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US consumers less optimistic after tax increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - An increase in Social Security taxes is leaving Americans with less take-home pay - and a more negative outlook for the U.S. economy.

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


3 months after Sandy, victims waiting for relief

NEW YORK (AP) - Devon Lawrence neatly stacked bricks on the gas burner of his kitchen stove and turned up the blue flame, creating a sort of radiator that warmed the ice-cold room.

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


UPDATE: Texas woman's execution halted; D.A. won't appeal

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The first woman scheduled to be executed in the U.S. since 2010 won a reprieve Tuesday, mere hours before she was scheduled to be taken to the Texas death chamber.

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


Obama on immigration overhaul: 'Now is the time'

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Declaring "now is the time" to fix broken immigration laws, President Barack Obama on Tuesday heralded a rare show of bipartisanship between the White House and Senate lawmakers on basic plans for putting millions of illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, cracking down on businesses that employ people illegally and tightening security at the borders.

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


LaHood Leaves, another vacancy in Obama Cabinet

WASHINGTON (AP) - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who lifted the profile of distracted driving as a national safety concern, is stepping down, presenting President Barack Obama with another Cabinet vacancy at the start of his second term.

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


TV veteran developing news show for Fuse

NEW YORK (AP) - The Fuse television network has turned to news veteran Rick Kaplan, who has run CNN and MSNBC and produced programs like "Nightline," to develop a music news program aimed largely at people some 40 years younger than him.

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


Animal shelters real winners in 'Puppy Bowl'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There will be a winner and a loser every Super Bowl Sunday. But at the "Puppy Bowl," it's always a win for animal shelters.

January 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Nickel from 1913 likely to fetch millions

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A humble 5-cent coin with a storied past is headed to auction and bidding is expected to top $2 million a century after it was mysteriously minted.

January 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rupert Sanders' wife files for divorce in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rupert Sanders' wife has filed for divorce five months after it was revealed the director had a brief affair with actress Kristen Stewart.

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


Chevron says it has paid $10 million after fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Chevron Corp. has paid about $10 million and has begun what's being termed "corrective actions" after a fire last summer at its Richmond refinery, company officials said.

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


Man gets death sentence for heart attacks

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A decade after a raging fire swept through Southern California's San Bernardino foothills, an arsonist was sentenced to death for causing the deaths of five men who died of heart attacks.

January 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mom gets 15 years in autistic son's tub drowning

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego mother has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for drowning her 4-year-old autistic son in a bathtub.

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


Police push for background checks on gun purchases

WASHINGTON (AP) - Law enforcement leaders who met with President Barack Obama Monday urged him to focus on strengthening gun purchase background checks and mental health systems, but did not unify behind his more controversial gun control efforts.

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


Mexican church sparks debate on forgiving killers

MEXICO CITY (AP) - An order of Roman Catholic priests in Mexico has produced a video urging relatives of drug cartel victims to adopt a Christ-like forgiveness by pardoning even the killers, hitting a sensitive nerve in a country that has suffered an estimated 70,000 estimated drug gang killings or more.

January 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Arrests along US borders up in last year

WASHINGTON (AP) - A year after Border Patrol apprehensions of illegal border crossers plunged to the lowest levels in nearly 40 years agents have seen a slight increase in arrests, according to Border Patrol arrest data obtained by The Associated Press.

January 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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'The View' prepares for change with new hosts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sherri Shepherd is leaving "The View" after seven years and freshman co-host Jenny McCarthy said she's right behind her, a major upheaval for the daytime talk show a month after creator Barbara Walters' retirement from on-camera duties.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier funding OK'd

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Golden Gate Bridge moved a big step closer to getting a suicide barrier after bridge officials on Friday approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California water project heads to state high court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Supreme Court is set to decide if the state must buy thousands of acres of private property to perform preliminary tests for two massive water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Year after firefighter deaths, town moves forward

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Reminders of the Granite Mountain Hotshots are spread throughout Station 7.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ga. schools resist arming teachers despite new law

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia school leaders are turning down a new option to arm teachers, arguing that it doesn't make kids any safer and creates more problems than state lawmakers intended to solve.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier up for vote

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For John Brooks, the years of waiting for officials to come up with money for a suicide barrier on San Francisco's majestic Golden Gate Bridge have been agonizing. He has fought for one ever since his 17-year-old daughter, Casey, jumped from the rust-colored span in 2008.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. to ask China to restart cyber working group

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States wants to restart a cybersecurity working group that China shut down after the U.S. indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into American companies' computers to steal trade secrets.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Repeal of ban on bare-hand contact with food OK'd

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's chefs and bartenders can resume legally handling food with their bare hands under a bill headed to the governor's desk that would repeal an unpopular regulation.

June 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Oregon pot supporters deliver signatures

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon could be the next state to legalize recreational marijuana after sponsors of an initiative delivered five boxes stuffed with signed petitions to the state Capitol on Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


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


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