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Years after holiday slayings, traditions help heal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five years after a man dressed as Santa Claus massacred nine members of her family on Christmas Eve, the surviving daughter of the Ortega clan worked to master her mother's pozole recipe to serve at a traditional family dinner that's now forever tinged with tragedy.

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


Seniors, disabled get help feeding furry friends

LOS ANGELES (AP) - If Meals on Wheels didn't deliver donated dog food, Sherry Scott of San Diego says her golden retriever Tootie would be eating the pasta, riblets and veggie wraps meant for her. But thanks to partnerships between the program for low-income seniors and pet groups across the country, fewer people and pets are going hungry.

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


34 homes destroyed in Big Sur fire

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) - Officials now say 34 homes were destroyed in a wildfire in Central California's Big Sur region, 12 more than originally estimated.

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


Servers awarded $5.7M in age discrimination suit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury has awarded nearly $5.7 million to four servers who alleged they were fired from a Los Angeles restaurant because of their ages.

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


Brown pardons mostly target drug offenders

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown issued 127 pardons on Tuesday, the vast majority of them to people who had been convicted of drug dealing, cultivation or possession.

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


Nevada gunman told patients to flee before killing

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Newly released 911 tapes paint a scene of panic and terror inside a Reno medical building where dozens of callers hid in bathrooms and exam rooms from a suicidal gunman who killed one doctor and shot another at a urology clinic where he said he'd had a vasectomy that ruined his life.

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


High pressure bringing warm, dry Calif. Christmas

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As large sections of the U.S. deal with severe winter weather for the holidays, California is sunny and dry with high temperatures rising into the low 80s in some southern areas.

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


Teen ordered off life support; family can appeal

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A judge on Tuesday ordered that a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications following a tonsillectomy be taken off life support.

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


Vets return to streets to reach the homeless

CONCORD, Mass. (AP) - Not far from where the Boston Massacre helped sow the seeds for the Revolutionary War, David Dyer points toward the underpass where he'd score crack cocaine by day and the train depot where he'd sleep some nights.

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


Rifle designer Mikhail Kalashnikov dead at 94

MOSCOW (AP) - Mikhail Kalashnikov started out wanting to make farm equipment, but the harvest he reaped was one of blood as the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle, the world's most popular firearm.

December 24, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge allows gay marriage in Utah to continue

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge on Monday allowed gay marriage to continue in Utah, rejecting a request to put same-sex weddings on hold as the state appeals a decision that has sent couples flocking to county clerk offices for marriage licenses.

December 24, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

December 24, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Hart students hold annual holiday dinner

Rows of tables lined the cafeteria of Hart High School, offering hot food, plates of cookies and deserts, as well as wrapped gifts prepared for families from throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

December 24, 2013 | Charlie Kaijo | Signal AP


UPDATE: Judge tells Calif. hospital to keep treating teen

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - With a family fighting a hospital to keep their daughter who has been declared brain dead on life support, a California judge on Monday ordered the hospital to keep treating 13-year-old Jahi McMath for another week as a second medical evaluation is conducted.

December 23, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Last-minute insurance shoppers given grace period

CHICAGO (AP) - Anticipating heavy traffic on the government's health care website, the Obama administration effectively extended Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving people in 36 states more time to select a plan.

December 23, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Alleged cartel kingpin arrested

MADRID (AP) - Spanish police have arrested one of Colombia's most-wanted criminals, a 40-year-old man nicknamed the Rat who is one of leaders of a ruthless drug cartel linked to 400 murders and the shipment of largest amounts of cocaine to Europe and the United States.

July 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Israeli bulldozers destroy Hamas tunnels

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli bulldozers on Saturday demolished more than a dozen tunnels the military said were being used by Hamas gunmen to sneak beneath the southern border of the Jewish state and carry out attacks on its soldiers and civilians.

July 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police seek driver in deadly California bank heist

FRESNO, California (AP) - While police in the Northern California city of Stockton searched Saturday for an accomplice in a bank robbery that led to a police chase and deadly shootout, investigators said Saturday they suspect the same men carried out other area bank heists, including one at the same branch hit this week.

July 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Leslie headlines 2015 women's Hall of Fame class

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie headlines the 2015 women's basketball Hall of Fame induction class announced Saturday.

July 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23B in damages

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida jury has slammed the nation's No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.

July 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Outcry grows over felled oak trees

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The city of Thousand Oaks has lost some of its namesake trees, and community activists are determined to see it doesn't happen again.

July 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Robbers' families say police acted appropriately

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - The families of two slain bank robbery suspects said Friday that police in the Northern California city of Stockton acted appropriately when they engaged in a gunbattle with their sons.

July 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


HIV diagnosis rate falls in U.S.

NEW YORK (AP) - The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S.

July 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire citations applied unevenly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gary Bennett spent much of the last three decades preparing his property in Napa County for the day when a wildfire would sweep over the hill, including clearing brush and grass around his three-bedroom home in a scenic canyon 85 miles north of San Francisco.

July 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Car drives off Newhall road

A driver and passenger pulled themselves from the wreckage of a vehicle that went over the side of San Francisquito Canyon Road on Saturday and overturned, officials said.

July 19, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers.

July 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

July 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US communities diverge on child migrant response

DALLAS (AP) - As thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children have poured into South Texas, community leaders from Dallas to Los Angeles to Syracuse, N.Y., have offered to set up temporary shelters to relieve the Army bases, holding cells and converted warehouses at the border.

July 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Exec producer of 'The Flash' teases new series

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Geoff Johns, executive producer of "The Flash," says the upcoming CW series is probably the most faithful DC Comics adaptation ever.

July 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Top Colorado Court halts Denver gay marriages

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Denver County clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the state's ban against the unions remains in place.

July 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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