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13 Linked to Mexican Mafia and La Familia Indicted

LOS ANGELES – A coalition of federal, state and local authorities this morning arrested eight defendants named in a federal grand jury indictment that outlines an alliance between the Mexican Mafia prison gang and the La Familia Michoacána drug cartel that sought to protect and expand the cartel's drug trafficking activities across the nation.

August 06, 2013 | Source: U.S. Attorney's office Central District | Signal AP


Taco Bell expanding test of waffle taco, breakfast

NEW YORK (AP) - Taco Bell says it's expanding its small test of waffle tacos, as it prepares to take its breakfast menu national sometime next year.

August 06, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Westerners evacuated amid terror fears in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - A suspected U.S. drone killed four alleged al-Qaida members Tuesday in Yemen, as the U.S. and British embassies evacuated staff amid reports of a threatened attack by the terrorist group.

August 06, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Post-Romney, some in GOP reject advice to moderate

WASHINGTON (AP) - After Mitt Romney's 2012 loss, many senior Republicans concluded the party must moderate its image on issues such as immigration and reproductive rights.

August 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nearly 2 dozen held in Mexican Mafia crackdown

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested nearly two dozen people in a Southern California crackdown on the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

August 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama heads to Phoenix to pitch mortgage reform

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is proposing to overhaul the nation's mortgage finance system, including shutting down government-backed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - a plan with bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.

August 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lake Elsinore fire 5 percent contained

LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A wildfire threatening 250 homes in Riverside County is only 5 percent contained but it didn't grow much overnight.

August 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif couple charged in Qatar for daughter's death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A married couple from Los Angeles have been jailed in the Middle East on a charge of murder with intent and are being accused of starving their 8-year-old daughter to death, according to a coalition of groups that are working on the case from the U.S. and trying to draw publicity to what they say are unjust arrests.

August 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Escape artist faces coffin skydive

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) - Imagine the terror of being handcuffed, chained and locked inside a wooden casket that is subsequently dragged out of an airplane at 14,500 feet.

August 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Maj. Hasan: Evidence will show 'I am the shooter'

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The Army psychiatrist accused in the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation told jurors Tuesday that evidence would "clearly show" he was the gunman during the attack on Fort Hood, but he insisted it wouldn't tell the whole story.

August 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Transient with jail record held in beach rampage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The man suspected of being behind the wheel of a sedan that careened down the crowded Venice Beach boardwalk last weekend, killing an Italian newlywed on her honeymoon and injuring 16, is a transient who served brief stints in jail in Colorado, authorities said Monday.

August 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Defiant A-Rod gets 211-game ban, will appeal case

NEW YORK (AP) - Defiant till the end, Alex Rodriguez is intent on evading baseball's most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal.

August 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?

Terrance Wise has two jobs in Kansas City - one at a burger joint, a second at a pizza restaurant - but he says his paychecks aren't enough to buy shoes for his three daughters and insure his 15-year-old car. So he decided to draw attention to his plight: He walked off work in protest.

August 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif couple charged in Qatar for daughter's death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A married couple from Los Angeles has been jailed in the Middle East on a charge of starving their 8-year-old daughter to death, according to a nonprofit legal group that has taken their case and is trying to draw publicity to what it claims is an unjust arrest.

August 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Webcam to broadcast from Andy Warhol's Pa. grave

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Andy Warhol Museum is launching a live video feed from the pop artist's gravesite to honor his 85th birthday.

August 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Post-quake gas leak inspections underway

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - The utility serving areas damaged by Sunday's earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area says it expects to continue searching for possible gas leaks over the coming days.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire burns near Gold Rush-era boomtown

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Suspect detained in deadly California crime spree

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A suspect in a series of shootings that killed three people and injured four others within an hour in the Los Angeles area was taken into custody after a daylong search.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Californians tear out lawns to cope with drought

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: US says American held in Syria has been freed

WASHINGTON (AP) - An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Magnitude 6.0 California quake causes injuries

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years struck before dawn on Sunday, sending scores of people to hospitals, igniting fires, damaging historic buildings and knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses in California's wine country.

August 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California push to avert higher gas prices stalls

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hundreds at St. Louis festival promoting peace

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Hundreds of people gathered Sunday in St. Louis' largest park for a festival encouraging peace over violence - an event that took on new resonance after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Missing kayaker's body found off San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego lifeguards have found the body of an exchange student from Ghana a day after his kayak capsized in Mission Bay.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rap mogul Suge Knight hurt in nightclub shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Death Row Records founder and rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was injured in an early morning shooting Sunday in a packed nightclub but was expected to survive, a Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant said.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


3 dead in Los Angeles-area shootings within 1 hour

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) - Three people were fatally shot and two others injured early Sunday in three separate attacks within the span of an hour in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles. The attacks could be related, police said.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Turf removal in parched California, at a glance

As more Californians tear out their lawns and plant drought-friendly gardens, many homeowners wonder how the effort will pencil out.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Vacation' over, back to White House for Obama

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama's summer vacation off the Massachusetts coast is nearing an end.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Michael Brown called 'little kid in big body'

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Michael Brown Jr. was on the verge of starting college, eager to launch himself into the adult world. Instead, on Monday he'll be mourned at his funeral, more than two weeks after his fatal shooting by a white police officer- an act that ignited days of violent protests and reawakened racial tensions that still linger in the nation.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tropical Storm Cristobal forms near Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - Tropical Storm Cristobal grew in strength Sunday and lashed parts of the Bahamas and rrithe Turks and Caicos Islands with heavy rainfall and white-crested surf.The storm was upgraded from a tropical depression Sunday morning. The U.S. National Hucane Center in Miami said the storm may strengthen into a hurricane on Wednesday while over the open waters of the Atlantic. The storm's center was expected to curve away from the U.S. East Coast.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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