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Hikers won't have to pay cost of rescue

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two hikers lost for days in the Southern California wilderness won't be charged the $160,000 it took to find them.

May 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Justice investigating IRS targeting of tea party

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is investigating the Internal Revenue Service for targeting tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday, widening a probe that includes investigations by three committees in Congress.

May 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Tougher drunken driving threshold recommended

WASHINGTON (AP) - States should cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half- from .08 blood alcohol level to .05_matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries, a federal safety board recommended Tuesday. That's about one drink for a woman weighing less than 120 pounds, two for a 160-pound man.

May 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2 co-op startups in Ore. health insurance market

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Two startup cooperatives have joined a crowded health insurance market in Oregon, offering a consumer-run experience and hoping to draw customers who prefer smaller not-for-profits, or who support underdogs and alternative, DIY culture.

May 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Officials ID 3 of 5 found dead in northern Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Authorities have identified three of the five people found dead in string of homicides in northern Nevada.

May 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


At actress's Geneva jewel auction, $3M for 1 gem

GENEVA (AP) - Sotheby's has auctioned off jewels belonging to actress Gina Lollobrigida, fetching just under $3 million for a fancy yellow diamond once owned by a shah of Persia.

May 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Former Saints, Chargers RB Chuck Muncie dead at 60

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Chuck Muncie, a Pro Bowl running back with both the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, has died at age 60, the NFL clubs and a family spokesman said Tuesday.

May 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Man rescued from chimney in LA's Sylmar area

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say they saved a man who was stuck in a chimney at a Los Angeles recreation center after he called 911 from the tight space.

May 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Federal cuts lower Calif. budget outlook

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Despite surging state tax revenue, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced a spending plan for the coming fiscal year that is $1.2 billion lower than he projected in January.

May 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


CBO estimates 2013 deficit at $642 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) - The budget deficit for the current year is projected to come in well below what was estimated just a few months ago, according to a government study released Tuesday.

May 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Camp ranger sues after not getting reward

IRVINE (AP) - A camp ranger carjacked by Christopher Dorner has sued after failing to get a $1 million reward offered for information that tracked down the killer.

May 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gov't obtains wide AP phone records in probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.

May 14, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Father of accused boy says son is innocent

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - The father of a 12-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his 8-year-old sister said he'll believe his son is innocent until he sees evidence that proves otherwise.

May 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bomber targets US special forces in Afghanistan

KABUL (AP) - NATO says a suicide bomber has targeted U.S. special forces north of the Afghan capital but there were no casualties among the troops.

May 14, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Police ID suspect in New Orleans mass shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Police late Monday identified a 19-year-old man as a suspect in the shooting of about 20 people during a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans, saying several people had identified him as the gunman captured by surveillance camera videos.

May 14, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


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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


Religious conservatives to judge top Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of the Republican Party's most ambitious leaders are courting religious conservatives as evangelical Christians claim new momentum in their fight for the GOP's soul.

June 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rebels beg Russia for help as fighting rages

MOSCOW (AP) - Intense fighting is raging in eastern Ukraine and an insurgent leader says rebels are losing the battle.

June 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan: 80,000 flee northwest offensive

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Nearly 80,000 people have fled a tribal region in northwest Pakistan over the last two days, an official said, as the military continues its offensive in the rugged area near the Afghan border.

June 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds say trucker in Morgan crash was speeding

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A report on the crash that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another man says the driver of a tractor-trailer was speeding before the crash.

June 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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