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Miss Piggy joins Kermit in Smithsonian collection

WASHINGTON (AP) - Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution's collection of Jim Henson's Muppets, and Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too.

September 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate may shorten stopgap spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's No. 2 Democrat says the chamber may come out in favor of a smaller patch for bankrolling the government than the one envisioned in a temporary spending bill passed by the Republican-dominated House.

September 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UN chief urges leaders to stop fueling Syria war

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged world leaders on Tuesday to stop fueling the bloodshed in Syria with weapons and get both sides to the negotiating table to end the "biggest challenge to peace and security in the world."

September 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Biden vows flood relief won't shut down

DENVER (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is promising residents that aid for areas devastated by massive flooding in Colorado won't stop even if the federal government shuts down.

September 24, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mall attackers say hostages are alive

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Islamic militants who staged a deadly attack on a Kenya mall said Tuesday hostages are alive and their fighters are "still holding their ground," contradicting Kenyan officials' claims that they are in a final push.

September 24, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Major quake in Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - A major earthquake struck Tuesday in southwestern Pakistan, killing two people and sending others fleeing into the streets and praying for their lives as buildings swayed, officials said.

September 24, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cherokee girl transferred back to adoptive parents

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The South Carolina couple who adopted a Cherokee girl at the center of a yearslong custody dispute came to Oklahoma last month vowing not to leave without the child.

September 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. law allows minors to delete online postings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Minors in California will have a chance to remove embarrassing photographs and potentially damaging postings on social media websites under a bill that has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 23, 2013 | By the Associated Press | Signal AP


With 'suicide by train' up, LA appeals for help

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Train driver Roman Alarcon is still haunted by the memory: He was working the morning commute when, suddenly, a man walked onto the tracks - and just stood there.

September 23, 2013 | By the Associated Press | Signal AP


Apple's sales of new iPhones off to fast start

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gadget lovers still can't resist the iPhone.

September 23, 2013 | By the Associated Press | Signal AP


UN climate experts stress solidity of new report

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Seeking to dispel any doubts over the credibility of their work, U.N. climate experts called their latest report an unbiased and reliable assessment of global warming as they presented it Monday to officials from 110 governments for a final review.

September 23, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Assad: Syria will allow access to chemical sites

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syrian President Bashar Assad said his government will allow international experts access to its chemical weapons sites, but cautioned in an interview broadcast Monday that rebels might block them from reaching some of the locations.

September 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Tycoon plans $8 billion Chinese Hollywood

QINGDAO, China (AP) - China's richest man plans to spend 50 billion yuan ($8.2 billion) to build the country's version of Hollywood in the northeastern city of Qingdao.

September 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama says fight for gun laws 'ought to obsess us'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Sunday memorialized the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting by urging Americans not to give up on a transformation in gun laws that he argued are to blame for an epidemic of violence. "There is nothing inevitable about it - it comes about because of decisions we make or fail to make," Obama said.

September 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' crowned at Emmys

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Breaking Bad," the brutal saga of an everyman's ambition turned evil, captured its first best drama Emmy Award on Sunday, while "Modern Family" won its fourth consecutive trophy for top comedy series.

September 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

August 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Governor, lawmakers agree on Hollywood tax credit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown say they have reached a deal that would offer $330 million a year in tax credits for Hollywood film productions over five years.

August 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

August 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-Camarillo High official pleads in sex case

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - A former Camarillo High School administrator accused of inappropriately touching a student and an employee has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges.

August 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Time Warner says outages largely resolved

NEW YORK (AP) - Time Warner Cable said Wednesday service was largely restored after a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours.

August 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Seal Beach sees flooding from hurricane

SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A low-lying street in the Southern California shore community of Seal Beach was inundated by rising seawater early Wednesday while authorities along the coast braced for an even bigger storm surge brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast.

August 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Survey: US consumer confidence near a 7-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) - Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mexican president faces protest on California trip

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto met Tuesday with lawmakers and swapped praise with Gov. Jerry Brown, but not all legislators rolled out the welcome mat at a luncheon held on the final day of his visit to California.

August 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Suspect in fatal shootings charged with murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a suspect in three Los Angeles-area weekend killings with murder in an earlier shooting.

August 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


10 new fall TV shows worthy of a first-night look

NEW YORK (AP) - It's a time-honored rite harking back to an era of black-and-white TVs and the trio of networks whose programs they delivered: the grand unveiling of new fall fare.

August 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Southern California prepares for big storm surf

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Southern California coastal areas prepared Tuesday for the arrival of big and potentially damaging surf spawned by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast.

August 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Social media users shy away from opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

August 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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