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California foster care official faces embezzlement charges

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A Temecula woman is charged with embezzling nearly $400,000 earmarked for foster children and spending it on vacations and mortgage payments.

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hip-hop version of 'Othello' resonates behind bars

CHICAGO (AP) - Act I, Scene 1: Four actors in well-worn coveralls and baseball caps take the stage at the county jail. They're here to tell a tale of love, friendship, jealousy and betrayal. It's the stuff of Shakespearean tragedy. The names and themes haven't changed over the centuries, but the language has a modern beat:

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Sierra fire puts some holiday tourists in quandary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The huge Sierra Nevada wildfire and its smoke plume have caused some fearful tourists to opt out of plans for the last big travel weekend of the summer, but most appear intent to go through with vacations to destinations such as Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe.

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: U.S. finds itself with only 1 Syria partner: France

PARIS (AP) - The United States found itself Friday with France as its only major partner in a potential strike against Syria, after a stunning rejection of military force in Parliament forced Britain, America's staunchest ally, to pull out of any operation.

August 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds won't sue to stop marijuana use in 2 states

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite 75 years of federal marijuana prohibition, the Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it - as long as the weed is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property.

August 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Doctor: Valerie Harper's cancer close to remission

NEW YORK (AP) - Valerie Harper's doctor says the actress' brain cancer is getting close to remission.

August 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Liberace's one-time Vegas mansion sells for $500K

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 15,000-square-foot Las Vegas mansion once owned by Liberace was sold for $500,000 in cash to a British businessman who said he learned to play the piano after being inspired by the flamboyant performer.

August 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Powerful storms hit inland Southern California

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Powerful thunderstorms are lashing inland areas of Southern California east of Los Angeles.

August 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Support flows in for sick desert tortoises

LAS VEGAS (AP) - News that hundreds of threatened desert tortoises face euthanasia with the pending closure of a refuge near Las Vegas has generated a storm of reaction that has government officials scrambling to find alternatives and fielding offers from people wishing to adopt the reptiles or make donations.

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


Fast-food workers stage largest protests yet

NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food workers in dozens of U.S. cities walked off the job Thursday in their largest round of protests yet, saying they cannot get by on what they earn and must have higher wages.

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


Judge: NFL, players to settle concussion lawsuits

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The NFL has reached a tentative $765 million settlement over concussion-related brain injuries among its 18,000 retired players, agreeing to compensate victims, pay for medical exams and underwrite research.

August 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


San Diego mayor's indiscretions went unnoticed

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is leaving office in disgrace amid sexual harassment allegations and many unanswered questions, including how someone who acknowledged mistreating women for many years could have survived for so long in politics.

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


UPDATE: Ban Ki-moon pleads for time on Syria investigation

VIENNA (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that U.N. experts seeking to collect evidence from an apparent chemical attack in Syria that killed hundreds of people will report to him as soon as they leave the country Saturday.

August 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Americans driving less as car culture wanes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Driving in America has stalled, leading researchers to ask: Is the national love affair with the automobile over?

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


Obama offers new gun control steps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations.

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


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House Republicans Look To Leadership Elections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California appears likely to win election as House majority leader on Thursday when Republicans vote in the wake of Eric Cantor's surprising primary defeat, but an unpredictable, contest to select a new party whip may tell more about the House GOP's future.

June 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


GOP leader: Obama may act in Iraq without signoff

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders believe he does not need authorization from Congress for some steps he might take to quell the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency sweeping through Iraq, the Senate's top Republican and Capitol Hill aides said after the president briefed senior lawmakers Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jay Leno to win nation's top humor prize in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly retired from "The Tonight Show," Jay Leno is now being awarded the nation's top humor prize for following in the tradition of satire and social commentary of Mark Twain, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Shield' actor pleads not guilty in death of wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An actor who played a police officer on "The Shield" TV series pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday in the death of his wife and was ordered to stay away from his two young sons.

June 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Trademark board rules against Redskins name

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal trademark board ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's trademark protections should be canceled, a decision that applies new financial and political pressure on the team to change its name.

June 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Social Security closes offices as baby boomers age

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement, the Social Security Administration has been closing dozens of field offices, forcing more and more seniors to seek help online instead of in person, according to a congressional report being released Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US aims for trial of Benghazi suspect held on ship

WASHINGTON (AP) - The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gave U.S. officials a rare moment of good news. Now, they are preparing to try the captured Libyan in the U.S. court system and pledging to double down on catching others responsible for the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in the attacks.

June 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Defrocked Methodist pastor appealing punishment

Frank Schaefer lost his job but not his voice.

June 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US shifts focus away from Iraq airstrikes

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has shifted his focus away from airstrikes in Iraq as an imminent option for slowing a fast-moving Islamic insurgency, in part because there are few clear targets that U.S. could hit, officials said.

June 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


14 dead in World Cup viewing site bombing

DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) - An explosion at an illegal World Cup viewing site in northeast Nigeria killed at least 14 people while security forces arrested a "terror kingpin" among nearly 500 people detained as suspected terrorists in the southeast of the country, police said Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


States carry out executions

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Georgia and Missouri have carried out the nation's first executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April revived concerns about capital punishment.

June 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Construction accident shuts down I-405

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) - Interstate 405 in northwestern Orange County was closed for several hours early Wednesday after three steel beams weighing 50,000 pounds each tumbled from a construction site, injuring a construction worker who also fell onto the lanes below, transportation officials said.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rare stamp sets record at NYC auction

NEW YORK (AP) - A 1-cent postage stamp from a 19th century British colony in South America has become the world's most valuable stamp - again.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


GM sales, used-car values hold up through recalls

DETROIT (AP) - Consumers looking for a used vehicle aren't shying away from GM models - even though more than 20 million GM cars and trucks have been recalled this year.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Experts seek to remove fox from endangered list

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Two subspecies of a fox that lives only on an island chain off the Southern California coast should be removed from the endangered species list because of a dramatic increase in population during at least the past decade, a scientific group dedicated to fox recovery said Tuesday.

June 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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