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Syria dismisses Obama as confused, moves troops

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syria on Sunday derided President Barack Obama's decision to hold off on punitive military strikes, but also took precautions by reportedly moving some troops and military equipment to civilian areas.

September 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rim Fire now California's fourth largest

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has become the fourth-largest conflagration in modern California history, fire officials said Sunday as clouds and higher humidity helped crews further contain the biggest blaze in the United States this year.

September 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


David Frost, known for Nixon interview, dies at 74

LONDON (AP) - David Frost had sparred with Richard Nixon for hours, recording a series of interviews with the former president three years after he stepped down in disgrace over Watergate. But as the sessions drew to a close, Frost realized he still lacked something: an acknowledgement by Nixon that he had been wrong.

September 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Musician turns 9/11 survivor stories into song

NEW YORK (AP) - A dozen years after 9/11, an American musician has turned memories of grief into survivor songs - some of them surprisingly joyous.

September 01, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Measles cases put Texas megachurch under scrutiny

NEWARK, Texas (AP) - The teachings of televangelist Kenneth Copeland and his family focusing on the virtues of trusting God to keep healthy are under scrutiny after a cluster of measles cases linked to his family's North Texas megachurch revealed many congregants hadn't been vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.

September 01, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Landmark gay marriage hearing approaches in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - For two months, an elected court clerk in the Philadelphia suburbs has been giving something to same-sex couples they have not been able to get anywhere else: a Pennsylvania marriage license.

September 01, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope announces day of fasting for peace for Syria

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the use of chemical weapons, but he called for a negotiated settlement of the civil war in Syria, and announced he would lead a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for peace there on Sept. 7.

September 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Iranian exiles report deaths in Iraq camp

BAGHDAD (AP) - Deadly violence erupted at a disputed Iranian exile camp inside Iraq early Sunday, leaving international observers scrambling to determine the cause of the bloodshed and the number of casualties.

September 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Jury hears of Jackson's friendships with doctors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For Michael Jackson, a trip to the doctor's office sometimes wasn't just paying a visit to a health care provider. It was paying a visit to a trusted friend.

September 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Yosemite fire now 4th largest

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - The wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has become the fourth-largest conflagration in California history.

September 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Citing sarin use, US seeks to bolster Syria case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Sunday confidently predicted congressional backing for limited military action in Syria and asserted that the Assad government used sarin gas in the deadly chemical attack that threatens to draw the U.S. into another Mideast conflict.

September 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mandela leaves hospital

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Nelson Mandela went home in an ambulance on Sunday after nearly three months in a hospital that became the focus of a global outpouring of concern, but authorities said the health of the former South African president remained critical and sometimes unstable.

September 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Nixon interviewer David Frost dies

LONDON (AP) - David Frost may be best remembered for his post-Watergate interviews with former President Richard Nixon, but the veteran British broadcaster was equally at ease as a satirist, game show host and serious political journalist.

September 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Possible U.S.-led attack on Syria sparks rallies

HOUSTON (AP) - Protesters around the world took to the streets to protest Saturday for and against a possible U.S.-led attack on Syria, as President Barack Obama announced he would seek congressional approval for such a move.

August 31, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Analysis: Obama's credibility on line in reversal

WASHINGTON (AP) - For more than a week, the White House had been barreling toward imminent military action against Syria. But President Barack Obama's abrupt decision to instead ask Congress for permission left him with a high-risk gamble that could devastate his credibility if no action is ultimately taken in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack that crossed his own "red line."

August 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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CHP schedules maximum enforcement for Labor Day Weekend

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As the country readies for Labor Day weekend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding motorists to employ lifesaving measures on the roadway. The final three-day weekend of the summer travel season is a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

August 26, 2014 | Source: California Highway Patrol | Signal AP


Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and that dust that always gets into the electronics.

August 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Burger King buying Tim Hortons for $11B

MIAMI (AP) - Burger King says it struck a deal to buy Tim Hortons Inc. for about $11 billion, a move that creates the world's third-largest fast-food company and could accelerate the international expansion of the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain.

August 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


LA Unified halts contract for iPads

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Faced with criticism about the planning and rollout of a $1 billion effort by the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide iPads to all students, Superintendent John Deasy has suspended future use of a contract with Apple Inc.

August 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Quake hastens call for warning system

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - The earthquake that jolted California's wine capital may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage, but it also added impetus to the state's effort to develop an early warning system that might offer a few precious seconds for residents to duck under desks, trains to slow down and utility lines to be powered down before the seismic waves reach them.

August 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Assembly rejects statewide plastic bag ban bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.

August 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Emmy Awards draw Washington, Roberts, McConaughey

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kerry Washington, Julia Roberts and Matthew McConaughey were among the final A-listers who showed up at the Emmy Awards red carpet Monday, each met by a phalanx of screaming fans and reporters.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rare rains, mud temporarily close Burning Man

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts are on the outside looking in after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.

August 25, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Guilty plea in California meat-recall case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge.

August 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's president has dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP Exclusive: Expert calls for nuke plant closure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

August 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bill to protect campus crime victims headed for governor's desk

SACRAMENTO, CA - A closely watched bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), which would ensure that crimes committed on college campuses are properly reported and investigated, passed the California Assembly Friday by a vote of 75-0. The legislation, AB 1433, would require colleges to report certain violent crimes (like sexual assault and hate crimes), occurring on or near campus, to local law enforcement, with the permission of the victim.

August 25, 2014 | Source: Assemblyman Mike Gatto's office | Signal AP


UPDATE: Michael Brown's family says he was a 'gentle soul'

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Michael Brown's relatives said goodbye Monday to the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer, remembering him as a "gentle soul" with a deep and growing faith in Christianity and ambitions that one day "the world would know his name."

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Soldier turns weapon on herself

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - A soldier with a gun inside a major command's headquarters turned the weapon on herself, causing an injury, but didn't wound any others as a heavily trafficked Virginia Army base temporarily went on lockdown Monday morning.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mexican president starts California visit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is visiting California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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