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State death toll from flu at 243

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials say that 243 people in the state have died from the flu this season, and authorities are investigating an additional 41 deaths this year as possibly flu-related.

February 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US drug policy fuels push for legal pot worldwide

In a former colonial mansion in Jamaica, politicians huddle to discuss trying to ease marijuana laws in the land of the late reggae musician and cannabis evangelist Bob Marley. In Morocco, one of the world's top producers of the concentrated pot known as hashish, two leading political parties want to legalize its cultivation, at least for medical and industrial use.

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


LA crews aim for largest continuous concrete pour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Crews are set to pour concrete to lay the foundation for the tallest building to be built west of the Mississippi - and they're hoping it's one for the history books.

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


Calif. water politics complicate Brown's decisions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - As California struggles to cope with its historic drought, Gov. Jerry Brown is facing increasing pressure to tackle longstanding problems in the state's water storage and delivery systems at a time when the politics of the issue have never been more tangled.

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


Bill seeks to insure people in country illegally

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state senator has introduced a bill that would allow people living in the country illegally to buy health insurance through the state.

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


Obama: Need to come together on water

PALM SPRINGS (AP) - President Barack Obama drew a link between climate change and California's drought, and said the U.S. must do a better job of figuring out how to make sure everyone's water needs are satisfied.

February 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Jamzilla' underway on 405

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Jamzilla" has begun. But whether the freeway closure becomes a monster worthy of its name remains to be seen.

February 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US beats Russia in Olympic hockey

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - T.J. Oshie scored four times in the shootout and got the winner in the eighth round, leading the United States past Russia 3-2 Saturday in the thrilling revival of a classic Olympic hockey rivalry.

February 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Southwest warmed by record heat

PHOENIX (AP) - With much of the Northeast gripped by snow and ice storms, the Southwest is riding a heat wave that is setting record high temperatures and sent people to beaches and golf courses in droves Friday.

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Waltons' patriarch Ralph Waite dies at 85

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ralph Waite, who played the kind-and-steady patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," died Thursday, his manager said. He was 85.

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Gov't lets banks, marijuana sellers do business

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday gave banks a roadmap for doing business with legal marijuana sellers without getting into trouble, another step by the federal government toward enabling a legalized marijuana industry to operate in states that approve it.

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Military nears holy grail: Pizza that lasts years

NATICK, Mass. (AP) - They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers: a pizza that can stay on the shelf for up to three years and still remain good to eat.

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


Obama turns attention to California drought

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will offer millions of dollars in federal aid for drought-stricken California during a visit with farmers and ranchers Friday and outline plans to seek $1 billion from Congress to help communities manage the effects of climate change.

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


Comcast strikes deal to buy Time Warner Cable

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With a single behemoth purchase, Comcast is creating a dominant force in American entertainment and presenting federal regulators with an equally outsized quandary: How should they handle a conglomerate that promises to improve cable TV and Internet service to millions of homes but also consolidates unprecedented control of what viewers watch and download?

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


New gender options for Facebook users

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - You don't have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant has added a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.

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


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High court voids 35-foot abortion clinic buffer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts.

June 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


FIFA bans Suarez for 4 months for biting opponent

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - FIFA banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months on Thursday for biting an opponent at the World Cup, a punishment that rules him out of the rest of the tournament and the start of the upcoming Premier League season.

June 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cousteau nears end of underwater living experiment

AQUARIUS REEF BASE, Fla. (AP) - Fabien Cousteau has a week left in his 31-day underwater living experiment in the Florida Keys, and he's not exactly eager to return to the surface.

June 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Years of research reveal more about iconic orcas

SEATTLE (AP) - Scientists studying Puget Sound orcas for the past decade now know they are among the most contaminated marine mammals, with pollutants particularly high in young killer whales, according to a report released Wednesday.

June 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


West to Putin: Prove commitment to Ukraine peace

MOSCOW (AP) - The Kremlin on Wednesday renounced the right to send troops into Ukraine and voiced support for a peace plan, but the West said Russia must do much more to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine if it wants to avoid a new, more crippling round of sanctions.

June 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Beyond cure? Europe euthanasia rulings sear debate

PARIS (AP) - One French court acquitted a doctor of poisoning seven terminally ill patients while another ordered physicians to suspend treatment for a comatose man, while Britain's top court said the country's ban on assisted suicide may be incompatible with human rights. The decisions of the past few days are fueling the arguments of Europeans who say the duty of doctors is to end the suffering of those beyond treatment.

June 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Justices rule for broadcasters in fight with Aereo

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices.

June 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Appeals court: States can't ban gay marriage

DENVER (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry issues warning after Syria bombs Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Mideast nations on Wednesday against taking new military action in Iraq that might heighten sectarian divisions, after Syria launched airstrikes across the border and Iran flew surveillance drones over the neighboring country.

June 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Court: Warrants needed for cellphone searches

WASHINGTON (AP) - In an emphatic defense of privacy in the digital age, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police generally may not search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants.

June 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Eli Wallach, veteran character actor, dies at 98

NEW YORK (AP) - Eli Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career and earned film immortality as a conniving, quick-on-the-draw bandit in the classic Western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," has died. He was 98.

June 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Google to show off smart home gadgets, wearables

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An Android update, wearable gadgets and so-called smart home devices are just some of the innovations Google is likely to show off at its two-day developer conference, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco.

June 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Whole Foods to pay $800,000 in overpricing case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Whole Foods will pay about $800,000 in penalties and fees after an investigation found the grocery retailer was overcharging customers in California.

June 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


US forces flow into Baghdad to assess Iraq troops

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly half of the roughly 300 U.S. military advisers and special operations forces expected to go to Iraq are now in Baghdad and have begun to assess Iraqi forces in the fight against Sunni militants, the Defense Department said Tuesday as the U.S. ramped up aid to the besieged country.

June 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Campus' sexual assault efforts inadequate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's public universities need to do a better job of educating students and staff members about campus sexual harassment and violence policies and then keeping students who bring complaints informed about the status of their cases, the state auditor said Thursday.

June 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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