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US Reps. expect deeper look at NJ derailment

CLARKSBORO, N.J. (AP) - Federal regulations require inspections of rail bridges and other infrastructure and reports on accidents, but leave it to freight railroad owners to do the work themselves.

December 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


29 charged in Calif gang indictment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than two dozen people were charged Thursday with racketeering conspiracy stemming from an investigation that targeted South Los Angeles gangs controlled by a Mexican Mafia member serving a life sentence for murder.

December 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


New Fantasyland opens in Orlando

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Derrick Weitlich and his friend Leslie Martinez arrived at the Magic Kingdom at 5:40 a.m. Thursday, wanting to be among the first to visit the park's New Fantasyland. Getting up early was worth it, said these Melbourne, Fla., Disney fans, who estimated that they have visited the park some 180 times. "I love Beauty and the Beast," said Martinez, while standing in front of the new Gaston's Tavern restaurant. "And I'm very picky when it comes to details about Beauty and the Beast." Martinez and Weitlich weren't disappointed. From ...

December 06, 2012 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Maine mall sacks Santa after rudeness complaints

December 06, 2012 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Families of missing Iowa girls await IDs of bodies

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Five months after two young cousins vanished while riding their bikes, residents of the northeast Iowa community where they were last seen are anxiously waiting to hear whether two bodies found by hunters are those of the missing girls.

December 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Transgenders break into Brazil's modeling sector

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Walking the catwalk in a Brazilian bikini is a nerve-racking experience for even the most seasoned of models, but for Felipa Tavares it's nothing short of terrifying.

December 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. unemployment aid applications drop to 370K

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell sharply last week as a temporary spike caused by Superstorm Sandy has faded. Weekly applications have fallen back to a level consistent with modest hiring.

December 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Illegal immigration drops after decade-long rise

WASHINGTON (AP) - New census data released Thursday affirm a clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration, ending more than a decade of increases.

December 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NBR Awards name 'Zero Dark Thirty' best film

NEW YORK (AP) - Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" continued to gather awards momentum as the National Board of Review named the Osama bin Laden hunt docudrama the best film of the year.

December 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Stars out in London for 'Les Mis' premiere

LONDON (AP) - Hollywood stars Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman have braved the London cold to walk the red carpet for the world premiere of "Les Miserables."

December 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Marine official: Manning held improperly in brig

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - An Army private charged with sending reams of classified documents to the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks was wrongly kept on suicide watch for at least seven days of his nine months' confinement at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., the Marines' chief of corrections testified Wednesday.

December 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 arrested over prostitution ring near Disneyland

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Anaheim police have arrested two people they claim ran a prostitution ring out of a motel near Disneyland.

December 06, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Grammys spread the love with 6 top nominees

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Grammy Awards celebrated the diversity of music as six different artists tied for lead nominee - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and fun.

December 06, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man hits grandmother and torches her home

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Investigators say a California man punched his grandmother and torched her home.

December 06, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Disbarred San Diego County lawyer sentenced

VISTA, Calif. (AP) - A disbarred San Diego County lawyer who made national headlines by encouraging people to break into their foreclosed homes has been sentenced in two criminal cases.

December 06, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama's health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a poll released Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Presbyterian assembly: Gay marriage is Christian

DETROIT (AP) - The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


US revamps screening of migrant kid sponsors

SANTA ANA (AP) - The federal government has resumed checking the fingerprints of people other than parents who step forward to care for migrant children detained at the border amid concern by immigrant advocates that skipping the screening could put children at risk.

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Prolific songwriter dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Up on the Roof" and "The Loco-Motion," died early Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


NCAA president: Pay could destroy college sports

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - NCAA President Mark Emmert stuck to his contention that amateurism is the core of college athletics, saying any effort to pay players would destroy a framework that has been in place for more than a century and cause many schools to either abandon sports or refuse to play other schools that do pay.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Study finds blackbird decline in California

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A blackbird species found mostly in the Central Valley of California has experienced a major decline in its population over the past several years due in part to farming practices, researchers say.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Alleged Calif. hitman pleads guilty in Ala. case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A man who claims to be a contract killer for multiple drug cartels in Mexico and admitted to killing dozens of people in several states pleaded guilty Thursday to murder in Alabama and was sentenced to serve 50 years in prison.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


New push to get girls into computer sciences

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Diana Navarro loves to code, and she's not afraid to admit it. But the 18-year-old Rutgers University computer science major knows she's an anomaly: Writing software to run computer programs in 2014 is - more than ever - a man's world.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Threats bring Afghan girl back to US

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A little Afghan girl whose love of painting won the hearts of U.S. doctors who fitted her with a prosthetic arm returned to the United States on Thursday, after the group that sponsored her first visit said it learned her newfound celebrity made her a subject of death threats at home.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: US sending military advisers to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - Edging back into a military role in Iraq, President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was dispatching up to 300 military advisers to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation. He called on Iraqi leaders to govern with a more "inclusive agenda" to ensure the country does not descend into civil war.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


House Republicans Elect Leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans set out to shuffle their leadership lineup on Thursday in elections that highlighted a wider struggle inside a party divided between the establishment and red-state, tea party forces.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Conservative group urges Washington Redskins to change name to 'Washington Tea Party'

Washington D.C. - Constitutional Rights PAC is launching a national campaign to urge Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to rename the Redskins to "The Washington Tea Party." The U.S. Patent Office's recent cancelation of the Redskins trademark prompted the conservative organization to get involved in this trivial, politically motivated fight.

June 19, 2014 | Source: Constitutional Rights PAC | Signal AP


Religious conservatives to judge top Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of the Republican Party's most ambitious leaders are courting religious conservatives as evangelical Christians claim new momentum in their fight for the GOP's soul.

June 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rebels beg Russia for help as fighting rages

MOSCOW (AP) - Intense fighting is raging in eastern Ukraine and an insurgent leader says rebels are losing the battle.

June 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan: 80,000 flee northwest offensive

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Nearly 80,000 people have fled a tribal region in northwest Pakistan over the last two days, an official said, as the military continues its offensive in the rugged area near the Afghan border.

June 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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