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Kids cellphone privacy rules stifle apps makers

WASHINGTON (AP) - A cellphone game for kids about U.S. geography, "Stack the States," gets rave reviews from parents. Its creator, Dan Russell-Pinson, considered making the 99-cent app better by adding a feature to allow children to play online against one another. But with the Federal Trade Commission issuing more stringent online child privacy rules, he's not even pursuing the idea.

December 18, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Instagram changes rile users

NEW YORK (AP) - Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service that Facebook bought this year, is the target of a storm of outrage on Twitter and other sites after a change in its user agreement hinted that it might use shared photos in ads.

December 18, 2012 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Fiscal cliff efforts ongoing, Boehner offers plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner pushed ahead on negotiating a broad deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," even as the GOP leader readied a backup plan Tuesday to pressure the White House with little time left to avoid a double hit on the economy.

December 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama 'actively supportive' of assault weapons ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama is "actively supportive" of efforts on Capitol Hill to reinstate an assault weapons ban.

December 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NBC's Engel, TV crew escape abduction in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - NBC's chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel said Tuesday he and members of his network crew escaped unharmed after five days of captivity in Syria, where more than a dozen pro-regime gunmen dragged them from their car, killed one of their rebel escorts and subjected them to mock executions.

December 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Court sides with newspaper in labor dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday sided with the publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press in a long-running labor dispute between the newspaper and reporters who were fired after they complained about its editorial practices.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Some Republicans willing to debate gun control

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some Republicans now say they're willing to discuss the politically treacherous issue of gun control along with mental health issues and violent video games, while formerly pro-gun Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it's time to place gun control on the table in the wake of the Connecticut mass killings.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


500 detained in China for rumors of world's end

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese police have detained more than 500 people from a fringe Christian group for spreading rumors about the world's impending end, state media reported Tuesday.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Victims join NYC mayor, call for tougher gun laws

NEW YORK (AP) - Flanked by dozens of shooting survivors and relatives of victims of gunfire around the country, Mayor Michael Bloomberg pressed Congress and President Barack Obama on Monday to toughen gun laws and tighten enforcement after the Connecticut school massacre that left 20 children among the dead.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Boehner offers plan; talks continue

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner pushed ahead on negotiating a broad deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," even as the GOP leader readied a backup plan Tuesday to pressure the White House with little time left to avoid a double hit on the economy.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kansas man who killed 2 cops dies

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A man with a history of theft and weapons convictions gunned down two police officers investigating possible drug activity in a Kansas grocery parking lot, and was later killed after an armed standoff, authorities said Monday.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ohio governor spares condemned 450-pound killer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate is too fat to be humanely executed by sparing him on the grounds that he had poor legal representation.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fatal Pasadena police shooting ruled lawful

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The district attorney's office concluded Monday that Pasadena police officers responding to a robbery report acted lawfully when they fatally shot a suspect who turned out to be unarmed.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 funerals begin a sad procession in Connecticut

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Opening a long and almost unbearable procession of grief, Newtown began laying its dead to rest Monday, holding funerals for two 6-year-old boys - one a football fan who was buried in a New York Giants jersey and one whose twin sister survived the school shooting rampage.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Zooey Deschanel, rocker husband finalize divorce

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has finalized Zooey Deschanel's divorce from her rocker husband of roughly three years.

December 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's president has dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP Exclusive: Expert calls for nuke plant closure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bill to protect campus crime victims headed for governor's desk

SACRAMENTO, CA - A closely watched bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), which would ensure that crimes committed on college campuses are properly reported and investigated, passed the California Assembly Friday by a vote of 75-0. The legislation, AB 1433, would require colleges to report certain violent crimes (like sexual assault and hate crimes), occurring on or near campus, to local law enforcement, with the permission of the victim.

August 25, 2014 | Source: Assemblyman Mike Gatto's office | Signal AP


UPDATE: Michael Brown's family says he was a 'gentle soul'

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Michael Brown's relatives said goodbye Monday to the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer, remembering him as a "gentle soul" with a deep and growing faith in Christianity and ambitions that one day "the world would know his name."

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Soldier turns weapon on herself

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - A soldier with a gun inside a major command's headquarters turned the weapon on herself, causing an injury, but didn't wound any others as a heavily trafficked Virginia Army base temporarily went on lockdown Monday morning.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mexican president starts California visit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is visiting California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Divers end search for swimmer

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) - Divers have ended a search in the waters off Dana Point for the body of a man who disappeared after going under a large wave.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Accused former Ventura surgeon surrenders license

VENTURA (AP) - A former Ventura neurosurgeon facing allegations of performing unnecessary procedures has surrendered his California medical license.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hurricane Marie churns in Pacific

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Powerful Hurricane Marie kicked high swells along Mexico's northern Pacific coast on Monday, even as it weakened slightly to a Category 4 storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it would likely raise waves along Southern California later in the week.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Modern Family' aims at Emmy record

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Like baseball, the Emmy Awards are a game of statistics: Long-running shows are able to pile up TV's top awards and new records year after year.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Post-quake gas leak inspections underway

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - The utility serving areas damaged by Sunday's earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area says it expects to continue searching for possible gas leaks over the coming days.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire burns near Gold Rush-era boomtown

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Suspect detained in deadly California crime spree

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A suspect in a series of shootings that killed three people and injured four others within an hour in the Los Angeles area was taken into custody after a daylong search.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Californians tear out lawns to cope with drought

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: US says American held in Syria has been freed

WASHINGTON (AP) - An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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