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More mega projects turning to private investors

CHICAGO (AP) - For cities and states buried under mountains of debt, it has become a tantalizing proposition: invite private financial institutions to put up the money to fix aging schools, dilapidated rail lines and beat-up roads. Offer investors steady returns on the projects. And give the public the modern services its governments can no longer afford.

July 08, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


6 arrested in credit card scam at Calif. casino

PALA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested six suspected members of a fraud ring that uses fake credit cards to get cash advances from Indian casinos in San Diego County.

July 07, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2 dead in crane collapse on UT-Dallas campus

RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) - A crane collapse on the University of Texas at Dallas campus killed two construction workers Saturday, officials said, leaving a mangled chunk of the crane laying atop an unfinished building where workers were heard screaming as the accident unfolded.

July 07, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


More mega projects turning to private investors

CHICAGO (AP) - For cities and states buried under mountains of debt, it has become a tantalizing proposition: invite private financial institutions to put up the money to fix aging schools, dilapidated rail lines and beat-up roads. Offer investors steady returns on the projects. And give the public the modern services its governments can no longer afford.

July 07, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Border Patrol: Agents fire shots after rock attack

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol says agents opened fire along the Rio Grande after being pelted by rocks and having a gun pointed in their direction.

July 07, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


L.A. sheriff's official testifies on jail brutality

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County sheriff's captain who ran the Men's Central Jail joked about hitting inmates and resisted calls to investigate deputies who were accused of excessive force, according to testimony by his former lieutenant.

July 07, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dueling restraining orders for council members

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) - Two San Fernando council members who admitted having an affair have taken out restraining orders against each other after an alleged violent spat.

July 07, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Unrelenting heat wave bakes half the U.S.; 30 dead

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Americans dipped into the water, went to the movies and rode the subway just to be in air conditioning Saturday for relief from unrelenting heat that has killed 30 people across half the country.

July 07, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Baseball cards in Ohio attic might fetch millions

DEFIANCE, Ohio (AP) - Karl Kissner picked up a soot-covered cardboard box that had been under a wooden dollhouse in his grandfather's attic. Taking a look inside, he saw hundreds of baseball cards bundled with twine. They were smaller than the ones he was used to seeing.

July 07, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Extreme heat gets worse in Midwest, East Coast

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Highways buckled across the country, the waters of Lake Michigan were unusually warm for this time of year and even a minor train derailment outside Washington was blamed on heat, but the hot weather gripping much of the country only worsened Saturday.

July 07, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Serena Williams wins 5th Wimbledon title

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Serena Williams is back, and she looks almost as good as ever.

July 07, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Border Patrol corruption trial begins in San Diego

Border Patrol corruption trial begins in San Diego

July 07, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Yahoo, Facebook strike patent truce, ad alliance

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook and Yahoo have agreed to settle a months-long patent dispute, averting a potentially expensive battle over the technology running two of the Internet's most popular destinations.

July 07, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Afghanistan declared a major US non-NATO ally

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Obama administration on Saturday declared Afghanistan the United States' newest "major non-NATO ally," an action designed to facilitate close defense cooperation after U.S. combat troops withdraw from the country in 2014 and as a political statement of support for Afghanistan's long-term stability.

July 07, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lull in hot weather helps crews at Western blazes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Firefighters around the West on Friday were taking advantage of improving weather conditions to make strides against stubborn wildfires - even containment in some locales - that have destroyed homes, forced evacuations and scorched hundreds of thousands of acres of timber and brush.

July 07, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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UPDATE: Judge hears public on serial rapist release to AV

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - After a sniper's bullet killed her husband in Afghanistan earlier this year, Misty Vivirito moved herself and four daughters from a San Diego Marine Corps base to a home in Southern California's Antelope Valley with room enough for horses and other farm animals.

May 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. woman found 10 years after kidnapping

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A woman who was 15 when she disappeared from her California home a decade ago has contacted police and told them she was kidnapped by a man who sexually assaulted her, forced her into marriage and fathered a child with her, authorities said Wednesday.

May 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California mom in custody after 3 daughters killed

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - A grandmother arrived at a dilapidated home on a busy Southern California street to visit her daughter and three grandchildren, only to find the girls' small, blood-covered bodies neatly arranged on a bed.

May 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Families turn to pros to capture canine memories

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It takes more than a squeaky toy and a camera to capture memorable pet portraits.

May 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Blythe bus crash kills 4

BLYTHE, Calif. (AP) - A tractor-trailer spilled a load of steel pipes onto a highway, triggering a bus crash Wednesday that killed four people and seriously injured at least seven others on the main road linking Southern California and Arizona, authorities said.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rescuers dig for victims of Nigerian car bombs

JOS, Nigeria (AP) - Rescue workers armed with body bags on Wednesday dug into the rubble of buildings destroyed by two car bombs in a central Nigerian city as people searched for loved ones missing in the market attack that killed at least 118.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cuban blogger's news site hacked after going live

HAVANA (AP) - Cuba's first major independent general-interest news outlet in five decades was hacked on Wednesday shortly after being launched by the country's best-known dissident blogger.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: Any misconduct at VA will be punished

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to head off a growing furor over veterans' health care, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that allegations of misconduct at Veterans Affairs hospitals are "dishonorable" and will be not be tolerated by his administration.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Police dig into fatal shooting of Jace's wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jace projected the image of a doting, hands-on father and husband to neighbors, but authorities say they are now trying to determine what prompted the veteran actor to apparently shoot and kill his wife while their young sons were in the home.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Famous San Francisco street to see summer closing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco transit leaders will temporarily close a stretch of Lombard Street, a popular tourist spot that's known as the "Crookedest Street in The World."

May 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Republicans facing off for chance to face Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky dispatched his tea party challenger with ease to win nomination to a new term Tuesday night, and nearly a dozen candidates vied for spots on the Georgia ballot for fall elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate, highlights of primaries in six states.

May 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge expresses ongoing concerns about Casey Kasem

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Tuesday expanded the powers of Casey Kasem's daughter to determine whether her father is receiving adequate medical care amid his ongoing concerns about the health and welfare of the ailing radio personality.

May 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Los Angeles subway getting $2.1B federal promise

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal transportation officials are promising another big dose of cash to help expand Los Angeles' growing public transit network - this time, $2.1 billion in grants and loans to extend a subway line into Beverly Hills.

May 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pennsylvania gay marriage ban overturned by judge

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage was overturned by a federal judge Tuesday in a decision that legalizes same-sex marriage throughout the Northeast.

May 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-players sue NFL over use of painkillers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Opening another legal attack on the NFL over the long-term health of its athletes, a group of retired players accused the league in a lawsuit Tuesday of cynically supplying them with powerful painkillers that kept them in the game but led to serious complications down the road.

May 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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