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Koop, who transformed surgeon general post, dies

With his striking beard and starched uniform, former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop became one of the most recognizable figures of the Reagan era - and one of the most unexpectedly enduring.

February 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 Everest climbs put Nepalese woman in record book

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Nepalese mountaineer Chhurim entered the record book by scaling Mount Everest twice in the same climbing season. In fact, she did so a week apart.

February 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Horford's big game leads Hawks over Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - On the second game of a tough road trip, Al Horford and the Atlanta Hawks made the most of a chance to put away a weakened opponent.

February 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Jobless, cities could be first to feel budget pain

WASHINGTON (AP) - Who'll be the first to feel the sting?

February 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: Maine Zumba defendant deleted emails

ALFRED, Maine (AP) - An insurance agent charged with promoting prostitution deleted all the email from his office computer a day after investigators raided his mistress' Zumba dance studio, office and home, a law enforcement computer expert testified Monday.

February 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge refuses to toss gay Calif. veteran's lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawsuit brought by a lesbian Army veteran and her wife over the denial of disability benefits can move forward over the objections of the Department of Justice, a federal judge in California ruled Monday.

February 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 adults, 2 kids missing off Calif. coast

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) - Crews searched by sea and air and sought the public's help Monday as they ramped up their efforts to find a husband and wife and two young children who sent a series of distress calls to the Coast Guard the day before, saying their sailboat was sinking far off the Central California coast and they were fashioning a raft from a cooler and a life ring.

February 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Barnes & Noble chair wants to buy retail business

NEW YORK (AP) - The last remaining national bookstore chain is being taken off the shelf and dusted off for sale.

February 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


C. Everett Koop, ex-surgeon general, dies in NH

C. Everett Koop, who raised the profile of the surgeon general by riveting America's attention on the then-emerging disease known as AIDS and by railing against smoking, has died in New Hampshire at age 96.

February 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Second blizzard in less than week slams Plains region

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Blizzard conditions again descended on the midsection of the country Monday, bringing hurricane-force winds to the Texas Panhandle, closing highways in Texas and Oklahoma and putting already snow-covered parts of Kansas on high alert as the day progresses.

February 25, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Ikea withdraws meatballs in Europe, 21 nations hit

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Swedish furniture giant Ikea became entangled in Europe's widening meat scandal Monday, forced to withdraw meatballs from stores across Europe amid suspicions that they contained horse meat.

February 25, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Two adults, two kids missing off Calif. coast

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) - The Coast Guard was searching Monday for a husband and wife and two young children who sent a series of distress calls the day before, saying their sailboat was sinking far off the Central California coast and they were fashioning a raft from a cooler and life ring.

February 25, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Cutting edge California tunnels poised to open

PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) - Two slick new mile-long tunnels are undergoing final safety tests this month, poised to divert motorists away from an ocean cliff-hanging roadway dubbed Devil's Slide south of San Francisco to a smooth, Alpine-like passageway unlike any in the U.S. today.

February 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. stopping use of term 'Negro' for census surveys

WASHINGTON (AP) - After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys.

February 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UK Cardinal skips conclave amid priest accusations

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain's highest-ranking Catholic leader, recused himself on Monday from taking part in the conclave to elect the next pope after being accused of improper conduct with priests - an unprecedented first head to roll in the mudslinging that has followed Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign.

February 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Man accused in Kansas City Jewish attacks is white supremacist

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - A gunman opened fire outside of a Jewish community center on Sunday, killing a doctor and his teenage grandson before heading to a Jewish retirement community a few blocks away and killing someone else, authorities said.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine to deploy troops in anti-terror operation

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine is deploying troops in a "large-scale anti-terrorist operation" to resist attacks by armed pro-Russian forces, Ukraine's President Oleksandr Turchynov said on Sunday in a televised address.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Combative prosecutor makes mark in Pistorius trial

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel fired another tough question at murder suspect Oscar Pistorius.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope poses for 'selfies' after Palm Sunday homily

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with young people and also sipping tea passed to him from the crowd.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years

WASHINGTON (AP) - As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NTSB: Claim about truck fire still uncorroborated

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) - Federal investigators could not corroborate on Saturday a driver's claim that a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened across a freeway median, sideswiped her car and slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in a fiery wreck.

April 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Finance officials: Global economy turns the corner

WASHINGTON (AP) - The world's top finance officials expressed confidence Saturday that the global economy finally has turned the corner to stronger growth. This time, they may be right.

April 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Boston announces marathon public safety measures

BOSTON (AP) - Boston officials have announced improved public safety measures for the final two miles of the Boston Marathon on April 21, a year after two explosions near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

April 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


No US tsunami threat after 7.6 quake in Pacific

HONOLULU (AP) - U.S. officials say there is no threat of a tsunami to the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii or Alaska after a magnitude-7.6 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands.

April 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


O'Brien: Colbert 'right person' for 'Late Show'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don't feel bad for Conan O'Brien. Again.

April 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. Democrats walk middle path in health debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has been making a habit lately of bucking his own president and voting with the Republican majority in the House as it moves to amend or overturn parts of the national health care law.

April 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Santa Barbara melee spurs calls to party less hard

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - With streets still littered in glass and garbage cans overflowing with red cups and bottles, University of California, Santa Barbara students were trying to shake off a lingering hangover from an annual spring party morphed into a raucous and violent blowout.

April 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Outkast reunite, headline Coachella

Outkast reunited onstage after a near decadelong hiatus with a jam-packed set at the Coachella music festival, their first of many performances planned this year.

April 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


SeaWorld loses its appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale at the theme park.

April 11, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Some link quakes to fracking

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.

April 11, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


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