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House members' VIP loans excluded from subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic committee chairman overrode his own subpoena three years ago in an investigation of former subprime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. to exclude records showing that he, other House members and congressional aides got VIP discounted loans from the company, documents show.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Great white swims past surfers, warnings posted

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - A great white shark sighting has led to warning signs on California central coast beaches.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California refinery fire probe looks at spark sources

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - Investigators probing the cause of a blaze at Chevron's Richmond refinery in Northern California are looking at heaters and responding emergency vehicles as possible ignition sources for the massive vapor cloud that spewed from a leaky pipe.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kardashian divorce unlikely to be final this year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kim Kardashian's divorce has engulfed her family and network, literally.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ryan called stimulus wasteful, then sought funds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been one of the harshest critics of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan. But months after Congress approved the nearly $800 billion package, the Wisconsin lawmaker was trying to steer money under the program to companies in his home state.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tea party evolves, achieves state policy victories

ATLANTA (AP) - Tea party activists in Georgia helped kill a proposed sales tax increase that would have raised billions of dollars for transportation projects. In Pennsylvania, tea partyers pushed to have taxpayers send public school children to private schools. In Ohio, they drove a referendum to block state health insurance mandates.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews battle dozens of Western fires

CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) - Calmer winds gave Washington state firefighters hope of containing a blaze that left dozens of families homeless, while residents of two small Idaho towns planned to gather Wednesday and discuss evacuation plans because of a growing nearby wildfire.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire arsonist guilty of 5 heart attack deaths

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A jury on Wednesday found a California man guilty of murdering five people who had heart attacks after he deliberately started a blaze that ballooned into a massive wildfire.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US homebuilder confidence at 5-year-high in August

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. homebuilders grew more confident in the housing recovery in August, as many reported that prospects for sales are the best they've been since the home bubble burst five years ago.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. economic recovery is weakest since World War II

WASHINGTON (AP) - The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Higher retail spending lifts hopes for US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans increased their retail spending in July by the most in five months, opening their wallets after a frugal spring and offering hope that the slumping economy may rebound in the second half of the year.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Family: Texas shootout gunman had mental illness

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - In the months leading up to Monday's shootout near Texas A&M University that killed three, gunman Thomas Alton Caffall III had cut off contact with his family, even though his mother was seriously ill.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


DHS launches new immigration program

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Tuesday directed young illegal immigrants to fill out new forms and pay $465 if they want to apply under a new program that would let them avoid deportation and obtain a U.S. work permit.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


APNewsBreak: General investigated over spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - A four-star Army general who was the first head of the new U.S. Africa Command is under investigation and facing possible demotion for allegedly spending hundreds of thousands of dollars improperly on lavish travel, hotels and other items, The Associated Press has learned.

August 15, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LA woman charged with leaving baby, tot in hot car

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed two misdemeanor child abuse charges against an 18-year-old mother who allegedly left her 2-week-old daughter and 1-year-old son in a locked car to go dress shopping last weekend in the midst of California's heat wave.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


OC deputies find thousands of pot plants in park

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Orange County sheriff's deputies have found at least 2,500 marijuana plants growing in a steep area of a county wilderness park.

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


Gore sues Al Jazeera America for unpaid millions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America, saying the news network is withholding tens of millions of dollars that it owes for buying Current TV from him and other shareholders for $500 million last year.

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


California moves to keep film production at home

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hoping to keep film production in California, lawmakers have moved to quadruple tax subsidies for location shoots.

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


Agent gives Hollywood edgy look with 'real' people

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - You couldn't miss Hollywood talent agent Sid Levin's office in the old days: It wasn't much bigger than a closet and it was sometimes filled with burglars, bank robbers and gang members, all trying to break into the movies.

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


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