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USDA: Plant that recalled beef circumvented rules

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) - A California slaughterhouse that recently recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of beef circumvented federal inspection rules, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

February 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Corruption charge for Calif. senator

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Federal law enforcement authorities have charged a Democratic state lawmaker and his brother with multiple counts involving bribery, kickbacks and cover-ups.

February 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Railroads confront crude safety

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging, voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents.

February 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 men sentenced in brutal attack on Giants fan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An angry judge lashed out Thursday as he sentenced two men who pleaded guilty in the savage beating of an avid San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium, calling them cowards and a nightmare for people who go to games.

February 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Wealth gap is widest in some affluent US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) - The gap between the wealthy and the poor is most extreme in several of the United States' most prosperous and largest cities.

February 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Stolen '57 Chevy returned to owner after 30 years

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) - Three decades after it was stolen, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air has been returned to a Northern California man - in better shape than when he originally owned it.

February 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Drugs on Maersk ship where 2 ex-SEALs died

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Drugs were in the room where two former Navy SEALs were found dead aboard the Maersk Alabama, a ship that was the focus of a 2009 hijacking dramatized in the movie "Captain Phillips," a company spokesman said Thursday.

February 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Plan to divide California into 6 states advances

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has reached the breaking point. Or so says Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who is pushing a proposal to crack the nation's most populous state into pieces.

February 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California store that sold $425M lotto gets $1M

MILPITAS, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California convenience store that sold the sole winning ticket to the $425 million Powerball jackpot received a $1 million check on Thursday, as state lottery officials waited for the winner of the one of the largest jackpots in U.S. history to come forward.

February 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Russian Sotnikova wins gold, Kim 2nd

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Bursting from the shadow of her adored teammate, Adelina Sotnikova gave Russia its first gold medal in women's Olympic figure skating.

February 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 admit guilt in Dodger Stadium Giants fan attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men pleaded guilty Thursday to a 2011 beating at Dodger Stadium that left San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow brain damaged and disabled.

February 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lone winning Powerball ticket sold in Calif.

MILPITAS, Calif. (AP) - Family members say the owner of a San Francisco Bay Area gas station where the lone winning ticket for the $425 million Powerball jackpot was sold is en route to India and won't learn he has won $1 million until after he lands.

February 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Los Angeles cardinal unlikely to face charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese has agreed to pay $720 million to clergy abuse victims over the past decade and released internal files that showed Cardinal Roger Mahony shielded priests and ordered a surrogate to withhold evidence from police, yet Mahony and other archdiocese leaders are unlikely to face criminal charges.

February 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Gov't cancels plan to collect license plate data

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department abruptly reversed course Wednesday and dropped plans to ask a private company to give the government access to a nationwide database of license plate tracking information.

February 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Von's parent company in talks over possible sale of company

NEW YORK (AP) - Safeway says it's in talks to possibly put itself up for sale.

February 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Gloves can now come off in California kitchens

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The gloves are coming off in California kitchens.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Benghazi case unfolds against political backdrop

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first prosecution arising from the Benghazi attacks is playing out in the federal courthouse blocks from both the White House and Capitol Hill, an appropriate setting for a case that has drawn stark lines between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress.

June 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Morales has big hit, leads Twins past Rangers 3-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Kendrys Morales slapped a line drive away from the Texas shift, landing it just inside the foul line in left field where the only person close to it was a security guard scrambling to get out of the way.

June 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


San Francisco Gay Pride Parade attracts multitudes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 44th Annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade attracted tens of thousands of spectators and participants under unseasonably warm and sunny skies Sunday.

June 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Border Patrol has lots of agents _ in wrong places

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The downcast faces on computer screens are 1,500 miles away at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas: a 20-year old Honduran woman arrested rafting across the Rio Grande and a 23-year-old man caught under similar circumstances.

June 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dies at 67

Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom "Designing Women" and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday.

June 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Girl, 3, ID'd as victim of Italian ice shop door

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia police have identified the 3-year-old girl killed by a falling security grate at an Italian ice shop.

June 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Woman accused of spraying pesticide at child

GROVER BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A 60-year-old California woman is facing child cruelty charges after police say she sprayed a 7-year-old neighbor in the face with a poisonous pesticide.

June 28, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama seeks $2 billion to stem illegal immigration

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - President Barack Obama will seek more than $2 billion to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas and ask for new powers to deal with returning immigrant children apprehended while traveling without their parents, a White House official said Saturday.

June 28, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gloves can now come off in California kitchens

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The gloves are coming off in California kitchens.

June 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


States encourage bilingualism with diploma seals

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - When Rachel Martinez-Regan graduated from Corvallis High School this month, her diploma had a little something extra - an embossed seal certifying that she is bilingual.

June 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California cracks down on 'sweepstakes cafes'

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Next to a massage parlor, a doughnut shop and a liquor store, more than two dozen people sat inside a darkened business in a strip mall dropping $2 bets on electronic games with names such as "Robin Hood," ''Mr. Millionaire" and "Luck of the Irish" when Sacramento County sheriff's deputies paid a visit.

June 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA cracks down on illegal fireworks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city authorities have seized more than 1,000 pounds of fireworks in the run up to next week's Fourth of July holiday and have arrested several people, officials said.

June 28, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Benghazi suspect pleads not guilty before judge

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Libyan militant accused of masterminding the deadly Benghazi attacks that have become a flashpoint in U.S. politics pleaded not guilty to conspiracy Saturday in a federal courtroom in Washington.

June 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Many challenges face ex-inmates living with HIV

NEW YORK (AP) - Several times each month, a white bus picks up newly released ex-inmates at New York's Rikers Island jail complex and drives them to Harlem, where helping hands await at a transition program run by a nonprofit called the Fortune Society.

June 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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