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Top fugitive Italian cocaine boss nabbed in Bogota

ROME (AP) - A fugitive Italian mobster, who allegedly arranged major shipments of South American cocaine to Europe each month and was one of the world's most powerful drug brokers, has been captured in a Colombian shopping mall, authorities said Saturday.

July 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


School lagged in reporting sex abuse to police

REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) - Southern California school district officials were slow to tell police that a teacher was suspected of sexually abusing a student, who allegedly gave birth to the 16-year-old boy's child last month.

July 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Sacramento's farm-to-fork food bank changes lives

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Sacramento Food Bank once was one of those standard food distribution centers where bags of processed foods, carbohydrate-laden government commodities and day-old breads and sweets were bagged and handed to people who stood in line for hours to get it.

July 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire cut off Hotshots' access to safety zone

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - An erratic wildfire driven by ferocious and shifting winds curled around the location of a team of Arizona Hotshot firefighters, cutting off their access to a safety zone and creating a death trap that quickly consumed them, two fire officials have confirmed based on a map of how the tragedy unfolded compiled by The Associated Press.

July 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Solar plane on last leg of flight

WASHINGTON (AP) - A solar-powered aircraft lifted off from a suburban Washington airport before dawn Saturday, embarking on the final leg of a history-making cross-country flight.

July 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Spectators shaken over fireworks accident

SIMI VALLEY (AP) - For many people gathered to watch July Fourth fireworks at a park here, it took time to realize the wild chain of explosions weren't just part of the show.

July 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Clashes erupt as Islamists push back in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) - Enraged Islamists pushed back Friday against the toppling of President Mohammed Morsi, as tens of thousands of his supporters took to the streets vowing to win his reinstatement and clashed with their opponents in violence that killed 30 and drove the divided nation toward an increasingly dangerous showdown.

July 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Premature blast injures Ojai fireworks operator

OJAI, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California Fourth of July fireworks show in Ojai (OH'-hy) was halted soon after it began when the 32-year-old pyrotechnic operator was injured by a premature blast.

July 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Nicaragua, Venezuela offer asylum to Snowden

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - The presidents of Nicaragua and Venezuela offered Friday to grant asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, one day after leftist South American leaders gathered to denounce the rerouting of Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane over Europe amid reports that the American was aboard.

July 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hoarded Calif. dogs await rescue groups

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 130 dogs saved from a hoarder in California two weeks ago need to be saved again - but only rescue groups can save them now.

July 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


SF Bay Area commuter rail service resumes

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Commuter rail service resumed Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area after unions called off a strike and agreed to extend a labor contract for a month while bargaining continues.

July 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: 28 hurt as fireworks platform collapses in Simi Valley

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - As many as 10,000 Fourth of July revelers were just settling into their seats for the fireworks show at a Simi Valley park when a bright plume of red and white bursts spread across the ground, injuring more than 30 people and sending others fleeing for safety.

July 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Trayvon Martin's mother says screams are her son's

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The prosecution in the murder trial of George Zimmerman wrapped up its case after a dramatic day of testimony Friday, with Travyon Martin's mother and brother telling the jury that the screams for help that can be heard in the background on a 911 call came from the 17-year-old.

July 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Experts: Expect bigger, fiercer wildfires in West

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's a dangerous but basic equation behind the killer Yarnell Hill wildfire and other blazes raging across the West this summer: More heat, more drought, more fuel and more people in the way are adding up to increasingly ferocious fires.

July 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Despicable Me 2' trounces 'Lone Ranger'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The minions have overtaken "The Lone Ranger."

July 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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In US and abroad, new focus on anti-women violence

Nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria. A pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by her family for marrying the man she loved. Widespread rape in many war zones. And in California, a murderous rampage by a disturbed young man who had depicted sorority members as a prime target.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Only US soldier held in Afghanistan is freed

WASHINGTON (AP) - The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.

May 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama makes public health pitch for carbon rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - As governors, businesses and environmentalists brace for new limits on power plant pollution, President Barack Obama is casting his unprecedented effort to curb greenhouse gases as essential to protect the health and wellbeing of children.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man who accosted Pitt pleads no contest to battery

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who accosted Brad Pitt on a red carpet pleaded no contest to battery Friday and was ordered to stay away from the actor and Hollywood red carpet events.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Casey Kasem's daughter granted visitation

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state judge on Friday granted a daughter of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem regular visits after she raised concerns about his well-being.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Shinseki accepts blame, resigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Beset by growing evidence of patient delays and cover-ups, embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned from President Barack Obama's Cabinet Friday, taking the blame for what he decried as a "lack of integrity" in the sprawling health care system for the nation's military veterans.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NBA owners to vote on sale of Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The NBA has called off a hearing to oust embattled Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling in advance of a vote on a potentially record-breaking deal negotiated by his wife Shelly Sterling to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

May 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Medicare ban on sex reassignment surgery lifted

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man returns $125,000 that fell from armored truck

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Arsenio Hall Show' canceled after 1 season

LOS ANGELES (AP) - CBS Television Distribution says "The Arsenio Hall Show" is going off the air.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dementia kept Sterling out of team sale

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A person close to the Sterling family says Donald Sterling was stripped of his ability to act as a trustee of the family's fortunes, including the Los Angeles Clippers, after two neurologists determined he was suffering from dementia.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Home tweet home: How social media is giving the homeless a hand up

R.D. Plasschaert credits one main thing for pulling her out of homelessness: Twitter.

May 30, 2014 | Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Signal AP


Missouri AG: State could make lethal injections

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The growing suspicions surrounding where states obtain lethal injections have motivated the Missouri attorney general to propose something never previously tried - establishing a lab where the state can make its own execution drugs.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


East Ukraine quiet raises leadership questions

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - The scruffy rebels who normally wander about the headquarters of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic were mostly out of view on Friday, replaced by a disciplined new faction who showed up a day earlier with an armored personnel carrier and anti-aircraft gun.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Army Corps to recommend Los Angeles River project

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River would see restored wildlife habitats, new wetlands and longer bike trails under a $1 billion proposal that has received a key boost.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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