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Western lawmakers seek probe of refineries

WASHINGTON (AP) - Six Democratic senators representing states along the Pacific Coast asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate the role of oil refineries in gas spikes that occurred in May and October even as crude oil prices were declining.

November 27, 2012 | By the Associated Press | Signal AP


Kentucky Fried Chicken fined for health violations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors say Kentucky Fried Chicken and one of its largest franchisees have agreed to pay a $200,000 fine for various health and safety violations.

November 27, 2012 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Addiction counselor charged with murder in DUI

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - A substance abuse counselor was charged with murder and drunken-driving Tuesday after authorities said she struck a pedestrian and drove for more than two miles with the dying victim embedded in the windshield of her car.

November 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge rejects most Crystal Cathedral court claims

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. Robert Schuller has lost a court bid to obtain more than $5 million from the ministry he founded, a now-bankrupt religious empire that included worldwide "Hour of Power" broadcasts and Orange County's landmark Crystal Cathedral.

November 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UN climate scientist: Sandy no coincidence

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Though it's tricky to link a single weather event to climate change, Hurricane Sandy was "probably not a coincidence" but an example of the extreme weather events that are likely to strike the U.S. more often as the world gets warmer, the U.N. climate panel's No. 2 scientist said Tuesday.

November 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian rebels, civilians brace for long civil war

HAREM, Syria (AP) - Before the civil war, Ramiz Moussa was a middle class civil servant who processed fines for littering, illegal construction and disturbing the peace in Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

November 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama to appeal to public on fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to make a public case this week for his strategy for dealing with the looming fiscal cliff, traveling to the Philadelphia suburbs Friday as he pressures Republicans to allow tax increases on the wealthy while extending tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less.

November 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Arafat grave dug up for probe of poison suspicion

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Eight years after Yasser Arafat's mysterious death, his political heirs opened his grave Tuesday and let forensics experts take samples from his remains, defying strong cultural taboos in search of evidence that the icon of Palestinian nationalism was poisoned.

November 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: GOP senators more troubled after Rice meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three Republican senators said Tuesday they are more troubled than ever with comments made days after the deadly Sept. 11 raid in Libya by Susan Rice, the U.N. ambassador and President Barack Obama's possible choice for secretary of state.

November 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Big bill for levee upkeep comes to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In the busy and under-staffed offices of New Orleans' flood-control leaders, there's an uneasy feeling about what lies ahead.

November 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Schuller loses bid to get $5 million from former ministry

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. Robert Schuller has lost a bid to get more than $5 million from his former ministry, a bankrupt religious empire than included worldwide broadcasts and Southern California's Crystal Cathedral.

November 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge mulls new trial for dad in family slayings

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - A judge will decide Tuesday whether an Illinois man convicted of killing his wife and three children deserves a new trial, based in part on claims that the behavior of lawyers next door during Drew Peterson's murder trial made it impossible for the man to get a fair trial.

November 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Transplant doc, Nobel winner Murray dies in Boston

BOSTON (AP) - Dr. Joseph E. Murray, who performed the world's first successful kidney transplant and won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work, has died at age 93.

November 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt's president stands by his decrees

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi struck an uncompromising stand Monday over his seizure of near absolute powers, refusing in a meeting with top judicial authorities to rescind a package of constitutional amendments that placed his edicts above oversight by the courts.

November 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wal-Mart distances itself from fire in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - The garment factory in Bangladesh where a weekend fire killed at least 112 people had been making clothes for Wal-Mart without the giant U.S. retailer's knowledge, Wal-Mart said.

November 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Hacking case belies profitable US links with China

WASHINGTON (AP) - China may be trying to steal trade secrets from U.S. businesses, as federal prosecutors allege. Yet for many U.S. companies, China's vast market remains an irresistible source of business.

May 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Google stalled by European court ruling

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Europe's moves to rein in Google - including a court ruling this month ordering the search giant to give people a say in what pops up when someone searches their name - may be seen in Brussels as striking a blow for the little guy.

May 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'X-Men' dominates holiday box office with $91M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A team of mutants overpowered one massive mutant monster at the box office during the Memorial Day holiday.

May 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Brazil World Cup song fails to strike right tone

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - The official World Cup song is definitely striking a chord - the wrong one with many in host country Brazil.

May 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2 fans hurt in robbery, shooting near speedway

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A robbery and shooting left two men injured early Sunday, authorities said, just 24 hours after an Indiana man was fatally shot in the same parking lot near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sheriff never saw videos before rampage

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - The threats of suicide and violence captured in Elliott Rodger's online videos were unsettling, even terrifying.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hunter-Reay wins Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The finish at the Indianapolis 500 was worth the wait for Ryan Hunter-Reay.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Beckett pitches no-hitter, Dodgers stop Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Josh Beckett pitched the first no-hitter of his stellar career and the first in the majors this season, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 on Sunday.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Emma Watson graduates from Brown University

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - It's graduation day for movie star Emma Watson.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Poll: Billionaire wins Ukraine presidential vote

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - An exit poll on Sunday showed that billionaire candy-maker Petro Poroshenko won Ukraine's presidential election outright in the first round - a vote that authorities hoped would unify the deeply fractured nation.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US honors veterans over Memorial Day weekend

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. Marine Corps' chaplain has reminded a New York City congregation not to forget the sacrifice of fallen soldiers around the world.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Double duty: Kurt Busch set for 1,100-mile bid

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Appearing loose and ready to go, Kurt Busch chatted with family and well-wishers hours before he tried to become just the second driver to complete the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in a single day - a grueling, 1,100-mile slog that will include an airplane ride from Indiana to North Carolina in time for the longer of the two races Sunday evening.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama slips into Afghanistan to visit US troops

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) - President Barack Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: 7 dead in drive-by shooting near UC Santa Barbara

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - The son of a Hollywood director stabbed three men to death in his apartment, gunned down two women outside a sorority and killed a sixth person in a rampage that was foreshadowed by a chilling Internet video in which he vowed to his victims that he would "take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you."

May 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Marine whose leg was blasted drives to victory

Marine Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer always knew that despite losing much of his left leg in combat he could win races if he got the chance.

May 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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