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State tests show lead in jewelry

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is cracking down on more than a dozen businesses accused of selling and distributing costume jewelry containing dangerous levels of lead despite repeated warnings.

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Restaurants duck foie gras ban with little bite

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Restaurants are finding clever ways to duck California's new ban on selling foie gras, the engorged liver delicacy made by force-feeding birds.

July 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Federal produce-testing program spared -- for now

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The nation's largest produce-safety testing program narrowly escaped closure thanks to a last-minute grudging reprieve from the Agriculture Department, and finding a permanent solution to keep tainted fruits and vegetables from reaching consumers could take an even bigger effort.

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


State orders piece of Los Angeles light rail track replaced

LOS ANGELES (AP) - State regulators have ordered Los Angeles-area transportation officials to replace a problematic piece of track at the junction where two light rail lines meet.

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


No housing in new NBCUniversal studio upgrade plan

UNIVERSAL CITY (AP) - NBCUniversal is abandoning plans to build nearly 3,000 residences as part of an expansion on what is now its studio back-lot after complaints from surrounding residents and local politicians.

July 17, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


11 pot gardens raided near Porterville

PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - More than 106,000 marijuana plants have been cleared from gardens found in the hills above Porterville.

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


State treasurer seeks divorce amid public troubles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has filed for divorce from his wife, Nadia Lockyer, who resigned her seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors earlier this year.

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


1 reaches plea deal in California classroom hazing case

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - An 18-year-old student who was charged with classroom hazing has agreed to a plea deal and will testify against his teacher, who is also charged.

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


UPDATE: FDA approves first pill to help prevent HIV

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first drug shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection, the latest milestone in the 30-year battle against the virus that causes AIDS.

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


Kids with asthma more likely to visit ER in Imperial County

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) - Children with asthma in the dusty and impoverished Imperial County are far more likely to visit the emergency room, costing taxpayers for care often covered by state and federal health care programs.

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


California cities eye plan to seize mortgages

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - In the foreclosure-battered inland stretches of California, local government officials desperate for change are weighing a controversial but inventive way to fix troubled mortgages: Condemn them.

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


Paramedics turn to expired drugs due to shortages

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - When paramedics ran out of a critical drug used to treat irregular heartbeats, the Bend Fire Department in Central Oregon dug into its stash of expired medications, loaded up the trucks and kept treating patients.

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


170 homes under threat from Placer County blaze

FORESTHILL, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters are struggling to contain a blaze that has consumed one home and forced evacuations from dozens of others in Placer County.

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


U.S. economy appears weaker as retail sales slump

WASHINGTON (AP) - The outlook for the U.S. economy appeared dimmer Monday after a report that Americans spent less at retail businesses for a third straight month in June.

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


Polish rescuers of Jews celebrated as heroes

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - For decades, nobody really talked about them: the thousands of Poles, mostly Roman Catholics, who risked their lives during World War II to save Jewish friends, neighbors and even strangers.

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


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Police dig into fatal shooting of Jace's wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jace projected the image of a doting, hands-on father and husband to neighbors, but authorities say they are now trying to determine what prompted the veteran actor to apparently shoot and kill his wife while their young sons were in the home.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Famous San Francisco street to see summer closing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco transit leaders will temporarily close a stretch of Lombard Street, a popular tourist spot that's known as the "Crookedest Street in The World."

May 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Republicans facing off for chance to face Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky dispatched his tea party challenger with ease to win nomination to a new term Tuesday night, and nearly a dozen candidates vied for spots on the Georgia ballot for fall elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate, highlights of primaries in six states.

May 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge expresses ongoing concerns about Casey Kasem

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Tuesday expanded the powers of Casey Kasem's daughter to determine whether her father is receiving adequate medical care amid his ongoing concerns about the health and welfare of the ailing radio personality.

May 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Los Angeles subway getting $2.1B federal promise

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal transportation officials are promising another big dose of cash to help expand Los Angeles' growing public transit network - this time, $2.1 billion in grants and loans to extend a subway line into Beverly Hills.

May 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pennsylvania gay marriage ban overturned by judge

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage was overturned by a federal judge Tuesday in a decision that legalizes same-sex marriage throughout the Northeast.

May 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-players sue NFL over use of painkillers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Opening another legal attack on the NFL over the long-term health of its athletes, a group of retired players accused the league in a lawsuit Tuesday of cynically supplying them with powerful painkillers that kept them in the game but led to serious complications down the road.

May 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Thailand's army declares martial law, denies coup

BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's powerful military chief intervened Tuesday for the first time in the country's latest political crisis, declaring martial law and dispatching gun-mounted jeeps into the heart of the capital with a vow to resolve the deepening conflict as quickly as possible.

May 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Shield' actor Jace arrested in wife's death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested on suspicion of homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their Los Angeles home, authorities said.

May 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Sherlock Holmes is focus of London museum show

LONDON (AP) - The Museum of London is turning its magnifying glass on the most famous Londoner who never lived - Sherlock Holmes.

May 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Paul McCartney cancels Japan tour due to virus

TOKYO (AP) - Paul McCartney is canceling his entire Japan tour because of illness.

May 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


4 major phone carriers providing text-to-911

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The four major U.S. wireless phone companies are providing emergency texting 911 service as of this month to any local government that wants it and has the capability to use it, a big step toward moving the nation's emergency dispatch system out of the voice-only technology that dates to the 1960s.

May 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NBA charges Sterling, sets up June 3 hearing

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA charged Donald Sterling on Monday with damaging the league and its teams with his racist comments, setting up a June 3 hearing after which owners could vote to terminate his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.

May 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama touts business influx; some firms exit, too

WASHINGTON (AP) - While in Brussels for talks with European leaders in March, President Barack Obama held a little-noticed meeting with executives of a Belgian aerospace company. It was barely a footnote in a trip dominated by tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

May 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ruling expected Monday on Oregon gay marriage ban

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge was expected to make Oregon the latest state to allow gay marriage Monday after state officials refused to defend its constitutional ban in court.

May 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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