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UN inspectors arrive in Damascus on chemical probe

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - A team of U.N. weapons inspectors arrived in Damascus on Sunday for a long-delayed mission to investigate the alleged use of chemical arms in Syria's civil war.

August 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'The Butler' serves box-office success at No. 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Lee Daniels' The Butler" is serving up success at the box office.

August 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Family ties factor in key Senate races

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Sen. Mark Pryor likes to tell voters that he always puts Arkansas first, borrowing the campaign slogan associated with his family for decades. In Wyoming, Liz Cheney bets that her famous father's name will be gold in her Senate race. And in Louisiana, Sen. Mary Landrieu counts on her kin's New Orleans ties to help lift her to re-election in a tough race.

August 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Recall effort against SD mayor begins

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The effort to recall San Diego's embattled mayor is kicking off in the nation's eighth-largest city Sunday, one day before Bob Filner is set to return to work at City Hall after undergoing behavior therapy.

August 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Long Beach becomes two newspaper city

LONG BEACH (AP) - The latest experiment in American journalism is a throwback: a new daily newspaper to compete against an established one in a big city.

August 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Traffic smooth around 405 closure in OC

SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Traffic is moving smoothly as motorists navigate around a closed section of one of Southern California's busiest freeways.

August 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Death toll at 39 in Philippines ferry accident

CEBU, Philippines (AP) - As the MV Thomas Aquinas cruised toward Cebu city in the central Philippines, navy marshal Richard Pestillos prepared for a brief stop while some passengers watched a band and others soaked in the night breeze on the deck.

August 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


5 decades later, some JFK probe files still sealed

Five decades after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot and long after official inquiries ended, thousands of pages of investigative documents remain withheld from public view. The contents of these files are partially known - and intriguing - and conspiracy buffs are not the only ones seeking to open them for a closer look.

August 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


23 bodies found in conflict area in western Mexico

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) - At least 23 bodies were found in two neighboring states in western Mexico where drug cartels, vigilantes and security forces have been fighting for much of the year, authorities said Saturday.

August 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP-NORC Poll: Parents back high-stakes testing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to measure both students' and schools' performances, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.

August 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NTSB: No problem with controls in fatal UPS crash

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Federal investigators said Saturday they haven't found any problems with the controls in a UPS cargo jet that crashed while landing in Alabama, killing the two pilots.

August 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Man critical after incident at demolition

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Doctors say the 43-year-old man critically injured during the demolition of a Central California power plant could be able to keep both his legs.

August 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews rush to clean up former California nuke lab

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - The sun was barely up at a former Cold War rocket test site when crews in hard hats, neon vests and steel-toe boots collected jars of dirt as part of a massive effort to clean up from a partial nuclear meltdown a half century ago.

August 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bill gives Calif. youthful offenders second chance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Criminals serving long prison sentences for offenses they committed as teenagers would have an earlier chance for freedom under a bill working its way through the Legislature.

August 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge OKs LA County condom requirements for porn

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has upheld as constitutional a Los Angeles County law requiring adult film performers to wear condoms.

August 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Voters to decide on punishments

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An initiative seeking to lower the criminal penalties for certain theft and drug crimes has qualified for the November ballot in California.

June 26, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Volunteer sues rescued hiker

SANTA ANA (AP) - A volunteer who broke his back while searching for two hikers in the Orange County wilderness is suing one of the hikers.

June 26, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Authorities conduct sex predator sweep

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A monthlong national effort to capture sex predators led to 275 arrests in Southern California that included a teaching assistant for special needs kids, a retired sheriff's deputy and a U.S. Army soldier, authorities said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


State says FedEx violated waste laws

FRESNO (AP) - State officials on Thursday accused FedEx Ground Package System of violating California's hazardous waste laws since 2008 by failing to properly handle broken or leaking packages containing harmful materials.

June 26, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Suspects in fake green cards held

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California immigration consultant and her employee were arrested Thursday on charges that they filed fake green card applications.

June 26, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Reading Rainbow' gets hand from Seth MacFarlane

LOS ANGELES (AP) - LeVar Burton's "Reading Rainbow" fundraising effort is getting a boost from a generous pal, Seth MacFarlane.

June 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jury recommends 2nd death sentence for LA killer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury Thursday recommended another death sentence for a man who's already on death row for murdering 10 women in the Los Angeles area.

June 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds nix eagle penalties for California wind farm

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A California wind farm will become the first in the nation to avoid prosecution if eagles are injured or die when they run into the giant turning blades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lawsuit over beating of Giants fan goes to jury

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A negligence lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt over a beating that left a San Francisco Giants fan with brain damage was put in the hands of a jury Thursday after closing arguments by attorneys.

June 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


T1red of p@sswords? Y0u @re N*t @lone!

CHICAGO (AP) - Good thing she doesn't need a password to get into heaven. That's what Donna Spinner often mutters when she tries to remember the growing list of letter-number-and-symbol codes she's had to create to access her various online accounts.

June 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Sodexo cafeteria workers regain health coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) - A giant food service company unexpectedly reversed course Thursday after bumping thousands of college cafeteria workers from its health plan earlier this year and pointing a finger at President Barack Obama's overhaul.

June 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Analysis: Iraq producing unusual Mideast dynamic

WASHINGTON (AP) - Strange bedfellows, indeed.

June 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Prominent female activist killed in Libya

CAIRO (AP) - A prominent Libyan activist who had become an international face of her strife-torn country's efforts to build a democracy was assassinated by gunmen who stormed her home in the restive eastern city of Benghazi, police said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


High court voids 35-foot abortion clinic buffer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts.

June 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


FIFA bans Suarez for 4 months for biting opponent

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - FIFA banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months on Thursday for biting an opponent at the World Cup, a punishment that rules him out of the rest of the tournament and the start of the upcoming Premier League season.

June 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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