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Group warns of loss of farmland

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Despite written policies protecting farmland across Central California's agricultural heartland, the state's most productive region is on track to lose 570,000 acres of prime, irrigated land to development by 2050, according to a new report.

January 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Head on collision kills three

REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) - A head-on collision on a Southern California road has killed three people and seriously injured six others.

January 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Ryan Leaf kicked out of drug treatment center

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been moved from a drug treatment center to the Montana State Prison for threatening a staff member and other unspecified behavioral problems at the center, a corrections official said Thursday.

January 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Original 'Dear Abby' dead at 94

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Pauline Friedman Phillips, who as Dear Abby dispensed snappy, sometimes saucy advice on love, marriage and meddling mothers-in-law to millions of newspaper readers around the world and opened the way for the likes of Dr. Ruth, Dr. Phil and Oprah, has died. She was 94.

January 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Monaco's royals miffed over Grace film

PARIS (AP) - Monaco's royal family has criticized a feature film about the late Princess Grace, saying it presents a glamorized and inaccurate view of her life.

January 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sheriffs, state lawmakers push back on gun control

From Oregon to Mississippi, President Barack Obama's proposed ban on new assault weapons and large-capacity magazines struck a nerve among rural lawmen and lawmakers, many of whom vowed to ignore any restrictions - and even try to stop federal officials from enforcing gun policy in their jurisdictions.

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


Militants say hostages die in Algerian raid

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - Algerian forces launched a military assault Thursday at a natural gas plant in the Sahara Desert, trying to free dozens of foreign hostages held by militants who have ties to Mali's rebel Islamists, diplomats and an Algerian security official said.

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


Charities worry new tax law will reduce donations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Charities and nonprofit organizations are worried that new limits on tax deductions for high earners will hurt donations just as charitable giving is starting to rebound from the depths of the recession.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Sniping, then singing as 'American Idol' returns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There was no hair-pulling between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on the season debut of "American Idol," although some viewers may have been reduced to it.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


University of California wants more classes online

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California leaders on Wednesday called for an expansion of online courses to help the 10-campus system contain costs, broaden access and hold down tuition rates.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama gun plan faces uncertain future

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's sweeping gun-control package faces an uncertain future on Capitol Hill, where majority House Republicans are rejecting his proposals while the president's allies in the Democratic-controlled Senate are stopping well short of pledging immediate action.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hometown backs Te'o after hoax

LAIE, Hawaii (AP) - People in the small Hawaii hometown of Manti Te'o are offering support for the Notre Dame linebacker, after the story of his girlfriend and her death from leukemia were revealed as a hoax.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


GPS tracker in iPad leads to parolee

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) - A GPS tracker in an Apple iPad has led police to a California parolee with a booty of stolen electronics in his home.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Boeing's 787 woes far more serious than acknowledged

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lithium batteries that can leak corrosive fluid and start fires have emerged as the chief safety concern involving Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, a problem that apparently is far more serious than government or company officials acknowledged less than a week ago.

January 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Militants say hostages, kidnappers killed

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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


9/11 relatives to get second shot at scholarships

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Relatives of Californians who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will get a second chance to apply for college scholarships under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown after investigations found that the state mishandled the program.

August 22, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Sen. Boxer: Group behind beheading must be stopped

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Days after an Islamic extremist group beheaded an American journalist, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer condemned Friday the "brutal and barbaric murder" of James Foley and labeled the Islamic State a "worldwide threat" that must be stopped.

August 22, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammunition bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.

August 22, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


DUI arrest is California Democrats' latest blow

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

August 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


College mourns 3 students killed in crash

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) - Three Japanese college students were killed and five others injured when a car carrying them veered off a California freeway and struck a power pole, officials said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Oklahoma officer accused in 6 sexual assaults

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City police officer who was a star football player in high school and college is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women during traffic stops and investigators are looking into whether there are more victims.

August 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

August 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.

August 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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