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Will Boy Scouts accept gay youths?

With its ranks deeply divided, the Boy Scouts of America is asking its local leaders from across the country to decide whether its contentious membership policy should be overhauled so that openly gay boys can participate in Scout units.

May 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


4.3 earthquake hits near Eureka

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There are no reports of damage or injuries after a 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Northern California.

May 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pa. coffee run leads to hatchet hitchhiker arrest

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - Two cups of coffee ended life on the run for an Internet sensation known as Kai the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker.

May 18, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


$1 million in jewelry stolen near Cannes film fest

PARIS (AP) - Thieves ripped a safe from the wall of a hotel room near the Cannes Film Festival and made off with around $1 million worth of jewelry, in a brazen late-night burglary just hours after the screening of a film about break-ins at the homes of Hollywood celebrities, French officials said Friday.

May 18, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Brief panic as blanks fired during Cannes TV show

CANNES, France (AP) - A live outdoor television broadcast from the Cannes Film Festival was briefly interrupted Friday when what sounded like gunshots sent crew and spectators scurrying for cover.

May 18, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


UPDATE: Injuries reported as Conn. commuter trains collide

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Two commuter trains serving New York City collided in Connecticut during Friday's evening rush hour, sending 60 people to the hospital, including five with critical injuries, Gov. Dannel Malloy said.

May 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Alaska volcano shoots ash 15,000 feet into the air

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - One of Alaska's most restless volcanoes has shot an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the air in an ongoing eruption that has drawn attention from a nearby community but isn't expected to threaten air traffic.

May 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


14-year term for Calif. doc promising cancer cure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles doctor was sentenced Friday to 14 years in federal prison for bilking patients out of more than $1 million by promising them that an herbal supplement she hawked could cure late-stage cancer and other diseases.

May 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mourners gather to remember Malcolm X's grandson

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds gathered Friday to remember the late grandson of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X as mourners said Malcolm Shabazz was well on his way to cementing his own legacy.

May 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Brown defends education spending in L.A.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is defending his proposal to shift some education spending to the state's neediest children.

May 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Udall tells USFS to override air tanker protest

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado is urging the U.S. Forest Service to make sure a contract dispute doesn't ground large air tankers used to fight wildfires.

May 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


State jobless rate at 4 1/2-year low

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 4 1/2 years as the state experienced one of the sharpest drops in joblessness nationwide, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

May 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Deal to sell Sacramento Kings signed

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced to screaming throngs of Kings fans Friday that the deal to sell the NBA franchise to a group led by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive has been signed.

May 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Congress gets mixed advice on regulating drones

WASHINGTON (AP) - The growing use of unmanned surveillance "eyes in the sky" aircraft raises a thicket of privacy concerns, but Congress is getting mixed advice on what, if anything, to do about it.

May 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'American Idol' finale draws record low ratings

NEW YORK (AP) - Ratings for the "American Idol" finale plunged to a record low for the 12-year-old show.

May 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Jurors adjourn in Stow beating case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jurors adjourned for the weekend Friday without reaching a verdict in a trial to determine fault for the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan following a baseball game at Dodger Stadium three years ago.

June 27, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Next leg of bullet-train line approved

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation gave its approval Friday for work to begin on the second leg of California's proposed $68 billion high-speed rail line, endorsing the state's environmental review for the section running between Fresno and Bakersfield.

June 27, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Live-in nanny refuses to leave

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California couple is taking legal action to evict their live-in nanny who they say refused to work or leave.

June 27, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Missing firefighter found dead in wilderness

FILLMORE (AP) - A California firefighter who disappeared two weeks ago after chasing after his dog during a backpacking trip was found dead Friday, authorities said.

June 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cosmic caffeine: Astronauts getting espresso maker

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Talk about a cosmic caffeine jolt. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police say family of 4 found dead in California

TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) - Police in Central California said on Friday they found a family of four dead inside a home in what appeared to be a murder-suicide.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Elliot Rodger's dad hopes to prevent killings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The father of the young man who killed six people and injured 13 others near the University of California, Santa Barbara, last month says it's his "duty" to help prevent future mass killings.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'The View' prepares for change with new hosts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sherri Shepherd is leaving "The View" after seven years and freshman co-host Jenny McCarthy said she's right behind her, a major upheaval for the daytime talk show a month after creator Barbara Walters' retirement from on-camera duties.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier funding OK'd

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Golden Gate Bridge moved a big step closer to getting a suicide barrier after bridge officials on Friday approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California water project heads to state high court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Supreme Court is set to decide if the state must buy thousands of acres of private property to perform preliminary tests for two massive water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Year after firefighter deaths, town moves forward

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Reminders of the Granite Mountain Hotshots are spread throughout Station 7.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ga. schools resist arming teachers despite new law

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia school leaders are turning down a new option to arm teachers, arguing that it doesn't make kids any safer and creates more problems than state lawmakers intended to solve.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier up for vote

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For John Brooks, the years of waiting for officials to come up with money for a suicide barrier on San Francisco's majestic Golden Gate Bridge have been agonizing. He has fought for one ever since his 17-year-old daughter, Casey, jumped from the rust-colored span in 2008.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. to ask China to restart cyber working group

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States wants to restart a cybersecurity working group that China shut down after the U.S. indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into American companies' computers to steal trade secrets.

June 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Repeal of ban on bare-hand contact with food OK'd

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's chefs and bartenders can resume legally handling food with their bare hands under a bill headed to the governor's desk that would repeal an unpopular regulation.

June 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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