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Court says Obama appointments violate constitution

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate last year to appoint three members of the National Labor Relations Board, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a far-reaching decision that could severely limit a chief executive's powers to make recess appointments.

January 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


S&P closes above 1,500 for 1st time since 2007

NEW YORK (AP) - Passing another milestone on the nation's long journey back from the Great Recession, the Standard and Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 for the first time in more than five years Friday after a wave of good earnings reports.

January 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wis. sheriff urges residents to get gun training

A sheriff who released a radio ad urging Milwaukee-area residents to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves while waiting for police said Friday that law enforcement cutbacks have changed the way police can respond to crime.

January 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Master's is right fit for Italian seminarian

Around dinner time in their Newhall apartment, Raffaele Spitale and his two young kids palmed through a smattering of books, papers and writing utensils spread across the kitchen table.

January 25, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn For The Signal | Signal AP


Dolphin stuck in dirty canal dies

NEW YORK (AP) - A wayward dolphin that meandered into a polluted urban canal, riveting onlookers as it splashed around in the filthy water and shook black gunk from its snout, died Friday evening, marine experts said.

January 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Giants fan who was attacked suffers setback

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage after being severely beaten at Dodger Stadium after a game in 2011 is back in the hospital after suffering a blood clot.

January 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Exxon surpasses Apple as most valuable company

NEW YORK (AP) - Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter.

January 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Secret hearings in Chandra Levy slaying case

WASHINGTON (AP) - A judge has been holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted in the 2001 killing of Chandra Levy, the latest twist in a high-profile murder that went unsolved for years and captivated the public because of the intern's romantic relationship with a California congressman.

January 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Doubts raised about fairness of Delhi rape trial

NEW DELHI (AP) - In the court of public opinion, the men being tried in the gang rape of an Indian university student should be hanged in a public square.

January 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Penn State says Sandusky settlements appear close

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Penn State's negotiator for civil claims involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky said Friday the school has been in talks with 28 people and settlement discussions with some claimants could soon produce results.

January 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Exxon passes Apple as most valuable company

NEW YORK (AP) - Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter.

January 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Thousands of crocodiles escape

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Calling all crocodile experts - South African police say you're needed to help capture thousands of crocs out on the lam.

January 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Dallas' returns with J.R. Ewing's final schemes

NEW YORK (AP) - J.R. Ewing wouldn't hesitate to cheat his fellow man. He also famously cheated death.

January 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


MBAs play poker in Vegas to win job at Caesars

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Forget the firm handshake and networking chit chat. Business students who want a job at Caesars Entertainment need to work on their poker faces.

January 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


S&P 500 in longest winning streak since 2004

NEW YORK (AP) - The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 on Friday for the first time since the start of the Great Recession in 2007, lifted by strong earnings from Procter & Gamble and Starbucks.

January 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Cheese! Small businesses get sales off Instagram

NEW YORK (AP) - A picture is worth thousands of dollars for Limelight Extensions.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Afghan candidate seeks halt to runoff vote count

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded Wednesday that Afghan electoral authorities stop counting ballots from a weekend runoff vote, citing new allegations of widespread fraud. The election commission refused and appealed to all sides to await final results.

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


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


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