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Feds take over Calif. high-risk insurance program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - About 17,000 Californians with serious medical problems will be moved from a state-run stopgap health insurance program to a federal plan starting in July, ensuring they will have no break in medical coverage until the national health care reforms kick in next year, state officials announced this week.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. sends rescue workers to Okla. tornado site

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is sending six specially trained urban search-and-rescue workers to Oklahoma to assist recovery efforts after Monday's tornado.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Point Mugu park reopening many areas after fire

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) - Many areas of sprawling Point Mugu State Park that have been off-limits since this month's big wildfire on the outskirts of Camarillo and Thousand Oaks will reopen in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Teachers credited with saving students in Okla.

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - The principal's voice came on over the intercom at Plaza Towers Elementary School: A severe storm was approaching and students were to go to the cafeteria and wait for their parents to pick them up.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate votes to make small cut to food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate voted Tuesday to keep a $400 million annual cut - or roughly a half of 1 percent - to the food stamp program as part of a major five-year farm bill.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dog day afternoon: dress your pooch for the beach

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Here's a rule that only applies to dog beaches: they are all clothing optional.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Arias asks for life in prison

PHOENIX (AP) - Jodi Arias begged jurors Tuesday to give her life in prison, saying she "lacked perspective" when she told a local reporter in an interview that she preferred execution to spending the rest of her days in jail.

May 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Photo gallery from Okla. tornado

These are just a few of the images from the Oklahoma City area which was devastated Monday by a huge tornado.

May 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Power of Okla. tornado dwarfs Hiroshima bomb

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wind, humidity and rainfall combined precisely to create the massive killer tornado in Moore, Okla. And when they did, the awesome amount of energy released over that city dwarfed the power of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima.

May 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


AP photographer sees kids pulled from rubble

Editor's Note: Oklahoma City-based AP photographer Sue Ogrocki was at the elementary school destroyed by a tornado and saw rescuers pulling children out of the rubble. This is her account of what she witnessed.

May 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Customs seizes elephant meat, dead primate in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Los Angeles have made some unusual seizures, including elephant meat, a dead primate and hundreds of handbags made from the skin of snakes, lizards and crocodiles.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Yahoo looks to regain its cool with Tumblr deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After falling woefully out of fashion, Yahoo wants to be cool again while catering to the capitalistic demands of its shareholders. That goal led CEO Marissa Mayer to make a $1.1 billion bet on online blogging forum Tumblr in a risky acquisition that revolves around the vision and instincts of a 26-year-old entrepreneur who dropped out of high school to pursue his dream of bringing more beauty and creativity to the Internet.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Officials say 24 killed in Okla. tornado

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Emergency crews combed the sticks and rubble remains of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday morning less than a day after a massive tornado slammed through the community, flattening homes and demolishing an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least seven children, and those numbers were expected to climb.

May 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: NPS hantavirus response followed policy

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Federal investigators probing the hantavirus outbreak blamed for three deaths at Yosemite National Park recommended on Monday that design changes to tent cabins and other privately run lodging first be reviewed by National Park Service officials.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Oklahoma twister tracked path of 1999 tornado

NEW YORK (AP) - Monday's powerful tornado in suburban Oklahoma City loosely followed the path of a killer twister that slammed the region in May 1999.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


California camping gets a twist with cabin concept

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - For a lot of people, camping is off limits. Tents and gear are expensive, and then there's the thought of sleeping outside on the ground.

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


Hot sauce plant's tour offers whiff of excitement

IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California hot sauce plant that came under fire for its spicy odors is throwing open its doors to the public, offering a whiff of excitement and perhaps a breath of fresh air in its relations with its neighbors.

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


Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.

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


Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) - Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the ice of Europe's largest glacier, prompting the country to close the airspace over the volcano.

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


5 things to watch for weekend at The Barclays

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - In a span of two weeks, Adam Scott lost his No. 1 ranking and then ended the year without a major.

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


Iraq suicide bomber kills at least 11 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) - A suicide bomber hit an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 11 people, as an investigation was underway into a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque that has heightened sectarian tension amid a fragile political transition.

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


Russian aid trucks leave; Merkel seeks cease-fire

DONETSK, Russia (AP) - Hundreds of trucks from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine rolled back across the border Saturday into Russia but questions about alleged Russian artillery in Ukraine still remained.

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


Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the United States.

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


New fear: What happens in Ferguson if no charges?

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if the grand jury now considering the case doesn't return a charge against the officer?

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


Pet-friendly dating sites match up people, pooches

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love.

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


Yellen signals uncertainty about a rate increase

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) - If anyone thought Janet Yellen might clarify her view of the U.S. job market in her speech here Friday, the Federal Reserve chair had a message:

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


Mexico's president to visit California next week

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is coming to California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown, less than a month after Brown visited his country, officials said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


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