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Pistorius to be indicted, trial in early 2014

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Oscar Pistorius will be indicted for premeditated murder on Monday and the double-amputee Olympian will go on trial in early 2014, about a year after shooting dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Power companies dangle free nights and weekends

NEW YORK (AP) - Electric bills have long been take-it-or-leave-it affairs: Pay one rate for all the power you used the month before, no matter when you used it.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Phillies fire manager Manuel, promote Sandberg

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Charlie Manuel was fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, with his team way out of the pennant race and in a tailspin since the All-Star break.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


CIA acknowledges Area 51, but not UFOs or aliens

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The CIA is acknowledging in the clearest terms yet the existence of Area 51, the top-secret Cold War test site that has been the subject of elaborate conspiracy theories about aliens and flying saucers for decades.

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


California jobless rate increases to 8.7 percent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State officials say California's unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.7 percent in July.

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


Medi-Cal cut of 10 percent begins next month

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A long-delayed cut to California's Medi-Cal program for the poor will take place next month - slashing reimbursements to health care providers by 10 percent.

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


Students return to school in Okla. after tornado

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Students from two elementary schools destroyed by a tornado last spring returned to classes Friday, eager to reunite with their classmates but worried about what would happen the next time bad weather sweeps in.

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


California PUC joins settlement to bring $750 million to residents

SAN FRANCISCO, August 16, 2013 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today announced a settlement to resolve one of the largest remaining claims of overcharges arising from the California Energy Crisis of 2000-2001. Under the terms of today's settlement, Powerex, Inc., a subsidiary of British Columbia Hydroelectric (a unit of the Provincial Government of British Columbia) will refund $750 million (USD) to electricity consumers in California.

August 16, 2013 | Source: California Public Utilities Commission | Signal AP


US scraps military drills with Egypt - but not aid

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama scrapped plans for joint American-Egyptian military exercises Thursday, announcing the first concrete U.S. reaction to the spiraling violence in and around Cairo but stopping well short of withholding $1.3 billion in annual American military aid.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: NSA spying broke privacy rules many times

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rockefeller impostor sentenced for Calif. murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small, bespectacled German immigrant who invented a glamorous life for himself in the United States by posing as an heir to the fabled Rockefeller fortune was sentenced Thursday to 27 years to life in prison for a California cold-case murder.

August 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


SF-Oakland Bay Bridge set to open after Labor Day

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Despite broken earthquake-safety bolts that threatened months of delays, California transportation officials approved a plan Thursday to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge around the Labor Day weekend as originally planned.

August 15, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Navigator groups get $67M to sign up uninsured

CHICAGO (AP) - With the new health law's enrollment period set to open in just a little more than six weeks, President Barack Obama's administration announced $67 million in awards Thursday to organizations that will help people understand their new insurance opportunities and get signed up.

August 15, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Adorable new mammal species found 'in plain sight'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Imagine a mini-raccoon with a teddy bear face that is so cute it's hard to resist, let alone overlook. But somehow science did - until now.

August 15, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Pole vault great condemns homosexuality at worlds

MOSCOW (AP) - Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality Thursday after criticizing competitors who painted their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia.

August 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Dreamliner set to land at American Airlines

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Rumbling down the runway at New York's JFK airport, American Airlines pilot Bill Elder points the nose of the Boeing 787 skyward and takes off for Denver.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama charts end to Afghan war by 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Charting an end to America's longest war, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday for keeping nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after this year but then withdrawing virtually all by the close of 2016 and the conclusion of his presidency.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


North Dakota tornado prompts safety discussion

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - No sirens or local alert system warned an RV park housing workers in North Dakota's oil patch about a Memorial Day tornado that injured nine people and damaged or destroyed 15 trailers.

May 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California couple's buried treasure goes for sale

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A treasure trove of rare gold coins discovered by a California couple out walking their dog is set to go on sale.

May 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire in Central California grows overnight

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - State fire officials brought in hundreds of additional firefighters to battle a Central California blaze that had burned through 1.4 square miles as of Tuesday morning and was threatening about 100 rural homes.

May 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


4 found dead in Southern California house

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) - The bodies of four people have been found at a home in the Southern California city of Mission Viejo.

May 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Legal pot in California irrelevant in Minn. case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The state Court of Appeals has upheld the drug conviction for a man who claimed he should have been allowed to show that he can legally possess marijuana in California for medical purposes.

May 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


After long wait, Malaysia releases jet data

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Close to three months after the Malaysian jetliner disappeared, the government on Tuesday released reams of raw satellite data it used to determine that the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean, a step long demanded by the families of some of the passengers on board.

May 27, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Median CEO pay crosses $10 million in 2013

NEW YORK (AP) - They're the $10 million men and women.

May 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Dozens reported killed in eastern Ukraine fighting

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - High-caliber weapons fire echoed sporadically Tuesday through the eastern city of Donetsk and the mayor urged residents to stay home a day after fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatist rebels reportedly killed dozens.

May 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kids, parents are embracing the walking school bus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - As a group of children walked home together from school in Providence, they held hands and played the "I Spy" guessing game. When they reached a busy intersection, an adult accompanying them prodded, "What's the rule?"

May 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mass shooters hard to predict

GOLETA (AP) - Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes. Sandy Hook school attacker Adam Lanza. And now Elliot Rodger.

May 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LA investigating street crews

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city leaders are investigating accusations that some city street crews have been taking extended breaks while on the job instead of repairing potholes and sidewalks.

May 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


No sign of 3 men missing in Colorado slide

COLLBRAN, Colo. (AP) - Authorities haven't found any sign of three men missing after a massive mudslide struck a remote part of western Colorado.

May 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sharp rise in West Coast oil trains, fears abound

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Residents along the scenic Columbia River are hoping to persuade regulators to reject plans for what would be the Pacific Northwest's largest crude oil train terminal - the proposed destination for at least four trains a day, each more than a mile long.

May 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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