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Robots to revolutionize farming, ease labor woes

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) - On a windy morning in California's Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, refrigerator-sized contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds.

July 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Glee' actor Cory Monteith found dead

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Cory Monteith, the handsome young actor who shot to fame in the hit TV series "Glee" but was beset by addiction struggles so fierce that he once said he was lucky to be alive, was found dead in a hotel room, police said. He was 31.

July 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Quotes and reaction to Zimmerman acquittal

A jury of six women found neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman not guilty of all charges on Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Here are some quotes from key figures involved in the case:

July 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Demonstrations over Zimmerman verdict

NEW YORK (AP) - From New York to California, demonstrators outraged over the verdict in George Zimmerman's murder trial took to the streets and to church pulpits Sunday to speak out against his acquittal and to demand federal charges on civil rights violations.

July 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Zimmerman verdict: Not guilty

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

July 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


19 injured in light-rail collision in SF's Bayview

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say 19 people have been taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a light-rail train collided with a van making an illegal left turn in San Francisco.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: I-5 reopens after tanker crash, fuel spill fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Traffic was snarled for miles Saturday after Interstate 5 near downtown Los Angeles was closed for several hours because a tanker truck flipped, spilled its load of gasoline and caught fire at an interchange, according California Highway Patrol officials.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hikers return after fire in Santa Monica Mountains

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - Ventura County hikers returned this week to the scorched hills and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains after fire tore through 14,000 acres of public park land.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge to mull if airlines owe WTC owners over 9/11

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge who has presided over most of the litigation stemming from the Sept. 11 attacks will decide whether the owners of the World Trade Center can try to make aviation companies pay billions of dollars in damages.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man bolts courtroom as witness says he's a robber

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Fresno County are looking for a man who bolted from a courtroom after a witness identified him as a possible robbery suspect.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fraud fear raised in California's health exchange

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - As California prepares to launch its health care exchange, consumer groups are worried the uninsured could fall victim to fraud, identity theft or other crimes at the hands of some of the very people who are supposed to help them enroll.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LGBT group finds acceptance at evangelical college

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Nick Palacios struggled to get his conservative Pentecostal parents to accept him as a gay evangelical Christian for nearly a decade before his family found a common ground through faith.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


$2.3M Learjet spray-painted by taggers at airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities are investigating how vandals could have slipped past security to spray-paint a $2.3 million Learjet at Van Nuys Airport.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


In the night, train brings grief to Quebec town

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) - It was surely the most festive spot in town as a Friday night turned into a Saturday morning at the Musi-Cafe - a full house, live music, plenty of beer and nachos to animate long-time friends.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 minimum-security inmates escape in California

REDWAY, Calif. (AP) - State corrections officials say two inmates have escaped from a minimum security facility in Northern California.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Missing Marine wife may have been shot

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - Investigators believe the missing pregnant wife of a California-based Marine may have been shot while hunting with a married ex-Marine with whom she was having an affair.

July 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Airlines scrap Israel flights over missile fear

In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel Tuesday after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

July 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 Americans killed in fighting in Gaza Strip

Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rebels release bodies from downed jet

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) - Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

July 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Apes' rule box office

NEW YORK (AP) - "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," maintained its box office rule with $36.3 million over the weekend, according to final studio figures Monday.

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Black-and-white stripes are the new orange

AGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan sheriff says he's trading his inmates' orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes, in part due to pop culture.

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Charges filed in fatal bank robbery

STOCKTON (AP) - A 19-year-old California man was charged Monday with three counts of murder in the deaths of a hostage and two alleged accomplices, and 22 counts of attempted murder of police officers in a bank robbery and running gun battle.

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Governor: Calif. won't send troops to border

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown won't be deploying National Guard troops to the Mexican border like Texas is doing in response to an influx of immigrants, a state military official said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Official: State can send inmates to medical site

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California can once again send sick inmates to an $839 million prison medical complex that was closed earlier this year amid staffing, supply and other problems at the site intended to help end years of federal court oversight, an overseer said Monday.

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


Cause of deaths in FedEx truck-bus crash released

WILLOWS (AP) - Authorities have released the cause of death for nine of the victims of a Northern California crash a charter bus full of students and a FedEx tractor-trailer.

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Brown OKs brown lawns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Under legislation that took effect Monday homeowner associations can no longer slap fines on residents with dry, brown lawns during droughts

July 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time.

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


Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet that was shot down last week over Ukraine.

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


Witness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay debts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

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


Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) - Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.

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


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