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UPDATE: Obama seeking congressional OK for Syria action

WASHINGTON (AP) - Delaying what had appeared to be an imminent strike, President Barack Obama abruptly announced Saturday he will seek congressional approval before launching any military action meant to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Scant foreign support for US strikes on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is poised to become the first U.S. leader in three decades to attack a foreign nation without mustering broad international support or acting in direct defense of Americans.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Report says earthquake kills 4 in China

BEIJING (AP) - An earthquake hit a mountainous area in southwestern China Saturday morning, killing at least three people injuring 10 others, according to state media and the China Earthquake Administration.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Grave excavation to begin at former reform school

MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) - University of South Florida researchers will begin exhuming dozens of graves Saturday at a former reform school in hopes of identifying the buried boys and learning how they died.

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Will U.S. strike Syria?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Edging toward a punitive strike against Syria, President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing "limited and narrow" action as the administration bluntly accused Bashar Assad's government of launching a chemical weapons attack that killed at least 1,429 people - far more than previous estimates - including more than 400 children.

August 30, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


2-tone lobster, orange and brown, shown in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine has seen its share of blue lobsters, orange lobsters, albino lobsters and calico lobsters. But one on display at a Portland research facility has all of those turning green with envy.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Major quake recorded in Alaska's Aleutian Islands

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Alaska's Aleutian Islands with a jet-like rumble Friday that shook homes and sent residents scrambling for cover.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


More storms on way

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Meteorologists say you can expect to sweat this weekend, with occasional thunderstorms and a break in the humidity just in time for Labor Day.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Oldest person born in Mexico dies in Calif. at 114

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The oldest person born in Mexico, who also was California's oldest resident, has died in a hospice in Chula Vista, just 17 days after celebrating her 114th birthday.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California foster care official faces embezzlement charges

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A Temecula woman is charged with embezzling nearly $400,000 earmarked for foster children and spending it on vacations and mortgage payments.

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hip-hop version of 'Othello' resonates behind bars

CHICAGO (AP) - Act I, Scene 1: Four actors in well-worn coveralls and baseball caps take the stage at the county jail. They're here to tell a tale of love, friendship, jealousy and betrayal. It's the stuff of Shakespearean tragedy. The names and themes haven't changed over the centuries, but the language has a modern beat:

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Sierra fire puts some holiday tourists in quandary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The huge Sierra Nevada wildfire and its smoke plume have caused some fearful tourists to opt out of plans for the last big travel weekend of the summer, but most appear intent to go through with vacations to destinations such as Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe.

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: U.S. finds itself with only 1 Syria partner: France

PARIS (AP) - The United States found itself Friday with France as its only major partner in a potential strike against Syria, after a stunning rejection of military force in Parliament forced Britain, America's staunchest ally, to pull out of any operation.

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds won't sue to stop marijuana use in 2 states

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite 75 years of federal marijuana prohibition, the Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it - as long as the weed is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Doctor: Valerie Harper's cancer close to remission

NEW YORK (AP) - Valerie Harper's doctor says the actress' brain cancer is getting close to remission.

August 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Fighting intensifies near MH17 crash site

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.

July 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite each side offering different truces to temporarily halt nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.

July 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


American doctor in Africa gets treatment for Ebola

BOONE, N.C. (AP) - An American doctor infected with the deadly Ebola disease received intensive treatment Sunday in West Africa and was in stable condition, talking to his medical team and working on his computer, a spokeswoman for an aid group said.

July 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Plane hits truck as it lands on Nevada highway

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A small airplane with engine trouble struck a pickup truck during an emergency landing on a Nevada highway Saturday morning, authorities said.

July 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Radcliffe goes undercover as Spidey at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) - That guy in the Spider-Man suit you posed with at Comic-Con? It might have actually been Harry Potter.

July 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fires near vineyards, Yosemite park threaten homes

PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California wildfire more than tripled in size Saturday, threatening vineyards and hundreds of homes, while a new blaze prompted evacuation of a community in Yosemite National Park.

July 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Del Mar to move 2 turf races after horse deaths

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) - Del Mar will shift two turf races scheduled for Sunday to the dirt and make other adjustments after the deaths of some horses, including two Saturday, since the summer meet began nearly two weeks ago.

July 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move.

July 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pa. carjackers on the run after killing 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two carjackers who fled after ramming a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings, were still on the run Saturday as the reward for their capture topped $100,000.

July 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hundreds flee homes near Northern California fire

PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire spreading in Northern California has forced hundreds of people to flee and destroyed five homes and several other structures near vineyards in the Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said Saturday.

July 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


FedEx charges raise online pharmacy issues

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FedEx Corp., the latest company accused in a federal probe involving illegal online pharmacies, says it will fight the charges that it knowingly shipped drugs to people who lack valid prescriptions.

July 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Israel agrees to extend truce by 4 hours

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel agreed Saturday to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by four hours, a Cabinet minister said. In Gaza, a health official said the Palestinian death toll in 19 days of fighting had surpassed 1,000.

July 26, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Arizona execution renews debate over methods

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth looking for one.

July 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California can't say if it's meeting drought goal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can't take them at all.

July 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Caltrans proposes toll lanes on Interstate 405

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - State transportation officials are reserving the right to install toll lanes on a notoriously congested section of Interstate 405 in Orange County, but local officials aren't happy.

July 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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