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7 American troops die in Afghan helicopter crash

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Seven American troops and four Afghans died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash on Thursday in southern Afghanistan, the NATO military coalition said. The Taliban claimed their fighters shot down the aircraft.

August 16, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Thunderstorms could help or hamper CA firefighters

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Firefighters battling several raging wildfires in Northern California braced for the possibility of thunderstorms and strong winds late Wednesday, while crews struggled to save dozens of threatened homes in Southern California.

August 16, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Group: Vt. conviction boosts gay parents' rights

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The conviction of a Virginia pastor on charges he helped a woman flee the country rather than share custody of her child with her former lesbian partner did little to answer just where the girl and her mother are.

August 16, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fake luxury shoes stopped in their tracks in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal customs officials have stopped more than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit luxury shoes from tip-toeing into the U.S. from China.

August 16, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Star births seen on cosmic scale in distant galaxy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists have found a cosmic supermom. It's a galaxy that gives births to more stars in a day than ours does in a year.

August 16, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


APNewsBreak: General investigated over spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - A four-star Army general who was the first head of the new U.S. Africa Command is under investigation and facing possible demotion for allegedly spending hundreds of thousands of dollars improperly on lavish travel, hotels and other items, The Associated Press has learned.

August 16, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Romney seeks to undercut Obama's likability lead

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Mitt Romney is portraying the outwardly calm President Barack Obama as a man seething with animosity and power lust as the Republicans seek to undermine one of the Democrat's greatest campaign strengths - his personal likability.

August 16, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LA restaurant offers discount to phone-free diners

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles restaurant is offering a deal to customers who agree to look at their fellow diners instead of their phone screens.

August 16, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Thousands line up for right to work legally in US

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Nathaly Uribe has all the papers she needs to get a work permit - something the 17-year-old daughter of a construction worker only dreamed of growing up as an illegal immigrant in the United States.

August 16, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Early August auto sales match July's pace

DETROIT (AP) - It may be the dog days of August, but auto sales aren't slowing.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Median Calif. home price jumps 12 percent in July

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The median price of a home in California approached a four-year high in July as buyers snapped up more expensive properties and foreclosed houses made up a smaller part of the sales mix, a research firm said Wednesday.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


House members' VIP loans excluded from subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic committee chairman overrode his own subpoena three years ago in an investigation of former subprime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. to exclude records showing that he, other House members and congressional aides got VIP discounted loans from the company, documents show.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Great white swims past surfers, warnings posted

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - A great white shark sighting has led to warning signs on California central coast beaches.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California refinery fire probe looks at spark sources

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - Investigators probing the cause of a blaze at Chevron's Richmond refinery in Northern California are looking at heaters and responding emergency vehicles as possible ignition sources for the massive vapor cloud that spewed from a leaky pipe.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kardashian divorce unlikely to be final this year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kim Kardashian's divorce has engulfed her family and network, literally.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Rebels down helicopter; another big loss for Kiev

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - In another devastating blow to Ukraine's armed forces, rebels shot down a troop helicopter Thursday, killing at least 12 soldiers, including a general who had served in the Soviet army and was in charge of combat training.

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


Man who accosted Pitt has reputation for stunts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - He tried to kiss Will Smith in Moscow, attempted to steal Adele's spotlight at the Grammys, dove under America Ferrera's dress at Cannes and now, police say, accosted Brad Pitt on the red carpet of a Hollywood premiere.

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


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


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