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Officials: NSA programs broke plots in 20 nations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Top U.S. intelligence officials said Saturday that information gleaned from two controversial data-collection programs run by the National Security Agency thwarted potential terrorist plots in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries - and that gathered data is destroyed every five years.

June 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: Dealers take over Santa Cruz man's home

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Santa Cruz police say they have arrested five people on charges that they allegedly turned a disabled man's home into a drug house and bicycle chop shop while failing to care for him as they were supposed to.

June 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lawyer: Miguel inviting lawsuit over fan's injury

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The woman who was kicked by Miguel during a Billboard Music Awards performance continues to suffer cognitive difficulties and has yet to receive any assistance from the R&B singer nearly a month after the incident, her attorney said.

June 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Former Elmo puppeteer wins 3 Daytime Emmy awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kevin Clash, the Elmo puppeteer who resigned amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys, won three Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on "Sesame Street."

June 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


CA school district wins $2.6M in false rape case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Long Beach Unified School District has won a $2.6 million judgment against a woman who falsely accused a former high school football star of rape that landed him in jail.

June 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Celebrations break out in Iran after election

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Wild celebrations broke out on Tehran streets that were battlefields four years ago as reformist-backed Hasan Rowhani capped a stunning surge to claim Iran's presidency on Saturday, throwing open the political order after relentless crackdowns by hard-liners to consolidate and safeguard their grip on power.

June 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Climate talk shifts from curbing CO2 to adapting

WASHINGTON (AP) - Efforts to curb global warming have quietly shifted as greenhouse gases inexorably rise.

June 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jury awards $55M to Calif man in gang shooting

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A jury has awarded $55 million to a Southern California man who lost his legs because he claims a private security firm's guard failed to protect him from gang members who shot him at an apartment building.

June 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'M' or 'F'? Outdated IDs worry transgender people

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lauren Grey didn't think much about the gender recorded on her Illinois driver's license until she went to test-drive a new car. Although she had been living as a woman for months and easily obtained a license with her new name and a picture reflecting her feminine appearance, Grey's ID still identified her as male, puzzling the salesmen and prompting uncomfortable questions.

June 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Firefighters advance containment on Colo. wildfire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado sheriff says firefighters "are getting the upper hand" on the most destructive wildfire in state history as crews expanded containment with no new houses lost.

June 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


More charges filed against ex-Calif commissioner

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - More charges have been filed against a former Oxnard commissioner accused of child sex abuse.

June 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Willits police call blade-spiked burger accident

WILLITS, Calif. (AP) - Health officials plan to keep closer watch on a Burger King restaurant in Mendocino County where a customer reported getting a cheeseburger with a 2-inch-long razor blade in it.

June 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Legislature passes Medicaid expansion in Calif.

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature passed a major piece of the federal Affordable Care Act on Saturday, opting to expand Medicaid to 1.4 million low-income Californians, as it rushed to meet its deadline to complete a state budget.

June 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


3 injured in Calif DUI checkpoint crash

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) - Three people have been injured in Ontario after police say a suspected drunken driver sped through a DUI checkpoint and crashed into another vehicle.

June 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Developer being investigated in Noguez probe

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California developer is under investigation for allegedly tapping his firm's attorneys and daughters to launder illegal campaign contributions to Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez.

June 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Rocket leak delays space station delivery launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer.

April 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

NEW YORK (AP) - The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

April 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge: Michael Jackson's mom should pay costs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has indicated that Michael Jackson's mother should pay the promoter of her son's ill-fated comeback concerts more than $800,000 in costs associated with her failed negligent hiring lawsuit.

April 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine asks for UN peacekeepers in restive east

HORLIVKA, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's acting president urged the United Nations on Monday to send peacekeeping troops to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian gunmen kept up their rampage of storming and occupying local government offices, police stations and a small airport.

April 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Prosecutor presses Pistorius at murder trial

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Monday alleged numerous inconsistencies in the athlete's account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year, seeking to show that the athlete is lying when he says he shot her by mistake.

April 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Police seek answers after 7 dead babies found

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) - Police in Utah are questioning a mother and family members about the killings of seven babies whose bodies were found stuffed in cardboard boxes in a garage.

April 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


False leads in search for missing jet

If the signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are truly from the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, they ultimately will close the book on a frustrating long list of false leads in the effort to find the jet. Here are the most prominent moments in which hopes of solving the tragic aviation mystery were dashed:

April 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man accused in Kansas City Jewish attacks is white supremacist

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - A gunman opened fire outside of a Jewish community center on Sunday, killing a doctor and his teenage grandson before heading to a Jewish retirement community a few blocks away and killing someone else, authorities said.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine to deploy troops in anti-terror operation

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine is deploying troops in a "large-scale anti-terrorist operation" to resist attacks by armed pro-Russian forces, Ukraine's President Oleksandr Turchynov said on Sunday in a televised address.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Combative prosecutor makes mark in Pistorius trial

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel fired another tough question at murder suspect Oscar Pistorius.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope poses for 'selfies' after Palm Sunday homily

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with young people and also sipping tea passed to him from the crowd.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years

WASHINGTON (AP) - As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NTSB: Claim about truck fire still uncorroborated

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) - Federal investigators could not corroborate on Saturday a driver's claim that a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened across a freeway median, sideswiped her car and slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in a fiery wreck.

April 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Finance officials: Global economy turns the corner

WASHINGTON (AP) - The world's top finance officials expressed confidence Saturday that the global economy finally has turned the corner to stronger growth. This time, they may be right.

April 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Boston announces marathon public safety measures

BOSTON (AP) - Boston officials have announced improved public safety measures for the final two miles of the Boston Marathon on April 21, a year after two explosions near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

April 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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