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Notorious Macau gangster set for prison release

HONG KONG (AP) - When the notorious Macau crime boss known as Broken Tooth Koi is released from prison Saturday after serving nearly 15 years he will hardly recognize the city he terrorized in the late 1990s with a brutal gangland war.

November 30, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Palestinian: new Israeli settlements a provocation

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The Palestinian U.N. envoy accused Israel on Friday of carrying out "an immediate provocation" following the U.N.'s recognition of the state of Palestine by announcing the expansion of settlements which he denounced as illegal.

November 30, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wyo. murder-suicide happened during class

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A man wielding a sharp-edged weapon killed one person in a Casper neighborhood Friday before killing a male teacher and himself in front of students in a community college classroom, causing a campus-wide lockdown as authorities tried to piece together what happened.

November 30, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. storm brings intense rain, flood warnings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The second in a series of storms slammed Northern California on Friday as heavy rain and strong winds knocked out power, tied up traffic and caused flooding along some stretches.

November 30, 2012 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA Unified, union OK test scores to judge teachers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District has reached an agreement with its teachers union over using state standardized test scores to evaluate teachers.

November 30, 2012 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


US government releases once-secret Watergate files

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government on Friday released more than 850 pages of once-secret documents from the Watergate political scandal, providing new insights on privileged legal conversations and prison evaluations of some burglars in the case. A federal judge had decided earlier this month to unseal some material, but other records still remain off limits.

November 30, 2012 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Possible generator tampering found at nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Someone may have tampered with an emergency generator at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but there was no danger because both reactors at the California coastal facility are shut down, operators said.

November 30, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tennis referee murder case dismissed in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The arrest of an aging tennis referee in her husband's death was a shocker last summer. On Friday, the case took another surprise twist when prosecutors dropped the murder case against Lois Goodman.

November 30, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California utility worker dies in crash in storm

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Pacific Gas & Electric employee has died after his truck crashed into a traffic signal pole as he was driving during stormy weather.

November 30, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


10 state attorneys general oppose gun permit law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Attorneys general in New York and nine other states, including California, are asking U.S. Senate leaders to stop legislation that would let licensed gun owners carry concealed firearms across state lines.

November 30, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


War rips apart families, neighbors in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - BEIRUT - It's at night that worries over her children hit the matriarch of the Khayyat family hardest, tormenting her as she tries to sleep.

November 30, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pressuring GOP, Obama takes his fiscal plan to Pa.

HATFIELD, Pa. (AP) - President Barack Obama argued Friday that allowing taxes to rise for the middle class would amount to a "lump of coal" for Christmas," while Republican House Speaker John Boehner declared that negotiations to surmount a looming fiscal cliff are going "almost nowhere."

November 30, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Retailers report weak sales gains for November

NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday was no match for Superstorm Sandy.

November 30, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Second storm hitting state

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The second in a series of storms is hitting Northern California, with heavy rain and wind knocking out power and causing localized flooding.

November 30, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Talks resuming to end port strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Labor talks are resuming in an effort to end a strike that shut down most of the terminals at the nation's busiest port complex, the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors, officials say.

November 30, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Iraq militia parades as insurgents seize crossing

BAGHDAD (AP) - Thousands of heavily-armed Shiite militiamen paraded through several Iraqi cities Saturday as Sunni militants seized two strategically located towns in what appeared to be a new offensive in western Anbar province.

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


There's a new 'World's Ugliest Dog'

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) - It's that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete to be the World's Ugliest Dog.

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


Obama: Workplace flexibility is a basic need

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says child care, family leave and workplace flexibility aren't frills, they're basic needs.

June 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


New World's Ugliest Dog crowned

PETALUMA (AP) - It's that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete to be the World's Ugliest Dog.

June 20, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Landlord faces criminal charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The owner of a home in Sylmar where four people died in a fire is facing criminal charges.

June 20, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Congresswoman wants e-cigarettes regulated

SAN MATEO (AP) - A California congresswoman wants electronic cigarettes regulated in the same way as typical tobacco products and announced legislation Friday that would do so.

June 20, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Area supervisor warns of wildfire season

PASADENA - Santa Clarita Valley's representative on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors joined firefighters and other officials Friday in calling for residents to take precautions now to protect themselves during wildfire season.

June 20, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


State, Amtrak cancel joint high-speed train bid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority have canceled a joint agreement to bid on high-speed trains that was billed as a way to save money and lure train manufacturing to the United States.

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


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


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