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EPA tightens standards for soot pollution

WASHINGTON (AP) - In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration on Friday imposed a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount of soot released into the air from smokestacks, diesel trucks and other sources of pollution.

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


State: Big surge in Calif. smokeless tobacco sales

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - While cigarette sales have plunged, sales of smokeless tobacco products have surged in the past decade in California, with use among high school students especially leaving state public health officials concerned, according to a state report.

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


Oregon approves tax deal for Nike expansion

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A deal proposed by Nike Inc. to create hundreds of jobs in Oregon in exchange for a guarantee that the state won't change a favorable corporate tax structure prompted state lawmakers to approve emergency legislation Friday.

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


Pot proponents hopeful, wary after Obama comments

SEATTLE (AP) - Officials and pot advocates looking for any sign of whether the Obama administration will sue to block legal pot laws in Washington state and Colorado or stand idly by as they are implemented got one from the president himself.

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


UC suspends new logo after widespread protest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The University of California on Friday suspended a new, modern looking logo after receiving widespread criticism about the contemporary design replacing the venerable institutional seal.

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


Amanda Bynes enters settlement in hit-and-run case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actress Amanda Bynes has resolved a misdemeanor hit-and-run case after entering into a civil settlement with other drivers.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police say 1 officer fatally shot, 1 hurt in Tenn.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis police officer was fatally shot and another wounded during a shootout at a home Friday, authorities said.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Newtown: A special town shattered by tragedy

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - At the crossroads that marks the center of this three-century-old New England postcard town stands a flagpole that's a kind of barometer. Every day, says Susan Osborne White, who has lived here all her life, "it tells me which way the wind is blowing" - and she calls the local newspaper whenever the flag is lowered to half-staff, to ask why.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Gunman kills 26 at Conn. school, commits suicide

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A man killed his mother at home and then opened fire Friday inside the elementary school where she taught, massacring 26 people, including 20 children, as youngsters cowered in fear to the sound of gunshots echoing through the building and screams coming over the intercom.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


This just in from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom

For those calling for the postponement of any discussion of gun and mental health policy in America – you are wrong.

December 14, 2012 | Signal news sources | Signal AP


Tearful Obama calls for action after shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) - A tearful President Barack Obama said Friday he grieved first as a father about the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, declaring, "Our hearts are broken today." He called for "meaningful action" to prevent such shootings but did not say what it should be.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Transgender college hoops player keeps head high

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The women's basketball team at Mission College expected the bleachers to be full and the hecklers ready when its newest player made her home court debut.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry, Hagel frontrunners in cabinet shuffle

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who unsuccessfully sought the presidency in 2004 and has pined for the job of top diplomat, vaulted to the head of President Barack Obama's short list of secretary of state candidates after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice suddenly withdrew from consideration to avoid a contentious confirmation fight with emboldened Republicans.

December 14, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


FDA approves new drug for inhaled anthrax

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials say they approved a new injectable drug from Human Genome Sciences to treat inhalable anthrax.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jenni Rivera's remains returned to So. California

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Jenni Rivera, the Latin music star killed in a weekend plane crash, has made her final journey home.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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4 arrested in celebrations of Mexico World Cup win

HUNTINGTON PARK, Calif. (AP) - Police say four people were arrested in the Los Angeles area after celebrations of Mexico's advancement into the next round of soccer's World Cup grew rowdy and poured into the street.

June 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Outcry after Egypt sentences 3 reporters to prison

CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court on Monday convicted three Al-Jazeera journalists and sentenced them to seven years in prison on terrorism-related charges after a trial dismissed by rights groups as a politically motivated sham. The verdict brought a landslide of international condemnation and calls for the newly elected president to intervene.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Clippers' future hangs on judge's decision

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has asked lawyers for more legal documents arguing their points before he decides whether to approve the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Irvin: Focus on Sterling comments misses point

DALLAS (AP) - Former Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin and NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Monday said the comments made by ousted Clippers owner Donald Sterling needed to be viewed within a broader perspective of how America faces racism.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Husband of slain Iraqi woman gets 26 years to life

EL CAJON, California (AP) - A California judge sentenced an Iraqi immigrant Monday to 26 years-to-life in prison for his wife's fatal beating - an attack that initially drew international condemnation when authorities believed it was a hate crime.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Resort hotel also serves as military test site

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - To the tourists who frolic in the crystal-blue surf of this picturesque, white-sand beach, the Fort Walton Beach Holiday Inn Resort looks like, well, a Holiday Inn with a large beach ball statue on top. But to military officials, it is known as Eglin Air Force Range Test Site A5.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry to Iraq leaders: sharing power is critical

BAGHDAD (AP) - America's top diplomat said Monday that leaders of Iraq's factions must keep their commitments to seat a new parliament next week, before a Sunni insurgency sweeps away hopes for a lasting peace.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Firefighters free puppy from auto wheel

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Firefighters in Bakersfield, California, had to rescue a pit bull from a tight spot.

June 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Defibrillators not required in California stores

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that large retailers aren't required to have defibrillators on hand to help treat customers and workers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

June 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Justices rap EPA, but uphold global warming rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court largely left intact Monday the Obama administration's only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. But a divided court also rebuked environmental regulators for taking too much authority into their own hands without congressional approval.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama encouraging family-friendly work policies

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is encouraging more employers to adopt family-friendly policies by hosting a daylong summit Monday, even though the U.S. government doesn't always set the best example.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US gas prices rise slightly

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - A survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. has risen by 2 cents over the last two weeks to $3.71.

June 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


DeGeneres, Harvey are Daytime Emmy Awards winners

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Harvey and the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" were among the 41st annual Daytime Emmy winners.

June 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mormon woman facing excommunication holds vigil

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - As Kate Kelly's former church leaders met in Virginia on Sunday night to decide if she'll be ousted from her church, more than 100 supporters of the founder of a prominent Mormon women's group held a vigil in Salt Lake City.

June 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Homicide suspected in 2 California inmate deaths

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say foul play is suspected in the deaths of two inmates at a federal prison in Southern California, which is on lockdown as an investigation proceeds.

June 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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