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House members' VIP loans excluded from subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic committee chairman overrode his own subpoena three years ago in an investigation of former subprime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. to exclude records showing that he, other House members and congressional aides got VIP discounted loans from the company, documents show.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Great white swims past surfers, warnings posted

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - A great white shark sighting has led to warning signs on California central coast beaches.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California refinery fire probe looks at spark sources

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - Investigators probing the cause of a blaze at Chevron's Richmond refinery in Northern California are looking at heaters and responding emergency vehicles as possible ignition sources for the massive vapor cloud that spewed from a leaky pipe.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kardashian divorce unlikely to be final this year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kim Kardashian's divorce has engulfed her family and network, literally.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ryan called stimulus wasteful, then sought funds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been one of the harshest critics of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan. But months after Congress approved the nearly $800 billion package, the Wisconsin lawmaker was trying to steer money under the program to companies in his home state.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tea party evolves, achieves state policy victories

ATLANTA (AP) - Tea party activists in Georgia helped kill a proposed sales tax increase that would have raised billions of dollars for transportation projects. In Pennsylvania, tea partyers pushed to have taxpayers send public school children to private schools. In Ohio, they drove a referendum to block state health insurance mandates.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews battle dozens of Western fires

CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) - Calmer winds gave Washington state firefighters hope of containing a blaze that left dozens of families homeless, while residents of two small Idaho towns planned to gather Wednesday and discuss evacuation plans because of a growing nearby wildfire.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire arsonist guilty of 5 heart attack deaths

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A jury on Wednesday found a California man guilty of murdering five people who had heart attacks after he deliberately started a blaze that ballooned into a massive wildfire.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US homebuilder confidence at 5-year-high in August

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. homebuilders grew more confident in the housing recovery in August, as many reported that prospects for sales are the best they've been since the home bubble burst five years ago.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. economic recovery is weakest since World War II

WASHINGTON (AP) - The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Higher retail spending lifts hopes for US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans increased their retail spending in July by the most in five months, opening their wallets after a frugal spring and offering hope that the slumping economy may rebound in the second half of the year.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Family: Texas shootout gunman had mental illness

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - In the months leading up to Monday's shootout near Texas A&M University that killed three, gunman Thomas Alton Caffall III had cut off contact with his family, even though his mother was seriously ill.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


DHS launches new immigration program

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Tuesday directed young illegal immigrants to fill out new forms and pay $465 if they want to apply under a new program that would let them avoid deportation and obtain a U.S. work permit.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


APNewsBreak: General investigated over spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - A four-star Army general who was the first head of the new U.S. Africa Command is under investigation and facing possible demotion for allegedly spending hundreds of thousands of dollars improperly on lavish travel, hotels and other items, The Associated Press has learned.

August 15, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LA woman charged with leaving baby, tot in hot car

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed two misdemeanor child abuse charges against an 18-year-old mother who allegedly left her 2-week-old daughter and 1-year-old son in a locked car to go dress shopping last weekend in the midst of California's heat wave.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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California drought helps coho salmon migration

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - California's drought has spelled bad news for many of the state's fish. But in a twist, it appears to have been a boon to coho salmon migrating from a Northern California creek.

June 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Methodist panel overturns pastor's defrocking

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A pastor who presided over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and vowed to perform other gay marriages if asked can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a decision to defrock him.

June 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bill Clinton defends wife's commitment to poor

DENVER (AP) - Bill Clinton defended Hillary Rodham Clinton's commitment to the poor and working Americans on Tuesday, saying his family's post-presidential wealth had not prevented the former secretary of state from understanding the economic problems of Americans.

June 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt president refuses pardon for journalists

CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday rejected calls from the United States and other Western governments that he pardon or commute the sentences of three Al-Jazeera journalists who were handed heavy prison terms a day earlier in a court ruling that raised international outrage.

June 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Putin: cease-fire in Ukraine should be extended

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the weeklong cease-fire declared by the Ukrainian president should be extended and accompanied by talks between the government and the rebels.

June 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US-Portugal game scores viewership goal

NEW YORK (AP) - The United States' 2-2 World Cup draw with Portugal is almost certainly the most-watched soccer game ever in the U.S., an emphatic confirmation of the sport's rising popularity in a country slower to embrace it than the rest of the world.

June 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kurdish leader cites 'new reality' in Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's top Kurdish leader warned visiting Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday that a rapid Sunni insurgent advance has already created "a new reality and a new Iraq," signaling that the U.S. faces major difficulties in its efforts to promote unity among the country's divided factions.

June 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-UK editor Coulson convicted of phone hacking

LONDON (AP) - Two powerful British political insiders met starkly different fates Tuesday as former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted, after a monthslong trial centering on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire.

June 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Half of Californians still support Obama

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new Field Poll finds that half of all Californians approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing, a sharp contrast with his lower approval ratings in the rest of the country.

June 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


4 arrested in celebrations of Mexico World Cup win

HUNTINGTON PARK, Calif. (AP) - Police say four people were arrested in the Los Angeles area after celebrations of Mexico's advancement into the next round of soccer's World Cup grew rowdy and poured into the street.

June 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Outcry after Egypt sentences 3 reporters to prison

CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court on Monday convicted three Al-Jazeera journalists and sentenced them to seven years in prison on terrorism-related charges after a trial dismissed by rights groups as a politically motivated sham. The verdict brought a landslide of international condemnation and calls for the newly elected president to intervene.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Clippers' future hangs on judge's decision

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has asked lawyers for more legal documents arguing their points before he decides whether to approve the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Irvin: Focus on Sterling comments misses point

DALLAS (AP) - Former Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin and NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Monday said the comments made by ousted Clippers owner Donald Sterling needed to be viewed within a broader perspective of how America faces racism.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Husband of slain Iraqi woman gets 26 years to life

EL CAJON, California (AP) - A California judge sentenced an Iraqi immigrant Monday to 26 years-to-life in prison for his wife's fatal beating - an attack that initially drew international condemnation when authorities believed it was a hate crime.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Resort hotel also serves as military test site

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - To the tourists who frolic in the crystal-blue surf of this picturesque, white-sand beach, the Fort Walton Beach Holiday Inn Resort looks like, well, a Holiday Inn with a large beach ball statue on top. But to military officials, it is known as Eglin Air Force Range Test Site A5.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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