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Firemen's killer left chilling note, deaths at 3

WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) - An ex-con killed two firefighters with the same caliber and make military-style rifle used in the Connecticut school massacre after typing a note pledging to burn down his neighborhood and "do what I like doing best, killing people," police said Tuesday as another body, believed to be the gunman's missing sister, was found.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Some urge Boehner: let Dems pass fiscal cliff bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - In case the public weren't frustrated enough over Congress' failure to resolve the "fiscal cliff," consider this: lawmakers probably could enact a compromise quickly and easily if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of the votes.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Newtown, Conn., officials request halt to gifts

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Officials in Newtown, Conn., are asking people to stop sending gifts to the grief-stricken community following the deadly school shooting, saying they're deeply grateful but can't handle the donation deluge.

December 26, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt constitution passes, economic crunch looms

CAIRO (AP) - The official approval of Egypt's disputed, Islamist-backed constitution Tuesday held out little hope of stabilizing the country after two years of turmoil and Islamist President Mohammed Morsi may now face a more immediate crisis with the economy falling deeper into distress.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Christmas storms all over US blamed for 2 deaths

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions.

December 26, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hero dog missing snout seems to have beaten cancer

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - A veterinarian at the University of California, Davis, has some good news about a dog from the Philippines who became an international hero after sacrificing her snout to save two young girls.

December 25, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Israel to build 942 more homes in east Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel has advanced the process of building 942 more settler homes in east Jerusalem under a new fast-track plan to tighten its grip on the territory, which the Palestinians claim as the capital of a future state.

December 25, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US holiday retail sales growth weakest since 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. holiday retail sales this year grew at the weakest pace since 2008, when the nation was in a deep recession. In 2012, the shopping season was disrupted by bad weather and consumers' rising uncertainty about the economy.

December 25, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Nasty storms blamed for 1 death, make travel tough

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Christmas Day twister outbreak left behind damage from Louisiana to Alabama while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions.

December 25, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Northern California having wet Christmas

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California received more rain and snow on Christmas Day, as the third storm system in a handful of days moved through the region.

December 25, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Health care tax hikes for 2013 may be just a start

WASHINGTON (AP) - New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Most people may not notice. But they will pay attention if Congress decides to start taxing employer-sponsored health insurance, one option in play if lawmakers can ever agree on a budget deal to reduce federal deficits.

December 25, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. ban draws interest in using hounds to hunt

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gary Ramey and his adult daughter traveled 2,500 miles to hunt California bears with hounds last month, eager to take part in what he calls a time-honored tradition.

December 25, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Newtown celebrates Christmas and remembers victims

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Newtown celebrated Christmas amid piles of snow-covered teddy bears, long lines of stockings and heaps of flowers as volunteers manned a 24-hour candlelight vigil in memory of the 20 children and six educators gunned down at an elementary school just 11 days before the holiday.

December 25, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Affleck not running for Kerry's Senate seat

BOSTON (AP) - Ben Affleck is taking his name off the list of possible candidates for U.S. Sen. John Kerry's seat, which would be open if the Democratic senator from Massachusetts is confirmed as secretary of state.

December 25, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Netflix streaming service has been fixed

Those hoping to spend the holiday watching streaming video from Netflix can now get back in front of their TVs, tablets and PCs after a Christmas Eve outage.

December 25, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Girl, 3, ID'd as victim of Italian ice shop door

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia police have identified the 3-year-old girl killed by a falling security grate at an Italian ice shop.

June 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Woman accused of spraying pesticide at child

GROVER BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A 60-year-old California woman is facing child cruelty charges after police say she sprayed a 7-year-old neighbor in the face with a poisonous pesticide.

June 28, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama seeks $2 billion to stem illegal immigration

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - President Barack Obama will seek more than $2 billion to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas and ask for new powers to deal with returning immigrant children apprehended while traveling without their parents, a White House official said Saturday.

June 28, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gloves can now come off in California kitchens

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The gloves are coming off in California kitchens.

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


States encourage bilingualism with diploma seals

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - When Rachel Martinez-Regan graduated from Corvallis High School this month, her diploma had a little something extra - an embossed seal certifying that she is bilingual.

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


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


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