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Peace talks on Syria stuck over Assad's future

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) - Furiously divided from the start, representatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the rebellion against him threatened Wednesday to collapse a peace conference intended to lead them out of civil war.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas executes man despite opposition from Mexico

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Snowstorm dress rehearsal for the Super Bowl

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The NFL and personnel at MetLife Stadium had a Super Bowl pop quiz on snow removal less than two weeks before the title game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Speaker Boehner visits California for drought bill

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says he'll support an emergency drought-relief bill to help farmers through what's certain to be a devastating year.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. sisters get lungs from same donor

HOUSTON (AP) - They quibble, joke and share knowing looks, finishing each other's thoughts and making snide comments - like many sisters. But a recent heated argument was unlike any other they've had, and it ended in a most surprising way.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police search for motive in deadly Purdue shooting

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Classes at Purdue University were interrupted by the sounds of gunfire, fire alarms and screams when a student entered a basement classroom and fatally shot a fellow senior engineering student whom a former teacher described as "phenomenal."

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama targets college sexual assault epidemic

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama shone a light Wednesday on a college sexual assault epidemic that is often shrouded in secrecy, with victims fearing stigma, police poorly trained to investigate and universities reluctant to disclose the violence.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Northeast digs out from snow; NYC back to school

NEW YORK (AP) - Northeasterners scraped and shoveled Wednesday after a snowstorm grounded flights, shuttered schools and buried roads with a surprising amount of snow, leaving biting cold in its wake. The atmosphere was particularly frosty in New York, where some residents complained that plowing was spotty and schools were open while children elsewhere in the region stayed home.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


More heat records set in Southern California

Cloudy skies have made Southern California look a bit wintry but thermometers continue to insist it's summer.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Brown to lay out vision for state in speech

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In just a few years, Gov. Jerry Brown has helped turn California's budget deficits into surpluses, persuaded Californians to raise taxes and quieted the complaints of many political opponents.

January 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Emergency drought bill to be introduced in Calif.

FRESNO (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner is scheduled to visit the Central Valley of California on Wednesday, joining three Republican colleagues to propose emergency legislation aimed at drought relief, a congressional aide said Tuesday.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


3 charged over home-destroying LA-area wildfire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three men have been charged in federal court with illegally setting a campfire that erupted into a wildfire and burned five homes in the Southern California mountains.

January 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Christie takes oath amid scandal, touts mandate

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie sought to turn back the clock as he was sworn into a second term Tuesday, saying voters gave him a mandate in November to "stay the course" and put aside partisan differences, even as Democrats ramped up an investigation into whether his administration abused its power.

January 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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California state parks director steps down

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state parks director abruptly announced his retirement Wednesday, just 19 months after he took control of a department that had been rocked by years of fiscal mismanagement.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Judge hears public on serial rapist release to AV

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - After a sniper's bullet killed her husband in Afghanistan earlier this year, Misty Vivirito moved herself and four daughters from a San Diego Marine Corps base to a home in Southern California's Antelope Valley with room enough for horses and other farm animals.

May 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. woman found 10 years after kidnapping

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A woman who was 15 when she disappeared from her California home a decade ago has contacted police and told them she was kidnapped by a man who sexually assaulted her, forced her into marriage and fathered a child with her, authorities said Wednesday.

May 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California mom in custody after 3 daughters killed

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - A grandmother arrived at a dilapidated home on a busy Southern California street to visit her daughter and three grandchildren, only to find the girls' small, blood-covered bodies neatly arranged on a bed.

May 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Families turn to pros to capture canine memories

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It takes more than a squeaky toy and a camera to capture memorable pet portraits.

May 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Blythe bus crash kills 4

BLYTHE, Calif. (AP) - A tractor-trailer spilled a load of steel pipes onto a highway, triggering a bus crash Wednesday that killed four people and seriously injured at least seven others on the main road linking Southern California and Arizona, authorities said.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rescuers dig for victims of Nigerian car bombs

JOS, Nigeria (AP) - Rescue workers armed with body bags on Wednesday dug into the rubble of buildings destroyed by two car bombs in a central Nigerian city as people searched for loved ones missing in the market attack that killed at least 118.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cuban blogger's news site hacked after going live

HAVANA (AP) - Cuba's first major independent general-interest news outlet in five decades was hacked on Wednesday shortly after being launched by the country's best-known dissident blogger.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: Any misconduct at VA will be punished

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to head off a growing furor over veterans' health care, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that allegations of misconduct at Veterans Affairs hospitals are "dishonorable" and will be not be tolerated by his administration.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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


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