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FDA approves highly anticipated weight-loss pill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new weight loss drug from Vivus Inc. that many doctors consider the most effective therapy in a new generation of anti-obesity pills designed to help patients safely shed pounds.

July 17, 2012 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Oregon man recovering from rare case of plague

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - One look at Paul Gaylord's hands shows why the plague is referred to as "Black Death."

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Despite protests, Boy Scouts reaffirm ban on gays

NEW YORK (AP) - After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, angering critics who hoped that relentless protest campaigns might lead to change.

July 17, 2012 | BY The Associated Press | Signal AP


San Bernardino official says money borrowed from restricted funds

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A city official says authorities borrowed money from restricted funds to meet payroll and other expenses and eventually could not repay the funds within the same fiscal year.

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


L.A. prosecutor calls US Bank a slumlord in lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles city attorney's office has renewed its call to blame mortgage lenders for urban blight sparked by the collapsed housing market, saying in a lawsuit that US Bank is a slumlord that illegally evicted homeowners and then neglected the abandoned properties.

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cal State trustees OK 10% pay hikes for 2 leaders

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University trustees on Tuesday approved maximum salary increases for two new campus presidents in the first use of the board's controversial executive compensation policy.

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Brown signs bill to let killer help find victims

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to allow a death-row inmate to help authorities search for the remains of his long-dead victims.

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NCAA boss won't rule out death penalty for Penn State

NEW YORK (AP) - The president of the NCAA says he isn't ruling out the possibility of shutting down the Penn State football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bernanke wants Congress to prevent 'fiscal cliff'

WASHINGTON (AP) - One of Ben Bernanke's consistent messages to Congress has been the need to prevent the economy from falling off a "fiscal cliff" at the end of the year. That's when tax increases and deep spending cuts will take effect unless Congress reaches a budget agreement.

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA builds menu for planned Mars mission in 2030s

HOUSTON (AP) - Through a labyrinth of hallways deep inside a 1950s-era building that has housed research that dates back to the origins of U.S. space travel, a group of scientists in white coats is stirring, mixing, measuring, brushing and, most important, tasting the end result of their cooking.

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Google search for human traffickers, drug cartels

Forget videos of cute kittens or good deals on iPads. For the past few months, Google has been quietly turning its search capabilities to something far more challenging: criminals.

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


State tests show lead in jewelry

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is cracking down on more than a dozen businesses accused of selling and distributing costume jewelry containing dangerous levels of lead despite repeated warnings.

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Restaurants duck foie gras ban with little bite

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Restaurants are finding clever ways to duck California's new ban on selling foie gras, the engorged liver delicacy made by force-feeding birds.

July 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Federal produce-testing program spared -- for now

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The nation's largest produce-safety testing program narrowly escaped closure thanks to a last-minute grudging reprieve from the Agriculture Department, and finding a permanent solution to keep tainted fruits and vegetables from reaching consumers could take an even bigger effort.

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


State orders piece of Los Angeles light rail track replaced

LOS ANGELES (AP) - State regulators have ordered Los Angeles-area transportation officials to replace a problematic piece of track at the junction where two light rail lines meet.

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Human bones found on Pasadena hillside

PASADENA (AP) - Pasadena police are investigating after a Caltrans crew clearing brush discovered human bones on a hillside near the 134 Freeway.

May 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Tennessee brings back electric chair

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has decided how it will respond to a nationwide scarcity of lethal injection drugs for death-row inmates: with the electric chair.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews foresee some containment of Arizona wildfire

KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. (AP) - Hundreds of firefighters worked Thursday to protect communities on the edge of Flagstaff from a wildfire that is chewing up a scenic Arizona canyon with towering flames and burning entire trees down to nothing but ash.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


House defies Pentagon on defense spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House defied the Pentagon on Thursday, overwhelmingly backing a $601 billion defense authorization bill that saves the Cold War-era U-2 spy plane, military bases and Navy cruisers despites warnings that it will undercut military readiness.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Census: Texas has 3 of 5 fast-growing cities

HOUSTON (AP) - Oil equals boom - especially in population right now. And Texas, in the midst of a significant energy rush, is seeing its towns and cities burst at the seams.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


OJ submits new appeal in Vegas robbery conviction

LAS VEGAS (AP) - O.J. Simpson's lawyers submitted a supersized appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court, seeking the former football star's release from prison and a new trial in his 2007 Las Vegas armed-robbery case.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Gasoline prices have familiar look as summer nears

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of gasoline should look familiar to many drivers this Memorial Day. For the third year in a row, the national average will be within a penny or two of $3.64 per gallon.

May 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


House defies Pentagon on defense spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House defied the Pentagon on Thursday, overwhelmingly backing a $601 billion defense authorization bill that saves the Cold War-era U-2 spy plane, military bases and Navy cruisers despites warnings that it will undercut military readiness.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Prosecutors charge 'Shield' actor with murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) Prosecutors charged actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer in the hit TV series "The Shield," with murder on Thursday in the shooting death of his wife in their Los Angeles home.

May 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hundreds of firefighters battle Arizona wildfire

KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. (AP) - A wildfire that started in a scenic canyon snaked toward Flagstaff on Thursday, prompting residents of outlying areas to prepare to flee and blanketing the city in smoke.

May 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mother persuaded kidnapped daughter to tell police

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Police say a California woman kidnapped 10 years ago recently reunited with her mother, who convinced her to go to authorities after telling her she tried to find her.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Painful and rapid spread of new virus in Caribbean

SAN CRISTOBAL, Dominican Republic (AP) - They suffer searing headaches, a burning fever and so much pain in their joints they can barely walk or use their hands. It's like having a terrible flu combined with an abrupt case of arthritis.

May 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


House legislates curbs on NSA record-gathering

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American phone records. It's the first legislative response to the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and the Senate is expected to take it up. But civil liberties activists and technology companies say the bill doesn't go nearly far enough.

May 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fox News anchor charged after airport arrest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett has been charged with a misdemeanor following his arrest at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for allegedly refusing to cooperate with police.

May 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Dozens killed in market attack in northwest China

URUMQI, China (AP) - Attackers hurled bombs from two SUVs that plowed through shoppers at a busy street market in China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang on Thursday, killing 31 people and wounding more than 90, local officials said.

May 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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