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'Mona Lisa' actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71

LONDON (AP) - British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from noir drama "Mona Lisa" to animated fantasy "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" has died aged 71.

April 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Severe weather brings flooding in South

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - In the latest blow from a dayslong chain of severe weather across the South and Midwest, the Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast were hit with widespread flooding early Wednesday, with people stranded in cars and homes waiting for rescuers to find a way around impassable roads and others abandoning vehicles to walk to safety.

April 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


High lime prices giving US bartenders a hangover

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Every time a bartender at trendy Los Angeles fusion eatery Luna Park squeezes a shot of lime into a drink these days, owner Peter Kohtz says he winces a little.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Winds, hot weather bring fire concerns

Gusty Santa Ana winds, unseasonably high temperatures and low relative humidity are bringing wildfire concerns to Southern California.

April 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Justices wary of unlimited cellphone searches

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court seemed wary Tuesday of allowing police unbridled freedom to search through cellphones of people they arrest, taking on a new issue of privacy in the face of rapidly changing technology.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Netflix pays Verizon for better Internet access

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix will pay Verizon Communications to help clear up some of the congestion that has been bogging down its Internet video service.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Time is running short to save Rosie's plant

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Loraine Osborne is a Rosie.

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


11 hurt in blast at La Habra metal-polishing shop

LA HABRA, Calif. (AP) - An explosion and fire possibly caused by a dust buildup at a metal-polishing shop injured 11 people Tuesday, including two men who were critically burned, fire officials said.

April 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Employee opens fire at FedEx sorting center

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - A FedEx employee wearing ammunition draped across his chest "like Rambo" opened fire Tuesday at a package-sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before apparently committing suicide, police and witnesses said.

April 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Clippers owner banned for life by NBA

NEW YORK (AP) - Issuing about the strongest rebuke that he could, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life Tuesday for making racist comments in a recorded conversation, the first step toward forcing a sale of the club and permanently removing Sterling from the league.

April 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


L.A. mayor prods Time Warner to reach Dodger deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti chided Time Warner Cable at an industry gathering Tuesday for not reaching deals with other TV providers so all fans of the Dodgers could watch the baseball games.

April 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Southern California community loses Toyota

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - Toyota's announcement Monday that it is moving its U.S. headquarters from Torrance to Texas comes as a major blow not just to this manicured city south of Los Angeles but also to the larger region, which has watched a number of major employers walk away in recent years.

April 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Campus rape addressed by White House task force

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration admonished colleges and universities - "No more turning a blind eye" - in new guidelines designed to stem sexual assaults on campuses and help the victims.

April 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Silicon Valley phone technology battle nears close

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The Silicon Valley court battle between Apple and Samsung is entering its final phase.

April 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Economists back increased US oil and gas exports

NEW YORK (AP) - Whether to allow more exports of U.S. oil and natural gas has become a matter of political debate in Washington. But to economists, the answer is clear: The nation would benefit.

April 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


New push to get girls into computer sciences

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Diana Navarro loves to code, and she's not afraid to admit it. But the 18-year-old Rutgers University computer science major knows she's an anomaly: Writing software to run computer programs in 2014 is - more than ever - a man's world.

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


Threats bring Afghan girl back to US

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A little Afghan girl whose love of painting won the hearts of U.S. doctors who fitted her with a prosthetic arm returned to the United States on Thursday, after the group that sponsored her first visit said it learned her newfound celebrity made her a subject of death threats at home.

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


Obama: US sending military advisers to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - Edging back into a military role in Iraq, President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was dispatching up to 300 military advisers to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation. He called on Iraqi leaders to govern with a more "inclusive agenda" to ensure the country does not descend into civil war.

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


House Republicans Elect Leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans set out to shuffle their leadership lineup on Thursday in elections that highlighted a wider struggle inside a party divided between the establishment and red-state, tea party forces.

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


Conservative group urges Washington Redskins to change name to 'Washington Tea Party'

Washington D.C. - Constitutional Rights PAC is launching a national campaign to urge Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to rename the Redskins to "The Washington Tea Party." The U.S. Patent Office's recent cancelation of the Redskins trademark prompted the conservative organization to get involved in this trivial, politically motivated fight.

June 19, 2014 | Source: Constitutional Rights PAC | Signal AP


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