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Tech titans renew legal battle over smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The epic $1 billion patent fight between the world's top two smartphone makers resumes Thursday in a federal courtroom when Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Corp. again square off over rights to vital technology.

December 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Short sales outpacing sales of bank-owned homes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sales of U.S. homes facing foreclosure are on the rise and outpacing sales of bank-owned homes, a reflection of stepped up efforts this year by lenders to avoid foreclosing on homes with mortgages gone unpaid.

December 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Illegal immigration drops after decade-long rise

WASHINGTON (AP) - New census data released Thursday affirm a clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration, ending more than a decade of increases.

December 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Colo. shooting suspect: Brief romance, few friends

DENVER (AP) - Shock, disgust and fear spread across the campus of the Colorado university - the man who shot up a midnight movie was identified as James Holmes, and faculty members suspected they knew him.

December 05, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Starbucks to open 1,500 more cafes in the US

NEW YORK (AP) - Another Starbucks may soon pop up around the corner, with the world's biggest coffee company planning to add at least 1,500 cafes in the U.S. over the next five years.

December 05, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Social Security fast-tracks rare disease claims

WASHINGTON (AP) - In an effort to ease the burden of being stricken with a debilitating condition, the Social Security Administration is expanding a program that fast-tracks disability claims by people who get serious illnesses such as cancer, early-onset Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's disease - claims that could take months or years to approve in the past.

December 05, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cadet quits, cites overt religion at West Point

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A cadet quitting West Point less than six months before graduation says he could no longer be part of a culture that promotes prayers and religious activities and disrespects nonreligious cadets.

December 05, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Keaton honored at Women in Entertainment breakfast

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - When Diane Keaton learned she would receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, the 66-year-old actress immediately began panicking about her speech.

December 05, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dave Brubeck, legend who helped define jazz, dies

You don't have to be a jazz aficionado to recognize "Take Five," the smoky instrumental by the Dave Brubeck Quartet that instantly evokes swinging bachelor pads, hi-fi systems and cool nightclubs of the 1950s and '60s.

December 05, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NY subway victim's daughter: 'What's done is done'

NEW YORK (AP) - The daughter of a man pushed in front of a subway train and photographed a split-second before his death said Wednesday after a suspect was arrested that it "would have been great" if someone had helped her father up but "what's done is done."

December 05, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hunters find bodies believed to be Iowa cousins

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Hunters found two bodies Wednesday believed to be those of young Iowa cousins who vanished five months ago while riding their bikes near a lake, authorities said.

December 05, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hundreds line up at California for work in Canada

INDIO, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of people looking for work have shown up at a Southern California job fair in hopes of landing construction jobs in Canada.

December 05, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California sheriff vows no spying with use of drone

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California sheriff has vowed that his department won't use an aerial drone to spy on ordinary people, but civil liberties groups say there still needs to be some guidelines to ensure privacy.

December 05, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Official: Iran has evidence it captured U.S. drone

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran has material evidence to prove that it has captured an American unmanned aircraft, a prominent lawmaker in Tehran said Wednesday, rejecting U.S. Navy statements that none of its drones in the region was missing.

December 05, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fast-growing fish may never wind up on your plate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Salmon that's been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on your dinner plate. That is, if the company that makes the fish can stay afloat.

December 05, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Italian conductor Claudio Abbado dies at 80

ROME (AP) - Claudio Abbado, a star in the great generation of Italian conductors who was revered by musicians in the world's leading orchestras for developing a strong rapport with them while still allowing them their independence, died Monday. He was 80.

January 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Urban streets named for MLK still struggle

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader: shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores.

January 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Monday

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

January 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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