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LA schools begin providing iPads to students

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest school district has begun providing iPads to its students, hoping to boost achievement and put low-income students on a footing with wealthier ones.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Soldier sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A military jury sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death on Wednesday for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the Army psychiatrist what he believed would be a path to martyrdom in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. launches drone to scout for spot fires

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - As firefighters make progress containing a raging wildfire in and near Yosemite National Park, officials have turned to unmanned aircraft to monitor for unexpected developments.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tiny Okla. town tries to rid water supply of worms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Beating the late-summer heat isn't as easy as running to the sink in one northeast Oklahoma town, as residents there are being asked not to drink tap water after red worms were found in the filtering system.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Key Democrats seek to delay Calif. prison order

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Democrats who control the state Senate have devised their own plan to comply with a federal court order to lower California's prison population, greatly complicating a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown announced the day before.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. fire prompts unhealthy air warnings in Nevada

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - The giant wildfire burning at the edge of Yosemite National Park has not only destroyed buildings and threatened water supplies, electricity and sequoias, it has also unleashed a smoky haze that has worsened air quality more than 100 miles away in Nevada.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


George Zimmerman's wife pleads guilty to perjury

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman's wife pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband's arrest, and she was sentenced to a year's probation and 100 hours of community service.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Facebook: Governments demanded data on 38K users

WASHINGTON (AP) - Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday.

August 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Today marks 50th anniversary of 'I Have a Dream' speech

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will lead the civil rights pioneers of today and two of his presidential predecessors Wednesday in a celebrative but solemn commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech of yesteryear, saluting his fight for equal opportunity.

August 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fort Hood gunman won't call witnesses, testify

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The Army psychiatrist who fatally shot 13 people at Fort Hood decided not to present any evidence during his trial's penalty phase on Tuesday even though jurors are deciding whether to sentence him to death.

August 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Some school districts quit healthier lunch program

After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.

August 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Squelching Sierra fires left forest ready to burn

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

August 27, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Squelching Sierra fires left forest ready to burn

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

August 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Northern California grass fire burns 2 homes, threatens more

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A fast-moving grass fire has burned at least two homes and is threatening dozens more in a crowded Northern California neighborhood.

August 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: U.S. readies rationale for possible Syria strike

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration tried to bolster its case Tuesday for possible military action against Syria within days, with intelligence agencies preparing to release intercepted communications aimed at proving Bashar Assad perpetrated a large-scale chemical weapons attack on civilians. "There's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime," Vice President Joe Biden said.

August 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Venezuelan officials break up protesters' camps

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Hundreds of security forces broke up four camps maintained by student protesters, arresting 243 people Thursday in a pre-dawn raid.

May 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan frees FBI agent detained at the airport

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan released an FBI agent on nearly $10,000 bail Thursday after three days in custody, officials said, a move that is likely to prevent the situation from escalating into a diplomatic spat.

May 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California museum to return statue to Cambodia

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - The Norton Simon Museum has agreed to return a 10th century statue that may have been looted from a Cambodian temple during that country's genocidal civil war in the 1970s.

May 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


No gains for 12th-graders on national exam

WASHINGTON (AP) - Handing out dismal grades, the Nation's Report Card says America's high school seniors lack critical math and reading skills for an increasingly competitive global economy.

May 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Fear of economic blow as births drop around world

NEW YORK (AP) - Nancy Strumwasser, a high school teacher from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, always thought she'd have two children. But the layoffs that swept over the U.S. economy around the time her son was born six years ago helped change her mind. Though she and her husband, a market researcher, managed to keep their jobs, she fears they won't be so fortunate next time.

May 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2 weeks to go for 2018 Super Bowl hopeful cities

The three cities vying to host the 2018 Super Bowl entered the home stretch Wednesday.

May 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hemingway pic a rare Hollywood moment in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) - Rebels allied with a young Fidel Castro burst into the street outside Havana's Government Palace as soldiers loyal to strongman Fulgencio Batista rain gunfire from above. Steps away, Ernest Hemingway and a young journalist friend dive for cover behind a parked car.

May 07, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Applicants, bosses both blamed as jobs go unfilled

NEW YORK (AP) - Many potential employees don't follow directions on job postings, are no-shows at interviews and sometimes accept a job only to say at the last minute, they're going to work for somebody else.

May 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fear of economic blow as births drop around world

NEW YORK (AP) - Nancy Strumwasser, a high school teacher from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, always thought she'd have two children. But the layoffs that swept over the U.S. economy around the time her son was born six years ago helped change her mind. Though she and her husband, a market researcher, managed to keep their jobs, she fears they won't be so fortunate next time.

May 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine tightens cordon around rebellious city

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - A pro-Russia militia holding an eastern Ukrainian city came under further pressure Tuesday from advancing government troops, but militants acted with impunity elsewhere in the turbulent region.

May 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Border Patrol complaints seldom lead to discipline

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Of 809 complaints filed against U.S. Border Patrol agents during a three-year period, disciplinary measures were taken in just 13 cases, according to a report released Tuesday by an immigrant advocacy organization.

May 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Raids target synthetic drugs, sellers across US

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday broadened its national crackdown on synthetic drug manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers as federal agents served hundreds of search and arrest warrants in at least 25 states.

May 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Putin: Troops have pulled back from Ukraine border

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia has pulled back its troops from the Ukrainian border, Vladimir Putin told diplomats Wednesday as he urged insurgents in southeast Ukraine to postpone their planned referendum Sunday on autonomy.

May 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


LAX makeover about to get painful

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Getting to, from and around Los Angeles International Airport has never been easy. Airport officials said Tuesday it's going to get worse.

May 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Southwest faces even hotter, drier conditions

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Hotter, drier conditions in the already drought-stricken Southwest are expected to further stress the region's water supply, threatening specialty crops and making forests more vulnerable to wildfires and tree-killing insects.

May 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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