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Wealth gap is widest in some affluent US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) - The gap between the wealthy and the poor is most extreme in several of the United States' most prosperous and largest cities.

February 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Stolen '57 Chevy returned to owner after 30 years

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) - Three decades after it was stolen, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air has been returned to a Northern California man - in better shape than when he originally owned it.

February 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Drugs on Maersk ship where 2 ex-SEALs died

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Drugs were in the room where two former Navy SEALs were found dead aboard the Maersk Alabama, a ship that was the focus of a 2009 hijacking dramatized in the movie "Captain Phillips," a company spokesman said Thursday.

February 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Plan to divide California into 6 states advances

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has reached the breaking point. Or so says Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who is pushing a proposal to crack the nation's most populous state into pieces.

February 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California store that sold $425M lotto gets $1M

MILPITAS, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California convenience store that sold the sole winning ticket to the $425 million Powerball jackpot received a $1 million check on Thursday, as state lottery officials waited for the winner of the one of the largest jackpots in U.S. history to come forward.

February 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Russian Sotnikova wins gold, Kim 2nd

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Bursting from the shadow of her adored teammate, Adelina Sotnikova gave Russia its first gold medal in women's Olympic figure skating.

February 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 admit guilt in Dodger Stadium Giants fan attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men pleaded guilty Thursday to a 2011 beating at Dodger Stadium that left San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow brain damaged and disabled.

February 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lone winning Powerball ticket sold in Calif.

MILPITAS, Calif. (AP) - Family members say the owner of a San Francisco Bay Area gas station where the lone winning ticket for the $425 million Powerball jackpot was sold is en route to India and won't learn he has won $1 million until after he lands.

February 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Los Angeles cardinal unlikely to face charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese has agreed to pay $720 million to clergy abuse victims over the past decade and released internal files that showed Cardinal Roger Mahony shielded priests and ordered a surrogate to withhold evidence from police, yet Mahony and other archdiocese leaders are unlikely to face criminal charges.

February 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Gov't cancels plan to collect license plate data

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department abruptly reversed course Wednesday and dropped plans to ask a private company to give the government access to a nationwide database of license plate tracking information.

February 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Von's parent company in talks over possible sale of company

NEW YORK (AP) - Safeway says it's in talks to possibly put itself up for sale.

February 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LA museum acquires Nazi appeasement letter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Museum of Tolerance has acquired a 1937 letter written by Bertrand Russell in which the Nobel Prize-winning philosopher says if the Nazi army invades his native England the British should invite Adolf Hitler to dinner rather than fight.

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


Brown to propose $680M for Calif. drought relief

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and the top Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday announced a $687 million plan to provide immediate help to drought-stricken communities throughout California, including $15 million for those with dangerously low drinking water supplies.

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


U.S., Europe considering sanctions on Kiev leaders

BRUSSELS (AP) - Following the deadly clashes in Ukraine's capital, the Obama administration and European governments are talking about imposing punitive sanctions, the Kremlin has blamed the West for stirring up trouble and the pope has issued a special appeal for peace. A roundup of Wednesday's international reactions:

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


Militiamen attack Pussy Riot group in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Cossack militia attacked the Pussy Riot punk group with horsewhips on Wednesday as the artists - who have feuded with Vladmir Putin's government for years - tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics.

February 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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'Think Like a Man' tops 'Jersey Boys' with $30M

NEW YORK (AP) - The Las Vegas ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man Too" topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood's new Four Seasons musical "Jersey Boys."

June 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Israeli military carries out airstrikes in Syria

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli warplanes bombed the Syrian military headquarters and a number of other targets inside Syria, the Israeli military said Monday, in a blistering response to a cross-border attack that left an Israeli teenager dead the previous day.

June 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Soldier killed in training exercise in California

FORT IRWIN (AP) - A soldier has died during a training exercise in Southern California.

June 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


AP IMPACT: VA falls short on female medical issues

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.

June 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US mayors to use nature to fight climate change

HOUSTON (AP) - Mayors from the GOP-dominated states of Texas and Arizona are calling on cities to use nature to fight the impacts of climate change, even while Republican governors and lawmakers repeatedly question the science that shows human-caused pollution contributes to global warming.

June 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


College recruiting: Next promise could be paycheck

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — They come calling with promises of a good education, a chance to play on television and some of the best facilities that money can buy.

June 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Russia's Putin calls for compromise in Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly expressed support Sunday for Ukraine's declaration of a cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and called on both sides to negotiate a compromise.

June 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


West Nile virus cases reported

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California health officials have reported that two people have been infected with West Nile virus in the state.

June 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Private memorial for Tony Gwynn held

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A private memorial service for Tony Gwynn was held on Saturday at San Diego State.

June 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Electric Daisy Carnival attendee dies

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A California man attending a huge electronic music party in Las Vegas died Saturday morning after he was taken to a hospital.

June 21, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Arrest in holiday killings of 3

RIVERSIDE (AP) - San Diego police say a man has been arrested in the holiday-season killings of two brothers and a woman one of them was engaged to marry.

June 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mourners hear Kasem’s voice at private memorial

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Casey Kasem's family and close friends celebrated him in the same way much of America did - by listening to his unmistakable radio voice.

June 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Without fanfare, Obama advances transgender rights

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Barack Obama, who established his bona fides as a gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage, has steadily extended his administration's advocacy to the smallest and least accepted band of the LGBT rainbow: transgender Americans.

June 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: Soccer star Hope Solo arrested in assault

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) - U.S. women's soccer star Hope Solo was arrested at a suburban Seattle home early Saturday on suspicion of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew, police said.

June 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 infected with West Nile virus in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California health officials have reported that two people have been infected with West Nile virus in the state.

June 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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