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Wildfire burns out of control near Yosemite

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - An out-of-control forest fire threatening about 2,500 structures near Yosemite National Park was one of more than 50 active, large wildfires dotting the western U.S. on Wednesday.

August 21, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US home sales hit 5.4M in July, highest since '09

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time since 2009, previously occupied U.S. homes are selling at a pace associated with a healthy market.

August 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Recently released Nixon tapes span Watergate, Soviet summit

YORBA LINDA (AP) - In the hours after President Richard Nixon delivered his first major national address about Watergate, two future presidents called him to express their private support, according to audio recordings released Wednesday.

August 21, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


ACT: Third of high school grads not college ready

WASHINGTON (AP) - Almost a third of this year's high school graduates who took the ACT tests are not prepared for college-level writing, biology, algebra or social science classes, according to data the testing company released Wednesday.

August 21, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for giving hundreds of thousands of secret military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks in one of the nation's biggest leak cases since the Pentagon Papers more than a generation ago.

August 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US weighs pros, cons of cutting some aid to Egypt

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration, undertaking a major review of U.S. relations with Egypt, edged closer to a decision Tuesday about curtailing some of America's $1.5 billion in annual aid after the Egyptian military's crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

August 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


One Direction's Malik engaged to Perrie Edwards

LONDON (AP) - One Direction has one less eligible bachelor.

August 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


No defense from suspect in 2009 Fort Hood shooting

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The soldier on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood rested his case Wednesday without calling any witnesses or testifying in his own defense.

August 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian activists claim deadly 'toxic gas' attack

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian anti-government activists accused the regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack that killed at least 100 people, including many children as they slept, during intense artillery and rocket barrages Wednesday on the eastern suburbs of Damascus, part of a fierce government offensive in the area.

August 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


VP Biden's son evaluated at Texas cancer center

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Beau Biden, the Delaware attorney general and the son of Vice President Joe Biden, is being evaluated at a cancer center in Texas, according to people with knowledge of his condition.

August 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Western wildfires a costly $1 billion

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - More than 40 uncontained, active and large wildfires dot the western U.S. from Arizona to Washington state and Alaska, taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year.

August 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Doctor: Marathon suspect was shot through face

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been shot through the face and had a fractured skull, wounds to his lower extremities and bone injuries on his left hand when he was caught hiding in a boat in a suburban backyard, according to the surgeon who treated him.

August 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Court orders release of Mubarak

CAIRO (AP) - Officials say an Egyptian court has ordered the release of ex-President Hosni Mubarak, but it's not immediately clear whether the prosecutors will appeal the order.

August 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man, 20, charged in Georgia school shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A school bookkeeper says she came face-to-face with a gunman at an Atlanta-area elementary school and talked him into surrendering after he fired shots at police.

August 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif professor apologizes for setting fires

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A California professor who set fires at his late son's high school, a school administrator's home and a park apologized for his actions and says he lost himself in grief after the boy committed suicide.

August 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Police ID 3 kids killed in Philly carjacking crash

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 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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


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