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State jobless rate at 4 1/2-year low

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 4 1/2 years as the state experienced one of the sharpest drops in joblessness nationwide, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

May 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Deal to sell Sacramento Kings signed

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced to screaming throngs of Kings fans Friday that the deal to sell the NBA franchise to a group led by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive has been signed.

May 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Congress gets mixed advice on regulating drones

WASHINGTON (AP) - The growing use of unmanned surveillance "eyes in the sky" aircraft raises a thicket of privacy concerns, but Congress is getting mixed advice on what, if anything, to do about it.

May 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'American Idol' finale draws record low ratings

NEW YORK (AP) - Ratings for the "American Idol" finale plunged to a record low for the 12-year-old show.

May 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Alaska man runs onto frozen lake to avoid jail

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage police say a young man who didn't want to return to jail ran out onto the uncertain ice of an Alaska lake to escape officers armed with an arrest warrant.

May 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Arrests in New Orleans parade shootings cheered

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Days after a burst of gunfire brought a chaotic and bloody end to a Mother's Day neighborhood parade in New Orleans, news of six arrests gave an organizer of the traditional event reason to celebrate again.

May 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama picks budget official to run troubled IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama picked a senior White House budget official to become the acting head of the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday, the same day another top official announced plans to leave the agency amid the controversy over agents targeting tea party groups.

May 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Famed 'hatchet hitchhiker' arrested in NJ homicide

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - A homeless, hatchet-wielding hitchhiker who became an Internet hero earlier this year was arrested Thursday for allegedly beating a New Jersey lawyer to death inside his home.

May 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Afghans tell of US soldier's killing rampage

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Sitting on a dirty straw mat on the parched ground of southern Afghanistan, Masooma sank deeper inside a giant black shawl. Hidden from view, her words burst forth as she told her side of what happened to her family sometime before dawn on March 11, 2012.

May 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mom in NM chases down child abductor; man arrested

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A mother whose 4-year-old was being abducted chased the suspect down and crashed her vehicle into his car, triggering a manhunt and the arrest of the suspect, Albuquerque police said Thursday.

May 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Calif. short on key state water workers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is losing key employees at the Department of Water Resources because it can't pay afford to pay them enough.

May 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Justice Dept. faulted over terrorist identities

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government allowed "a small but significant number" of terrorists into America's witness protection program and then failed to provide the names of some of them for a watch list that's used to keep dangerous people off airline flights, the Justice Department's inspector general says.

May 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dying man's eye blinks lead to Ohio murder verdict

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio man was found guilty Thursday of fatally shooting a man who authorities say identified his assailant by blinking his eyes while paralyzed and hooked up to a ventilator.

May 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California fuels Powerball $550 million jackpot

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The numbers sum up the frenzy that has taken over the Golden State since it became the newest in the nation to join the madness over Powerball, which saw its jackpot soar Thursday to $550 million.

May 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas tornado devastation includes Habitat homes

GRANBURY, Texas (AP) - Habitat for Humanity spent years in a North Texas suburb, helping build many of the 110 homes in the low-income area. But its work was largely undone during an outbreak of 12 tornadoes Wednesday night that killed six people and injured dozens.

May 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


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


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