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Obama seeks scaled-down 'fiscal cliff' agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has scaled back his ambitions for a sweeping budget bargain with Republicans. Instead, he's calling for a limited measure sufficient to prevent the government from careening off the "fiscal cliff" in January by extending tax cuts for most taxpayers and forestalling a painful set of agency budget cuts.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Violence baked into popular culture

NEW YORK (AP) - Well aware that the television audience may be particularly sensitive, the Showtime network aired a disclaimer warning audiences of violent content in the season finales of its dramas "Homeland" and "Dexter" last weekend. It was two days after a gunman killed 26 people in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cruise goes back to what he does best in 'Reacher'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just turned 50, Tom Cruise is eligible for membership in the American Association of Retired Persons. Just split from third wife Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise is the object of told-you-so cynics who simply knew that romance wouldn't last. Just finished with his stab at something really different as a heavy-metal rock god in "Rock of Ages," Tom Cruise is coming off one of the lowest-grossing movies in his career.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rebel Wilson to host springtime MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Pitch Perfect" star and "Bridesmaids" scene-stealer Rebel Wilson is taking center stage.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Iron Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman dies at age 70

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lee Dorman, the bassist for psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, has died at age 70.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


American Legion hosts an end-of-world party

Members of American Legion Post 507 gathered at their headquarters in Newhall Friday night to ensure the purported end of the world was a lively occasion.

December 22, 2012 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Signal AP


Court blocks California law banning gay therapy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight.

December 21, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama and family fly to Hawaii for Christmas

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and his family are spending the Christmas holidays in Hawaii, where the president was born and raised.

December 21, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mexico frees ex-Marine jailed for bringing in gun

MIAMI (AP) - A Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border has been freed, U.S. officials and his lawyer said late Friday.

December 21, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Parents hesitant about NRA armed schools proposal

MIAMI (AP) - The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for the placement of an armed police officer in every school, but parents and educators questioned how safe such a move would keep kids, whether it would be economically feasible and how it would alter student life. Their reactions ranged from supportive to disgusted.

December 21, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Churches prepare Christmas packages for SD inmates

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - More than 3,000 care packages of fudge and Christmas cards will be delivered to the inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, the Yankton Minimum Security Unit and the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield on Monday as part of an annual tradition.

December 21, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


364 guns traded for grocery vouchers in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gun owners traded more than 350 weapons for grocery vouchers Friday in San Diego as authorities vowed to step up firearms exchanges after the Connecticut school shooting.

December 21, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Click, print, shoot: Downloadable guns possible

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Downloading a gun design to your computer, building it with a three-dimensional printer that uses plastics and other materials, and firing it minutes later. No background checks, no questions asked.

December 21, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


High court asked to block morning-after pill rule

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Hobby Lobby Stores asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to block part of the federal health care law that requires it to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.

December 21, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ashton Kutcher files for divorce from Demi Moore

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ashton Kutcher filed court papers Friday to end his seven-year marriage to actress Demi Moore.

December 21, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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US communities diverge on child migrant response

DALLAS (AP) - As thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children have poured into South Texas, community leaders from Dallas to Los Angeles to Syracuse, N.Y., have offered to set up temporary shelters to relieve the Army bases, holding cells and converted warehouses at the border.

July 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Exec producer of 'The Flash' teases new series

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Geoff Johns, executive producer of "The Flash," says the upcoming CW series is probably the most faithful DC Comics adaptation ever.

July 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Top Colorado Court halts Denver gay marriages

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Denver County clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the state's ban against the unions remains in place.

July 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Homeland' has eye on 4th year after Emmy snub

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Seeing "Homeland" lose out on an Emmy best-drama nomination after two consecutive nods was painful, series co-creator Alex Gansa said.

July 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Destructive Washington fire empties another town

PATEROS, Wash. (AP) - A massive wildfire that has destroyed at least 100 homes forced the residents of a second north-central Washington town to leave their homes Friday, and prompted a partial evacuation of a third community in the scenic Methow Valley, a sheriff said.

July 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Couple found dead in San Diego County house fire

FALLBROOK (AP) - Officials say a husband and wife in their 70s were found dead after a fire burned through their home at a plant nursery they operated in San Diego County.

July 18, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-Arcadia cop pleads no contest to embezzlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors say a 36-year-old man has pleaded no contest to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars when he was a police officer and union treasurer.

July 18, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Robber's father says police acted appropriately

STOCKTON (AP) - The father of a slain bank robbery suspect said Friday that police in the Northern California city of Stockton acted appropriately when they engaged in a gunbattle with his son.

July 18, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Destructive Washington fire empties another town

PATEROS, Wash. (AP) - A massive wildfire that has destroyed at least 100 homes forced the residents of a second north-central Washington town to leave their homes Friday, and prompted a partial evacuation of a third community in the scenic Methow Valley, a sheriff said.

July 18, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Firefighters douse small blaze off Sierra Highway

Firefighters made quick work of a brush fire that broke out on Sierra Highway at about 9:22 p.m. Friday night and burned just one-eighth of an acre before it was put out about 13 minutes later.

July 18, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


UPDATE: Downed jet claimed victims from 13 countries

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The human cost of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 hit home around the world Friday, upending scores of families and small communities spanning half of the planet, from a Dutch fishing village to an Australian soccer club and a Dubai cake store.

July 18, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


California tribe rejects offer from Redskins group

Representatives of a foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins traveled to an American Indian reservation straddling the Arizona-California border this week to talk about financing projects aimed at preserving language and culture and curbing suicides among youth.

July 18, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Clippers sale could miss August deadline

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawyer for the man offering to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion told a judge Friday that Donald Sterling's stalling tactics are threatening to doom the sale by pushing it past a contractual deadline.

July 18, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Daughter seeks right for autopsy of Casey Kasem

SEATTLE (AP) - A judge in Washington state has granted Casey Kasem's daughter a temporary restraining order preventing the famous radio host's wife from cremating his remains or removing them from a funeral home.

July 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Santa Clarita launching new bus route

Santa Clarita Transit is launching a new bus route, Route 12, which beginning next month will travel from the McBean Regional Transit Center to Plum and Whites Canyon, city officials said in a press release Friday.

July 18, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


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