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UPS jet crashes near Birmingham airport, 2 dead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A UPS cargo plane crashed into a field near the Birmingham airport Wednesday, killing two pilots and scattering wreckage over a rural area moments after witnesses heard the massive A300 jet coming in at treetop level.

August 14, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


UPDATE: 30 months prison for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

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


UPDATE: Police kill La. bank hostage taker; 1 hostage dies

ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) - A man who believed a device had been implanted in his head shot two hostages, killing one, at a rural Louisiana bank before state police ended the hours-long standoff by shooting him dead.

August 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Utah fire destroys 13 homes

WANSHIP, Utah (AP) - A lightning-sparked wildfire has destroyed 13 homes and threatens hundreds of others near a Utah resort town.

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


ND oil patch city prepares for brief baseball boom

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Teams in the 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series will find the dimensions of the baseball stadium in the northwestern North Dakota city of Williston to be similar to other fields nationwide.

August 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Air Force nuclear unit fails key security test

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the nation's land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection, marking the second major setback this year for a force charged with the military's most sensitive mission, the general in charge of the nuclear air force told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

August 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Actresses urge support for Calif. paparazzi bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner urged California lawmakers Tuesday to support legislation that they say would help them better protect their children from the paparazzi that follow them daily.

August 13, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Tractor kills woman on N. Calif. college campus

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a woman was hit by a tractor and killed at a construction site on the campus of San Jose City College.

August 13, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


CalArts instructor, renowned photographer dies

Allan Sekula has devoted his life as an artist to writing, photography, installation and film. While his multidisciplinary approach to problems of representation and politics has earned him accolades as an artist, his writings have helped students, scholars and the public to think critically about interventions to the political and social realities of our world.

August 13, 2013 | Source: CalArts | Signal AP


Body ID'd as missing Calif. federal investigator

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a body found near a Northern California park last week is that of a missing federal investigator.

August 13, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Government states challenge proposed airline merger

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government is challenging the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways, saying it would cause "substantial harm" to consumers by leading to higher fares and fees.

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


Calif. billionaire unveils 'Hyperloop' project

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Imagine stepping into a car-sized capsule in downtown Los Angeles and, 30 minutes later, emerging in San Francisco

August 13, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Oprah 'sorry' for Switzerland's flap

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Oprah Winfrey says she's "sorry" that a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland.

August 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


For families, Bulger verdict brings closure, angst

BOSTON (AP) - The guilty verdicts against James "Whitey" Bulger brought catharsis and closure to relatives of the 11 victims in whose killings he was convicted of playing a role, but for the families of the eight people whose deaths couldn't be definitively linked to the Boston mob boss, peace will be harder to come by.

August 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Biden keeps his name in the game for 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Joe Biden may run for president in 2016, or he may not. But he wants you to know he could.

August 13, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Obama at 9/11 museum: Terrorism can't break us

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama praised the new Sept. 11 museum on Thursday as "a sacred place of healing and of hope" that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks.

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


Multiple fires burning in San Diego County

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A state fire official says an aggressive wildfire has burned at least 30 homes in the Southern California city of Carlsbad.

May 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


274 dead in Turkey's worst-ever mine disaster

SOMA, Turkey (AP) - In a relentless procession that ignited wails of grief and flashes of anger, rescue workers coated in grime lumbered out of a mine in western Turkey again and again Wednesday, struggling to carry bodies covered in blankets.

May 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Study says irrigation can stress San Andreas Fault

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Excessive groundwater pumping for irrigation in California's agricultural belt can stress the San Andreas Fault, potentially increasing the risk of future small earthquakes, a new study suggests.

May 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Multiple fires burning in San Diego County

SAN DIEGO (AP) - More wildfires broke out Wednesday in San Diego County - threatening homes in Carlsbad and forcing the evacuations of military housing and an elementary school at Camp Pendleton - as Southern California is in the grip of a heat wave.

May 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nigeria vigilantes kill Islamic militants

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) - Villagers in an area of Nigeria where Boko Haram operates have killed and detained scores of the extremist Islamic militants who were suspected of planning a fresh attack, the residents and a security official said.

May 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Conan O'Brien to stay up late at TBS through 2018

NEW YORK (AP) - Team Coco will continue to play for TBS for four more years. The network says Conan O'Brien will be sticking around with his late-night hour through 2018.

May 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine launches talks but its foes are missing

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's government launched talks Wednesday on decentralizing power as part of a European-backed peace plan, but didn't invite its main foes, the pro-Russia insurgents who have declared independence in the east.

May 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Drivers beware: Your air bag may not deploy

Here's an unsettling fact about cars equipped with air bags: They don't always deploy when drivers - or regulators - expect them to.

May 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sorry I'm not sorry: Some classic non-apologies

NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling only dug himself in deeper after slamming Magic Johnson when he was supposed to be atoning for his own racist remarks. But he's not the first celebrity to learn the perils of making a non-apology apology.

May 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


City Council votes to declare commission vacancies

With a number of terms set to expire this summer, a collection of seats on Santa Clarita commissions are set to become open for application, according to city officials.

May 14, 2014 | By Luke Money | Signal AP


European court: Google must yield on personal info

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Google and other search engines were thrust into an unwanted new role Tuesday - caretaker of people's reputations - when Europe's highest court ruled that individuals should have some say over what information comes up when their names are Googled.

May 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California governor releases $107 billion budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday released a record-high spending plan thanks to California's recent tax windfall. But the Democratic governor cautioned that the surplus is needed to pay for an unexpectedly high number of people enrolling in health care, while the rest should be used to help shore up the teachers' retirement system.

May 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fires erupt amid California heat wave

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Firefighters are battling a brush fire on the outskirts of a San Diego County community as a high pressure system brings a spring heat wave to California.

May 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California governor releases $107 billion budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday released a record-high spending plan thanks to California's recent tax windfall. But the Democratic governor cautioned that the surplus is needed to pay for an unexpectedly high number of people enrolling in health care, while the rest should be used to help shore up the teachers' retirement system.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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