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UPDATE: Spanish train crash driver identifies caller

MADRID (AP) - The driver of a Spanish train that crashed killing 79 people said he was talking by phone to the train's on-board ticket inspector moments before the accident but hung up just before the train left the tracks, a court said Wednesday.

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


Appeals court: NYC's big-soda ban unconstitutional

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's crackdown on big, sugary sodas is staying on ice.

July 31, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


US economy grows at modest pace

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew from April through June at a modest seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.7 percent, as businesses spent more and the federal government cut less.

July 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Actress Eileen Brennan dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eileen Brennan, who went from musical comedy on Broadway to wringing laughs out of memorable characters in such films as "Private Benjamin" and "Clue," has died. She was 80.

July 30, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. porn maker to stop Ben & Jerry's spoofs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The days of buying pornographic videos with names based on Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors are over.

July 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Student left in DEA cell to get $4 million from US

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 25-year old college student reached a $4.1 million settlement with the federal government after he was abandoned in a windowless Drug Enforcement Administration cell for more than four days without food or water, his attorneys said Tuesday.

July 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


San Diego sues mayor over sex harassment lawsuit

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The city of San Diego sued Mayor Bob Filner Tuesday to require that he pay any costs incurred from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former communications director, dealing another setback to the leader of the nation's eighth-largest city amid mounting calls that he resign.

July 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Prosecutors: Woman had soda can with green paint

WASHINGTON (AP) - A woman charged with defacing the Washington National Cathedral was carrying a soda can containing green paint when she was arrested, and she has been linked to at least four other incidents of vandalism, including at the Lincoln Memorial, according to prosecutors and court documents.

July 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Makeover planned to reinvigorate Forum

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - The Forum, where the likes of Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones played to thousands of screaming fans, wants to rock again in January 2014 with a $100 million makeover that its new owner hopes will draw the biggest names in pop music.

July 30, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


JPMorgan owes $410M for electricity price manipulation

WASHINGTON (AP) - JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $410 million on Tuesday to settle accusations by U.S. energy regulators that it manipulated electricity prices.

July 30, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


UPDATE: Driver was on phone in fatal train crash

MADRID (AP) - The driver was on the phone with a colleague and apparently looking at a document as his train barreled ahead at 95 mph (153 kph) - almost twice the speed limit. Suddenly, a notorious curve was upon him.

July 30, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Wis. Sikhs plan peaceful rites to mark shooting

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) - Twelve months ago, a white supremacist walked into a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple and opened fire on worshippers he didn't know, killing six people, injuring five others and devastating a community whose religion is based on peace and forgiveness.

July 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Alleged tipster arrested in NY hedge fund case

NEW YORK (AP) - A California financial analyst provided inside information about a blockbuster deal between Microsoft and Yahoo to a portfolio manager at a hedge fund that's become the target of a sweeping white-collar investigation, authorities said Tuesday.

July 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has been acquitted of aiding the enemy for giving classified secrets to WikiLeaks.

July 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Expert testifies about retrieving Sandusky emails

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A second day of testimony has begun in a hearing to determine if three former Penn State officials will face trial on accusations they covered up molestation accusations against Jerry Sandusky.

July 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Radcliffe goes undercover as Spidey at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) - That guy in the Spider-Man suit you posed with at Comic-Con? It might have actually been Harry Potter.

July 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fires near vineyards, Yosemite park threaten homes

PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California wildfire more than tripled in size Saturday, threatening vineyards and hundreds of homes, while a new blaze prompted evacuation of a community in Yosemite National Park.

July 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Del Mar to move 2 turf races after horse deaths

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) - Del Mar will shift two turf races scheduled for Sunday to the dirt and make other adjustments after the deaths of some horses, including two Saturday, since the summer meet began nearly two weeks ago.

July 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move.

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


Pa. carjackers on the run after killing 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two carjackers who fled after ramming a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings, were still on the run Saturday as the reward for their capture topped $100,000.

July 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hundreds flee homes near Northern California fire

PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire spreading in Northern California has forced hundreds of people to flee and destroyed five homes and several other structures near vineyards in the Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said Saturday.

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


FedEx charges raise online pharmacy issues

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FedEx Corp., the latest company accused in a federal probe involving illegal online pharmacies, says it will fight the charges that it knowingly shipped drugs to people who lack valid prescriptions.

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


Israel agrees to extend truce by 4 hours

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel agreed Saturday to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by four hours, a Cabinet minister said. In Gaza, a health official said the Palestinian death toll in 19 days of fighting had surpassed 1,000.

July 26, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Arizona execution renews debate over methods

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth looking for one.

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


California can't say if it's meeting drought goal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can't take them at all.

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


Caltrans proposes toll lanes on Interstate 405

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - State transportation officials are reserving the right to install toll lanes on a notoriously congested section of Interstate 405 in Orange County, but local officials aren't happy.

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


Arizona's McCain: Execution was torture

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture.

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


Former CIA officials can't see 'torture' report

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement.

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


EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions

BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed.

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


Global tensions don't dent enthusiasm for stocks

A war breaks out between Israel and Hamas. An airliner is shot out of the sky in Ukraine. A Portuguese bank's finances look shaky.

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


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