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Calif. fails to screen substance-abuse counselors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The investigative arm of the state Senate has found nearly two dozen registered sex offenders serving as substance-abuse counselors in California, which lacks procedures to screen them out.

May 13, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Girl escapes kidnapper's car trunk in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento County authorities are praising the quick-thinking of a 7-year-old girl who was kidnapped off the street and thrown into her abductor's car trunk, but managed to escape.

May 13, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama slams IRS targeting, meets with UK's Cameron

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday called reports that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups "outrageous" and said anyone responsible should be held accountable. He pushed back strongly against fresh Republican criticism of the administration's handling of last year's deadly Benghazi attacks, calling it a political "sideshow."

May 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


More heat on tap for Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California could be in for a second day of record-breaking heat.

May 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kids accused of beating man with skateboards

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Southern California authorities say four youngsters could be charged with attempted murder after they beat and critically injured a man with their skateboards.

May 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ohio suspect's brothers: 'Hope he rots in jail'

CLEVELAND (AP) - The two brothers of the Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive for about a decade say they have no sympathy for him. One called him a "monster" who he hopes "rots in jail."

May 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


LA schools consider banning defiance suspensions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District could become the nation's first to ban suspensions of students who are willfully defiant.

May 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police vow to solve shootings of 19 in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Video released early Monday by New Orleans police shows a possible suspect in the Mother's Day gunfire that wounded 19 people during a neighborhood parade.

May 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Another hot day expected

Southern California could be in for a second day of record-breaking heat.

May 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


OJ returns to court

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The last time O.J. Simpson was in a Las Vegas courtroom, he stood next to defense attorney Yale Galanter before being handcuffed and hauled off to prison for up to 33 years.

May 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope Francis gives church hundreds of new saints

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Sunday gave the Catholic Church new saints, including hundreds of 15th-century martyrs who were beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam, as he led his first canonization ceremony Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square.

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


Review chairman: Clinton didn't make Benghazi call

WASHINGTON (AP) - The seasoned diplomat who penned a highly critical report on security at a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, defended his scathing assessment but absolved then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. "We knew where the responsibility rested," Thomas Pickering said Sunday.

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


Ex-Penn State head was top paid among public colleges

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Former Penn State President Graham Spanier became the highest paid public college president of 2011-12 when he was forced out over his handling of the sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, according to a survey released Sunday.

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


Lives on the edge are part of Golden Gate beat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As he shivered on a narrow iron bar 220 feet above San Francisco Bay, 22-year-old Kevin Berthia heard a voice. It did not belong to the old wounds, crushing worries and inner demons that had driven him to the Golden Gate Bridge.

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


UPDATE: 19 New Orleans shooting victims included 2 kids

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gunmen opened fire on dozens of people marching in a neighborhood Mother's Day parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 19 people, police said.

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


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Brown OKs brown lawns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Under legislation that took effect Monday homeowner associations can no longer slap fines on residents with dry, brown lawns during droughts

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet that was shot down last week over Ukraine.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Witness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay debts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) - Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 Americans die in Hamas fighting

Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel.

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police probe other attacks after transients killed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinderblocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama voices concern about casualties in Mideast

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Canyon Country resident scares off burglar

A resident surprised a burglar who broke into a home early Monday morning then ran off when confronted by the homeowner, sheriff's officials said.

July 21, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Comic-Con offers toy designers a chance to go wild

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UN to vote on crash resolution; Russia has doubts

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says America's federal government contracts should not subsidize discrimination.

July 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Drought hinders California's clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.

July 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry heads to Mideast in bid for cease-fire

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel.

July 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Helpful weather coming to Washington wildfires

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on a wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles.

July 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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