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3-star admiral fired as No. 2 nuclear commander

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Navy says a three-star admiral was notified Wednesday that he has been relieved of duty as second-in-command at the military organization that oversees all U.S. nuclear forces. He is under investigation in a gambling matter.

October 10, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pentagon says foundation to pay death benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration, scrambling to tamp down a controversy over suspended death benefits for the families of fallen troops, announced Wednesday that a charity would pick up the costs of the payments during the government shutdown.

October 10, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Jos. A. Bank offers $2.3B for Men's Wearhouse

NEW YORK (AP) - Nothing like getting the brush-off.

October 09, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Anxiety as stimulus hike in food stamps set to end

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A temporary increase in food stamps expires Oct. 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help put food on the table won't stretch as far as they have for the past four years.

October 09, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Frustration over sightseers at Hollywood sign

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A flier calling for the Hollywood sign to be torn down is a joke, but residents in the hillside neighborhoods below the landmark say the frustration they feel over growing crowds of tourists is very real.

October 09, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA spacecraft zips by Earth en route to Jupiter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A NASA spacecraft bound for Jupiter will swing by Earth on Wednesday to get the boost it needs to arrive at the giant gas planet in 2016.

October 09, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Steve Earle to perform at Lennon charity tribute

NEW YORK (AP) - Steve Earle will perform at the 33rd annual John Lennon charity tribute concert in New York City in December.

October 09, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


VA chief: Shutdown could hit millions of vets

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told lawmakers Wednesday. Some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents will see pension payments stopped.

October 09, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Poll: GOP gets blame in shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It's a struggle with no heroes.

October 09, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Shutdown means no new beer from craft brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The federal government shutdown could leave America's craft brewers with a serious hangover.

October 09, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


New Calif. law limits worker comp for pro athletes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Professional athletes who spend most of their careers with teams in other states will be prohibited from filing workers' compensation claims in California, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

October 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama to nominate Yellen as Bernanke successor

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will nominate Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the nation's central bank, the White House said Tuesday. Yellen would be the first woman to head the powerful Fed, taking over at a pivotal time for the economy and the banking industry.

October 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Surgery successfully completed on Sumatran tiger

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Sumatran tiger successfully underwent surgery at the Sacramento Zoo on Tuesday to remove obstructions caused by stones in its urinary tract.

October 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gov't: Most heating bills to rise this winter

The government forecast Tuesday that most households will pay more for heat this winter. Heating oil users will catch a slight break, but still pay near-record prices to keep warm.

October 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Govt health and safety efforts slowed or halted

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government shutdown has slowed or halted federal efforts to protect Americans' health and safety, from probes into the cause of transportation and workplace accidents to tracking the flu. The latest example: investigating an outbreak of salmonella in chicken that has sickened people in 18 states.

October 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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State, Amtrak cancel joint high-speed train bid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority have canceled a joint agreement to bid on high-speed trains that was billed as a way to save money and lure train manufacturing to the United States.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Iraqi immigrants fear for loved ones back home

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A sobbing businessman in his 30s called a hotline set up by his fellow Iraqi immigrants, desperate to talk to someone after fearing his father was the man he saw in an online news video of a beheading in northern Iraq.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UN: Number of world's displaced over 50 million

BEIRUT (AP) - For the first time since World War II, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Congress probes how IRS emails could go missing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service commissioner said Friday the agency will not share with Congress additional details about its lost emails related to the ongoing tea party investigation until its own review is finished because he said Republicans are releasing inaccurate, interim information.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Panel considers raising California officials' pay

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The commission that decides the pay and benefits of lawmakers and statewide officials, including the governor and attorney general, is meeting to decide whether to grant a second consecutive pay raise.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Governor signs $108 billion California budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed California's $108 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that pays down debt, builds a rainy day fund and provides additional money for schools and health care.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Arrestee's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A handsome mug shot of a Northern California man arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 30,000 "likes" and drawing comments praising his high cheek bones, chiseled face and striking blue eyes.

June 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Jackson still a provider 5 years after death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's been five years since Michael Jackson died, yet his career is more alive than it has been in decades.

June 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama's health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a poll released Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Presbyterian assembly: Gay marriage is Christian

DETROIT (AP) - The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


US revamps screening of migrant kid sponsors

SANTA ANA (AP) - The federal government has resumed checking the fingerprints of people other than parents who step forward to care for migrant children detained at the border amid concern by immigrant advocates that skipping the screening could put children at risk.

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Prolific songwriter dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Up on the Roof" and "The Loco-Motion," died early Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


NCAA president: Pay could destroy college sports

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - NCAA President Mark Emmert stuck to his contention that amateurism is the core of college athletics, saying any effort to pay players would destroy a framework that has been in place for more than a century and cause many schools to either abandon sports or refuse to play other schools that do pay.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Study finds blackbird decline in California

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A blackbird species found mostly in the Central Valley of California has experienced a major decline in its population over the past several years due in part to farming practices, researchers say.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Alleged Calif. hitman pleads guilty in Ala. case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A man who claims to be a contract killer for multiple drug cartels in Mexico and admitted to killing dozens of people in several states pleaded guilty Thursday to murder in Alabama and was sentenced to serve 50 years in prison.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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