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Tampa socialite fighting back in Petraeus scandal

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Lawyers for the Tampa socialite embroiled in the scandal that prompted CIA Director David Petraeus' resignation say she never tried to exploit her friendship with him.

November 27, 2012 | By the Associated Press | Signal AP


30 Tenn. courthouses receive bomb threats

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Bomb threats to 30 courthouses and other government buildings across Tennessee forced many to be evacuated Tuesday, including the federal building in Memphis, but authorities said no explosives were found.

November 27, 2012 | By the Associated Press | Signal AP


US economy gets lift from consumers, businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) - American consumers are growing more confident about the job market, companies are ordering more equipment and home prices are rising in most major cities.

November 27, 2012 | By the Associated Press | Signal AP


Another Asian citrus pest found in California

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Another tiny pest capable of carrying and spreading a disease deadly to citrus trees has been found in California's citrus belt.

November 27, 2012 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Bonds, Clemens, Sosa set to appear on Hall ballot

NEW YORK (AP) - Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are set to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, and fans will soon find out whether drug allegations can block the former stars from reaching baseball's shrine.

November 27, 2012 | By the Associated Press | Signal AP


NFL great Jack Pardee ill with cancer

HOUSTON (AP) - Jack Pardee, one of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys" who went on to become a five-time All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and has six to nine months to live, his family said Tuesday.

November 27, 2012 | By the Associated Press | Signal AP


Western lawmakers seek probe of refineries

WASHINGTON (AP) - Six Democratic senators representing states along the Pacific Coast asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate the role of oil refineries in gas spikes that occurred in May and October even as crude oil prices were declining.

November 27, 2012 | By the Associated Press | Signal AP


Kentucky Fried Chicken fined for health violations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors say Kentucky Fried Chicken and one of its largest franchisees have agreed to pay a $200,000 fine for various health and safety violations.

November 27, 2012 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Addiction counselor charged with murder in DUI

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - A substance abuse counselor was charged with murder and drunken-driving Tuesday after authorities said she struck a pedestrian and drove for more than two miles with the dying victim embedded in the windshield of her car.

November 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge rejects most Crystal Cathedral court claims

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. Robert Schuller has lost a court bid to obtain more than $5 million from the ministry he founded, a now-bankrupt religious empire that included worldwide "Hour of Power" broadcasts and Orange County's landmark Crystal Cathedral.

November 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UN climate scientist: Sandy no coincidence

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Though it's tricky to link a single weather event to climate change, Hurricane Sandy was "probably not a coincidence" but an example of the extreme weather events that are likely to strike the U.S. more often as the world gets warmer, the U.N. climate panel's No. 2 scientist said Tuesday.

November 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian rebels, civilians brace for long civil war

HAREM, Syria (AP) - Before the civil war, Ramiz Moussa was a middle class civil servant who processed fines for littering, illegal construction and disturbing the peace in Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

November 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama to appeal to public on fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to make a public case this week for his strategy for dealing with the looming fiscal cliff, traveling to the Philadelphia suburbs Friday as he pressures Republicans to allow tax increases on the wealthy while extending tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less.

November 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Arafat grave dug up for probe of poison suspicion

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Eight years after Yasser Arafat's mysterious death, his political heirs opened his grave Tuesday and let forensics experts take samples from his remains, defying strong cultural taboos in search of evidence that the icon of Palestinian nationalism was poisoned.

November 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: GOP senators more troubled after Rice meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three Republican senators said Tuesday they are more troubled than ever with comments made days after the deadly Sept. 11 raid in Libya by Susan Rice, the U.N. ambassador and President Barack Obama's possible choice for secretary of state.

November 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Tucson police look at potential tips in abduction

A door-to-door effort launched this week in the case of a Tucson girl who disappeared from her bedroom more than 18 months ago has yielded some possible tips, police said Saturday

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


As LA-area fire wanes, dangerous conditions remain

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of residents who fled a wildfire in the suburbs of Los Angeles returned home Saturday as red-flag warnings of extremely dangerous fire conditions expired, but officials say that bone-dry winter conditions remain a threat for the region.

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


Teen charged as adult in Philly school shooting

Police charged a boy with aggravated assault and related crimes on Saturday in connection with a shooting that wounded two students inside a Philadelphia high school gymnasium, but released a second boy from custody without charging him.

January 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Nyong'o and Leto win SAG awards

Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto established themselves as Oscar favorites with supporting acting wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

January 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mayor: Christie aides tied Sandy funds to project

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The Christie administration withheld millions of dollars in Superstorm Sandy recovery grants from a New Jersey city because its mayor refused to sign off on a politically connected commercial development, the mayor said Saturday.

January 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


As LA-area fire wanes, dangerous conditions remain

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire in the suburbs of Los Angeles was a smoldering shadow of its former self, but hundreds of residents of a foothill neighborhood remained evacuated and extremely dangerous fire conditions were expected to last well into Saturday.

January 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California nut farmers band together to fight theft

ESCALON, Calif. (AP) - The soaring value of California's nut crops is attracting a new breed of thieves who have been making off with the pricey commodities by the truckload, recalling images of cattle rustlers of bygone days.

January 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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