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Scientists dig for fossils in LA a century later

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Surrounded by a gooey graveyard of prehistoric beasts, a small crew diligently wades through a backlog of fossil finds from a century of excavation at the La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of Los Angeles.

October 27, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Divers work to clear debris off California coast

CHANNEL ISLANDS, Calif. (AP) - Volunteer divers have dredged up 900 pounds of debris, a half-dozen lobster traps and 1,400 feet of trap line in an effort to clean up the ocean around California's Channel Islands.

October 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Scientists dig for fossils in LA a century later

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Surrounded by a gooey graveyard of prehistoric beasts, a small crew diligently wades through a backlog of fossil finds from a century of excavation at the La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of Los Angeles.

October 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Bad Grandpa' sinks 'Gravity' to top box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apparently astronauts are no match for Jackass.

October 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: Roadside bomb kills 18 Afghan civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A roadside bomb killed 18 civilians Sunday, mostly women and children, after it struck a small bus coming from a wedding in a lawless district of eastern Afghanistan's Ghazni province, police said.

October 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wave of attacks kills at least 66 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) - A series of attacks including car bombings in Baghdad, an explosion at a market and a suicide assault in a northern city killed at least 66 people Sunday across Iraq, officials said, the latest in a wave of violence washing over the country.

October 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NYPD: Cousin admitted fatally stabbing mom, 4 kids

NEW YORK (AP) - A Chinese immigrant was arrested Sunday on five counts of murder in the deaths of his cousin's wife and her four children in a stabbing rampage in their Brooklyn home.

October 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Meteorologists spy clue to heat waves weeks away

WASHINGTON (AP) - Meteorologists may have found a way to predict some killer heat waves up to three weeks in advance. Now, the best they can do is about 10 days.

October 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mass. mom's 'heart is broken' over teacher killing

DANVERS, Mass. (AP) - The mother of the Massachusetts teenager accused of killing his teacher inside a school bathroom is brokenhearted over the educator's death and seeks prayers for her son, according to a statement released Saturday by her son's defense attorney.

October 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Arrest ends Calif shootout that wounded 6 officers

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Police said a wanted parolee fired first in a shootout that left six officers injured and led to an hours-long standoff in a suburban Sacramento city before he surrendered.

October 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jay-Z defends deal with store accused of profiling

NEW YORK (AP) - Jay-Z - under increasing pressure to back out of a collaboration with the luxury store Barneys New York after it was accused of racially profiling two black customers - said Saturday he's being unfairly "demonized" for just waiting to hear all of the facts.

October 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mojave Desert gunman's life crumbled to bloody end

RIDGECREST (AP) - Sergio Munoz was known around this small desert city to acquaintances as a personable dad, and to police for his long rap sheet.

October 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Marcia Wallace dies, voice of 'Simpsons' Krabappel

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marcia Wallace, the voice of scoffing schoolteacher Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons," whose wise-cracking characters on "The Bob Newhart Show" and other prime-time hits endeared her to generations of TV viewers, has died.

October 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Malaysia bans Ke$ha concert, cites 'culture' clash

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia have banned a planned concert by U.S. pop singer Ke$ha after deciding it would hurt cultural and religious sensitivities.

October 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif mayor faulted for immigrant remarks resigns

EL CAJON (AP) - The mayor of a San Diego suburb says he will step down after being criticized for his remarks about Iraqi immigrants.

October 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


Man charged with setting wildfire

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man was charged with setting one of nearly a dozen fires that have destroyed homes and raced through nearly 20,000 acres of northern and eastern San Diego County brush land, but most of the blazes seemed to be dying down, despite the eruption of a new fire at the Camp Pendleton Marine base.

May 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California fire chief arrested in stabbing death

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Despite reported sightings as distant as Los Angeles and Oregon, a former California fire battalion chief suspected in the stabbing death of his girlfriend never moved far from home as he eluded capture for more than two weeks, authorities said Friday.

May 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mid-air near-collision under investigation

HONOLULU (AP) - Federal officials are investigating how two passenger jetliners got on potentially dangerous paths toward each other near Hawaii at an altitude of about 33,000 feet.

May 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rare footage shows 'brave struggle' of FDR walking

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Rare film footage featuring President Franklin D. Roosevelt walking to his seat at a baseball game helps dispel the myth that he completely hid his disability and shows the courage it took to go about his daily life, experts said Friday.

May 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California jobless rate at lowest level since 2008

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - In one of the strongest signals yet of a rebounding economy, California's unemployment rate has dipped below 8 percent for the first time in nearly six years, the state Economic Development Department said Friday.

May 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Florence official: Kardashian, West to wed May 24

ROME (AP) - Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will wed and host a reception at Florence's imposing 16th-century Belvedere Fort on May 24, a spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office said Friday.

May 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Some evacuations lifted in San Diego fire area

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Some evacuation orders were lifted early Friday in an area near the fiercest of several wildfires in San Diego County, as crews building containment lines around the blazes hoped cooler temperatures will help them make further progress.

May 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Government fines GM maximum $35M in safety case

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. safety regulators have fined General Motors $35 million for delays in recalling small cars with faulty ignition switches that are linked to at least 13 deaths.

May 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bill limits full contact youth football drills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Responding to parental safety concerns, the state Assembly on Thursday passed legislation limiting full-contact practices for high school football teams.

May 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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