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Calif. sues to change transit worker pensions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California officials filed suit Friday against the U.S. Department of Labor, arguing that the federal agency cannot deny billions of dollars in mass transit money to the state based on pension reforms that lawmakers approved last year.

October 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US housing rebound likely to handle spike in rates

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When mortgage rates began climbing in May from rock-bottom lows, Kevin Williams worried he might miss out on an opportunity.

October 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: SoCal under red-flag alert for fire danger

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighting operations in California will not be affected by the government shutdown if wildfires ignite this weekend in hot, dry and windy conditions, fire officials said Friday.

October 04, 2013 | By Gillian Flaccus The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jerry Brown set to become longest serving governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's colorful and unpredictable governor, Jerry Brown, is preparing to pass another milestone: the state's longest serving governor.

October 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Woman killed in D.C. chase was delusional

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut woman who was shot to death outside the U.S. Capitol after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier had been deteriorating mentally for months and believed the president was communicating with her, a federal law enforcement official said Friday.

October 04, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Twitter dishes tantalizing tidbits in IPO treatise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter, a privately held company built on blurbs, has finally laid itself bare in documents that read more like a treatise than a tweet.

October 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge chastises LA Coliseum Commission for secrecy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Superior Court judge upbraided the public agency that controls the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for repeatedly holding secret meetings to negotiate leasing the historic structure to the University of Southern California for 98 years.

October 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-Bell city manager pleads no contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Robert Rizzo, accused of massive corruption in a small California city, was apparently still pulling strings when he quietly arranged to plead no contest to 69 charges, only days before he was to go on trial on charges of misappropriation of funds and related crimes.

October 04, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US shutdown Day 4: Dems pressure GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama decided to stay home from economic summits in Asia as Democrats stepped up pressure on congressional Republicans to rein in their tea party faction and reopen the government with no strings attached.

October 04, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pills made from poop cure serious gut infections

Hold your nose and don't spit out your coffee: Doctors have found a way to put healthy people's poop into pills that can cure serious gut infections - a less yucky way to do "fecal transplants." Canadian researchers tried this on 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help.

October 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California gives immigrants driver's licenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California on Thursday joined the growing list of states that allow immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to obtain driver's licenses - a measure supported not only by Latino activists but by police chiefs and insurance authorities.

October 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Woman shot dead after Capitol Hill chase

WASHINGTON (AP) - A woman with a 1-year-old girl led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child survived.

October 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


With no jobs report, what's an economist to do?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest victims of the government's partial shutdown: policy wonks, politicians and TV talking heads who are losing their monthly opportunity to dissect the jobs report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

October 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mexicans seek asylum as drug violence persists

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Elizabeth Silva was walking her younger sister to school when two hooded men burst into her house and pumped three bullets into her father. When her 14-year-old brother rushed out of his bedroom to see what was happening, he was also shot dead.

October 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Tesla shares fall further on Model S fire

Shares of Tesla Motors are down another 5 percent as investors in the high-flying company assess the fallout from a fire in one of its $70,000 electric cars.

October 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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IG: Phoenix VA hospital missed care for 1,700 vets

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off the official waiting list at the troubled Phoenix veterans hospital, the Veterans Affairs watchdog said Wednesday in a scathing report that increases pressure on Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Apple's Beats buy joins tech and street-wise style

NEW YORK (AP) - Beats Electronics' colorful, oversized headphones serve as a fashion accessory to cool kids riding the New York City subway, but as tech companies such as Apple, Samsung and others are discovering, wearable gadgets like smartwatches and Google Glass still have a long way to go to become trendy, must-have consumer items.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: Too little info about youth concussions

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called Thursday for more robust research into youth concussions, saying there remains deep uncertainty over both the scope of the troubling issue and the long-term impacts on young people.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hearing set in beating victim's case vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Opening statements were expected to begin Thursday in a lawsuit brought by beating victim Bryan Stow against the Los Angeles Dodgers and its former owner, Frank McCourt.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calmer weather returns to California wildfire zone

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Weather was expected to be friendlier for firefighters Thursday as they look to fully contain a Central California wildfire that led to the destruction of two homes.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


White and male, Google releases diversity data

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California rampage shows gaps in mental health law

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Elliot Rodger's murderous rampage near Santa Barbara has tragically exposed the limitations of involuntary-commitment laws that allow authorities to temporarily confine people who are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Voters in California contemplate forming new state

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Residents of California's largely rural, agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties long ago got used to feeling ignored in the state Capitol and out of sync with major urban areas.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


US eyes training moderate Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. will increase assistance to the Syrian opposition, opening the way for the likely training and possibly equipping of moderate rebels fighting to oust leader Bashar Assad.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LeVar Burton makes a 'Reading Rainbow' plea

LOS ANGELES (AP) - LeVar Burton's fundraising effort to bring "Reading Rainbow" to the online masses is a by-the-book success.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


30 percent of world is now fat, no country immune

LONDON (AP) - Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis.

May 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Prosecutor: Hernandez killed 2 over spilled drink

BOSTON (AP) - A spilled drink in a Boston nightclub led former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to kill two people in a drive-by shooting two years ago, prosecutors said Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pet burials range from bottom of sea to sky above

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More pets are buried in U.S. backyards than any other place, but that is becoming illegal in more and more places. For those who want something unique, though, the sky's the limit, literally.

May 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Google to build prototype of truly driverless car

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that could operate without a person at the wheel.

May 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


5 things to know about Sterling's legal claims

THE LIVING ROOM DEFENSE: Can something Sterling said in the privacy of his girlfriend's living room, without knowing he is being recorded and with no expectation that the comments will become public, be considered a "willful" violation of the league's bylaws. A big part of Sterling's defense is based on the idea that "a jealous rant to a lover never intended to be published cannot offend the NBA rules."

May 28, 2014 | Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's response to the NBA sets him up for a legal fight | Signal AP


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