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Villagers mourn family; Guatemala quake toll at 52

SAN CRISTOBAL CUCHO, Guatemala (AP) - The 10 members of the Vasquez family were found together under the rubble of the rock quarry that had been their livelihood, some in a desperate final embrace, others clinging to the faintest of dying pulses.

November 08, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. city plans to provide transgender surgeries

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents.

November 08, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Iran bans 'luxury' imports as sanctions bite

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's sanctions-fighting "resistance economy" suddenly got a lot leaner, less flashy and perhaps a bit more uncomfortable.

November 08, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Navy SEALs punished for secrets breach

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, have been punished for disclosing classified information, senior Navy officials said Thursday

November 08, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Puerto Rico vote endorses statehood with asterisk

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Ricans have supported U.S. statehood in a vote that jubilant members of the pro-statehood party say is the strongest sign yet that the Caribbean island territory is on the road to losing its second-class status.

November 08, 2012 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Evaluation: Calif. plant shooting suspect unstable

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Employees at a California chicken-processing plant returned to work Thursday as new information surfaced about the psychological history of the ex-convict who police say shot four of his co-workers before killing himself.

November 08, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hundreds of votes briefly mislaid in Glendale

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) - Southern California authorities say they've recovered all the ballots that went flying Tuesday night in Glendale when a ballot box fell from a moving car.

November 08, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Frustration mounts over lingering power outages

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Vincent Pina finally saw a couple of utility trucks coming down his street Thursday and started to wave in anticipation. But they just cruised past his house and kept on going.

November 08, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Plane returns to Phoenix after mechanical problem

PHOENIX (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says a mechanical problem is the reason why a Southwest Airlines flight to Ontario, Calif., had to return to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

November 08, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope to join celebs, presidents with Twitter feed

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Celebrities do it. Presidents do it. Now even the pope will do it.

November 08, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian rebels make new push into capital Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian rebels made a new push into Damascus on Wednesday, clashing heavily with troops in the rebellious suburbs of the capital and firing mortars at a presidential palace and a Palestinian refugee camp, activists said.

November 08, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Paso Robles mayoral candidate arrested

PASO ROBLES, Calif. (AP) - A Central Coast candidate for mayor lost big this week.

November 08, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Death toll at 52 in Guatemala earthquake

SAN MARCOS, Guatemala (AP) - Guatemalans huddled in the cold streets of an earthquake-ravaged town without communications or power on Thursday, one day after the worst temblor since 1976 shook nearly the entire country, killing at least 52 people and leaving another 22 people missing.

November 08, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Life sentence for man who shot congresswoman

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The man who pleaded guilty to a deadly Arizona shooting rampage that wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.

November 08, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


S.F. plans to provide transgender surgeries

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A condemned killer fighting his execution because of his extreme weight does not have accessible veins in his arms or hands and could not receive a lethal injection in his legs because he is so obese, a doctor said in a court filing.

November 08, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Lawmakers say Obama surveillance idea won't work

WASHINGTON (AP) - A chief element of President Barack Obama's attempt to overhaul U.S. surveillance will not work, leaders of Congress' intelligence committees said Sunday, pushing back against the idea that the government should cede control of how Americans' phone records are stored.

January 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Russian President Putin links gays to pedophiles

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Yet he defended Russia's anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and said Russia needs to "cleanse" itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate.

January 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama fuels reform on some but not all NSA spying

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's orders to change some U.S. surveillance practices put the burden on Congress to deal with a national security controversy that has alarmed Americans and outraged foreign allies. Yet he avoided major action on the practice of sweeping up billions of phone, email and text messages from across the globe.

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


Unions protest Postal Service outlets at Staples

WASHINGTON (AP) - The opening of Postal Service retail centers in dozens of Staples stores around the country is being met with threats of protests and boycotts by the agency's unions.

January 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


LA to receive list of possibly dangerous buildings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Researchers have decided to hand the city of Los Angeles a list of older concrete buildings, some of which may be prone to collapse during a strong earthquake.

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


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


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