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Romney seeks to undercut Obama's likability lead

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Mitt Romney is portraying the outwardly calm President Barack Obama as a man seething with animosity and power lust as the Republicans seek to undermine one of the Democrat's greatest campaign strengths - his personal likability.

August 16, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LA restaurant offers discount to phone-free diners

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles restaurant is offering a deal to customers who agree to look at their fellow diners instead of their phone screens.

August 16, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Thousands line up for right to work legally in US

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Nathaly Uribe has all the papers she needs to get a work permit - something the 17-year-old daughter of a construction worker only dreamed of growing up as an illegal immigrant in the United States.

August 16, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Early August auto sales match July's pace

DETROIT (AP) - It may be the dog days of August, but auto sales aren't slowing.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Median Calif. home price jumps 12 percent in July

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The median price of a home in California approached a four-year high in July as buyers snapped up more expensive properties and foreclosed houses made up a smaller part of the sales mix, a research firm said Wednesday.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


House members' VIP loans excluded from subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic committee chairman overrode his own subpoena three years ago in an investigation of former subprime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. to exclude records showing that he, other House members and congressional aides got VIP discounted loans from the company, documents show.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Great white swims past surfers, warnings posted

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - A great white shark sighting has led to warning signs on California central coast beaches.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California refinery fire probe looks at spark sources

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - Investigators probing the cause of a blaze at Chevron's Richmond refinery in Northern California are looking at heaters and responding emergency vehicles as possible ignition sources for the massive vapor cloud that spewed from a leaky pipe.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kardashian divorce unlikely to be final this year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kim Kardashian's divorce has engulfed her family and network, literally.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ryan called stimulus wasteful, then sought funds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been one of the harshest critics of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan. But months after Congress approved the nearly $800 billion package, the Wisconsin lawmaker was trying to steer money under the program to companies in his home state.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tea party evolves, achieves state policy victories

ATLANTA (AP) - Tea party activists in Georgia helped kill a proposed sales tax increase that would have raised billions of dollars for transportation projects. In Pennsylvania, tea partyers pushed to have taxpayers send public school children to private schools. In Ohio, they drove a referendum to block state health insurance mandates.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews battle dozens of Western fires

CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) - Calmer winds gave Washington state firefighters hope of containing a blaze that left dozens of families homeless, while residents of two small Idaho towns planned to gather Wednesday and discuss evacuation plans because of a growing nearby wildfire.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire arsonist guilty of 5 heart attack deaths

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A jury on Wednesday found a California man guilty of murdering five people who had heart attacks after he deliberately started a blaze that ballooned into a massive wildfire.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US homebuilder confidence at 5-year-high in August

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. homebuilders grew more confident in the housing recovery in August, as many reported that prospects for sales are the best they've been since the home bubble burst five years ago.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. economic recovery is weakest since World War II

WASHINGTON (AP) - The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression.

August 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


Farmer's death still mystery as convict walks free

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to killing his North Dakota neighbor in 1999 over a water drainage dispute will leave prison without ever telling authorities where he dumped the body.

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


Candidate on probation for shoplifting eyes Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A 2011 surveillance video shows a woman with a bag walking into a Neiman Marcus store and trying on clothes. She buys some items and returns others before being stopped outside the high-end department store by security workers.

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


Miley Cyrus gets restraining order vs. Arizona man

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Miley Cyrus obtained a temporary restraining order Friday against an Arizona man who was recently detained by police while trying to meet the singer-actress.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mom charged with killing 3 daughters

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A mother has been charged with stabbing to death her three young daughters, whose bloody bodies were found on a bed at her Southern California home.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Source says Sterling surrendering Clippers control

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Donald Sterling is turning his ownership stake in the Los Angeles Clippers over to his estranged wife, and she is in talks with the NBA to sell the team, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.

May 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


King Richard's bones to have final resting place

LONDON (AP) - In the battle royal over Richard III's bones, Britain's High Court has given the victory to Leicester.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


1 dead in Santa Paula helicopter crash

SANTA PAULA (AP) - Authorities say at least one person was killed when a helicopter crashed in Santa Paula.

May 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


500 rebels attack troops in Ukraine

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Russia will recognize the outcome of Ukraine's presidential vote, President Vladimir Putin promised Friday, voicing hope that Ukraine's new leader would halt the military operation against separatists in the east.

May 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


New carpool lane on Interstate 405 in LA opens

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles commuters who dealt with traffic tie-ups, lane re-routings and warnings over gridlock events dubbed "Carmageddon" and "Jamzilla" have been rewarded with a new 10-mile carpool lane on northbound Interstate 405.

May 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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