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Senate panel OKs Dems gun background check bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Senate Judiciary Committee approved a Democratic bill Tuesday expanding required federal background checks to nearly all gun purchases, giving President Barack Obama an early victory on curbing gun violence in a fight that still faces difficult odds.

March 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Missouri golfer survives fall into Illinois course sinkhole

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Suddenly being swallowed up by the earth on a golf course's fairway drove a wedge between Mark Mihal and a stellar round.

March 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Colorado judge enters not guilty plea for Holmes

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - The judge in the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting case entered a not guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes on Tuesday after the former graduate student's defense team said he was not ready to enter one.

March 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cardinals seclude themselves to vote for pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Cardinals heard a final appeal for unity Tuesday before sequestering themselves in the Sistine Chapel for the conclave to elect the next pope, as they celebrated Mass amid divisions and uncertainty over who will lead the 1.2 billion-strong Catholic Church and tend to its many problems.

March 12, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US citing security to censor more public records

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration answered more requests from the public to see government records under the Freedom of Information Act last year, but more often than it ever has it cited legal exceptions to censor or withhold the material, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press. It frequently cited the need to protect national security and internal deliberations.

March 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hearing opens for 3 in killing of Marine wife

VISTA, Calif. (AP) - A witness has testified that the slain wife of a Camp Pendleton Marine knew one of the three people accused of the killing.

March 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA County considers Alaska's 'ferry to nowhere'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $78 million Alaskan ship that critics dubbed the "ferry to nowhere" could wind up in Southern California.

March 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Navy: 3 dead in E. Wash. military plane crash

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A U.S. Navy aircraft from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island crashed in Eastern Washington on Monday morning, and all three crew members on board died, authorities said.

March 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NRA steps up lobbying efforts in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The National Rifle Association helped bus hundreds of supporters to the Connecticut Capitol on Monday, the latest sign of its stepped-up presence in a state that hasn't typically posed a challenge to the gun rights organization's mission.

March 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NFL's Goodell hopes for lighter helmets, sensors

NEW YORK (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell imagines a day when football players could be checked to determine whether their genetic makeup makes them more likely to develop brain disease.

March 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Money, funeral services given for Ky. fire victims

GRAY, Ky. (AP) - Under rainy skies on Monday, fire investigators sifted through the charred remains of a house where seven people died in a weekend fire, while offers of support ranged from free funeral services to donations left in an empty bubble gum container.

March 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Judge strikes down N.Y.'s sugary drinks law

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge struck down New York City's groundbreaking limit on the size of sugar-laden drinks Monday shortly before it was set to take effect, agreeing with the beverage industry and other opponents that the rule is arbitrary in applying to only some sweet beverages and some places that sell them. .

March 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Recovery slow as Japan marks 2 years since tsunami

TOKYO (AP) - Amid growing dissatisfaction with the slow pace of recovery, Japan marked the second anniversary Monday of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing and has displaced more than 300,000.

March 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. citing security to censor more public records

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration answered more requests from the public to see government records under the Freedom of Information Act last year but more often than ever cited legal exceptions to censor or withhold the material, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press. It frequently cited the need to protect national security and internal deliberations.

March 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Earthquake shakes wide area of S. California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An earthquake has shaken a wide swath of Southern California but there's no word of any damage.

March 11, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

BOSTON (AP) - Police stepped up patrols near the Boston Marathon finish line after a masked man walked in the street with a rice cooker in his backpack only hours after the city marked the anniversary of last year's deadly bombing.

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


If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US

BEIJING (AP) - Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas.

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


German Shepherd called for jury duty

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) - At least one prospective juror in New Jersey could take a bite out of crime.

April 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - They're called leggings - popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.

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


College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

WASHINGTON (AP) - Anxious students - not to mention their parents - can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years.

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


Judge blocks Massachusetts ban on painkiller

BOSTON (AP) - A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro.

April 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.

April 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


First women move into Army platoon artillery jobs

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons as helicopters swoop overhead. At the edge of the circle, the platoon leader watches as the field artillerymen go through their training exercise.

April 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


So. Cal. Edison plans hundreds of cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of California's largest utilities is poised to cut hundreds of jobs.

April 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Walker's brothers to help finish 'Fast & Furious'

NEW YORK (AP) - Paul Walker's brothers are stepping to help finish filming on "Fast & Furious 7," the film Walker was in the midst of making when he died in November.

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


Final deadline arrives for health exchange sign-up

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - It's not just tax day. Tuesday also is the two-week extension deadline to sign up for health coverage through California's insurance exchange.

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


Southern California home prices climb in March

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California's median home sale price hit $400,000 in March to set a fresh six-year high as tight supplies limited sales, a research firm said Tuesday.

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


Fire destroys most of San Pedro Elks Lodge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say nobody was hurt in a fire that destroyed most of a Los Angeles-area Elks Lodge.

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


Poll: Voters say Congress doing lousy job

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new Field Poll shows that Californians are taking a dim view of a deeply divided Congress but have slightly warmer feelings toward their own representative.

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


5 Things to Know about Tax Day

The deadline for filing taxes is midnight tonight. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears.

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


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