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Freed French hostages arrive home after 3 years

PARIS (AP) - Four Frenchmen held hostage by al-Qaida militants landed in France on Wednesday after three years in captivity in the punishing African Sahel.

October 30, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Spying tests trust between Obama, Merkel

WASHINGTON (AP) - When President Barack Obama visited Berlin in June, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a point of showing him a balcony in her office overlooking train tracks that crossed the border of her once-divided country - a symbol of her upbringing on the east side of the divide, where eavesdropping by secret police was rampant during the Cold War.

October 30, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Boobies' bracelet fight heading to Supreme Court

EASTON, Pa. (AP) - The court battle between two girls and their Pennsylvania school over "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets could be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court.

October 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Red Sox aim to win series at Fenway

BOSTON (AP) - Ted Williams never did it. Not Carl Yastrzemski. Not Carlton Fisk. Not even Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling, who ended The Curse nearly a decade ago but did it on the road.

October 30, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


City: Odor from Sriracha chili plant a nuisance

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The maker of Sriracha hot sauce is under fire for allegedly fouling the air around its Southern California factory.

October 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Lawmakers: US spy programs may have gone too far

WASHINGTON (AP) - Faced with anger over revelations about U.S. spying at home and abroad, members of Congress suggested Tuesday that programs the Obama administration says are needed to combat terrorism may have gone too far.

October 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Steve Jobs' Calif. home gets historic designation

LOS ALTOS, Calif. (AP) - The Silicon Valley home where Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs grew up and built some of his first computers is now on the city's list of historic properties.

October 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Citations proposed in Cirque acrobat's death

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Safety officials announced plans to cite performance company Cirque du Soleil and casino MGM Grand after an acrobat died in Las Vegas over the summer in a fall witnessed by the audience.

October 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Parasites found in Calif. 'sea serpent' dissection

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - One of two oarfish found in Southern California waters earlier this month had a host of parasites living in its giant, serpent-like body.

October 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dutch museums find 139 likely Nazi-looted artworks

AMSTERDAM (AP) - A major investigation into whether art hanging in Dutch museums may have once been Nazi loot has yielded an unexpectedly large result: 139 suspect works, including ones by masters like Matisse, Klee and Kandinsky.

October 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Blackface costumes revive controversy at Halloween

NEW YORK (AP) - Is donning blackface to dress up as a favorite TV character ever OK for Halloween?

October 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US weighing changes after allies object to spying

WASHINGTON (AP) - Faced with a flood of revelations about U.S. spying, President Barack Obama and key lawmakers say it's time to look closely at surveillance programs that may have gone too far. The White House is considering ending eavesdropping on friendly foreign leaders, a senior administration official said.

October 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Police focus on Uighurs after Tiananmen car attack

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese police were seeking information Tuesday on two ethnic Uighur suspects believed linked to an apparent suicide car attack near Tiananmen Square in the country's capital that killed five people and injured 38.

October 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Medicare chief apologizes for 'Obamacare' woes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Stressing that improvements are happening daily, the senior Obama official closest to the administration's malfunctioning health care website apologized Tuesday for problems that have kept Americans from successfully signing up for coverage.

October 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Superstorm Sandy: 1 year later

NEW YORK (AP) - Candles and flashlights will light up the shore along the East Coast as survivors of Superstorm Sandy pay their respects to what was lost when the storm roared ashore one year ago.

October 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Fed govt failed to inspect higher risk oil wells

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say.

May 11, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Abducted Nigerian girl scared to go back to school

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) - One of the teenagers who escaped from Islamic extremists who abducted more than 300 schoolgirls says the kidnapping was "too terrifying for words," and she is now scared to go back to school.

May 11, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Arkansas plans to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Lawyers for the state followed through with their promise to appeal a judge's decision overturning the constitutional amendment overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2004 banning gay marriage.

May 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Balloon crash looms over U. of Richmond graduation

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) - People in the University of Richmond community prepared for graduation Sunday with heavy hearts after the revelation that two athletic staff members were aboard a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and crashed in Virginia.

May 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 Ukraine regions set to vote on sovereignty

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) - Pro-Russian insurgents in two of the most tense regions in eastern Ukraine were prepared to conduct a vote Sunday on declaring sovereignty, while the country's acting president warned that it represented "a step into the abyss."

May 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nintendo apologizes for lack of virtual equality

Nintendo is apologizing and pledging to be more inclusive after being criticized for not recognizing same-sex relationships in English editions of a life-simulator video game. The publisher said that while it was too late to change the current game, it was committed to building virtual equality into future versions if they're produced.

May 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California farmer locked in battle with union

SANGER, Calif. (AP) - Six months ago, workers at one of the largest fruit farms in the U.S. went to the ballot box to decide if they would continue to be represented by the United Farm Workers, which won that right two decades ago but never forged a labor contract.

May 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Wiggins odds-on favorite to win Tour of California

Bradley Wiggins might be the only one who doesn't consider himself the overwhelming favorite to win the Tour of California when it begins Sunday in Sacramento.

May 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


9/11 remains returned to World Trade Center site

NEW YORK (AP) - The unidentified remains of those killed on Sept. 11 returned to the World Trade Center site in a solemn procession on a foggy Saturday morning.

May 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 LA merchants banned for counterfeiting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two Los Angeles merchants described as chronic counterfeiters have been fined more than $26 million and permanently barred from the downtown Fashion District.

May 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Officer killed in Beverly Hills truck crash

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - A cement truck smashed into a pickup truck Friday, killing an off-duty Los Angeles police detective on the same steep road where another truck accident killed an LAPD policeman two months ago.

May 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


FedEx truck is rolled after collision

Three L.A. County Fire engine companies responded to a traffic collision between a Honda Civic and Federal Express truck that rolled on its side on Rye Canyon Road at Avenue Scott in Valencia on Friday afternoon. Hazardous Materials Task Force 150 responded when it was reported that the truck may had been transporting hazardous materials. Later it was determined that the materials had not leaked. Minor injuries were reported at the scene but no one was transported to the hospital. Rye Canyon Road was closed between Avenue Scott and Avenue Stanford for more than an hour during the incident.

May 09, 2014 | By Dan Watson | Signal AP


California fire chief eludes statewide manhunt

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - After a week of futility, authorities appeared no closer Friday to finding a state fire battalion chief being sought in the stabbing death of his girlfriend inside their home near Sacramento.

May 09, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


War hero, Olympian Zamperini to lead Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Ninety-seven-year-old World War II hero and former Olympian Louis Zamperini was named grand marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade on Friday.

May 09, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Man back in prison for 90 years after court error

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - Rene Lima-Marin's wife told her two young sons their father had to go to work the night in January when a team of police officers led her husband away in handcuffs.

May 09, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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