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UPS jet crashes near Birmingham airport, 2 dead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A UPS cargo plane crashed into a field near the Birmingham airport Wednesday, killing two pilots and scattering wreckage over a rural area moments after witnesses heard the massive A300 jet coming in at treetop level.

August 14, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


UPDATE: 30 months prison for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

August 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Police kill La. bank hostage taker; 1 hostage dies

ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) - A man who believed a device had been implanted in his head shot two hostages, killing one, at a rural Louisiana bank before state police ended the hours-long standoff by shooting him dead.

August 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Utah fire destroys 13 homes

WANSHIP, Utah (AP) - A lightning-sparked wildfire has destroyed 13 homes and threatens hundreds of others near a Utah resort town.

August 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


ND oil patch city prepares for brief baseball boom

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Teams in the 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series will find the dimensions of the baseball stadium in the northwestern North Dakota city of Williston to be similar to other fields nationwide.

August 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Air Force nuclear unit fails key security test

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the nation's land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection, marking the second major setback this year for a force charged with the military's most sensitive mission, the general in charge of the nuclear air force told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

August 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Actresses urge support for Calif. paparazzi bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner urged California lawmakers Tuesday to support legislation that they say would help them better protect their children from the paparazzi that follow them daily.

August 13, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Tractor kills woman on N. Calif. college campus

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a woman was hit by a tractor and killed at a construction site on the campus of San Jose City College.

August 13, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


CalArts instructor, renowned photographer dies

Allan Sekula has devoted his life as an artist to writing, photography, installation and film. While his multidisciplinary approach to problems of representation and politics has earned him accolades as an artist, his writings have helped students, scholars and the public to think critically about interventions to the political and social realities of our world.

August 13, 2013 | Source: CalArts | Signal AP


Body ID'd as missing Calif. federal investigator

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a body found near a Northern California park last week is that of a missing federal investigator.

August 13, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Government states challenge proposed airline merger

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government is challenging the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways, saying it would cause "substantial harm" to consumers by leading to higher fares and fees.

August 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. billionaire unveils 'Hyperloop' project

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Imagine stepping into a car-sized capsule in downtown Los Angeles and, 30 minutes later, emerging in San Francisco

August 13, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Oprah 'sorry' for Switzerland's flap

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Oprah Winfrey says she's "sorry" that a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland.

August 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


For families, Bulger verdict brings closure, angst

BOSTON (AP) - The guilty verdicts against James "Whitey" Bulger brought catharsis and closure to relatives of the 11 victims in whose killings he was convicted of playing a role, but for the families of the eight people whose deaths couldn't be definitively linked to the Boston mob boss, peace will be harder to come by.

August 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Biden keeps his name in the game for 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Joe Biden may run for president in 2016, or he may not. But he wants you to know he could.

August 13, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) - Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 Americans die in Hamas fighting

Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel.

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police probe other attacks after transients killed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinderblocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama voices concern about casualties in Mideast

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Canyon Country resident scares off burglar

A resident surprised a burglar who broke into a home early Monday morning then ran off when confronted by the homeowner, sheriff's officials said.

July 21, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Comic-Con offers toy designers a chance to go wild

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UN to vote on crash resolution; Russia has doubts

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says America's federal government contracts should not subsidize discrimination.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Drought hinders California's clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.

July 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry heads to Mideast in bid for cease-fire

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel.

July 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Helpful weather coming to Washington wildfires

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on a wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles.

July 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gas explosion at Oxnard bakery injures 1

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a gas explosion at an Oxnard bakery has left one person injured.

July 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Southern California freeway crash leaves 3 dead

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - Police say a car going the wrong way on the 210 Freeway crashed into another vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga, killing three people and seriously injuring two others.

July 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


How a flood of kids upended immigration debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's yearlong deliberation over immigration has taken a head-snapping detour.

July 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rebels take full control of plane crash bodies

TOREZ, Ukraine (AP) - Rebels in eastern Ukraine took control Sunday of the bodies recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and U.S. and European leaders demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin make sure rebels give international investigators full access to the crash site.

July 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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