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Surfer girl, 14, rode waves every day for 2 years

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) - Rain or shine, a 14-year-old Southern California girl has gone surfing every day for two years in her pursuit of becoming a world champion surfer - and she plans to keep on going.

June 01, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


More than 1,200 bills pass first half of session

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State lawmakers have wrapped up the first half of this year's legislative session by advancing hundreds of bills addressing a wide range of issues, including gun violence, environmental protection, oil drilling and even whether prison inmates should have access to condoms.

June 01, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: NM crews fight wildfires, smoke pours into capital

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) - Fire crews in New Mexico on Saturday fought two growing wild blazes that have scorched thousands of acres, spurred evacuation calls for dozens of homes and poured smoke into the touristy state capital.

June 01, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rain delays wildfire season in parts of West

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Rain and cooler temperatures mean the wildfire season in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana will start later than initially predicted, officials with the National Interagency Fire Center said Saturday.

June 01, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jean Stapleton, TV's Edith Bunker, dies at 90

NEW YORK (AP) - Jean Stapleton, the stage-trained character actress who played Archie Bunker's far better half, the sweetly naive Edith, in TV's groundbreaking 1970s comedy "All in the Family," has died. She was 90.

June 01, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pressing needs test GOP's smaller government stand

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says a government that works properly can be best-equipped to help and protect the public. Republican believers in a less-is-more government generally disagree.

June 01, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


New Mexico fires burning 25 miles from capital

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) - Fire crews are battling a pair of wild blazes in New Mexico that have scorched thousands of acres, spurred evacuation calls for dozens of homes and poured smoke into the touristy state capital.

June 01, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Radical monks, prejudice fuel Myanmar violence

LASHIO, Myanmar (AP) - When a huge mob of Buddhist thugs crawled on the roof of Ma Sandar Soe's shop, doused it with gasoline and set it ablaze, the Buddhist businesswoman didn't blame them for burning it to the ground despite seeing it happen with her own eyes.

June 01, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


FAA advises against regulating helicopters over LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal report released on Friday advises against issuing regulations to limit low-flying helicopters to cut down on chopper noise over the Los Angeles Basin.

June 01, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


5 dead in tornado in Oklahoma City area, 50 hurt

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Tornadoes rolled in from the prairie and slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs, trapping people in their vehicles as a storm swept down an interstate highway while commuters tried to beat it home.

June 01, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. bills to halt fracking fail to win support

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Attempts to place a moratorium on the controversial oil drilling technique known as fracking failed as the Legislature hit its first bill-passing deadline, but the industry almost certainly will face stronger regulations when this year's legislative session is over.

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


High-speed rail plan hinges on voter promises

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's high-speed rail authority is breaking the promises made to voters when they approved $10 billion in bonds to build the nation's first bullet train line, attorneys who represent Central Valley landowners argued Friday.

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


Rape victim: Retaliation prevalent in military

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Stacey Thompson had just been stationed at Marine base in Japan when she said her sergeant laced her drinks with drugs, raped her in his barracks and then dumped her onto a street outside a nightclub at 4 a.m.

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


Some Washington police dogs not smelling pot anymore

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - When Dusty, a 19-month-old black Labrador, walked past a pipe full of marijuana during a recent police search of a house, he was doing exactly what his handler hoped.

May 31, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


BA jet in Heathrow drama lost engine panel

LONDON (AP) - Air accident investigators say a British Airways jet that made an emergency landing at Heathrow Airport last week lost panels from both its engines after they were left unlatched during maintenance.

May 31, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


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$4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop.

April 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Colbert to replace Letterman

NEW YORK (AP) - CBS moved swiftly Thursday to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, who will take over the "Late Show" next year and do battle with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for late-night television supremacy.

April 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Los Angeles teacher suspended for science projects

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students and parents are calling for the return of a popular Los Angeles high school science teacher who was suspended from the classroom after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators.

April 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


5 charged in kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say five people have been charged in the kidnapping of the father of a North Carolina prosecutor.

April 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Attorney: Stabbing rampage came out of nowhere

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - The 16-year-old boy charged in a stabbing spree at a high school outside Pittsburgh was not troubled and his family didn't see any sign that he was capable of violence, his attorney said Thursday, deepening the mystery over what prompted the rampage that injured 21 students and a security guard.

April 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Putin warns Europe about Ukraine gas debt

MOSCOW (AP) - Dragging much of Europe into his fight with Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged European leaders Thursday to quickly help Ukraine settle its gas debt to Russia to prevent an imminent shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies to the continent.

April 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Prosecutor: Pistorius is untruthful, an egotist

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - A prosecutor hammered at Oscar Pistorius' credibility at his murder trial Thursday, asserting that the star athlete had a string of unlikely excuses for why he wasn't to blame in the three gun charges he faces on top of murder.

April 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rolling Stone flubs Constitution tattoo on cover

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Julia Louis-Dreyfus better hope her latest tattoo is a temporary one.

April 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California city declares Sriracha maker a nuisance

IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California city has declared the factory that produces the popular Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance.

April 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Committee approves bill naming peak after Reagan

WASHINGTON (AP) - About the only thing former President Ronald Reagan doesn't have named after him is a mountain, not one recognized by the federal government anyway.

April 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California man confesses to 40 killings

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A suspected contract killer charged in Central California with murdering nine people confessed to investigators that he carried out up to 40 slayings in a career spanning decades, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

April 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Toyota, GM recalls push US to near-record pace

DETROIT (AP) - Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.

April 09, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Most wild kittens taken to shelters will be killed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wild kittens that will number in the tens of millions this year are starting to be born, and overtaxed shelters will be forced to euthanize most of the millions they receive. It is a grim reality a leading advocate calls "one of the last major problems" plaguing the animal welfare movement.

April 09, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Heartbleed bug causes major security headache

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.

April 09, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


GOP blocks Senate bill curbing gender pay gap

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans blocked a Senate bill Wednesday aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women, an election-year ritual that Democrats hope will help spur women to back them in this fall's congressional elections.

April 09, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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