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9 public college presidents' pay tops $1 million

BALTIMORE (AP) - The number of public college presidents earning over $1 million more than doubled in the 2012-2013 fiscal year from the year before, according to a new survey.

May 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Evacuation orders lifted in San Diego fires

SAN DIEGO (AP) - All evacuation orders were lifted Sunday as firefighters gained the upper hand on the remaining four of nearly a dozen blazes that tore through Southern California last week - while the governor warned the state was gearing up for what could be one of the drought-stricken region's worst wildfire seasons.

May 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Jackson hologram debuts at Billboard Awards

A hologram of Michael Jackson made its debut Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards, mirroring the late King of Pop's signature slick dance moves as some members of the audience became emotional.

May 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


1950s crooner Jerry Vale dies in California at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83.

May 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


AT&T agrees to buy DirecTV in $48.5B deal

DALLAS (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Sunday agreed to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or $95 per share, a move that gives telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against rivals.

May 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth from space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The commercial cargo ship Dragon returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing back nearly 2 tons of science experiments and old equipment for NASA.

May 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Bradley Wiggins wins Amgen Tour

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Bradley Wiggins of Britain won the Tour of California on Sunday after holding the lead for the final week.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Possible problem in Triple Crown bid

BALTIMORE (AP) - California Chrome might abandon his Triple Crown bid if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rogue Libyan general's troops attack parliament

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Forces loyal to a rogue Libyan general attacked the country's parliament Sunday, forcing lawmakers to flee an assault his spokesman said targeted Islamists there who protect the extremist militias now plaguing the nation.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: 24 detained in Turkish mine disaster probe

ISTANBUL (AP) - Two dozen people, including company executives, have been detained as Turkish officials investigate the mining disaster that killed 301 people, a domestic news agency reported Sunday.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Record Balkan floods lead to Bosnia landslides

SARAJEVO, Bosnia (AP) - Landslides triggered by unprecedented rains in Bosnia have left hundreds of people homeless, officials said Sunday, while thousands more have fled their homes in neighboring Croatia and Serbia as Balkan countries battle the region's worst flooding since modern records began.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


SpaceX Dragon departs space station after month

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The commercial cargo ship Dragon left the space station on Sunday, heading home with nearly 2 tons of science experiments and old equipment.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Budget analyst projects even higher tax revenue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state's independent budget analyst predicted Friday that California will collect $2.5 billion more than Gov. Jerry Brown forecasts for the coming fiscal year, giving Democrats a reason to push spending.

May 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calmer winds help firefighters in SD County

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Calmer winds helped firefighters gain ground Saturday against fires that have destroyed homes and raced through nearly 20,000 acres of northern and eastern San Diego County brush land, while authorities have charged a man for adding fuel to one of the nearly dozen blazes.

May 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Utah lawmaker: Bring back firing squad executions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - In the wake of a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last month, a Utah lawmaker says he believes a firing squad is a more humane form of execution. And he plans to bring back that option for criminals sentenced to death in his state.

May 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Egypt president refuses pardon for journalists

CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday rejected calls from the United States and other Western governments that he pardon or commute the sentences of three Al-Jazeera journalists who were handed heavy prison terms a day earlier in a court ruling that raised international outrage.

June 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Putin: cease-fire in Ukraine should be extended

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the weeklong cease-fire declared by the Ukrainian president should be extended and accompanied by talks between the government and the rebels.

June 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US-Portugal game scores viewership goal

NEW YORK (AP) - The United States' 2-2 World Cup draw with Portugal is almost certainly the most-watched soccer game ever in the U.S., an emphatic confirmation of the sport's rising popularity in a country slower to embrace it than the rest of the world.

June 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kurdish leader cites 'new reality' in Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's top Kurdish leader warned visiting Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday that a rapid Sunni insurgent advance has already created "a new reality and a new Iraq," signaling that the U.S. faces major difficulties in its efforts to promote unity among the country's divided factions.

June 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-UK editor Coulson convicted of phone hacking

LONDON (AP) - Two powerful British political insiders met starkly different fates Tuesday as former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted, after a monthslong trial centering on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire.

June 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Half of Californians still support Obama

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new Field Poll finds that half of all Californians approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing, a sharp contrast with his lower approval ratings in the rest of the country.

June 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


4 arrested in celebrations of Mexico World Cup win

HUNTINGTON PARK, Calif. (AP) - Police say four people were arrested in the Los Angeles area after celebrations of Mexico's advancement into the next round of soccer's World Cup grew rowdy and poured into the street.

June 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Outcry after Egypt sentences 3 reporters to prison

CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court on Monday convicted three Al-Jazeera journalists and sentenced them to seven years in prison on terrorism-related charges after a trial dismissed by rights groups as a politically motivated sham. The verdict brought a landslide of international condemnation and calls for the newly elected president to intervene.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Clippers' future hangs on judge's decision

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has asked lawyers for more legal documents arguing their points before he decides whether to approve the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Irvin: Focus on Sterling comments misses point

DALLAS (AP) - Former Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin and NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Monday said the comments made by ousted Clippers owner Donald Sterling needed to be viewed within a broader perspective of how America faces racism.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Husband of slain Iraqi woman gets 26 years to life

EL CAJON, California (AP) - A California judge sentenced an Iraqi immigrant Monday to 26 years-to-life in prison for his wife's fatal beating - an attack that initially drew international condemnation when authorities believed it was a hate crime.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Resort hotel also serves as military test site

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - To the tourists who frolic in the crystal-blue surf of this picturesque, white-sand beach, the Fort Walton Beach Holiday Inn Resort looks like, well, a Holiday Inn with a large beach ball statue on top. But to military officials, it is known as Eglin Air Force Range Test Site A5.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry to Iraq leaders: sharing power is critical

BAGHDAD (AP) - America's top diplomat said Monday that leaders of Iraq's factions must keep their commitments to seat a new parliament next week, before a Sunni insurgency sweeps away hopes for a lasting peace.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Firefighters free puppy from auto wheel

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Firefighters in Bakersfield, California, had to rescue a pit bull from a tight spot.

June 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Defibrillators not required in California stores

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that large retailers aren't required to have defibrillators on hand to help treat customers and workers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

June 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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