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Russia sets Ukraine agenda with diplomacy, threats

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia called for a national unity deal in Ukraine even as it tightened its stranglehold over Crimea, a bold combination of diplomacy and escalating military pressure. The U.S. and European Union floundered for solutions - while global markets panicked over the prospect of violent upheaval in the heart of Europe.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Oscars draw 43 million viewers

NEW YORK (AP) - An estimated 43 million people watched the Academy Awards, the most-watched audience for the show in a decade and most popular entertainment event on television since the "Friends" finale in 2004.

March 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


6 rescued, including 3 lifeguards, in high surf

LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - A Southern California ocean rescue took a dramatic turn over the weekend when three lifeguards who were attempting to save three people also had to be plucked from high surf by boat.

March 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ellen's Oscar celeb selfie a landmark media moment

NEW YORK (AP) - Ellen DeGeneres' celeb-studded selfie from the most-watched Oscars telecast in a decade was a landmark social media moment at a time online conversation is boosting television viewership and vice versa.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mushing family a strong presence in Iditarod

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Don't get Dallas and Mitch Seavey wrong. They love each other, even though they might not say it in so many words. But they're also fierce competitors, more than happy to pass each other on the nearly 1,000 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to be the first to reach Nome.

March 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Court skeptical of IQ scores in deciding execution

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appeared likely Monday to say that states can't rely on intelligence test scores alone in borderline cases to determine that a death row inmate is mentally able and thus eligible to be executed.

March 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


4 women with new wombs are trying to get pregnant

LONDON (AP) - A Swedish doctor says four women who received transplanted wombs have had embryos transferred into them in an attempt to get pregnant.

March 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Jason Collins set for home debut with Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) - Jason Collins has been warmly received in his historic return to the NBA.

March 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Winter's last gasp? Another storm hits much of US

WASHINGTON (AP) - Winter kept its icy hold on much of the country Monday, with snow falling and temperatures dropping as schools and offices closed and people from the South and Mid-Atlantic to Northeast reluctantly waited out another storm indoors.

March 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Russia demands a return to Ukraine unity pact

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia pressed hard Monday for Ukrainian politicians to return to the Feb. 21 agreement that promised a new unity government - with fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych back in power - would rule until an early election no later than December.

March 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fashion at the Oscars

NEW YORK (AP) - Amy Adams wore a strapless, dark blue Gucci couture gown and Hollywood's "it" fashion darling of the year, Lupita Nyong'o, showed up for the Oscars in a goddess look of ice-blue silk Sunday night.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NY, Conn. up avoid food stamp cuts

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut and New York have found a way around federal budget cuts that played a central role in the massive farm bill passed this month: bump up home heating assistance a few million bucks in return for preserving more than a half-billion dollars in food stamp benefits.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge says 2 California laws are unconstitutional

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled two California laws enacted through the initiative process are unconstitutional because they retrospectively increase the punishments for crimes committed before the laws came into effect.

March 02, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Oscar snapshots: Belgian, Bluegrass and barely recognizable

As if they weren't anonymous enough amid a stream of American stars, the two leads of the "The Broken Circle Breakdown" were barely recognizable even to those who saw and loved the Belgian nominee for Oscar's Best Foreign Film.

March 02, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Disney ends funding to Boy Scouts over gay policy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organization.

March 02, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Argentina beats Switzerland in World Cup

SAO PAULO (AP) - Angel Di Maria scored in the 118th minute Tuesday to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland after extra time and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.

July 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Health law sign-ups dogged by data flaws

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is struggling to resolve widespread data discrepancies that could call into question coverage for millions under the health overhaul, the government's health care fraud watchdog reported Tuesday.

July 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cameroon investigates World Cup fixing allegations

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Cameroon's football federation said it will investigate allegations of match-fixing by its team at the World Cup and the possible existence of seven corrupt players on the squad, raising fears that match manipulation has infected football's biggest event.

July 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cease-fire over, Ukraine renews attacks on rebels

KARLOVKA, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists fought with heavy weapons in the country's east Tuesday, and the rebels captured the Interior Ministry headquarters in a major city after an hours-long gun battle, a day after the president said rebels weren't serious about peace talks and ended a cease-fire.

July 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Envoy says Iraq can't wait for US military aid

WASHINGTON (AP) - Iraq is increasingly turning to other governments like Iran, Russia and Syria to help beat back a rampant insurgency because it cannot wait for additional American military aid, Baghdad's top envoy to the U.S. said Tuesday.

July 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule

WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

July 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Child at Boy Scout camp dies from gunshot wound

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old boy at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego died from a gunshot wound to the head Monday morning, and police were investigating whether the shooting was self-inflicted or accidental.

July 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Bodies of missing Israeli teens found in West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli military found the bodies of three missing teenagers on Monday just over two weeks after they were abducted in the West Bank - a grim discovery that ended a frantic search that led to Israel's largest ground operation in the Palestinian territory in nearly a decade and drew Israeli threats of retaliation.

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


Mental disorder not factor in Pistorius shooting

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and was able to understand the wrongfulness of what he had done, according to psychiatric reports submitted Monday at the Olympic athlete's murder trial.

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


Yosemite celebrates 150th anniversary

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Yosemite National Park on Monday marked 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed an act protecting the park for generations of visitors.

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


Obama: I'll act on my own on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Conceding defeat on a top domestic priority, President Barack Obama blamed a Republican "year of obstruction" for the demise of sweeping immigration legislation on Monday and said he would take new steps without Congress to fix as much of the system as he can on his own.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: I'll act on my own on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama said Monday he will no longer wait for Republicans to act on a sweeping immigration overhaul and will move on his own to make policy changes in what has been a top second-term priority of his presidency.

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


Unearthed structure could be old LA Times building

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Excavation has unearthed the downtown remains of structure that could be the old Los Angeles Times building blown up by militant unionists more than a century ago.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


United plane's evacuation slide deploys mid-flight

ST. LOUIS (AP) - An evacuation slide inflated inside a United Airlines plane as it flew from Chicago to Southern California, filling part of the cabin and prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kansas.

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


White House: Boehner won't seek immigration vote

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama will act on his own to make changes in immigration policy, a White House official said Monday. Obama is expected to refocus immigration enforcement away from the country's interior and onto a Mexican border that has seen a tide of children crossing illegally from Central America, the official said.

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


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