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Agency: Realignment law undermines role of judges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Overcrowding in many county jails is forcing local sheriffs to assume the role traditionally held by judges in deciding who should make bail and how long convicts should serve behind bars, a state oversight agency said Thursday.

May 31, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Syria's Assad 'confident in victory' in civil war

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Thursday that he is "confident in victory" in his country's civil war, and he warned that Damascus would retaliate for any future Israeli airstrike on his territory.

May 31, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma, Arkansas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - At least three tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma, including one in Tulsa, and two more hit Arkansas on Thursday as a powerful storm system moved through the middle of the country. At least nine people were injured.

May 31, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Arvind Mahankali, 13, wins National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - After years of heartbreakingly close calls, Arvind Mahankali conquered his nemesis, German, to become the champion speller in the English language.

May 31, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Disneyland worker charged in dry-ice blasts

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Two dry-ice bombs exploded at Disneyland, prosecutors revealed Thursday as they filed a felony criminal count against an employee who worked at a vending cart near the Toontown section of the theme park.

May 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Microsoft aims to simplify with Windows 8.1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is trying to fix what it got wrong with its radical makeover of Windows. It's making the operating system easier to navigate and enabling users to set up the software so it starts in a more familiar format designed for personal computers.

May 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Spelling Bee: 42 semifinalists compete for trophy

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - A spelling bee week that began with curiosity and angst over a new vocabulary test was set to end the familiar way - with bright kids spelling difficult words under the bright lights of prime-time television.

May 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-football coach charged with child sex abuse

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) - Contra Costa County prosecutors have charged a former high school football coach with 16 counts of child sex abuse.

May 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama letter similar to poisoned Bloomberg notes

NEW YORK (AP) - A letter sent to the White House was similar to the poison-laced missives mailed to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to his gun-control group in Washington, officials said Thursday.

May 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Would-be Chicago backpack bomber to be sentenced

CHICAGO (AP) - The defense depicts Sami Samir Hassoun as a uniquely gullible youth sucked into a terrorist plot during an alcohol-addled stretch of his life by an informant eager to please his FBI handlers.

May 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Like your health care policy? You may be losing it

WASHINGTON (AP) - Many people who buy their own health insurance could get surprises in the mail this fall: cancellation notices because their current policies aren't up to the basic standards of President Barack Obama's health care law.

May 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


AP Exclusive: Soldier to admit Afghan massacre

SEATTLE (AP) - The Army staff sergeant charged with slaughtering 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty in a deal that requires him to recount the horrific attack for the first time, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

May 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


AP sources: Obama preparing to name Comey to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate former Bush administration official James Comey to head the FBI, people familiar with the decision said Wednesday.

May 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Cops: Letters to NYC mayor test positive for ricin

NEW YORK (AP) - Two threatening letters containing traces of the deadly poison ricin were sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington, police said Wednesday.

May 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Charities see influx of aid after Okla. tornado

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Donations are pouring into Oklahoma as people around the country look to help residents affected by last week's violent tornado outbreak, but charities also are receiving plenty of items they don't need - tons of used clothes, shoes and stuffed animals that take up valuable warehouse space and clog distribution networks.

May 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers in east .

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Pro-Russian insurgents on Sunday paraded captured Ukrainian soldiers through the streets of the rebel stronghold Donetsk as bystanders shouted abusive slurs and tossed eggs, bottles, and tomatoes at them.

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


Iran says it downs Israeli drone near nuclear site

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said Sunday its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site, recovering major parts of what it described as an advanced aircraft. Israeli officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

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


Islamic authority: Extremists no 'Islamic State'

CAIRO (AP) - The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an "Islamic State."

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


Man dies after being shot backstage at concert

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

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


Man fatally struck by arrow in Southern California

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his brother's friend with a bow and arrow during a dispute at his Southern California home.

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


Israeli airstrike levels 7-story building in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli airstrikes leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story shopping center early Sunday, signaling a new escalation in seven weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.

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


Man fatally struck by arrow in Lancaster

LANCASTER (AP) - A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his brother's friend with a bow and arrow during a dispute at his Lancaster home.

August 23, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Taps go dry in Porterville

ORTERVILLE (AP) - Hundreds of rural San Joaquin Valley residents no longer can get drinking water from their home faucets because California's extreme drought has dried up their individual wells, government officials and community groups said.

August 23, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Officer critical in coma after gunfight

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A San Bernardino policeman remained in a medically induced coma Saturday after he was shot in the head by a man who was then killed by another officer in a shootout, police said.

August 23, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man dies after being shot backstage at concert

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after being shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

August 23, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


After Ferguson: Calls for police 'body cameras'

NEW YORK (AP) - What if Michael Brown's last moments had been recorded?

August 23, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Family buries remains of veteran killed in 1952

WHITTIER (AP) - An Air Force veteran whose body lay lost in the snow of an Alaskan glacier for six decades has been buried with military honors in Whittier.

August 23, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lovefest: Kevin Love traded to Cavs, joins LeBron

CLEVELAND (AP) - Olympic champions together, Kevin Love and LeBron James spent the last 30 days waiting to become teammates again.

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Family buries remains of veteran killed in 1952

WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) - An Air Force veteran whose body lay lost in the snow of an Alaskan glacier for six decades has been buried with military honors in California.

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Amazon seeks to reach viewers with 'Hand of God'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dana Delany had an urge.

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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