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Mexican Day of Dead 'Skeleton Lady' spreads look

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's elegant and classy "Skeleton Lady" is getting new attention more than a century after she was born, inspiring some movie and rock stars in the U.S. to don Halloween costumes based on the macabre figure that has grown to symbolize the Day of the Dead.

October 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


FAA changes rules on electronic devices

WASHINGTON (AP) - Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate.

October 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan PM: Talks with domestic Taliban started

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's prime minister said Thursday that talks with the domestic arm of the Taliban have started, though he gave no details about who was taking part or what was on the agenda.

October 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fugitive rapist caught after publicized search

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A publicized search for a paroled rapist who authorities say cut off his ankle monitor and harassed the family of his 80-year-old victim ended after he was spotted on a Palm Springs street.

October 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Watchdog: Syria destroyed chemical arms equipment

BEIRUT (AP) - Syria has destroyed critical equipment for producing chemical weapons and poison gas munitions, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday as fierce clashes raged in the country's north, close to one of the sites where toxic agents are believed to be stored.

October 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Earth-size planet found with rocky core like ours

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Scientists have found a planet way out in the cosmos that's close in size and content to Earth - an astronomical first.

October 31, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: NSA broke into Yahoo, Google data centers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

October 31, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan: 3 percent of drone deaths were civilians

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The Pakistani government said Wednesday that 3 percent of 2,227 people killed in U.S. drone strikes since 2008 were civilians, a surprisingly low figure that sparked criticism from groups that have investigated deaths from the attacks.

October 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews didn't know CA care facility was closed

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say they responded to four 911 calls at a California assisted care facility where they say 14 patients were left practically abandoned before discovering that it was closed.

October 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Lenovo hires Kutcher to design, pitch new tablet

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Computer-maker Lenovo has hired tech-savvy actor Ashton Kutcher to help design and pitch its latest line of tablets, dubbing the Hollywood star a "product engineer" who can bring his ideas along with his image.

October 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Search for dark matter comes up empty so far

LEAD, S.D. (AP) - Nearly a mile underground in an abandoned gold mine, one of the most important quests in physics has come up empty-handed in the search for the elusive substance known as dark matter, scientists announced Wednesday.

October 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Concerns raised about security of health website

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defending President Barack Obama's much-maligned health care overhaul in Congress, his top health official was confronted Wednesday with a government memo raising new security concerns about the trouble-prone website that consumers are using to enroll.

October 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP Exclusive: Calif. recycling law lacks oversight

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Seeking to reduce the number of plastic shopping bags cluttering California's beaches and landfills, the state Legislature in 2006 passed a law requiring grocery stores and other large retailers to give consumers an easy way of returning used bags.

October 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


L.A. aqueduct bomber now works for water agency

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California man who helped blow up an aqueduct that sent water from Owens Valley to Los Angeles now works for the metropolis' water district, ensuring the waterway is safe.

October 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


More study urged on concussions in young athletes

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's not just a risk in football.

October 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


Bumpy road ahead for legal pot in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Pete O'Neil saw Washington's legalization of marijuana in 2012 as a path to retirement, or at least to his kids' college tuition.

June 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan begins ground offensive against militants

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan launched a ground offensive against militant strongholds near the Afghan border on Monday after evacuating nearly half a million people from the region, the army said, in the most significant escalation of a two-week long operation to root out insurgents trying to overthrow the government.

June 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Amanda Bynes' New York bong-tossing case dismissed

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge has dismissed actress Amanda Bynes' New York City bong-tossing case.

June 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

June 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gloves can now come off in California kitchens

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The gloves are coming off in California kitchens.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Benghazi case unfolds against political backdrop

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first prosecution arising from the Benghazi attacks is playing out in the federal courthouse blocks from both the White House and Capitol Hill, an appropriate setting for a case that has drawn stark lines between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress.

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


Morales has big hit, leads Twins past Rangers 3-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Kendrys Morales slapped a line drive away from the Texas shift, landing it just inside the foul line in left field where the only person close to it was a security guard scrambling to get out of the way.

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


San Francisco Gay Pride Parade attracts multitudes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 44th Annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade attracted tens of thousands of spectators and participants under unseasonably warm and sunny skies Sunday.

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


Border Patrol has lots of agents _ in wrong places

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The downcast faces on computer screens are 1,500 miles away at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas: a 20-year old Honduran woman arrested rafting across the Rio Grande and a 23-year-old man caught under similar circumstances.

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


'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dies at 67

Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom "Designing Women" and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday.

June 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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