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Massive rockfall in Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park say a massive amount of rock has fallen from a cliff, closing a hiking trail.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Storms sock the Southeast, killing 2 people

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rains across the Southeast on Monday and caused flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue dozens of people from their homes and cars.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. bill would end SeaWorld killer whale shows

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A proposed California bill would force SeaWorld San Diego to stop using killer whales in its iconic shows and to release them from their tanks, the latest blowback that the exotic animal attraction has faced after a documentary criticized the marine park's animal welfare practices.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


State Announces $372.2 Million for Shovel-Ready School Construction Projects

(Sacramento, CA) – The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced today that it has awarded approximately $372.2 million for 105 school construction projects within 43 school districts throughout the state. The state matching funds are distributed to local school districts to help finance shovel-ready school construction projects or reimburse districts for projects already completed using local funds. State funding for these projects are provided by bonds authorized under Propositions 1A, 1D, 47, and 55.

April 07, 2014 | Source: State Allocation Board | Signal AP


End of Windows XP support spells trouble for some

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.

April 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Aunt says baby rescued at sea recovering on meds

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 1-year-old girl who fell ill during her family's world sailing voyage and had to be rescued by the U.S. Navy has been responding well to medication after showing salmonella-like symptoms, her aunt said Monday as she waited for the warship carrying the family to return to San Diego.

April 07, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


5 things to know about heroin use, getting help

Long a scourge of the back alleys of American life, heroin is spreading across the country. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February only underscored a problem many American communities already were combatting: the rising use of - and deaths from - heroin. Here are five things to know about this issue.

April 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bikini-clad baristas brewing up controversy

CLOVIS, Calif. (AP) - Bikini-clad baristas working at a Northern California coffee shop are brewing up a bit of controversy with some folks upset with their attire.

April 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gov. Jerry Brown celebrates 76th birthday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is celebrating his 76th birthday.

April 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hagel tours China's new aircraft carrier

BEIJING (AP) - The United States' campaign to encourage China to be more open about its military growth and intentions got a symbolic boost Monday, but efforts to get the Asian giant to be more transparent about other defense operations, including cybersecurity, have so far lagged behind.

April 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pistorius apologizes at his murder trial

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Stifling sobs, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand Monday in his murder trial and apologized to the family of the girlfriend he shot dead, describing himself as traumatized and now on antidepressant medication, and sometimes waking from nightmares to the "smell of blood."

April 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 new pings sound 'just like' black box beacons

PERTH, Australia (AP) - An Australian ship detected two distinct, long-lasting sounds underwater that are consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes in a major break in the monthlong hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the search coordinator said Monday.

April 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Walters leaving 'The View' May 16

NEW YORK (AP) - Barbara Walters plans to make her final appearance on "The View" on May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after her.

April 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Possible signals from lost jet's black boxes heard

PERTH, Australia (AP) - U.S. Navy equipment has picked up signals consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes, an Australian search official said Monday, describing the discovery as "a most promising lead" in the nearly month-long hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

April 07, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Legendary actor Mickey Rooney has died

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, died Sunday at age 93.

April 06, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


Gov't says airlines should disclose bag, seat fees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Passengers love the idea, but airlines hate it. The government wants to require that travelers be told upfront about basic services that aren't included in the price of a ticket and how much extra they'll cost.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Special Operations Forces may get 'Iron Man' suit

TAMPA, Florida (AP) - In the 2008 movie "Iron Man," the main character becomes a superhero after building a suit of armor with an exoskeleton that gives him incredible strength.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California state parks director steps down

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state parks director abruptly announced his retirement Wednesday, just 19 months after he took control of a department that had been rocked by years of fiscal mismanagement.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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