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Bay Area leaders consider merging region

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of business and political leaders gathered in San Jose to consider the advantages of merging the nine-county San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley into a single region, sharing everything from city dumps to water treatment plants as communities sprawl across borders.

February 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Earth-observing satellite to launch from California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA is set to launch a new Earth-observing satellite designed to carry on the tradition of documenting changes to the planet's glaciers, forests and coastlines.

February 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


FBI: No weapons found in ex-LA cop's Vegas home

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities say no weapons were found in a search of the Las Vegas home of a former Los Angeles police officer wanted in three killings in Southern California.

February 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jets roar as US, Japan, Australia drill in Pacific

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AP) - Fighter jets from the U.S. and two key allies roared into western Pacific skies in the combat phase of annual exercises that have gained importance as the region responds to the rise of China and other potential threats.

February 08, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Scouts face pressure before vote on no-gays policy

It promises to be a campaign as passionate and dramatic as any big election. For the next 14 weeks, the Boy Scouts of America will be the focus of prayers, petitions and pressure tactics aimed at swaying a vote on whether to ease its ban on gays as Scouts or adult leaders.

February 08, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


150-foot asteroid will buzz Earth, no need to duck

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A 150-foot-wide asteroid will come remarkably close to Earth next week, even closer than high-flying communication and weather satellites. It will be the nearest known flyby for an object of this size.

February 08, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NM board exonerates late-term abortion doctor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Medical Board on Thursday exonerated an Albuquerque doctor of gross negligence for her handling of a late-term abortion in a case that raised questions about whether politics trumped patient privacy.

February 08, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Humbled Toyota rolls out new Tundra pickup

DETROIT (AP) - Back in 2007, Toyota trumpeted its bulked-up Tundra as a game-changer that would cut into Detroit's dominance of the U.S. pickup truck market.

February 07, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Strong aftershock shakes tsunami-hit Solomon isle

SYDNEY (AP) - A strong aftershock rattled the Solomon Islands on Friday morning, forcing the South Pacific country's prime minister to forgo a visit to remote villages ravaged by a tsunami that killed at least nine people.

February 07, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Brennan defends drone strikes, even on Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) - CIA Director-designate John Brennan strongly defended anti-terror attacks by unmanned drones Thursday under close questioning at a protest-disrupted confirmation hearing. On a second controversial topic, he said that after years of reading classified intelligence reports he still does not know if waterboarding has yielded useful information.

February 07, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mountain manhunt for ex-cop accused of killing 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fired police officer who threatened to bring "warfare" to the Los Angeles Police Department went on a shooting rampage that left a policeman and two others dead and set off an extraordinary manhunt Thursday that put Southern California on edge, led hair-trigger officers to mistakenly shoot at innocent citizens and forced police to guard their own.

February 07, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


In wealthy Hong Kong, poorest live in metal cages

HONG KONG (AP) - For many of the richest people in Hong Kong, one of Asia's wealthiest cities, home is a mansion with an expansive view from the heights of Victoria Peak. For some of the poorest, like Leung Cho-yin, home is a metal cage.

February 07, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Manhunt for ex-police officer sets region on edge

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The massive search for a former Los Angeles police officer accused of going on a killing spree unnerved tens of thousands of people across Southern California, neighboring states and into Mexico: Within hours, mistaken sightings of the suspect set off a lockdown of a Navy base and led to mistaken shootings by police of innocent people whose vehicles matched a description.

February 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Blizzard threatens NYC, New England; 2 feet feared

BOSTON (AP) - A blizzard of potentially historic proportions threatened to strike the Northeast with a vengeance Friday, with 1 to 2 feet of snow feared along the densely populated Interstate 95 corridor from the New York City area to Boston and beyond.

February 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Racism fuels ex-LA cop suspected of 3 killings

Christopher Dorner sees himself as a crusader, a 6-foot, 270-pound guardian angel who battles racism and helps those in need.

February 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Rundown Philadelphia row home honored with funeral

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A funeral has been held in Philadelphia for a rundown row house seen as a symbol of urban blight.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Report faults California prison mental health care

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is providing haphazard, inadequate psychiatric treatment to its most severely mentally ill inmates, according to a new report by a federal court official.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California's flawed water system can't track usage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Call them the fortunate ones: Nearly 4,000 California companies, farms and others are allowed to use free water with little oversight when the state is so bone dry that deliveries to nearly everyone else have been severely slashed.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


6 Cleveland officers indicted in deadly car chase

CLEVELAND (AP) - A police car chase that ended in a schoolyard with two unarmed suspects dying in a hail of 137 bullets is part of a wide-ranging federal investigation into the Cleveland Police Department's use of deadly force and its pursuit policies.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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