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Senegalese rappers spin world news on TV program

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - The war in Syria isn't the easiest topic to break down in a brief newscast. But that's exactly what Senegalese rapper Makhtar "Xuman" Fall does - and throws it down in rhyme no less.

September 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


37 dead in fire at Russian psychiatric hospital

MOSCOW (AP) - A pre-dawn fire swept through a Russian psychiatric hospital Friday, killing 37 people, officials said. Authorities had long warned that the mostly wooden building dating to the 19th century was unsafe.

September 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Legislature OKs development of earthquake early warning system

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Legislature approved a bill that would require development of an earthquake early warning system similar to what exists in Japan, Mexico and other quake-prone countries.

September 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kidman shaken up after being hit by bicyclist

NEW YORK (AP) - Nicole Kidman says she was shaken up after being knocked down by a bicyclist on a city sidewalk.

September 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Clover Fire destroys 68 homes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the hours before fire crews were able to corral a wildfire in rural far Northern California, wind-driven flames fueled by dry grass and brush tore through communities at an estimated 500 acres an hour, giving residents just minutes to grab what they could and escape.

September 13, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Legislators vote to raise minimum wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers ended their final session of the year after raising California's minimum wage to one of the highest in the nation, as they also addressed issues including environmental protection, immigrant driver's licenses and teacher misconduct.

September 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds: Ex-TSA screener acted alone in threats case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal authorities said Thursday they believe a former Los Angeles airport security screener acted alone and there wasn't a larger plot when he made threats that closed some airport terminals on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

September 13, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Afghan Taliban attack US Consulate, kill 2 Afghans

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Taliban militants set off two suicide car bombs in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday morning, triggering a gunbattle with security forces that left at least two Afghans dead.

September 12, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Women outrun men in regaining jobs since recession

WASHINGTON (AP) - The slowly recovering U.S. job market has helped women rebound faster than men: They've now regained all the jobs they lost to the Great Recession. Men are still 2.1 million jobs short. And the gender gap is expected to persist until the job market is much healthier. To understand why, consider the kinds of jobs that are, and aren't, being added. Lower-wage industries, like retail, education, restaurants and hotels, have been hiring the fastest. Women are predominant in those areas. Men, by contrast, dominate sectors like construction and manufacturing, which have yet to recover ...

September 12, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Audio pioneer Ray Dolby dies

September 12, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Fire rages along NJ boardwalk damaged by Sandy

September 12, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. wildfire more destructive than thought

REDDING (AP) - Crews assessing the damage from a wildfire in Northern California have now determined that 68 homes were destroyed, up from the earlier tally of 37, a fire official said on Thursday.

September 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Colorado flooding leaves 3 people dead

LYONS, Colo. (AP) - Heavy rains and scarring from recent wildfires sent walls of water crashing down mountainsides early Thursday in Colorado, cutting off mountain towns, forcing the University of Colorado to cancel classes, and leaving at least three people dead.

September 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Aguilera says trip to Rwanda was fulfilling

NEW YORK (AP) - Christina Aguilera says that although she went to Rwanda to help others, she ended up helping herself.

September 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Palace: Prince William ends active military career

LONDON (AP) - There will be no more perilous military helicopter missions for Prince William in the rugged mountainous terrain of northern Wales.

September 12, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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French president visits hospitalized first lady

PARIS (AP) - President Francois Hollande has visited France's first lady for the first time since she was hospitalized late last week after a gossip magazine reported he was having an affair with an actress.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews chase flareups in wildfire

GLENDORA (AP) - Firefighters were chasing early-morning flare-ups Friday in a damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Gilligan's Island' professor Russell Johnson dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Actor Russell Johnson, who became known to generations of TV fans as "The Professor," the fix-it man who kept his fellow "Gilligan's Island" castaways supplied with gadgets, has died. He was 89.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Firefighters containing blaze

GLENDORA (AP) - Santa Ana winds that fanned a campfire into a wildfire that destroyed five homes and threatened foothill neighborhoods east of Los Angeles relented Thursday afternoon, halting the blaze in its tracks.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. motorist cleared in Google Glass case

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman who authorities said was driving while wearing the Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate approaches final OK of $1.1T spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress edged Thursday toward granting final approval to a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown and underscores lawmakers' fatigue with budget battles.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan: Musharraf advised to move to US hospital

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A lawyer representing Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf in his high treason trial said Thursday that his client needs to go to the U.S. for further medical treatment following a heart scare.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Recidivism fell before prison realignment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's recidivism rate dropped in the years before Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment law took effect, even though six of every 10 offenders returned to prison, the corrections department said in a report released Wednesday.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


"American Hustle," "Gravity" lead Oscar race

The con-artist comedy "American Hustle and the 3-D space odyssey "Gravity" lead the Academy Awards with 10 nominations each, including nods for best picture.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


All 5 bodies recovered from Idaho plane crash

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The bodies of all five victims of a December plane crash have been recovered from the mountains of central Idaho.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Charging Netflix at issue in open-Internet case

NEW YORK (AP) - Will broadband providers start charging Internet services such as Netflix to deliver the massive amounts of data that streaming video and other content require?

January 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama to nominate Calif. businesswoman to lead SBA

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rounding out his Cabinet, President Barack Obama intends to nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder of a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles and a former California cabinet secretary, to be head of the Small Business Administration.

January 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Danish tourist gang-raped, Indian police say

NEW DELHI (AP) - A 51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped near a popular shopping area in New Delhi after she got lost and approached a group of men for directions back to her hotel, police said Wednesday.

January 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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