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Ex-Bell city manager pleads no contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Robert Rizzo, accused of massive corruption in a small California city, was apparently still pulling strings when he quietly arranged to plead no contest to 69 charges, only days before he was to go on trial on charges of misappropriation of funds and related crimes.

October 04, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US shutdown Day 4: Dems pressure GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama decided to stay home from economic summits in Asia as Democrats stepped up pressure on congressional Republicans to rein in their tea party faction and reopen the government with no strings attached.

October 04, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pills made from poop cure serious gut infections

Hold your nose and don't spit out your coffee: Doctors have found a way to put healthy people's poop into pills that can cure serious gut infections - a less yucky way to do "fecal transplants." Canadian researchers tried this on 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help.

October 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California gives immigrants driver's licenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California on Thursday joined the growing list of states that allow immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to obtain driver's licenses - a measure supported not only by Latino activists but by police chiefs and insurance authorities.

October 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Woman shot dead after Capitol Hill chase

WASHINGTON (AP) - A woman with a 1-year-old girl led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child survived.

October 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


With no jobs report, what's an economist to do?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest victims of the government's partial shutdown: policy wonks, politicians and TV talking heads who are losing their monthly opportunity to dissect the jobs report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

October 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mexicans seek asylum as drug violence persists

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Elizabeth Silva was walking her younger sister to school when two hooded men burst into her house and pumped three bullets into her father. When her 14-year-old brother rushed out of his bedroom to see what was happening, he was also shot dead.

October 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Tesla shares fall further on Model S fire

Shares of Tesla Motors are down another 5 percent as investors in the high-flying company assess the fallout from a fire in one of its $70,000 electric cars.

October 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Forging on: My vacation in a closed national park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Everybody gathers around Joe, the guy who seems to have all the answers. Only he doesn't.

October 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Troopers: IDs on 8 bus crash victims may take days

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol says it could take a couple of days before troopers release the names of the eight people who died in a fiery bus crash.

October 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Tropical Storm Karen forms in the Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Preparations began Thursday along the central Gulf Coast as newly formed Tropical Storm Karen threatened to become the first named tropical system to menace the United States this year.

October 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


94 migrant workers die in shipwreck off Italy

ROME (AP) - A ship carrying African migrants to Europe caught fire and capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday, killing at least 94 people as it spilled hundreds of passengers into the sea, officials said. Over 150 people were rescued but some 200 others were still unaccounted for.

October 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


21 arrested in Internet drug sales

VENTURA (AP) - Southern California authorities have arrested 21 people in connection with selling prescription medications including Adderall, OxyContin and Xanax on the internet.

October 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US shutdown in third day

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government limped into a third day of partial shutdown Thursday with no sign of a way out after a White House conversation between President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders seemed only to harden the stances of Democrats and Republicans.

October 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NSA chief admits testing US cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON (AP) - National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander revealed Wednesday that his spy agency once tested whether it could track Americans' cellphone locations, in addition to its practice of sweeping broad information about calls made.

October 03, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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US pushing cops to stay mum on surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned.

June 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California home prices rise slightly in May

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A research firm says California home prices rose slightly to a new 6½-year high last month as tight inventories limited sales.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police and World Cup protesters clash in Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) - Protesters and Brazilian police clashed in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on Thursday ahead of the first World Cup match, but the demonstrations largely died down before kickoff.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Militant group to march on Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) - The al-Qaida-inspired group that led this week's charge in capturing two key Sunni-dominated cities in Iraq vowed Thursday to march on to Baghdad, raising fears about the Shiite-led government's ability to slow the assault following lightning gains.

June 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Ex-president Bush, 90, makes parachute jump

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in coastal Maine, delivering on a vow he made five years ago even though he can no longer use his legs.

June 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Actress Ruby Dee dead at 91

NEW YORK (AP) - Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter.

June 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Iraq violence threatens OPEC's precarious balance

NEW YORK (AP) - The oil market has balanced out quite nicely for OPEC in recent years. Now, upheaval in Iraq shows that balance may be more precarious than it has seemed.

June 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Some states roll back teacher tenure protections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even before a judge's scathing ruling against California's teacher tenure policies, the once-sacred protections that make it harder to fire teachers already had been weakened in many states - and even removed altogether in some places.

June 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA postpones Mars 'flying saucer' test on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bad weather is preventing NASA from launching a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Drilling states explore human-made earthquakes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts from energy companies, government agencies and universities across the U.S. on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes. The initiative follows Ohio's discovery in April of a probable link between the drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing and five small tremors in eastern Ohio, a first in the Northeast.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Girl on ventilator gets diploma

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery says she will receive an honorary diploma during her school's eighth grade graduation.

June 11, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Driver pleads not guilty in Morgan crash

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A truck driver pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the fatal New Jersey Turnpike crash that also injured comedian Tracy Morgan as investigators look into what role his long commute to work played in the accident.

June 11, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man gets 75 years in ex-wife's murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 55-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday and was immediately sentenced to 75 years to life in prison for the stabbing death of his estranged wife as she worked at a Southern California supermarket.

June 11, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


O.J. TV: 'The Trial of the Century' and then some

NEW YORK (AP) - O.J. TV was a national pastime.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hashtag hounds rack up followers with wacky antics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tuna, the hound so homely he's irresistible, peeks out from beneath his blanket, baring his row of buck teeth in a slapstick smile for the camera.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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