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Police embrace emerging social media tool

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Minutes after a shooting near the Oakland Airport this year, the gunman was on the loose. And police Sgt. Chris Bolton quickly fired off a flurry of text alerts to thousands of nearby residents through a social media tool for law enforcement agencies.

August 11, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Western states bake under extended heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Temperatures soared into triple digits across the western United States on Saturday as a continuing heat wave strained energy supplies and sent thousands to beaches, lakes and shopping malls in search of cooler climes.

August 11, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Appeals court overturns LA no-layoff pact

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An appellate court has overturned a settlement that allowed the Los Angeles Unified School District to bypass seniority when laying off teachers at 45 of the district's lowest performing schools.

August 11, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fugitive nabbed in Mexico, wanted in Riverside

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mexican authorities have arrested a fugitive wanted in Riverside County in connection with the 1998 stabbing death of his nine-month pregnant ex-girlfriend and the attempted killing of her mother.

August 11, 2012 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Woman dies after getting hit by CHP motorcycle

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A 43-year-old Hayward woman has died after getting hit by a California Highway Patrol motorcycle.

August 11, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


US heading for win over China in both medals races

LONDON (AP) - With a surge of medals in track and field, the United States has sprinted ahead of China and is poised to finish atop the medals table at the London Olympics - maybe with the most golds ever collected by the Americans on foreign soil.

August 11, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rights groups hail Mexican court decision

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Human rights groups were jubilant Friday after Mexico's Supreme Court moved to turn military human rights violations over to civilian courts, a blow to a military justice system accused of covering up cases of soldiers abusing, torturing and executing citizens during a six-year government offensive against drug cartels.

August 11, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


New gas power plant to help cut Calif. emissions

LODI, Calif. (AP) - California officials say a new natural gas plant will help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions as it pumps water to millions of people and farms.

August 11, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Romney introduces running mate Ryan

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney introduced Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate on Saturday, turning to the architect of a deeply conservative and intensely controversial long-term budget plan to remake Medicare and cut trillions in federal spending.

August 11, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Coroner: Death possibly linked to California heat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A possibly heat-related death was under investigation Friday as inland California faced continuing triple-digit temperatures and calls for power conservation to prevent outages.

August 11, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Legal claims rolling in after Calif. refinery fire

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of Richmond residents descended on a makeshift Chevron Corp. claim center Friday with legal claims caused by a refinery fire that fouled the region's air for hours, sending more than 4,000 people to seek medical care for breathing problems and irritated eyes.

August 11, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


CA man faces murder charge in boy's overdose death

VAN NUYS, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California man accused of giving a 13-year-old boy a fatal injection of heroin has been charged with murder.

August 11, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Small plane crashes into West LA neighborhood

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small plane has crashed into a residential neighborhood in West Los Angeles.

August 11, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP source: Romney picks Ryan for running mate

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, according to a Republican with knowledge of the development. The newly minted GOP ticket will appear together Saturday in Norfolk, Va., at the start of a four-state bus tour to introduce the GOP ticket to the nation.

August 10, 2012 | By The Associated Pres | Signal AP


Escape attempt linked to Guy Fieri's Lamborghini

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - At least two suspects tried to break into a Marin County juvenile detention facility in what investigators believe was unsuccessful attempt to free a teenager accused of stealing a celebrity chef's Lamborghini, authorities said Friday.

August 10, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Explosion hits Bangkok protesters, wounding dozens

BANGKOK (AP) - Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand's capital Friday when a grenade blast ripped through a crowd of marching anti-government demonstrators, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country's political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

WASHINGTON (AP) - One in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking unless the nation takes more aggressive action to end the tobacco epidemic, the U.S. Surgeon General said Friday - even as, astonishingly, scientists added still more diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


French president visits hospitalized first lady

PARIS (AP) - President Francois Hollande has visited France's first lady for the first time since she was hospitalized late last week after a gossip magazine reported he was having an affair with an actress.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews chase flareups in wildfire

GLENDORA (AP) - Firefighters were chasing early-morning flare-ups Friday in a damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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