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'Santa' showers $100 bills on storm-hit NJ, NY

NEW YORK (AP) - A wealthy Missouri man posing as "Secret Santa" stunned New Yorkers on Thursday, handing $100 bills to many in Staten Island who had lost everything to Superstorm Sandy.

November 30, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-President George H.W. Bush in Texas hospital

HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush was in a Houston hospital Thursday for continuing treatment of a lingering cough.

November 30, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


San Diego approves pact for desalinated water

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego's regional water agency has approved a contract to buy the entire output of what would be the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant.

November 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Strauss-Kahn, NYC hotel maid to settle

NEW YORK (AP) - Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her have reached an agreement to settle her lawsuit against him, a person familiar with the case said Thursday.

November 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate backs quicker withdrawal from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) - Reflecting a war-weary nation, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday for an accelerated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan after more than a decade of fighting.

November 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mo. Powerball winner verified; Ariz.'s a mystery

DEARBORN, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Lottery officials on Thursday verified one of two tickets that matched all six numbers to split a record $588 million Powerball jackpot, but that ticket holder - and another in Arizona - remained a mystery, even as neighbors and co-workers lamented their losses and gossiped about who may have won.

November 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mystery bird spotted at NM national refuge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Wildlife managers at one of the nation's premiere bird-watching spots have a mystery on their hands.

November 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Suspect in string of ecoterrorism fires surrenders

One of the three remaining fugitives in a string of high-profile fires across the West that focused national attention on a group of environmental radicals surrendered to authorities Thursday after spending years in hiding in Canada.

November 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. audit faults LA Unified's abuse reporting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District frequently failed to report teacher misconduct to state credentialing authorities and took too long to investigate and punish teachers, according to a report by the California state auditor released Thursday.

November 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Huge California desalination plant faces key test

SAN DIEGO (AP) - An effort to build the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant faced a key test Thursday, as San Diego's regional water agency considered whether to buy all its output despite criticism that cheaper alternatives could be overlooked.

November 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Father of Michael Jackson suffers mild stroke

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A spokeswoman for Michael Jackson's father says the musical family's patriarch has suffered a mild stroke.

November 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Poisonous soup maker banned from care facilities

LOOMIS, Calif. (AP) - The state has recommended that a woman who served poisonous mushrooms to residents of an elder care facility be banned for life from working in licensed homes in the future.

November 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Another Yoda statue California Star Wars fans may get

SAN ANSELMO, Calif. (AP) - Star Wars fans may soon have another Yoda statue in the San Francisco Bay area to visit.

November 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California audit faults L.A. Unified's abuse reporting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District frequently failed to report teacher misconduct to state credentialing authorities and took too long to investigate and punish teachers, according to a report by the California state auditor released Thursday.

November 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Twinkies maker Hostess has plenty of suitors

NEW YORK (AP) - The future of Twinkies is virtually assured.

November 29, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Police team turns back from Ukraine crash site

SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) - Heavy fighting raged Monday around the Malaysia Airlines debris field, once again preventing an international police team charged with securing the site from even getting there.

July 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man dies after lightning strikes 14 in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during rare summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Seniors share homes for cost saving, companionship

NEW YORK (AP) - It's not exactly "The Golden Girls," but for Marcia Rosenfeld, it'll do.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Avengers' unleash 'Ultron' footage at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Several members of "The Avengers" descended on Comic-Con on Saturday to debut the first footage from the upcoming superhero sequel.

July 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Survey: US gas prices fall 9 cents to $3.58

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - A national survey finds the average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has plummeted 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $3.58.

July 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Lucy' tops 'Hercules' with $44M at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Luc Besson's "Lucy" proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of "Hercules" by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend.

July 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France

PARIS (AP) - Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the first Italian in 16 years to triumph in cycling's greatest race by chiseling a lead over his main rivals a few seconds at a time and dominating them in the mountains.

July 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Lawmaker wants criminal probe into new Bay Bridge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California lawmaker is calling for a criminal investigation into construction problems on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

July 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Study: Blue whales at risk of hitting ships

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A satellite study of blue-whale movements shows the endangered creatures cluster for long periods in busy shipping lanes off the California coast, putting them at risk for collisions with large vessels.

July 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Northern California wildfire destroys 10 homes

PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.

July 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police ID 3 kids killed in Philly carjacking crash

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two carjackers who fled after ramming a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings, were still on the run Saturday as the reward for their capture topped $100,000.

July 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fighting intensifies near MH17 crash site

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.

July 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite each side offering different truces to temporarily halt nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.

July 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


American doctor in Africa gets treatment for Ebola

BOONE, N.C. (AP) - An American doctor infected with the deadly Ebola disease received intensive treatment Sunday in West Africa and was in stable condition, talking to his medical team and working on his computer, a spokeswoman for an aid group said.

July 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Plane hits truck as it lands on Nevada highway

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A small airplane with engine trouble struck a pickup truck during an emergency landing on a Nevada highway Saturday morning, authorities said.

July 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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