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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


Big bill for levee upkeep comes to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In the busy and under-staffed offices of New Orleans' flood-control leaders, there's an uneasy feeling about what lies ahead.

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


Schuller loses bid to get $5 million from former ministry

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. Robert Schuller has lost a bid to get more than $5 million from his former ministry, a bankrupt religious empire than included worldwide broadcasts and Southern California's Crystal Cathedral.

November 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge mulls new trial for dad in family slayings

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - A judge will decide Tuesday whether an Illinois man convicted of killing his wife and three children deserves a new trial, based in part on claims that the behavior of lawyers next door during Drew Peterson's murder trial made it impossible for the man to get a fair trial.

November 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Transplant doc, Nobel winner Murray dies in Boston

BOSTON (AP) - Dr. Joseph E. Murray, who performed the world's first successful kidney transplant and won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work, has died at age 93.

November 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt's president stands by his decrees

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi struck an uncompromising stand Monday over his seizure of near absolute powers, refusing in a meeting with top judicial authorities to rescind a package of constitutional amendments that placed his edicts above oversight by the courts.

November 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wal-Mart distances itself from fire in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - The garment factory in Bangladesh where a weekend fire killed at least 112 people had been making clothes for Wal-Mart without the giant U.S. retailer's knowledge, Wal-Mart said.

November 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cuomo: Sandy cost NY, NYC $32B in damage and loss

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Top political leaders in New York put their heads together Monday on big requests for federal disaster aid as Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Superstorm Sandy ran up a bill of $32 billion in the state and the nation's largest city.

November 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rebels patrol in Congo city as deadline passes

GOMA, Congo (AP) - Rebels widely believed to be backed by Rwanda and Uganda held their positions in this key eastern Congolese city that they seized last week, letting a midnight deadline for their withdrawal expire in the early hours of Tuesday.

November 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Two and a Half Men' actor calls his show 'filth'

NEW YORK (AP) - The teenage actor who plays the half in the hit CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men" says in a video posted online by a Christian church that the show is "filth" and that viewers shouldn't watch it.

November 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


N. California community mourns family swept to sea

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Howard Kuljian and his family were out for a walk on a damp, overcast morning at Big Lagoon beach, playing fetch with their dog Fran as 10-foot surf churned the water just feet away like a washing machine.

November 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Some GOP lawmakers now flout anti-tax man Norquist

WASHINGTON (AP) - For decades, conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist vowed to drive Republicans out of office if they didn't pledge to oppose tax increases. Many lawmakers signed on.

November 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Los Angeles County team fights costly plastic thefts

INDUSTRY, Calif. (AP) - The humble milk crate is the focus of a crime that's costing Southern California businesses millions of dollars a year.

November 26, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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S. Cal wildfire 10 percent contained

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a thousand-acre wildfire in the foothills east of Los Angeles did not grow overnight and is now 10 percent contained.

May 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hundreds rescued from floodwaters in Fla., Ala.

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - People were plucked off rooftops or climbed into their attics to get away from fast-rising waters when nearly 2 feet of rain fell on the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast in the span of about 24 hours, the latest bout of severe weather that began with tornadoes in the Midwest.

May 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Toronto mayor says he'll seek help

TORONTO (AP) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will take a leave of absence to seek help for alcohol, he said Wednesday, as a report surfaced about a second video of the mayor smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.

May 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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