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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


Latinos inspired by 1963 march to push for rights

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - As thousands of marchers made their way to the nation's capital in August 1963 for what was officially billed as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Maria Varela stayed put in the Deep South with no plans to participate.

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


Texas megachurch linked to 21 measles cases

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas megachurch linked to at least 21 cases of measles has been trying to contain the outbreak by hosting vaccination clinics, officials said.

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


L.A. County deputies arrested for camping gunplay

CHINO, Calif. (AP) - Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been arrested for allegedly pulling guns and shooting during a weekend dispute at a Chino campground.

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


Ford recalls assassination attempt in video

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Newly released footage from the trial of Charles Manson disciple Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme shows President Gerald Ford calmly and carefully recalling the attempted assassination in the videotaped testimony.

August 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry: Chemical arms use in Syria 'undeniable'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry declared Monday that there was "undeniable" evidence of a large-scale chemical weapons attack in Syria, toughening the Obama administration's criticism of Bashar Assad's regime and outlining a justification for possible U.S. military action.

August 27, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge won't drop charges in deadly UCLA lab fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has refused to dismiss charges against a UCLA chemistry professor over a deadly laboratory fire.

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


Police say man shot mom, fled on tractor

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Court records show a Southern California woman who police say was killed by her 29-year-old son over the weekend had been granted a three-year restraining order against him in 2008.

August 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Palmdale: 279 birds seized in cockfighting raid

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say they've disbanded a Los Angeles County cockfighting ring and seized nearly 300 birds.

August 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Stars to join March on Washington events

WASHINGTON (AP) - Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker are among the celebrities joining three presidents this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

August 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Bill would let non-physicians perform abortions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A bill that would allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to perform a type of early abortion is one step away from the governor.

August 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Study: Crab-eating otters combat water pollution

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The familiar sight of a sea otter floating on its back, meal on its belly, is more than a cuddly spectacle, research at a Central California estuary has found.

August 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


First fire, then floods in Western forest

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Drenching rain in the wildfire-blackened hills below Colorado's Pikes Peak sent a torrent of rock and mud into the tourist town of Manitou Springs this month, killing a 53-year-old man and smashing into dozens of houses.

August 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama awards Medal of Honor to Afghan war veteran

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter on Monday, saluting the veteran of the war in Afghanistan as "the essence of true heroism."

August 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews battle huge wildfire raging in Yosemite area

TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) - Crews working to contain one of California's largest ever wildfires had help from the blaze itself as they made advances overnight against the flames threatening San Francisco's water supply, several towns near Yosemite National Park, and historic giant sequoias.

August 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Drivers beware: Your air bag may not deploy

Here's an unsettling fact about cars equipped with air bags: They don't always deploy when drivers - or regulators - expect them to.

May 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sorry I'm not sorry: Some classic non-apologies

NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling only dug himself in deeper after slamming Magic Johnson when he was supposed to be atoning for his own racist remarks. But he's not the first celebrity to learn the perils of making a non-apology apology.

May 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


City Council votes to declare commission vacancies

With a number of terms set to expire this summer, a collection of seats on Santa Clarita commissions are set to become open for application, according to city officials.

May 14, 2014 | By Luke Money | Signal AP


European court: Google must yield on personal info

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Google and other search engines were thrust into an unwanted new role Tuesday - caretaker of people's reputations - when Europe's highest court ruled that individuals should have some say over what information comes up when their names are Googled.

May 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California governor releases $107 billion budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday released a record-high spending plan thanks to California's recent tax windfall. But the Democratic governor cautioned that the surplus is needed to pay for an unexpectedly high number of people enrolling in health care, while the rest should be used to help shore up the teachers' retirement system.

May 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fires erupt amid California heat wave

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Firefighters are battling a brush fire on the outskirts of a San Diego County community as a high pressure system brings a spring heat wave to California.

May 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California governor releases $107 billion budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday released a record-high spending plan thanks to California's recent tax windfall. But the Democratic governor cautioned that the surplus is needed to pay for an unexpectedly high number of people enrolling in health care, while the rest should be used to help shore up the teachers' retirement system.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Southern California home price gains slow in April

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California home prices increased at a slower pace in April as inventories improved and investor purchases waned, a research firm said Tuesday. Sales fell but less dramatically than in previous months.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sterling stirs new dispute with Magic-HIV remarks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An interview that was supposed to be an attempt at rehabilitation instead had Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling facing fresh rebukes as he went from apologizing for recent racist remarks to slamming Magic Johnson, repeatedly bringing up the ex-NBA star's HIV status and calling him an unfit role model for children.

May 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine: 6 soldiers ambushed, killed in the east

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Germany's foreign minister on Tuesday tried to broker a quick launch of talks between Ukraine's central government and pro-Russia separatists, yet fighting still claimed six lives in restive eastern Ukraine.

May 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


South Sudan: Bodies in wells, houses burned

LEER, South Sudan (AP) - Bodies stuffed in wells. Houses burned down. Children playing on military hardware. And infants showing the skeletal outlines of severe hunger.

May 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Godzilla proves even giant monsters need lawyers

He spews radioactive fire, razes cities and pummels creatures from Earth and beyond, but even Godzilla needs a good lawyer sometimes. After all, you don't survive 60 years in the movie business without taking some fights to court.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas lawmakers tour embattled Sriracha plant

IRWINDALE (AP) - The maker of the popular Sriracha (suhr-AH'-chuh) hot sauce says he has no intention of moving his embattled factory out of Irwindale, California, but he has told two visiting Texas lawmakers he might consider expanding into that state.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police add texting to crisis negotiation arsenal

The suspect in a gas station robbery and 100 mph chase kept pointing his handgun to his head, and police negotiator Andres Wells was doing all he could to keep the man from committing suicide. But he kept cutting Wells' phone calls short.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire forces 20,000 evacuations near San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Wildfires pushed by gusty winds chewed through canyons parched by California's drought, prompting evacuation orders for more than 20,000 homes on the outskirts of San Diego and another 1,200 homes and businesses in Santa Barbara County 250 miles to the north.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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