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10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

January 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Napa Valley vintners prepare for drought

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


A Super Bowl ad is born: how 3 ads were created

NEW YORK (AP) - A timely Tweet that was praised. A story of a baby Clydesdale growing up that tugged at heart strings. A Jamaican accent that caused controversy.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mannequins get a makeover to look more real

NEW YORK (AP) - The one-size-fits-all mannequin is getting a much-needed makeover.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 missing Calif. girls found, 'appeared to be OK'

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A pair of missing girls set off a widespread and well-publicized search across Southern California, but it ended quietly as police found them within blocks of each other and close to their hometown.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Health care call center lawsuit alleges unpaid OT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Customer service workers at a call center for insurance exchanges established under the federal health care overhaul have sued their employer in federal court, saying they were forced to work unpaid overtime.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Buoyed by his characteristically soaring spirit, the surging crowd around him and a pair of canes, Pete Seeger walked through the streets of Manhattan leading an Occupy Wall Street protest in 2011.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Prospectors take advantage of California drought

AUBURN, Calif. (AP) - Gold prospectors are eyeing Northern California riverbeds, hoping to spot something shiny, as water levels dip to historically low levels during the drought,

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


States consider reviving old-fashioned executions

ST. LOUIS (AP) - With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama speech to challenge Congress on minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Challenging lawmakers to help him create greater economic opportunity, President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday to announce he's raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, underscoring a go-it-alone strategy in an election year critical to Democrats' hopes for retaining Senate control.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Southerners warned of icy mess in days ahead

ATLANTA (AP) - Across the South, residents stocked up on fuel and groceries, schools and offices closed, and road crews were at the ready as a storm moved in Tuesday from the central U.S., threatening to bring snow, ice and subzero temperatures to a region more accustomed to air conditioners and sunscreen than parkas and shovels.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stocks open higher on Wall Street; Pfizer gains

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks rose for the first day in four after a big slump prompted by worries about emerging market economies. As well as watching company earnings, investors are awaiting the start of the Federal Reserve's January policy meeting.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-Marlboro man dies from smoking-related disease

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it came to portraying the rugged western outdoorsman who helped transform a pack of filtered cigarettes into the world's most popular brand, Marlboro Man Eric Lawson was the real deal.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California drought has ranchers selling cattle

AROMAS, Calif. (AP) - In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market's cattle auction on California's Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Bradley Wiggins wins Amgen Tour

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Bradley Wiggins of Britain won the Tour of California on Sunday after holding the lead for the final week.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Possible problem in Triple Crown bid

BALTIMORE (AP) - California Chrome might abandon his Triple Crown bid if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rogue Libyan general's troops attack parliament

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Forces loyal to a rogue Libyan general attacked the country's parliament Sunday, forcing lawmakers to flee an assault his spokesman said targeted Islamists there who protect the extremist militias now plaguing the nation.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: 24 detained in Turkish mine disaster probe

ISTANBUL (AP) - Two dozen people, including company executives, have been detained as Turkish officials investigate the mining disaster that killed 301 people, a domestic news agency reported Sunday.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Record Balkan floods lead to Bosnia landslides

SARAJEVO, Bosnia (AP) - Landslides triggered by unprecedented rains in Bosnia have left hundreds of people homeless, officials said Sunday, while thousands more have fled their homes in neighboring Croatia and Serbia as Balkan countries battle the region's worst flooding since modern records began.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


SpaceX Dragon departs space station after month

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The commercial cargo ship Dragon left the space station on Sunday, heading home with nearly 2 tons of science experiments and old equipment.

May 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Budget analyst projects even higher tax revenue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state's independent budget analyst predicted Friday that California will collect $2.5 billion more than Gov. Jerry Brown forecasts for the coming fiscal year, giving Democrats a reason to push spending.

May 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calmer winds help firefighters in SD County

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Calmer winds helped firefighters gain ground Saturday against fires that have destroyed homes and raced through nearly 20,000 acres of northern and eastern San Diego County brush land, while authorities have charged a man for adding fuel to one of the nearly dozen blazes.

May 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Utah lawmaker: Bring back firing squad executions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - In the wake of a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last month, a Utah lawmaker says he believes a firing squad is a more humane form of execution. And he plans to bring back that option for criminals sentenced to death in his state.

May 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man charged with setting wildfire

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man was charged with setting one of nearly a dozen fires that have destroyed homes and raced through nearly 20,000 acres of northern and eastern San Diego County brush land, but most of the blazes seemed to be dying down, despite the eruption of a new fire at the Camp Pendleton Marine base.

May 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California fire chief arrested in stabbing death

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Despite reported sightings as distant as Los Angeles and Oregon, a former California fire battalion chief suspected in the stabbing death of his girlfriend never moved far from home as he eluded capture for more than two weeks, authorities said Friday.

May 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mid-air near-collision under investigation

HONOLULU (AP) - Federal officials are investigating how two passenger jetliners got on potentially dangerous paths toward each other near Hawaii at an altitude of about 33,000 feet.

May 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rare footage shows 'brave struggle' of FDR walking

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Rare film footage featuring President Franklin D. Roosevelt walking to his seat at a baseball game helps dispel the myth that he completely hid his disability and shows the courage it took to go about his daily life, experts said Friday.

May 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California jobless rate at lowest level since 2008

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - In one of the strongest signals yet of a rebounding economy, California's unemployment rate has dipped below 8 percent for the first time in nearly six years, the state Economic Development Department said Friday.

May 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Florence official: Kardashian, West to wed May 24

ROME (AP) - Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will wed and host a reception at Florence's imposing 16th-century Belvedere Fort on May 24, a spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office said Friday.

May 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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