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First fire, then floods in Western forest

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Drenching rain in the wildfire-blackened hills below Colorado's Pikes Peak sent a torrent of rock and mud into the tourist town of Manitou Springs this month, killing a 53-year-old man and smashing into dozens of houses.

August 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama awards Medal of Honor to Afghan war veteran

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter on Monday, saluting the veteran of the war in Afghanistan as "the essence of true heroism."

August 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews battle huge wildfire raging in Yosemite area

TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) - Crews working to contain one of California's largest ever wildfires had help from the blaze itself as they made advances overnight against the flames threatening San Francisco's water supply, several towns near Yosemite National Park, and historic giant sequoias.

August 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


For Obama, world looks far different than expected

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly five years into his presidency, Barack Obama confronts a world far different from what he envisioned when he first took office. U.S. influence is declining in the Middle East as violence and instability rock Arab countries. An ambitious attempt to reset U.S. relations with Russia faltered and failed. Even in Obama-friendly Europe, there's deep skepticism about Washington's government surveillance programs.

August 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Syria agrees to UN chemical weapons investigation

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syria agreed Sunday to a U.N. investigation into last week's alleged chemical weapons attack outside Damascus - a deal a senior White House official dismissed as "too late to be credible," saying the United States has "very little doubt" President Bashar Assad's forces used such weapons.

August 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


US overhauls process for recognizing Indian tribes

KENT, Conn. (AP) - His tribe once controlled huge swaths of what is now New York and Connecticut, but the shrunken reservation presided over by Alan Russell today hosts little more than four mostly dilapidated homes and a pair of rattlesnake dens.

August 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Desert tortoise faces threat from its own refuge

LAS VEGAS (AP) - For decades, the vulnerable desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence.

August 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fracking health project puts numbers to debate

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A project examining the local health impacts from natural gas drilling is providing some of the first preliminary numbers about people who may be affected, and the results challenge the industry position that no one suffers but also suggest the problems may not be as widespread as some critics claim.

August 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lawmakers aim to limit 'revenge porn' postings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State lawmakers are attempting to limit a distressing social media phenomenon known as "revenge porn," where spurned suitors post intimate photos of their ex-lovers on the Internet for all to see.

August 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Yosemite fire: Crews bracing for strong winds

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire burning on the northern border of Yosemite National Park grew more than 7 square miles overnight as firefighters have gained little ground in slowing it.

August 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'The Butler' stays on top with $17 million

NEW YORK (AP) - "Lee Daniels' The Butler" served up another box office-topping weekend, earning $17 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

August 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Service for Hannah Anderson's mom, brother

SANTEE, Calif. (AP) - Calling their deaths "an abomination," a priest memorialized a California mother and young son killed by a family friend who also abducted the woman's 16-year-old daughter.

August 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Julie Harris, Broadway star, dies at 87

NEW YORK (AP) - Julie Harris, one of Broadway's most honored performers, whose roles ranged from the flamboyant Sally Bowles in "I Am a Camera" to the reclusive Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst," died Saturday. She was 87.

August 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Yosemite takes steps to protect sequoias from fire

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - As a wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park, officials cleared brush and set sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias.

August 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Marching for King's dream: 'The task is not done'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled.

August 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Steve Ballmer debuts as LA Clippers owner

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Steve Ballmer has introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team.

August 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


San Diego adopts $11.50 hourly minimum wage

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego City Council approved raising the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, overriding a mayoral veto and setting the stage for a possible challenge at the voting booth.

August 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Body of Marine's missing wife found in mine shaft

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - The body of the missing, pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine has been found deep in an abandoned mine shaft in Southern California, where her husband had been stationed, and Alaskan authorities have arrested her alleged lover on suspicion of homicide.

August 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


A Closer Look: Do more with companion devices

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apple has ways of encouraging you to buy more of its products: It offers bonus features on devices like the iPhone and iPad that work only when paired with other Apple gadgets.

August 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt: No deal yet on Gaza cease-fire, more talks

CAIRO (AP) - The Egyptian government has announced a 24-hour extension in cease-fire talks between Israel and the Hamas militant group.

August 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Cost to raise today's child tops $245,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday.

August 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) - Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays - "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

August 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports

GENEVA (AP) - The U.N. health agency is urging Ebola-affected countries to start screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings.

August 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Iraq says it seizes Mosul Dam; militants deny it

BAGHDAD (AP) - Backed by U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country's largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said, as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic complex.

August 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Campers flee from Southern California wildfire

GLENDORA (AP) - A wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles has forced the evacuation of 200 people from a campground and recreational areas.

August 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police shooting draws protesters from near, far

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Protesters who have for days lined a busy suburban St. Louis street not far from the place where a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager have walked from nearby apartments, driven from neighboring communities and flown in from states hundreds of miles away. Some are young parents carrying infants. Others, college students. Retirees. Professionals taking a break from their jobs.

August 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine says troops entered rebel-held city

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Army troops have penetrated deep inside a rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine in what could prove a breakthrough development in the four-month-long conflict, the Ukrainian government said Sunday.

August 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Liberia: Ebola spread fears rise as clinic looted

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including blood-stained sheets and mattresses.

August 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Police deploy tear gas to impose Ferguson curfew

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The first night of a state-imposed curfew in Ferguson, Missouri, ended with tear gas and seven arrests, after police dressed in riot gear used armored vehicles to disperse defiant protesters who refused to leave a St. Louis suburb where a black, unarmed teen had been shot by a white police officer a week earlier.

August 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


No charges to be filed against fake TSA agent

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors say no criminal charges will be filed against a man accused of posing as a Transportation Security Administration agent and privately screening two women at the San Francisco International Airport.

August 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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