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Army scrapping 4 US chemical weapons incinerators

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - The Pentagon spent $10.2 billion over three decades burning tons of deadly nerve gas and other chemical weapons stored in four states - some of the agents so deadly even a few drops can kill.

November 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. school to keep 'Arabs,' may change mascot

THERMAL (AP) - School officials in Southern California say the "Arabs" name is here to stay, but the divisive costumed mascot that represents them may be changing.

November 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mementos kept 50 years after JFK's death

DALLAS (AP) - The mementoes are everywhere, preserved for five decades by people who wish they could forget: Letters of grief and thanks, in a widow's hand. An unwanted wedding band. A rose stained with blood.

November 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Police probe shooting death of Assemblyman's father

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police are investigating whether the shooting death of a state assemblyman's father is related to an earlier assault in the neighborhood.

November 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


GOP sees health care as 2014 opportunity

WASHINGTON (AP) - In his West Virginia district, the TV ads attacking Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall over the calamitous startup of President Barack Obama's health care law have already begun.

November 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Search for missing a hellish routine after typhoon

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - John Lajara peers under a slab of crumbled concrete, lifts a sodden white teddy bear then drops it back into the filth. He reaches again into the rubble and pulls out a boot, a treasured find in this typhoon-flattened village. But he's searching for something far more precious - the body of his brother, Winston.

November 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Toronto council to make Ford mayor in name only

TORONTO (AP) - The Toronto City Council moved a step closer to making Rob Ford a mayor in name only following months of publicity surrounding his excessive drinking and drug use, and will look to complete those efforts next week when council resumes.

November 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


China to ease 1-child policy, abolish labor camps

BEIJING (AP) - China's leaders announced Friday the first significant easing of its one-child policy in nearly 30 years and moved to abolish its labor camp system - addressing deeply unpopular programs at a time when the Communist Party feels increasingly alienated from the public.

November 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Altered landscape for Sony, Microsoft consoles

NEW YORK (AP) - Remember a time before "Angry Birds," the iPad and the iPhone? No?

November 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know: This Week's Takeaways

Looking back at the stories to remember from this week:

November 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


After condom law, porn film permits plummet

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of permits pulled to make porn films in Los Angeles County has declined an estimated 95 percent - from about 480 issued in 2012 to only 24 through the first nine months of this year - since a law requiring adult film actors to use condoms took effect, officials said Friday.

November 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Comic Jon Stewart and Chicago mayor engage over deep-dish diss

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's mayor has delivered a message to comedian Jon Stewart: Don't diss his city's prized pizza.

November 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Bodies in desert believed to be missing family

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - Human remains found this week in the Southern California desert are believed to be a San Diego-area family of four who disappeared more than three years ago, and their deaths appear to be homicides, authorities said Friday.

November 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Batkid' fighting crime in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crooks beware! Batkid is fighting crime Friday on the mean streets of San Francisco.

November 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Retailers take on Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the center of it all.

November 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Iraqi immigrants fear for loved ones back home

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A sobbing businessman in his 30s called a hotline set up by his fellow Iraqi immigrants, desperate to talk to someone after fearing his father was the man he saw in an online news video of a beheading in northern Iraq.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UN: Number of world's displaced over 50 million

BEIRUT (AP) - For the first time since World War II, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Congress probes how IRS emails could go missing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service commissioner said Friday the agency will not share with Congress additional details about its lost emails related to the ongoing tea party investigation until its own review is finished because he said Republicans are releasing inaccurate, interim information.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Panel considers raising California officials' pay

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The commission that decides the pay and benefits of lawmakers and statewide officials, including the governor and attorney general, is meeting to decide whether to grant a second consecutive pay raise.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Governor signs $108 billion California budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed California's $108 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that pays down debt, builds a rainy day fund and provides additional money for schools and health care.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Arrestee's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A handsome mug shot of a Northern California man arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 30,000 "likes" and drawing comments praising his high cheek bones, chiseled face and striking blue eyes.

June 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Jackson still a provider 5 years after death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's been five years since Michael Jackson died, yet his career is more alive than it has been in decades.

June 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama's health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a poll released Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Presbyterian assembly: Gay marriage is Christian

DETROIT (AP) - The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


US revamps screening of migrant kid sponsors

SANTA ANA (AP) - The federal government has resumed checking the fingerprints of people other than parents who step forward to care for migrant children detained at the border amid concern by immigrant advocates that skipping the screening could put children at risk.

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Prolific songwriter dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Up on the Roof" and "The Loco-Motion," died early Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


NCAA president: Pay could destroy college sports

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - NCAA President Mark Emmert stuck to his contention that amateurism is the core of college athletics, saying any effort to pay players would destroy a framework that has been in place for more than a century and cause many schools to either abandon sports or refuse to play other schools that do pay.

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


Study finds blackbird decline in California

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A blackbird species found mostly in the Central Valley of California has experienced a major decline in its population over the past several years due in part to farming practices, researchers say.

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


Alleged Calif. hitman pleads guilty in Ala. case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A man who claims to be a contract killer for multiple drug cartels in Mexico and admitted to killing dozens of people in several states pleaded guilty Thursday to murder in Alabama and was sentenced to serve 50 years in prison.

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


New push to get girls into computer sciences

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Diana Navarro loves to code, and she's not afraid to admit it. But the 18-year-old Rutgers University computer science major knows she's an anomaly: Writing software to run computer programs in 2014 is - more than ever - a man's world.

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


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