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405 fully open after 'Jamzilla'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Traffic was flowing again early Tuesday on a stretch of Interstate 405 in Los Angeles County that was shut down for construction, raising the threat of a holiday weekend "Jamzilla" that never materialized.

February 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Computer whizzes brainstorm for cash at hackathons

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - It used to be that "hacking" was just a type of crime, a computer break-in. But today, the term is also part of a growing - and perfectly legal - mainstay of the tech sector.

February 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


1 month after spill, W. Virginians wary of water

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More than a month after chemicals seeped into West Virginia's biggest water supply, Jeanette Maddox would rather bundle up, drive to a shopping center parking lot and fill jugs of water from the spigot of a tanker truck than trust the tap in her kitchen.

February 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


First night a hit for 'Tonight' host Jimmy Fallon

NEW YORK (AP) - If Jimmy Fallon had already proven he was a natural hosting NBC's "Late Night," he left no doubt Monday that "The Tonight Show" now fits him like a glove.

February 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Flu deaths in California jump to 243

County and state health officials say the danger from this season's flu virus isn't over yet, although reported cases declined in both areas last week.

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


Drivers mostly avoid 'Jamzilla' and I-405 work

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Jamzilla" hasn't lived up to its name - at least so far.

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


Baby Boomers are early winners under health law

CHICAGO (AP) - For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They're unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, struggling to cover rising medical costs and praying to reach Medicare age before a health crisis.

February 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Snake-handling pastor dies from snake bite

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) - A snake-handling pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show "Snake Salvation" has died after being bitten by a snake during a weekend church service in Kentucky.

February 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NYC ME: More tests needed for NY fashion designer

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City medical examiner says autopsy results are inconclusive for a fashion designer found floating on the Manhattan side of the Hudson River.

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


2 California Highway Patrol officers killed in crash

KINGSBURG, Calif. (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says two officers have been killed in an early morning accident in Fresno County.

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


UN letter to Kim Jong Un warns on accountability

GENEVA (AP) - A U.N. panel warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians in the secretive Asian nation, ranging from executing and torturing prisoners to systematic abductions and starving mass populations.

February 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt: Suicide bomber behind tourist bus attack

CAIRO (AP) - A suicide bomber was behind a deadly blast that tore through a bus carrying South Korean tourists, killing at least four people, as it waited near an Egypt-Israel border crossing in Sinai, Egyptian security officials said.

February 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


1 month after spill, W. Virginians wary of water

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More than a month after chemicals seeped into West Virginia's biggest water supply, Jeanette Maddox would rather bundle up, drive to a shopping center parking lot and fill jugs of water from the spigot of a tanker truck than trust the tap in her kitchen.

February 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Passenger: Hijacker threatened to crash plane

GENEVA (AP) - An Italian passenger says the man who hijacked an Ethiopian Airlines jet threatened to crash it if the pilot kept trying to get back into the cockpit.

February 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gay activist says she was detained in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - An Italian gay-rights activist said she was detained by police at the Olympics after being stopped while carrying a rainbow flag that read in Russian: "Gay is OK." Police on Monday denied this happened.

February 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


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


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