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Raft of office-buying fuels disgust from Chinese

XILINHOT, China (AP) - In a small town in northern China's Inner Mongolia where sheep and cattle easily outnumber humans, Fan Chen paid a Communist Party boss three times an average urban resident's annual salary to become a local police chief.

November 01, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Broker: Wright-designed Ariz. home to be preserved

PHOENIX (AP) - A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Phoenix home that had been slated for demolition will apparently survive under a new owner.

November 01, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wind kicks up 100-year-old volcanic ash in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A smog-like haze that hung over part of Alaska's Kodiak Island this week was courtesy of a volcanic eruption - 100 years ago.

November 01, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Louisiana ex-con executed for 2003 Texas killing

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Donnie Lee Roberts, convicted in his girlfriend's 2003 slaying in Texas, was executed Wednesday for fatally shooting the woman and taking items from her home to sell or trade to support his drug habit.

November 01, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fire erupts at Ky chemical train derailment site

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Flames from a derailed train car sent people rushing out of neighborhoods and an entire town near Louisville on Wednesday while firefighters tried to douse the chemical blaze that left three workers badly burned.

November 01, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Greece outlines new austerity as debt load rises

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece's government on Wednesday outlined the new austerity measures it intends to take over the next two years, a series of painful spending cuts and tax hikes that its international bailout creditors are demanding in exchange for rescue loans.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Brad Pitt donates $100K for gay marriage effort

WASHINGTON (AP) - Brad Pitt has agreed to donate $100,000 to help the Human Rights Campaign raise money for its efforts to support same-sex marriage initiatives in several states.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Syria presses heavy air bombardment of rebels

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian warplanes fired missiles at opposition strongholds around Damascus and in the north on Wednesday as Turkey, a key backer of the anti-regime rebels, appeared to distance itself from an earlier call to impose a no-fly zone.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


English town to burn Lance Armstrong in effigy

LONDON (AP) - His career is in ruins and now an effigy of Lance Armstrong is about to go up in smoke.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Disney unlikely to change 'Star Wars' brand

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Naysayers would have you believe Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm can only mean one thing: Bambi and Mickey Mouse are sure to appear in future "Star Wars" movies taking up lightsabers against the dark side of the Force.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Smugglers' SUV gets stuck atop Calif. border fence

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Suspected smugglers who tried to use ramps to drive an SUV over a 14-foot-tall border fence had to abandon their plan when the Jeep became stuck on top of the barrier, authorities said Wednesday.

October 31, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Justices hear arguments over police dog use

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered curbing police use of drug-sniffing dogs as lawyers argued that using a dog's hypersensitive nose outside a home to indicate the possibility of illegal substances inside amounts to an unconstitutional breach of privacy.

October 31, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


SF holds ticker-tape parade for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Orange-and-black clad hordes flooded the streets of San Francisco on Wednesday for a ticker-tape parade celebrating the 2012 World Series champion Giants - a Halloween treat made all the more sweet as a repeat performance.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


N. Calif. restaurant honest about cockroaches

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California eatery is giving its customers information that most restaurants go to great lengths to cover up.

October 31, 2012 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Uncertainty in campaigns

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama put campaign battleground travel on hold to tour the ravaged New Jersey coast Wednesday, while down-to-the-wire campaigning resumed in swing state Florida that is critical to Republican Mitt Romney's victory plan.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Fighters intercept 2 aircraft in LA no-fly zone

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fighter jets intercepted two aircraft that wandered into the restricted zone during President Obama's Los Angeles visit.

May 08, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Health insurers just say no to marijuana coverage

Patients who use medical marijuana for pain and other chronic symptoms can take an unwanted hit: Insurers don't cover the treatment, which costs as much as $1,000 a month.

May 08, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 dead in N. Cal. mobile home fire

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have discovered the bodies of two people inside a San Francisco Bay Area mobile home that was destroyed by fire.

May 08, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Federal police in Brazil threaten World Cup strike

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Federal police on Wednesday threatened to stage a nationwide strike during the monthlong World Cup if Brazil's government doesn't increase their pay and improve working conditions.

May 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Bomb kills 9 troops in Pakistan near Afghan border

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - A roadside bombing in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border killed nine paramilitary soldiers on Thursday, the army said. The attack came as the Pakistani military test-fired a ballistic missile it said could carry a nuclear warhead, an exercise meant to showcase the nuclear-armed nation's capabilities.

May 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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


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