry ice bombs exploded at Los Angeles International Airport set off the devices for his own amusement.

October 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-San Diego mayor pleads guilty to felony

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was subdued from the moment he strode into the courtroom alone to answer charges that he put a woman in a headlock, kissed another against her will and grabbed the buttocks of a third.

October 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Companies need more than sales to compete

In today's business climate, sales and marketing are not enough to be successful, said the keynote speaker at the Valley Industry Association's luncheon Tuesday.

October 16, 2013 | By Jana Adkins | Signal AP


Weapons inspectors check 11 sites in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - International inspectors have visited 11 sites linked to Syria's chemical weapons program and destroyed "critical equipment" at six, the agency overseeing the elimination of the country's stockpile said Wednesday.

October 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pynchon, Lahiri finalists for National Book Awards

NEW YORK (AP) - Thomas Pynchon, Jhumpa Lahiri and George Saunders were among the finalists Wednesday for the National Book Awards.

October 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


4 dead after boat capsizes off Florida coast

MIAMI (AP) - Four women died and 10 people were taken into custody after a boat with more than a dozen people aboard - including Haitian and Jamaican nationals - capsized early Wednesday in the waters off South Florida.

October 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Iran presents nuclear proposals at Geneva talks

GENEVA (AP) - With PowerPoint slides and feel-good phrases, Iranian negotiators presented world powers on Tuesday with what they said was a plan to break a decade of deadlock over Tehran's nuclear program, declaring the time had come to end the country's "walk in the dark" of international isolation and crippling sanctions.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Baggage handler arrested in LAX dry ice blasts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A baggage handler has been arrested following a police investigation into two dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport.

October 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fla. bullying case: girls aged 12 and 14 charged

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - After 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick committed suicide last month, one of her tormenters continued to make comments about her online, even bragging about the bullying, a sheriff said Tuesday.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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'Modern Family' aims at Emmy record

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Like baseball, the Emmy Awards are a game of statistics: Long-running shows are able to pile up TV's top awards and new records year after year.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Post-quake gas leak inspections underway

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - The utility serving areas damaged by Sunday's earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area says it expects to continue searching for possible gas leaks over the coming days.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire burns near Gold Rush-era boomtown

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Suspect detained in deadly California crime spree

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A suspect in a series of shootings that killed three people and injured four others within an hour in the Los Angeles area was taken into custody after a daylong search.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Californians tear out lawns to cope with drought

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: US says American held in Syria has been freed

WASHINGTON (AP) - An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Magnitude 6.0 California quake causes injuries

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years struck before dawn on Sunday, sending scores of people to hospitals, igniting fires, damaging historic buildings and knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses in California's wine country.

August 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California push to avert higher gas prices stalls

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hundreds at St. Louis festival promoting peace

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Hundreds of people gathered Sunday in St. Louis' largest park for a festival encouraging peace over violence - an event that took on new resonance after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Missing kayaker's body found off San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego lifeguards have found the body of an exchange student from Ghana a day after his kayak capsized in Mission Bay.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rap mogul Suge Knight hurt in nightclub shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Death Row Records founder and rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was injured in an early morning shooting Sunday in a packed nightclub but was expected to survive, a Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant said.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


3 dead in Los Angeles-area shootings within 1 hour

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) - Three people were fatally shot and two others injured early Sunday in three separate attacks within the span of an hour in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles. The attacks could be related, police said.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Turf removal in parched California, at a glance

As more Californians tear out their lawns and plant drought-friendly gardens, many homeowners wonder how the effort will pencil out.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Vacation' over, back to White House for Obama

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama's summer vacation off the Massachusetts coast is nearing an end.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Michael Brown called 'little kid in big body'

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Michael Brown Jr. was on the verge of starting college, eager to launch himself into the adult world. Instead, on Monday he'll be mourned at his funeral, more than two weeks after his fatal shooting by a white police officer- an act that ignited days of violent protests and reawakened racial tensions that still linger in the nation.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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