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'Gilligan's Island' professor Russell Johnson dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Actor Russell Johnson, who became known to generations of TV fans as "The Professor," the fix-it man who kept his fellow "Gilligan's Island" castaways supplied with gadgets, has died. He was 89.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Firefighters containing blaze

GLENDORA (AP) - Santa Ana winds that fanned a campfire into a wildfire that destroyed five homes and threatened foothill neighborhoods east of Los Angeles relented Thursday afternoon, halting the blaze in its tracks.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. motorist cleared in Google Glass case

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman who authorities said was driving while wearing the Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate approaches final OK of $1.1T spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress edged Thursday toward granting final approval to a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown and underscores lawmakers' fatigue with budget battles.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan: Musharraf advised to move to US hospital

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A lawyer representing Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf in his high treason trial said Thursday that his client needs to go to the U.S. for further medical treatment following a heart scare.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Recidivism fell before prison realignment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's recidivism rate dropped in the years before Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment law took effect, even though six of every 10 offenders returned to prison, the corrections department said in a report released Wednesday.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


"American Hustle," "Gravity" lead Oscar race

The con-artist comedy "American Hustle and the 3-D space odyssey "Gravity" lead the Academy Awards with 10 nominations each, including nods for best picture.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


All 5 bodies recovered from Idaho plane crash

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The bodies of all five victims of a December plane crash have been recovered from the mountains of central Idaho.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Charging Netflix at issue in open-Internet case

NEW YORK (AP) - Will broadband providers start charging Internet services such as Netflix to deliver the massive amounts of data that streaming video and other content require?

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


Obama to nominate Calif. businesswoman to lead SBA

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rounding out his Cabinet, President Barack Obama intends to nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder of a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles and a former California cabinet secretary, to be head of the Small Business Administration.

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


Danish tourist gang-raped, Indian police say

NEW DELHI (AP) - A 51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped near a popular shopping area in New Delhi after she got lost and approached a group of men for directions back to her hotel, police said Wednesday.

January 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Heroin and pill abuse stir a battle cry in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Behind the facade of pristine ski slopes, craft beer, quaint village greens and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, Vermont is grappling with painkiller and heroin abuse, a challenge leaders say is fueling crime and wrecking lives and families disproportionately in this tiny state.

January 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Student of New Mexico shooting: 'Blood everywhere'

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Students escaping chilly winter temperatures in southeastern New Mexico were congregated in the Berrendo Middle School gym, waiting for classes to start when they heard a loud pop.

January 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: NSA maps pathway into computers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world - but not in the United States - that allows the U.S. to conduct surveillance on those machines, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Safety standards to make large buses easier for passengers to escape after a crash have not been implemented 15 years after accident investigators called for new rules.

April 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during speech

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton ducked a thrown shoe, expressed surprise, cracked a couple of jokes that drew applause and continued her keynote speech on stage in front of a Las Vegas convention audience.

April 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Studies: Lab-grown nostrils, vaginas working well

LONDON (AP) - Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas.

April 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds: 'Excessive force' used by Albuquerque police

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A scathing report by the U.S. Justice Department released Thursday revealed a troubling pattern of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department and recommended that New Mexico's largest city become the latest municipality to adopt reforms aimed at cleaning up its police force.

April 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

WASHINGTON (AP) - Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

April 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had "lived out the promise" envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater racial equality.

April 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tyler, Perry's new 'Dream On' for marathon victims

BOSTON (AP) - Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have recorded a new arrangement of "Dream On" to honor victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

April 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Nirvana, Kiss, Gabriel in rock hall

NEW YORK (AP) - Nirvana, which changed music and fashion in the 1990s with the punk rock-inspired grunge sound, is joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a class with Kiss, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates.

April 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


$4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop.

April 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Colbert to replace Letterman

NEW YORK (AP) - CBS moved swiftly Thursday to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, who will take over the "Late Show" next year and do battle with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for late-night television supremacy.

April 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Los Angeles teacher suspended for science projects

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students and parents are calling for the return of a popular Los Angeles high school science teacher who was suspended from the classroom after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators.

April 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


5 charged in kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say five people have been charged in the kidnapping of the father of a North Carolina prosecutor.

April 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Attorney: Stabbing rampage came out of nowhere

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - The 16-year-old boy charged in a stabbing spree at a high school outside Pittsburgh was not troubled and his family didn't see any sign that he was capable of violence, his attorney said Thursday, deepening the mystery over what prompted the rampage that injured 21 students and a security guard.

April 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Putin warns Europe about Ukraine gas debt

MOSCOW (AP) - Dragging much of Europe into his fight with Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged European leaders Thursday to quickly help Ukraine settle its gas debt to Russia to prevent an imminent shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies to the continent.

April 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Prosecutor: Pistorius is untruthful, an egotist

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - A prosecutor hammered at Oscar Pistorius' credibility at his murder trial Thursday, asserting that the star athlete had a string of unlikely excuses for why he wasn't to blame in the three gun charges he faces on top of murder.

April 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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