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US builder confidence steady, rates a concern

U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market held this month at its highest level in nearly eight years. But builders are starting to worry that sales may slow if mortgage rates continue to rise.

September 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Colo. flooding evacuees remember items left behind

LYONS, Colo. (AP) - Thousands of residents have poured out of the mountain towns around Boulder, Colo., over the past week, fleeing unprecedented floods that tore down hillsides, carried away homes and piled slabs of highway like stacks of books.

September 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


South Africa: Vietnamese group learns about rhinos

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The carcass of the poached rhino was about a week old when the Vietnamese delegation saw it in a South African wildlife park. There was a strong smell of rot, and animals had scavenged most of the meat. Rangers found the bullet that killed it by scouring the ground with a metal detector. The rhino horn was gone, hacked off its snout.

September 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Russia against use of force in Syria resolution

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Moscow insisted on Tuesday that a new Security Council resolution on Syria not allow the use of force, while the Arab country's main opposition group demanded a swift international response following the U.N. report that confirmed chemical weapons were used outside Damascus last month.

September 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Navy Yard shooting victims had long careers there

WASHINGTON (AP) - A dozen people died in a shooting rampage Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. It was the deadliest attack at a domestic military installation since November 2009, when an Army psychiatrist killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas. Early Tuesday, the stories of some of those who died started to surface.

September 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rocker to stand trial on charge of hiring hitman

VISTA (AP) - The frontman of the Grammy-nominated metal band As I Lay Dying will stand trial on a charge of trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife, a judge in San Diego ruled Monday.

September 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Study: Methane leaks from gas drilling not huge

WASHINGTON (AP) - Drilling and fracking for natural gas don't seem to spew immense amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the air, as has been feared, a new study says.

September 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California to ask judges to delay inmate releases

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown was planning to ask federal judges on Monday to delay their requirement that the state release thousands of inmates by year's end to ease prison overcrowding.

September 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: 13 killed in Navy Yard shooting rampage

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former Navy man launched an attack Monday morning inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallway at the heavily secured installation, authorities said. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman.

September 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Emmys to honor Gandolfini, Monteith, 3 others

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Emmy Awards will feature five special memorial tributes, including one to "Glee" star Cory Monteith, organizers said.

September 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Thousands cited for having pot on federal land

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Karen Strand didn't think she'd get in trouble for having a small container of medical marijuana when she went hiking in Olympic National Park this summer.

September 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Trailer fire in Ohio kills 6 while mom is at work

TIFFIN, Ohio (AP) - A fire that ripped through a mobile home killed a man and five young children just a few hours after the children's mother left to work an early morning shift at a fast-food restaurant.

September 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Shipwrecked Concordia wrested off Italian reef

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) - Engineers on Monday succeeded in wresting the hull of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia from the Italian reef where it has been stuck since it capsized in January 2012, leaving them cautiously optimistic they can rotate the luxury liner upright and eventually tow it away.

September 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Filipino troops retake 70% of rebel-held villages

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine troops have recaptured 70 percent of the coastal areas by a southern city that were occupied by Muslim rebels, the military said, adding helicopter gunships were deployed for the first time Monday as a hostage standoff dragged to its second week.

September 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Flooded Colo. towns clean up as rescues continue

ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) - Colorado mountain towns cut off for days by massive flooding slowly reopened to reveal cabins toppled, homes ripped from their foundations and everything covered in a thick layer of muck. Anxious home and business owners hurriedly cleaned and cleared what they could salvage as rescuers looked for a break in the weather Monday to resume airlifting those still stranded.

September 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Ship hunts for more 'pings' in Malaysia jet search

PERTH, Australia (AP) - Search crews in the Indian Ocean failed to pick up more of the faint underwater sounds that may have been from the missing Malaysian jetliner's black boxes whose batteries are at the end of their life.

April 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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


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