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CIA acknowledges Area 51, but not UFOs or aliens

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The CIA is acknowledging in the clearest terms yet the existence of Area 51, the top-secret Cold War test site that has been the subject of elaborate conspiracy theories about aliens and flying saucers for decades.

August 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California jobless rate increases to 8.7 percent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State officials say California's unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.7 percent in July.

August 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Medi-Cal cut of 10 percent begins next month

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A long-delayed cut to California's Medi-Cal program for the poor will take place next month - slashing reimbursements to health care providers by 10 percent.

August 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Students return to school in Okla. after tornado

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Students from two elementary schools destroyed by a tornado last spring returned to classes Friday, eager to reunite with their classmates but worried about what would happen the next time bad weather sweeps in.

August 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California PUC joins settlement to bring $750 million to residents

SAN FRANCISCO, August 16, 2013 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today announced a settlement to resolve one of the largest remaining claims of overcharges arising from the California Energy Crisis of 2000-2001. Under the terms of today's settlement, Powerex, Inc., a subsidiary of British Columbia Hydroelectric (a unit of the Provincial Government of British Columbia) will refund $750 million (USD) to electricity consumers in California.

August 16, 2013 | Source: California Public Utilities Commission | Signal AP


US scraps military drills with Egypt - but not aid

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama scrapped plans for joint American-Egyptian military exercises Thursday, announcing the first concrete U.S. reaction to the spiraling violence in and around Cairo but stopping well short of withholding $1.3 billion in annual American military aid.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: NSA spying broke privacy rules many times

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rockefeller impostor sentenced for Calif. murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small, bespectacled German immigrant who invented a glamorous life for himself in the United States by posing as an heir to the fabled Rockefeller fortune was sentenced Thursday to 27 years to life in prison for a California cold-case murder.

August 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


SF-Oakland Bay Bridge set to open after Labor Day

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Despite broken earthquake-safety bolts that threatened months of delays, California transportation officials approved a plan Thursday to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge around the Labor Day weekend as originally planned.

August 15, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Navigator groups get $67M to sign up uninsured

CHICAGO (AP) - With the new health law's enrollment period set to open in just a little more than six weeks, President Barack Obama's administration announced $67 million in awards Thursday to organizations that will help people understand their new insurance opportunities and get signed up.

August 15, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Adorable new mammal species found 'in plain sight'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Imagine a mini-raccoon with a teddy bear face that is so cute it's hard to resist, let alone overlook. But somehow science did - until now.

August 15, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Pole vault great condemns homosexuality at worlds

MOSCOW (AP) - Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality Thursday after criticizing competitors who painted their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia.

August 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fewest Americans since 2007 seek jobless benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, the fewest since October 2007 - a sign of dwindling layoffs and steady if modest job growth.

August 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Free flow of racy content a headache for parents

Until this summer, few people outside the R&B music scene knew who Robin Thicke was. Then came his new song "Blurred Lines" and an unrated online video to promote it.

August 15, 2013 | by Jim Holt | Signal AP


Japan shrine still flashpoint 68 years after war

TOKYO (AP) - In the steamy heat of mid-August, the tranquil, cherry tree-shaded grounds of Yasukuni Shrine in the heart of Tokyo seem an unlikely hotbed of provocation.

August 15, 2013 | by Jim Holt | Signal AP


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Legislature approves new rainy day ballot measure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Legislature on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a fresh version of a rainy day fund measure for the November ballot, a bipartisan plan that seeks to smooth out the boom-and-bust cycles of state budgeting while creating a clear path for paying down California's massive debts and unfunded liabilities.

May 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama at 9/11 museum: Terrorism can't break us

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama praised the new Sept. 11 museum on Thursday as "a sacred place of healing and of hope" that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks.

May 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Multiple fires burning in San Diego County

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A state fire official says an aggressive wildfire has burned at least 30 homes in the Southern California city of Carlsbad.

May 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


274 dead in Turkey's worst-ever mine disaster

SOMA, Turkey (AP) - In a relentless procession that ignited wails of grief and flashes of anger, rescue workers coated in grime lumbered out of a mine in western Turkey again and again Wednesday, struggling to carry bodies covered in blankets.

May 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Study says irrigation can stress San Andreas Fault

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Excessive groundwater pumping for irrigation in California's agricultural belt can stress the San Andreas Fault, potentially increasing the risk of future small earthquakes, a new study suggests.

May 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Multiple fires burning in San Diego County

SAN DIEGO (AP) - More wildfires broke out Wednesday in San Diego County - threatening homes in Carlsbad and forcing the evacuations of military housing and an elementary school at Camp Pendleton - as Southern California is in the grip of a heat wave.

May 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nigeria vigilantes kill Islamic militants

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) - Villagers in an area of Nigeria where Boko Haram operates have killed and detained scores of the extremist Islamic militants who were suspected of planning a fresh attack, the residents and a security official said.

May 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Conan O'Brien to stay up late at TBS through 2018

NEW YORK (AP) - Team Coco will continue to play for TBS for four more years. The network says Conan O'Brien will be sticking around with his late-night hour through 2018.

May 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine launches talks but its foes are missing

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's government launched talks Wednesday on decentralizing power as part of a European-backed peace plan, but didn't invite its main foes, the pro-Russia insurgents who have declared independence in the east.

May 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Drivers beware: Your air bag may not deploy

Here's an unsettling fact about cars equipped with air bags: They don't always deploy when drivers - or regulators - expect them to.

May 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sorry I'm not sorry: Some classic non-apologies

NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling only dug himself in deeper after slamming Magic Johnson when he was supposed to be atoning for his own racist remarks. But he's not the first celebrity to learn the perils of making a non-apology apology.

May 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


City Council votes to declare commission vacancies

With a number of terms set to expire this summer, a collection of seats on Santa Clarita commissions are set to become open for application, according to city officials.

May 14, 2014 | By Luke Money | Signal AP


European court: Google must yield on personal info

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Google and other search engines were thrust into an unwanted new role Tuesday - caretaker of people's reputations - when Europe's highest court ruled that individuals should have some say over what information comes up when their names are Googled.

May 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California governor releases $107 billion budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday released a record-high spending plan thanks to California's recent tax windfall. But the Democratic governor cautioned that the surplus is needed to pay for an unexpectedly high number of people enrolling in health care, while the rest should be used to help shore up the teachers' retirement system.

May 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fires erupt amid California heat wave

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Firefighters are battling a brush fire on the outskirts of a San Diego County community as a high pressure system brings a spring heat wave to California.

May 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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