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Calif. man sentenced for German tourist murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A South Los Angeles man who went on the run for a decade was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison Thursday for a botched robbery that killed a German tourist and shocked suburban Santa Monica.

January 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rare San Francisco river otter stumps researchers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A rapt crowd followed a trail of bubbles that zipped over the surface of a seaside pond in the ruins of a 19th century bath in San Francisco.

January 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. AG sues ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris is suing ConocoPhillips and its spinoff, Phillips 66, over underground tanks used to store gasoline at more than 500 gas stations in the state.

January 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lunch meat maker Hormel orders up Skippy sandwich

NEW YORK (AP) - Hormel Foods apparently has a hankering for a peanut butter and bacon sandwich. The company primarily known for Spam and other cured, smoked and deli meats said Thursday that it's buying Skippy, the country's No. 2 peanut butter brand, in its biggest-ever acquisition.

January 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Baseball-size Martian rock recovered in the Sahara

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists are abuzz about a rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara desert: A yearlong analysis revealed it's quite different from other Martian meteorites.

January 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


House re-elects Boehner speaker

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House and Senate ushered in a new Congress Thursday, re-electing embattled Republican John Boehner speaker and hailing one of its own senators who returned a year after being felled by a stroke.

January 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


New Congress sworn in

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House and Senate ushered in a new Congress Thursday, hewing to tradition and hailing one of its own who returned a year after being felled by a stroke.

January 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cat that spent a week in tree found

MARION, Mass. (AP) - A stray cat that spent at least a week stuck in a Massachusetts tree before plunging 80 feet to the ground and fleeing has been found, and all things considered, appears to be in good health.

January 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Al-Jazeera, the Pan-Arab news channel that struggled to win space on American cable television, has acquired Current TV, boosting its reach in the U.S. nearly ninefold to about 40 million homes. With a focus on U.S. news, it plans to rebrand the left-leaning news network that cofounder Al Gore couldn't make relevant.

January 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rare Stephen King book for auction

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) - A signed copy of a rare Stephen King book is up for auction at a Maine bookstore, with proceeds going to a nearby homeless shelter's emergency home heating fund.

January 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pa. governor sues NCAA over Penn State sanctions

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's governor, in a challenge to the NCAA's powers, claimed in a lawsuit Wednesday that college sports' governing body overstepped its authority and "piled on" when it penalized Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

January 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cliff deal is another pain-free punt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress' hectic resolution of the "fiscal cliff" crisis is the latest in a long series of decisions by lawmakers and the White House to do less than promised - and to ask Americans for little sacrifice - in confronting the nation's burgeoning debt.

January 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Google exec chairman to visit NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Google's executive chairman is preparing to travel to one of the last frontiers of cyberspace: North Korea.

January 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mom: Boy didn't steal plane in crash

JASPER, Ala. (AP) - A teen pilot killed along with two friends in an Alabama plane crash had his own key to the aircraft and had flown it many times, his mother said Wednesday, denying authorities' assertion that the plane had been taken without permission.

January 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Boehner agrees to Sandy aid vote on Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under intense pressure from angry Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner agreed Wednesday to a vote this week on aid for Superstorm Sandy recovery.

January 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


California jobless rate at lowest level since 2008

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - In one of the strongest signals yet of a rebounding economy, California's unemployment rate has dipped below 8 percent for the first time in nearly six years, the state Economic Development Department said Friday.

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


Florence official: Kardashian, West to wed May 24

ROME (AP) - Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will wed and host a reception at Florence's imposing 16th-century Belvedere Fort on May 24, a spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office said Friday.

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


Some evacuations lifted in San Diego fire area

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Some evacuation orders were lifted early Friday in an area near the fiercest of several wildfires in San Diego County, as crews building containment lines around the blazes hoped cooler temperatures will help them make further progress.

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


Government fines GM maximum $35M in safety case

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. safety regulators have fined General Motors $35 million for delays in recalling small cars with faulty ignition switches that are linked to at least 13 deaths.

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


Bill limits full contact youth football drills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Responding to parental safety concerns, the state Assembly on Thursday passed legislation limiting full-contact practices for high school football teams.

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


New health cost controls get go-ahead from feds

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for insurers and employers to use a new cost-control strategy that puts a hard dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures, such as knee and hip replacements.

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


10,000 gallons of oil spill on Los Angeles streets

LOS ANGELES (AP) A geyser of oil sprayed onto buildings and puddled in knee-high pools of crude in Los Angeles streets after a valve on a high-pressure pipeline failed early Thursday.

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


Argentine dino find: long-necks survived Jurassic

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Dinosaur fossils found in Patagonia provide the first evidence that long-necked, whip-tailed diplodocid sauropods survived well beyond the Jurassic period, when they were thought to have gone extinct, Argentine paleontologists said Thursday.

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


UPDATE: San Diego County fire roars to life

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) One of the nine fires burning in San Diego County suddenly flared Thursday afternoon and burned close to homes as new winds arrived.

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


UPDATE: Crews make gains on worst of San Diego fires

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) - Gusty winds failed to return Thursday morning in San Diego County wildfire areas and authorities said it was a window of opportunity to make further gains against flames that have charred thousands of acres and burned homes.

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


San Diego probe to consider arson, other causes

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego County sheriff says arson will be among the many possibilities investigators will look at in trying to determine what caused nine fires to break out during a two-day heat wave.

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


Legislature approves new rainy day ballot measure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Legislature on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a fresh version of a rainy day fund measure for the November ballot, a bipartisan plan that seeks to smooth out the boom-and-bust cycles of state budgeting while creating a clear path for paying down California's massive debts and unfunded liabilities.

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


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


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