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Top 10 lump-sum pension payments

Here are the top 10 largest partial lump-sum payments to retirees in the California State Teachers' Pension System, under a program that was intended to boost recruitment and retention of classroom teachers.

September 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP Exclusive: Top retirees benefited from cash out

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - For nearly a decade, California's top-paid school administrators got to collect six-figure lump sum cash payments in addition to their pensions by taking advantage of a little-known legislative provision that was intended to help retain and recruit teachers during the dot-com boom.

September 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Marvel's Venom pulls up NYC stake for Philly steak

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philly's getting a new fan in the pages of Marvel Comics, but whether the City of Brotherly Shove takes to anti-hero Venom remains to be seen.

September 03, 2012 | By The Signal Staff | Signal AP


Burning Man attendance stays well within BLM cap

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Burning Man festival on the Nevada desert drew crowds well within the maximum attendance cap allowed by federal land managers, a year after its organizers were placed on probation for exceeding the limit.

September 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fugitive, his wife wanted in shooting of LA deputy

SOUTH EL MONTE (AP) - A couple wanted for shooting a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy before embarking on a series of carjackings on Sunday was identified as a man who recently escaped from jail with the help of his wife.

September 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama's Labor Day: Politics, presence in the Gulf

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Barreling through the presidential campaign's competitive states, President Barack Obama will detour deep in the South on Labor Day, long enough to offer a presence and promises of help to those flooded out by Hurricane Isaac.

September 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Romney launches GOP response at Dem convention

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is launching an aggressive Republican response at the site of the Democratic National Convention aimed at stealing attention and driving new questions about President Barack Obama's leadership on the eve of his nomination for a second term.

September 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Young Iraqis face religious fashion crackdown

BAGHDAD (AP) - For much of Iraq's youth, sporting blingy makeup, slicked-up hair and skintight jeans is just part of living the teenage dream. But for their elders, it's a nightmare.

September 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Another disaster brings candidates to Gulf Coast

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mitt Romney wasted no time after accepting the GOP presidential nomination in heading to Louisiana to see the damage from Hurricane Isaac, changing his schedule on the fly to get there the very next day. President Barack Obama also tweaked his travel plans to make sure he gets there Monday, ahead of his own nominating convention.

September 03, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Heavy metal shakes thieves

Metal thieves went to great lengths to steal valuable scraps of titanium from a Valencia business but fled when their haul was too heavy to lift, local sheriff's deputies reported.

September 03, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Signal AP


Clinton to urge ASEAN unity on South China Sea

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for Southeast Asian states to present a united front to the Chinese in dealing with territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

September 02, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas pilot killed in Iowa air show crash

DALLAS (AP) - Glenn Smith left a lucrative job at a Dallas-area technology firm for an early retirement of restoring Soviet fighter jets and flying to exhibitions across the country.

September 02, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


DNC kickoff protest lively but largely uneventful

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The kickoff protest ahead of the Democratic National Convention had the benefit of sunny skies, pent-up demand from demonstrators who were rained out in Florida and the perfect setting to decry the practices of big business.

September 02, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cause of shark's death on RI-Mass border unclear

WESTPORT, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts marine biologist who examined a 13-foot great white shark carcass found ashore near the Rhode Island state line wasn't able to determine how the shark died, state officials said Sunday.

September 02, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Neb., SD wildfires grow with help of strong wind

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Wildfires in northwestern Nebraska tripled in size in less than 24 hours, as strong winds pushed flames through the rugged, rural terrain.

September 02, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Report: 60 people taken hostage in eastern Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's government struggled to stay in control of the country's eastern regions as tensions flared Tuesday in three cities. While the government managed to recapture its regional headquarters and detain dozens of pro-Russian protesters in one city, it said "radicals" were keeping 60 people hostage and threatening them in another city.

April 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry warns Russia of tough new sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry is warning Russia of harsher economic sanctions if it doesn't back down from involvement in Ukraine.

April 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Senator calls 'Cuba Twitter' a cockamamie idea

WASHINGTON (AP) - A key U.S. senator is demanding to know who came up with the idea to launch a secret "Cuba Twitter" social network system.

April 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Massive rockfall in Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park say a massive amount of rock has fallen from a cliff, closing a hiking trail.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Storms sock the Southeast, killing 2 people

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rains across the Southeast on Monday and caused flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue dozens of people from their homes and cars.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. bill would end SeaWorld killer whale shows

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A proposed California bill would force SeaWorld San Diego to stop using killer whales in its iconic shows and to release them from their tanks, the latest blowback that the exotic animal attraction has faced after a documentary criticized the marine park's animal welfare practices.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


State Announces $372.2 Million for Shovel-Ready School Construction Projects

(Sacramento, CA) – The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced today that it has awarded approximately $372.2 million for 105 school construction projects within 43 school districts throughout the state. The state matching funds are distributed to local school districts to help finance shovel-ready school construction projects or reimburse districts for projects already completed using local funds. State funding for these projects are provided by bonds authorized under Propositions 1A, 1D, 47, and 55.

April 07, 2014 | Source: State Allocation Board | Signal AP


End of Windows XP support spells trouble for some

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.

April 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Aunt says baby rescued at sea recovering on meds

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 1-year-old girl who fell ill during her family's world sailing voyage and had to be rescued by the U.S. Navy has been responding well to medication after showing salmonella-like symptoms, her aunt said Monday as she waited for the warship carrying the family to return to San Diego.

April 07, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


5 things to know about heroin use, getting help

Long a scourge of the back alleys of American life, heroin is spreading across the country. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February only underscored a problem many American communities already were combatting: the rising use of - and deaths from - heroin. Here are five things to know about this issue.

April 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bikini-clad baristas brewing up controversy

CLOVIS, Calif. (AP) - Bikini-clad baristas working at a Northern California coffee shop are brewing up a bit of controversy with some folks upset with their attire.

April 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gov. Jerry Brown celebrates 76th birthday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is celebrating his 76th birthday.

April 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hagel tours China's new aircraft carrier

BEIJING (AP) - The United States' campaign to encourage China to be more open about its military growth and intentions got a symbolic boost Monday, but efforts to get the Asian giant to be more transparent about other defense operations, including cybersecurity, have so far lagged behind.

April 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pistorius apologizes at his murder trial

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Stifling sobs, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand Monday in his murder trial and apologized to the family of the girlfriend he shot dead, describing himself as traumatized and now on antidepressant medication, and sometimes waking from nightmares to the "smell of blood."

April 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 new pings sound 'just like' black box beacons

PERTH, Australia (AP) - An Australian ship detected two distinct, long-lasting sounds underwater that are consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes in a major break in the monthlong hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the search coordinator said Monday.

April 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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