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Yosemite takes steps to protect sequoias from fire

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - As a wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park, officials cleared brush and set sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias.

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


Marching for King's dream: 'The task is not done'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled.

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


Huge Northern California wildfire gains strength

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire raging along the northwest edge of Yosemite National Park gained strength Saturday morning as firefighters scrambled to protect nearby mountain communities.

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


California vies for new space industry

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives.

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


Millions spent on water-storage plan that leaks

MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) - More than two decades ago, two water distributors came up with a tantalizing idea to increase reserves in parched Southern California: Create an underground lake so vast it could hold enough to blanket Los Angeles - all 469 square miles - under a foot of water.

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


Linda Ronstadt tells AARP she has Parkinson's

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Linda Ronstadt says she suffers from Parkinson's disease, which has robbed her ability to sing.

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


Holder: I wouldn't be AG without 1963 marchers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder says the spirit of the 1963 March on Washington now demands equal rights for gays, Latinos, women and people with disabilities.

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


20 Army reserve soldiers hurt in NC bus wreck

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say 20 people were hurt, one critically, when a bus carrying Army reservists overturned north of Charlotte.

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


'Hyperloop' travel idea gains fans if not backers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk urged the public to polish sketch plans he released last week for a "Hyperloop" that would shoot capsules full of people at the speed of sound through elevated tubes connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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


Villagers unsatisfied by life sentence for Bales

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole - the most severe sentence possible, but one that left surviving victims and relatives of the dead deeply unsatisfied.

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


Military jury convicts soldier in Fort Hood attack

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A military jury on Friday convicted Maj. Nidal Hasan in the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, making the Army psychiatrist eligible for the death penalty in the shocking assault against American troops by one of their own on home soil.

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


Atty: Sandusky's son among 7 who settle with PSU

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Philadelphia attorney said Friday seven young men he represents have finalized deals with Penn State over claims of abuse by the school's former assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky.

August 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Indiana man charged in ex-girlfriend's '93 killing

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A northern Indiana man was arraigned Friday on murder charges in the 1993 strangulation of his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend, five years after prosecutors got the break in the case that eventually led them to him.

August 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


ESPN drops out of PBS project on NFL head injuries

LOS ANGELES (AP) - ESPN ended its collaboration with PBS on an investigation of the NFL and players' head injuries as public TV producers expressed surprise over the abrupt collapse of the 15-month partnership.

August 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Paula Deen discrimination suit dropped

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Lawyers signed a deal Friday to drop a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against celebrity cook Paula Deen, who was dumped by the Food Network and other business partners after she said under oath that she had used racial slurs in the past.

August 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Candlelight vigil marks Elvis' death in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Holding flickering candles, fans of Elvis Presley made a slow, nighttime walk past his gravesite at Graceland on Friday, marking the anniversary of his death 37 years ago.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US rethinks giving excess military gear to police

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California water bond won't be a drought-buster

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are expected to use the backdrop of California's most severe drought in nearly four decades to sell voters on the $7.5 billion water plan they put on the ballot this week.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Perry indictment exposes Texas' political divide

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A grand jury has indicted Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat - a case the possible 2016 presidential hopeful is dismissing as nakedly political, but which his opponents say is just deserts.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police, protesters clash again in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Anger spurred by the death of a black teenager at the hands of a white police officer boiled over again when protesters stormed into a Missouri convenience store - the same one Michael Brown was accused of robbing.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tens of thousands protest Pakistan's government

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Tens of thousands of protesters rallied Saturday in Pakistan's capital, defying the pouring rain to demand the prime minister step down in the biggest challenge yet to the country's government.

August 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Charges: Couple took, intended to hurt Amish girls

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A northern New York couple was arraigned late Friday on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand.

August 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Thousands of pot plants ripped out of park

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Authorities on Friday removed thousands of marijuana plants found growing in an Orange County wilderness park not far from a high school and a tract of pricey homes.

August 15, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


US marshals capture fugitive fighter War Machine

Fugitive mixed martial arts fighter War Machine was arrested Friday in Simi Valley on suspicion of beating his ex-girlfriend so severely in Las Vegas that she feared for her life.

August 15, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Court: Silence can be used against suspects

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them.

August 15, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


USDA: Puppy imports must be healthy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Foreign dog breeders have gone unregulated for years, shipping puppies so young and so sick that one in four died before reaching a U.S. airport, animal welfare workers say.

August 15, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Firefighters gain in fire in Angeles National Forest

GLENDORA (AP) - A wildfire burning in a steep, remote area of the Angeles National Forest was 90 percent contained Friday night and no flames were showing.

August 15, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas' Perry charged with coercion for veto threat

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


OC deputies find thousands of pot plants in park

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Orange County sheriff's deputies have found at least 2,500 marijuana plants growing in a steep area of a county wilderness park.

August 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gore sues Al Jazeera America for unpaid millions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America, saying the news network is withholding tens of millions of dollars that it owes for buying Current TV from him and other shareholders for $500 million last year.

August 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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