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Hikers return after fire in Santa Monica Mountains

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - Ventura County hikers returned this week to the scorched hills and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains after fire tore through 14,000 acres of public park land.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge to mull if airlines owe WTC owners over 9/11

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge who has presided over most of the litigation stemming from the Sept. 11 attacks will decide whether the owners of the World Trade Center can try to make aviation companies pay billions of dollars in damages.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man bolts courtroom as witness says he's a robber

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Fresno County are looking for a man who bolted from a courtroom after a witness identified him as a possible robbery suspect.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fraud fear raised in California's health exchange

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - As California prepares to launch its health care exchange, consumer groups are worried the uninsured could fall victim to fraud, identity theft or other crimes at the hands of some of the very people who are supposed to help them enroll.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LGBT group finds acceptance at evangelical college

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Nick Palacios struggled to get his conservative Pentecostal parents to accept him as a gay evangelical Christian for nearly a decade before his family found a common ground through faith.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


$2.3M Learjet spray-painted by taggers at airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities are investigating how vandals could have slipped past security to spray-paint a $2.3 million Learjet at Van Nuys Airport.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


In the night, train brings grief to Quebec town

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) - It was surely the most festive spot in town as a Friday night turned into a Saturday morning at the Musi-Cafe - a full house, live music, plenty of beer and nachos to animate long-time friends.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 minimum-security inmates escape in California

REDWAY, Calif. (AP) - State corrections officials say two inmates have escaped from a minimum security facility in Northern California.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Third plane crash victim identified

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The name of a girl who died of injuries suffered in the crash-landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco recently has emerged early Saturday.

July 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cedars fires 6 for peeping on records

WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has fired five workers and a student research assistant for peeping on patients' private medical records in the days after reality television star Kim Kardashian gave birth to her daughter there.

July 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 killed, suspect arrested at SF shopping center

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two women were killed and a man was wounded on Friday before a suspect covered in blood was arrested at a shopping center in a crowded San Francisco neighborhood that is home to police headquarters and several tech companies, authorities said.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Zimmerman jury in 2nd day of deliberations

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The jury in George Zimmerman's murder trial began a second day of deliberations Saturday morning, weighing whether the neighborhood watch volunteer committed a crime almost a year and a half ago when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin.

July 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas passes tough abortion rules

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate passed sweeping new abortion restrictions late Friday, sending them to Republican Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law after weeks of protests and rallies that drew thousands of people to the Capitol and made the state the focus of the national abortion debate.

July 13, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man gets 7½ years for moving hot art, tax evasion

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors say a Florida man convicted of selling and possessing paintings stolen from a Los Angeles art gallery and tax evasion has been sentenced to 7½ years in federal prison.

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Viewers get in the swim to tweet about 'Sharknado'

NEW YORK (AP) - What happens when a tornado whips up hundreds of sharks and hurls them at Los Angeles?

July 13, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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California cracks down on 'sweepstakes cafes'

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Next to a massage parlor, a doughnut shop and a liquor store, more than two dozen people sat inside a darkened business in a strip mall dropping $2 bets on electronic games with names such as "Robin Hood," ''Mr. Millionaire" and "Luck of the Irish" when Sacramento County sheriff's deputies paid a visit.

June 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA cracks down on illegal fireworks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city authorities have seized more than 1,000 pounds of fireworks in the run up to next week's Fourth of July holiday and have arrested several people, officials said.

June 28, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Benghazi suspect pleads not guilty before judge

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Libyan militant accused of masterminding the deadly Benghazi attacks that have become a flashpoint in U.S. politics pleaded not guilty to conspiracy Saturday in a federal courtroom in Washington.

June 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Many challenges face ex-inmates living with HIV

NEW YORK (AP) - Several times each month, a white bus picks up newly released ex-inmates at New York's Rikers Island jail complex and drives them to Harlem, where helping hands await at a transition program run by a nonprofit called the Fortune Society.

June 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Brazil beats Chile in shootout at World Cup

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) - Brazil advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday with a 3-2 shootout win over Chile following an intense and dramatic match that ended 1-1 after extra time.

June 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA launches Mars 'flying saucer' on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After several weather delays, NASA on Saturday launched a helium balloon carrying a saucer-shaped vehicle high in Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars.

June 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Closures on I-5 in Los Angeles after fatal crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A driver was killed and a passenger was seriously injured after their car crashed into a freeway construction site, causing structural damage and road closures.

June 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gov. Brown reshaping California's Supreme Court

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If Gov. Jerry Brown wins re-election in November, he will be given an unprecedented opportunity to overhaul the California Supreme Court.

June 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


ESA protection sought for wild horses in West

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Despite overall numbers in the tens of thousands, mustang advocates say the wild horse is on the verge of extinction in North America.

June 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Court deciding if private emails are public record

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court will decide if private emails and other electronic communications of government officials are public records open for inspection.

June 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Womack dies

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70.

June 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Antonovich helps open new transportation hub

BURBANK - Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, whose Fifth District includes Santa Clarita, joined officials at the opening Friday of the Bob Hope Airport Regional Intermodal Transportation Center.

June 27, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Sinatra's first license fetches $15K

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Frank Sinatra's first New Jersey driver's license has sold for $15,757 at auction.

June 27, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Friends' star Cox to marry rocker

LONDON (AP) - Courteney Cox says she is engaged to marry Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid.

June 27, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Film producer named to college board

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is appointing the former executive producer of the "The Hangover" movies to the California Community College Board of Governors.

June 27, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


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