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Russian President Putin links gays to pedophiles

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Yet he defended Russia's anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and said Russia needs to "cleanse" itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate.

January 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama fuels reform on some but not all NSA spying

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's orders to change some U.S. surveillance practices put the burden on Congress to deal with a national security controversy that has alarmed Americans and outraged foreign allies. Yet he avoided major action on the practice of sweeping up billions of phone, email and text messages from across the globe.

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


Unions protest Postal Service outlets at Staples

WASHINGTON (AP) - The opening of Postal Service retail centers in dozens of Staples stores around the country is being met with threats of protests and boycotts by the agency's unions.

January 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


LA to receive list of possibly dangerous buildings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Researchers have decided to hand the city of Los Angeles a list of older concrete buildings, some of which may be prone to collapse during a strong earthquake.

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


Tucson police look at potential tips in abduction

A door-to-door effort launched this week in the case of a Tucson girl who disappeared from her bedroom more than 18 months ago has yielded some possible tips, police said Saturday

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


As LA-area fire wanes, dangerous conditions remain

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of residents who fled a wildfire in the suburbs of Los Angeles returned home Saturday as red-flag warnings of extremely dangerous fire conditions expired, but officials say that bone-dry winter conditions remain a threat for the region.

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


Teen charged as adult in Philly school shooting

Police charged a boy with aggravated assault and related crimes on Saturday in connection with a shooting that wounded two students inside a Philadelphia high school gymnasium, but released a second boy from custody without charging him.

January 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Nyong'o and Leto win SAG awards

Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto established themselves as Oscar favorites with supporting acting wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

January 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mayor: Christie aides tied Sandy funds to project

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The Christie administration withheld millions of dollars in Superstorm Sandy recovery grants from a New Jersey city because its mayor refused to sign off on a politically connected commercial development, the mayor said Saturday.

January 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


As LA-area fire wanes, dangerous conditions remain

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire in the suburbs of Los Angeles was a smoldering shadow of its former self, but hundreds of residents of a foothill neighborhood remained evacuated and extremely dangerous fire conditions were expected to last well into Saturday.

January 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California nut farmers band together to fight theft

ESCALON, Calif. (AP) - The soaring value of California's nut crops is attracting a new breed of thieves who have been making off with the pricey commodities by the truckload, recalling images of cattle rustlers of bygone days.

January 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama tightens reins on surveillance programs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tightening the reins on the nation's sweeping surveillance operations, President Barack Obama on Friday ordered new limits on the way intelligence officials access phone records from hundreds of millions of Americans - and moved toward eventually stripping the massive data collection from the government's hands.

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


Horse slaughter blocked by federal law

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The resumption of commercial horse slaughter in the U.S. was blocked Friday as President Barack Obama signed a budget measure that withholds money for required federal inspections of the slaughtering process.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Gravity,' '12 Years' win big at Critics' Choice

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Gravity" soared with a record-setting seven Critics' Choice Awards, but "12 Years a Slave" was named best picture.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Drug charges dropped for Calif. treasurer's wife

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County judge has dismissed drug charges against the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

January 17, 2014 | 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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