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4.0-magnitude quake hits San Diego County desert

BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - A magnitude-4.0 earthquake has hit the San Diego County desert but there are no reports of damage or injuries.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Annual bird counts give scientists climate clues

MAD ISLAND, Texas (AP) - Armed with flashlights, recordings of bird calls, a small notebook and a stash of candy bars, scientist Rich Kostecke embarked on an annual 24-hour Christmastime count of birds along the Texas Gulf Coast. Yellow rail. Barn owl. Bittern. Crested Cara-Cara. Kostecke rattled off the names and scribbled them in his notebook.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Boeing engineers use spuds to improve in-air Wi-Fi

CHICAGO (AP) - If the wireless Internet connection during your holiday flight seems more reliable than it used to, you could have the humble potato to thank.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. official says new payroll system in chaos

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $371 million overhaul of California's government payroll system is in chaos and in danger of collapsing, the state controller's office warned in a letter demanding fixes from the contractor.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Urban advocates say new gun control talk overdue

For years, voices have cried in the urban wilderness: We need to talk about gun control.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Raley's says union workers ratify new contract

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Officials at grocery chain Raley's say union workers have ratified a new labor contract.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Leagues poised to challenge NJ over sports betting

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA are poised to move forward with their legal fight over New Jersey's plans to allow sports gambling.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Conn. town in mourning inundated with gifts, money

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Peter Leone was busy making deli sandwiches and working the register at his Newtown General Store when he got a phone call from Alaska. It was a woman who wanted to give him her credit card number.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Naomi Watts shared 'Impossible' with family

LOS ANGELES (AP) - To play a mother torn from her husband and sons by the 2004 tsunami, Naomi Watts sure wasn't going Method.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Court blocks California law banning gay therapy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Parents hesitant about NRA armed schools proposal

MIAMI (AP) - The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for the placement of an armed police officer in every school, but parents and educators questioned how safe such a move would keep kids, whether it would be economically feasible and how it would alter student life. Their reactions ranged from supportive to disgusted.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


CA prison officials revamp isolation cells policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prison officials tossed convicted killer Todd Ashker into California's notorious Security Housing Unit 25 years ago after "validating" him as a member of the Aryan Brotherhood gang.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Interstate 5 in NorCal open, but with restrictions

YREKA, Calif. (AP) - A section of Interstate 5 in far Northern California that was closed because of snow is open again - but only to drivers with snow chains on their tires.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama seeks scaled-down 'fiscal cliff' agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has scaled back his ambitions for a sweeping budget bargain with Republicans. Instead, he's calling for a limited measure sufficient to prevent the government from careening off the "fiscal cliff" in January by extending tax cuts for most taxpayers and forestalling a painful set of agency budget cuts.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Violence baked into popular culture

NEW YORK (AP) - Well aware that the television audience may be particularly sensitive, the Showtime network aired a disclaimer warning audiences of violent content in the season finales of its dramas "Homeland" and "Dexter" last weekend. It was two days after a gunman killed 26 people in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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California state parks director steps down

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state parks director abruptly announced his retirement Wednesday, just 19 months after he took control of a department that had been rocked by years of fiscal mismanagement.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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