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Japanese climber, 80, becomes oldest atop Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest on Thursday - although his record may last only a few days. An 81-year-old Nepalese man, who held the previous record, plans his own ascent next week.

May 23, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Thunderstorms slow Oklahoma tornado cleanup

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - A band of thunderstorms battered the Oklahoma City area Thursday, slowing cleanup operations in the suburb where a tornado killed 24 people and destroyed thousands of homes this week.

May 23, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Obama: America at "crossroads" in terror fight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring America at a "crossroads" in the fight against terrorism, President Barack Obama on Thursday revealed clearer guidelines for the use of deadly drone strikes, including more control by the U.S. military, while leaving key details of the controversial program secret.

May 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Restaurant torched in 4th night of Sweden riots

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Groups of youths have burnt down a restaurant, torched more than 30 cars and injured three police in a fourth night of riots in suburbs of the Swedish capital that started following a fatal police shooting.

May 23, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


FBI: Arrest made in Wash. state ricin letter scare

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A 37-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a case in which a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin were discovered in Washington state last week.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry: US, allies ready to step up aid to rebels

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - The U.S. and several key allies looked again Wednesday for a strategy to end Syria's civil war, their united efforts unable at the moment to stem the Assad regime's military gains and Washington still unwilling to join those providing the rebels with lethal military aid.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Boy Scouts to vote today on gay membership

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America's national leadership will vote Thursday on whether to allow openly gay Scouts in its ranks, a critical and emotionally charged moment for one of the nation's oldest youth organizations and its millions of members.

May 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Duarte woman finds bear on kitchen counter

DUARTE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a woman in a Los Angeles suburb found a bear cub sitting on her kitchen counter.

May 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man shot by FBI had ties to Boston bombing suspect

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A Chechen immigrant shot to death in Florida after an altercation with an FBI agent implicated himself in a triple slaying that officials believe may have been connected to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, authorities said.

May 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Japanese climber, 80, becomes oldest atop Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer on Thursday became the oldest man to reach the top of Mount Everest, a Nepali official and Miura's Tokyo-based support team said.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


4 Americans killed since 2009 in US drone strikes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that four American citizens have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen since 2009. The disclosure to Congress comes on the eve of a major national security speech by President Barack Obama in which he plans to pledge more transparency to Congress in his counterterrorism policy.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Teacher who lives in Valencia pleads not guilty to possessing child porn

A Los Angeles Unified School District teacher, who lives in Valencia, has pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing child pornography, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

May 22, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Signal AP


Mattel moving 100 jobs from New York to Calif.

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (AP) - Toy maker Fisher-Price said Wednesday it's moving or eliminating roughly 100 jobs from its operations in the state as part of restructuring by parent company Mattel Inc.

May 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Minn. teen whose farewell song became web hit dies

LAKELAND, Minn. (AP) - When high school student Zach Sobiech learned he didn't have much longer to live, his mother suggested he write letters to tell his loved ones goodbye. Instead, the Minnesota teenager turned to writing music - and his farewell song, "Clouds," became a YouTube sensation that has attracted more than 4 million views.

May 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Injured volunteer seeks payment from lost hiker

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A volunteer searcher who broke his back while looking for a teenager who was lost in Orange County wilderness wants restitution if the teen is convicted on drug charges.

May 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Lessons of stigmas, stereotypes in Williams' death

NEW YORK (AP) - Jamie Masada, the owner of the fabled Los Angeles-based comedy club the Laugh Factory, vividly remembers a warm exchange with comic Richard Jeni of the two sharing words of encouragement and gentle ribbing.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Massacre' in Iraq as strikes hit near key dam

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - Islamic extremists in Iraq killed 80 Yazidi men and abducted their wives and children, officials and eyewitnesses said Saturday, insisting the religious community is still at risk after a week of U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes on the militants.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Candlelight vigil marks Elvis' death in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Holding flickering candles, fans of Elvis Presley made a slow, nighttime walk past his gravesite at Graceland on Friday, marking the anniversary of his death 37 years ago.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US rethinks giving excess military gear to police

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California water bond won't be a drought-buster

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are expected to use the backdrop of California's most severe drought in nearly four decades to sell voters on the $7.5 billion water plan they put on the ballot this week.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Perry indictment exposes Texas' political divide

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A grand jury has indicted Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat - a case the possible 2016 presidential hopeful is dismissing as nakedly political, but which his opponents say is just deserts.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police, protesters clash again in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Anger spurred by the death of a black teenager at the hands of a white police officer boiled over again when protesters stormed into a Missouri convenience store - the same one Michael Brown was accused of robbing.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tens of thousands protest Pakistan's government

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Tens of thousands of protesters rallied Saturday in Pakistan's capital, defying the pouring rain to demand the prime minister step down in the biggest challenge yet to the country's government.

August 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Charges: Couple took, intended to hurt Amish girls

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A northern New York couple was arraigned late Friday on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand.

August 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Thousands of pot plants ripped out of park

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Authorities on Friday removed thousands of marijuana plants found growing in an Orange County wilderness park not far from a high school and a tract of pricey homes.

August 15, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


US marshals capture fugitive fighter War Machine

Fugitive mixed martial arts fighter War Machine was arrested Friday in Simi Valley on suspicion of beating his ex-girlfriend so severely in Las Vegas that she feared for her life.

August 15, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Court: Silence can be used against suspects

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them.

August 15, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


USDA: Puppy imports must be healthy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Foreign dog breeders have gone unregulated for years, shipping puppies so young and so sick that one in four died before reaching a U.S. airport, animal welfare workers say.

August 15, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Firefighters gain in fire in Angeles National Forest

GLENDORA (AP) - A wildfire burning in a steep, remote area of the Angeles National Forest was 90 percent contained Friday night and no flames were showing.

August 15, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas' Perry charged with coercion for veto threat

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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