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Once GOP stronghold, West veers into Dems' column

DENVER (AP) - A political generation ago, the West signaled the nation's rightward swing, from the emergence of Ronald Reagan to the success of tax-limitation ballot measures in California and Colorado.

January 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pentagon: Budget crisis could hurt war effort

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Afghan war effort eventually would be harmed by across-the-board budget cuts, even as the Obama administration intends to shield the military's combat mission from the reductions, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Friday.

January 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hackers take over sentencing commission website

WASHINGTON (AP) - The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide. The FBI is investigating.

January 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Thousands march for gun control in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims and messages such as "Ban Assault Weapons Now," gathered in front of the Capitol on Saturday for a March on Washington for Gun Control.

January 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dr. Phil to interview alleged girlfriend hoaxer

NEW YORK (AP) - Dr. Phil McGraw has booked the first on-camera interview with the man who allegedly concocted the girlfriend hoax that ensnared Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o.

January 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Court says Obama appointments violate constitution

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate last year to appoint three members of the National Labor Relations Board, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a far-reaching decision that could severely limit a chief executive's powers to make recess appointments.

January 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


S&P closes above 1,500 for 1st time since 2007

NEW YORK (AP) - Passing another milestone on the nation's long journey back from the Great Recession, the Standard and Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 for the first time in more than five years Friday after a wave of good earnings reports.

January 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wis. sheriff urges residents to get gun training

A sheriff who released a radio ad urging Milwaukee-area residents to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves while waiting for police said Friday that law enforcement cutbacks have changed the way police can respond to crime.

January 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Master's is right fit for Italian seminarian

Around dinner time in their Newhall apartment, Raffaele Spitale and his two young kids palmed through a smattering of books, papers and writing utensils spread across the kitchen table.

January 25, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn For The Signal | Signal AP


Dolphin stuck in dirty canal dies

NEW YORK (AP) - A wayward dolphin that meandered into a polluted urban canal, riveting onlookers as it splashed around in the filthy water and shook black gunk from its snout, died Friday evening, marine experts said.

January 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Giants fan who was attacked suffers setback

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage after being severely beaten at Dodger Stadium after a game in 2011 is back in the hospital after suffering a blood clot.

January 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Exxon surpasses Apple as most valuable company

NEW YORK (AP) - Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter.

January 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Secret hearings in Chandra Levy slaying case

WASHINGTON (AP) - A judge has been holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted in the 2001 killing of Chandra Levy, the latest twist in a high-profile murder that went unsolved for years and captivated the public because of the intern's romantic relationship with a California congressman.

January 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Doubts raised about fairness of Delhi rape trial

NEW DELHI (AP) - In the court of public opinion, the men being tried in the gang rape of an Indian university student should be hanged in a public square.

January 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Penn State says Sandusky settlements appear close

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Penn State's negotiator for civil claims involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky said Friday the school has been in talks with 28 people and settlement discussions with some claimants could soon produce results.

January 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Pakistan launches Afghan airstrikes after attack

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Taliban fighters attacked several Pakistani military posts along the Afghan border Saturday, sparking an hourslong gun battle that included Pakistan launching airstrikes into Afghanistan, authorities said. Pakistan said soldiers killed 16 militants, while Afghan officials said the airstrikes killed five civilians.

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


Proposed $40 million settlement set for players

A $40 million settlement has been completed that will pay college football and basketball players dating to 2003 for the use of their likenesses in NCAA-branded videogames.

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


American suicide bomber grew up in Central Florida

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The American man who launched a suicide bombing against Syrian government troops grew up in Central Florida and attended several colleges in the state before dropping out and moving abroad.

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


Poll: Voters vexed by California corruption probes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters are alarmed by a string of corruption scandals in Sacramento, but most feel any wrongdoing is not widespread, a poll indicated Saturday.

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


Mickelson says he's cooperating in probe

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Hall of Fame golfer Phil Mickelson confirms that FBI agents investigating insider trading approached him after a round at the Memorial tournament. He says he is cooperating and has done nothing wrong.

May 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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


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