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Senate passes bill to avert helium shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is moving to avert an impending shutdown of the federal helium reserve, a key supplier of the lighter-than-air gas used in a products ranging from party balloons to MRI machines.

September 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA rover finds no hint of methane in Mars air

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA's Curiosity rover hasn't discovered any signs of methane in the atmosphere of Mars, a finding that does not bode well for the possibility that microbes capable of producing the gas could be living below the planet's surface, scientists said Thursday.

September 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Wells Fargo to lay off 1,800 mortgage employees

NEW YORK (AP) - Wells Fargo plans to lay off an additional 1,800 employees from its mortgage department, after cutting about 2,300 jobs from the same unit in August.

September 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope gives warning about church

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church's moral structure might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn't balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all.

September 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hurricane Manuel hits land in northern Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - Mexico's government said 58 people were missing after a massive landslide smashed through a tiny coffee-growing village deep in the country's southern mountains, where fresh waves of rain threatened more danger for rescue workers trying to evacuate the last residents from the isolated hamlet on Thursday.

September 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Submerged cars found in Okla. may solve cold cases

SAYRE, Okla. (AP) - When three teenagers from this small Oklahoma town disappeared on their way to a high school football game in 1970, rumors swirled as to what happened to the trio.

September 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mark Wahlberg no longer a high school dropout

BOSTON (AP) - Mark Wahlberg is now a high school graduate - 25 years after dropping out of a Boston high school.

September 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Nearly 40 percent of Rim Fire land a 'moonscape'

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A fire that raged in forestland in and around Yosemite National Park has left a contiguous "moonscape" in the Sierra Nevada mountains larger than any in centuries.

September 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Ga. teen abducted from home found alive

September 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Airlifts yield to door-to-door searches in Colo.

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - Airlifts gave way to door-to-door searches Wednesday for victims injured and killed in the flood-scarred Colorado foothills, as authorities began ramping down emergency operations and beginning the "long and arduous" recovery phase.

September 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


5 facts about the Powerball jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The latest Powerball jackpot is estimated at $400 million, and it's considered the nation's fifth-largest ever. Here are some things to keep in mind ahead of Wednesday night's drawing.

September 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pilot killed in Oregon crash appeared on 'Ax Men'

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A pilot killed this week when his helicopter crashed while attempting to lift logs in an Oregon forest has been identified as a former cast member of the History Channel series "Ax Men."

September 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2nd private company rockets toward space station

A commercial cargo ship made its successful debut Wednesday, rocketing toward the International Space Station and doubling the number of NASA's private suppliers for the high-flying lab.

September 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pandora wins court battle with music publishers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Internet radio leader Pandora has won a court battle with the music publishing society known as ASCAP (AZ-cap) that could help it lower its royalty payments.

September 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


What's different about the new iPhones?

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - Apart from new colors, the exterior of Apple's new iPhones doesn't look much different from last year's model. The iPhone 5S is identical to the iPhone 5 in size and weight, while the iPhone 5C is only slightly bigger and heavier. The 5C also uses plastic instead of aluminum and glass.

September 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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AT&T agrees to buy DirecTV in $48.5B deal

DALLAS (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Sunday agreed to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or $95 per share, a move that gives telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against rivals.

May 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth from space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The commercial cargo ship Dragon returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing back nearly 2 tons of science experiments and old equipment for NASA.

May 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Bradley Wiggins wins Amgen Tour

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Bradley Wiggins of Britain won the Tour of California on Sunday after holding the lead for the final week.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Possible problem in Triple Crown bid

BALTIMORE (AP) - California Chrome might abandon his Triple Crown bid if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rogue Libyan general's troops attack parliament

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Forces loyal to a rogue Libyan general attacked the country's parliament Sunday, forcing lawmakers to flee an assault his spokesman said targeted Islamists there who protect the extremist militias now plaguing the nation.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: 24 detained in Turkish mine disaster probe

ISTANBUL (AP) - Two dozen people, including company executives, have been detained as Turkish officials investigate the mining disaster that killed 301 people, a domestic news agency reported Sunday.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Record Balkan floods lead to Bosnia landslides

SARAJEVO, Bosnia (AP) - Landslides triggered by unprecedented rains in Bosnia have left hundreds of people homeless, officials said Sunday, while thousands more have fled their homes in neighboring Croatia and Serbia as Balkan countries battle the region's worst flooding since modern records began.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


SpaceX Dragon departs space station after month

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The commercial cargo ship Dragon left the space station on Sunday, heading home with nearly 2 tons of science experiments and old equipment.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Budget analyst projects even higher tax revenue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state's independent budget analyst predicted Friday that California will collect $2.5 billion more than Gov. Jerry Brown forecasts for the coming fiscal year, giving Democrats a reason to push spending.

May 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calmer winds help firefighters in SD County

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Calmer winds helped firefighters gain ground Saturday against fires that have destroyed homes and raced through nearly 20,000 acres of northern and eastern San Diego County brush land, while authorities have charged a man for adding fuel to one of the nearly dozen blazes.

May 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Utah lawmaker: Bring back firing squad executions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - In the wake of a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last month, a Utah lawmaker says he believes a firing squad is a more humane form of execution. And he plans to bring back that option for criminals sentenced to death in his state.

May 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man charged with setting wildfire

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man was charged with setting one of nearly a dozen fires that have destroyed homes and raced through nearly 20,000 acres of northern and eastern San Diego County brush land, but most of the blazes seemed to be dying down, despite the eruption of a new fire at the Camp Pendleton Marine base.

May 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California fire chief arrested in stabbing death

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Despite reported sightings as distant as Los Angeles and Oregon, a former California fire battalion chief suspected in the stabbing death of his girlfriend never moved far from home as he eluded capture for more than two weeks, authorities said Friday.

May 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mid-air near-collision under investigation

HONOLULU (AP) - Federal officials are investigating how two passenger jetliners got on potentially dangerous paths toward each other near Hawaii at an altitude of about 33,000 feet.

May 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rare footage shows 'brave struggle' of FDR walking

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Rare film footage featuring President Franklin D. Roosevelt walking to his seat at a baseball game helps dispel the myth that he completely hid his disability and shows the courage it took to go about his daily life, experts said Friday.

May 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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