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Obama tightens reins on surveillance programs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tightening the reins on the nation's sweeping surveillance operations, President Barack Obama on Friday ordered new limits on the way intelligence officials access phone records from hundreds of millions of Americans - and moved toward eventually stripping the massive data collection from the government's hands.

January 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Horse slaughter blocked by federal law

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The resumption of commercial horse slaughter in the U.S. was blocked Friday as President Barack Obama signed a budget measure that withholds money for required federal inspections of the slaughtering process.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Gravity,' '12 Years' win big at Critics' Choice

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Gravity" soared with a record-setting seven Critics' Choice Awards, but "12 Years a Slave" was named best picture.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Drug charges dropped for Calif. treasurer's wife

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County judge has dismissed drug charges against the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Colby Fire evacuation to be lifted at 4 p.m.

On 01/17/2014 at 4:00 PM, residents who reside in the areas between Yucca Ridge and Ranch Road, Crystal Canyon Condo Complex and Mirador Housing Tract may return to their residences.

January 17, 2014 | Source: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department | Signal AP


UPDATE: 2 Philadelphia high school students shot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A boy and a girl hanging out with a group of fellow students in a high school gym were shot and wounded Friday afternoon, and up to three other boys may have been involved in their shooting, police said.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Helen Mirren earns Harvard's Hasty Pudding award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren said that given her love of pudding of all kinds, she's thrilled to be named woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope defrocks 400 priests in 2 years

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A document obtained by The Associated Press shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children.

January 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California's newest city votes to start disbanding

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - California's youngest city has moved closer to disbanding over financial troubles after the state shifted crucial revenue away from municipal coffers.

January 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NJ's pigskin-picking camel dies before Super Bowl

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's pigskin-prognosticating camel has died just weeks before the state is set to host its first Super Bowl.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Explosion hits Bangkok protesters, wounding dozens

BANGKOK (AP) - Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand's capital Friday when a grenade blast ripped through a crowd of marching anti-government demonstrators, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country's political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

WASHINGTON (AP) - One in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking unless the nation takes more aggressive action to end the tobacco epidemic, the U.S. Surgeon General said Friday - even as, astonishingly, scientists added still more diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


French president visits hospitalized first lady

PARIS (AP) - President Francois Hollande has visited France's first lady for the first time since she was hospitalized late last week after a gossip magazine reported he was having an affair with an actress.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews chase flareups in wildfire

GLENDORA (AP) - Firefighters were chasing early-morning flare-ups Friday in a damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Russian aid trucks leave; Merkel seeks cease-fire

DONETSK, Russia (AP) - Hundreds of trucks from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine rolled back across the border Saturday into Russia but questions about alleged Russian artillery in Ukraine still remained.

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the United States.

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


New fear: What happens in Ferguson if no charges?

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if the grand jury now considering the case doesn't return a charge against the officer?

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pet-friendly dating sites match up people, pooches

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love.

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Yellen signals uncertainty about a rate increase

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) - If anyone thought Janet Yellen might clarify her view of the U.S. job market in her speech here Friday, the Federal Reserve chair had a message:

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mexico's president to visit California next week

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is coming to California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown, less than a month after Brown visited his country, officials said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


9/11 relatives to get second shot at scholarships

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Relatives of Californians who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will get a second chance to apply for college scholarships under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown after investigations found that the state mishandled the program.

August 22, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Sen. Boxer: Group behind beheading must be stopped

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Days after an Islamic extremist group beheaded an American journalist, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer condemned Friday the "brutal and barbaric murder" of James Foley and labeled the Islamic State a "worldwide threat" that must be stopped.

August 22, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammunition bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.

August 22, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


DUI arrest is California Democrats' latest blow

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

August 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


College mourns 3 students killed in crash

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) - Three Japanese college students were killed and five others injured when a car carrying them veered off a California freeway and struck a power pole, officials said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Oklahoma officer accused in 6 sexual assaults

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City police officer who was a star football player in high school and college is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women during traffic stops and investigators are looking into whether there are more victims.

August 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

August 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.

August 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Great Recession complicated the Fed's ability to assess the U.S. job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates.

August 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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