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Microsoft's Outlook takes aim at Google's Gmail

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is so confident it has the Internet's best email service that it is about to spend at least $30 million to send its message across the U.S.

February 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California holds 2nd cap-and-trade auction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is holding its second auction of carbon permits under its cap-and-trade program meant to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

February 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Several dead in OC shooting spree

TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) - A shooting spree early Tuesday left three people dead and two others injured in Orange County, and the search for the gunman ended when he shot himself to death in a stolen car as police closed in, authorities said.

February 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA regains space station contact after outage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The International Space Station regained contact with NASA controllers in Houston after nearly three hours of accidental quiet, the space agency says.

February 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Supreme Court hears arguments over soybean patents

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appears likely to side with Monsanto Co. in its claim that an Indiana farmer violated the company's patents on soybean seeds that are resistant to its weed-killer.

February 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


BBC journalists go on strike over job cuts

LONDON (AP) - BBC journalists walked off the job Monday in a 24-hour strike to protest job cuts at the broadcaster.

February 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dr. Drew criticized after McCready suicide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The criticism of Dr. Drew Pinsky spread on the Internet almost as quickly as news of Mindy McCready's death.

February 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Google stock tops $800 for first time

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google's stock price topped $800 for the first time Tuesday amid renewed confidence in the company's ability to reap steadily higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the increasingly important mobile device market.

February 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Nike, Oakley move away from Oscar Pistorius

Two major sponsors, Oakley and Nike, distanced themselves from Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Monday after the South African sports star was charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

February 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Burger King apologizes after Twitter hacking

Somebody hacked Burger King's Twitter account on Monday, posting obscene messages and changing its profile picture to a McDonald's logo.

February 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kids' suspensions renew debate over zero tolerance

Waiting in line for the bus, a Pennsylvania kindergartener tells her pals she's going to shoot them with a Hello Kitty toy that makes soap bubbles. In Maryland, a 6-year-old boy pretends his fingers are a gun during a playground game of cops and robbers. In Massachusetts, a 5-year-old boy attending an after-school program makes a gun out of Legos and points it at other students while "simulating the sound of gunfire," as one school official put it.

February 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pistorius: Thought girlfriend was a robber

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius told a packed courtroom Tuesday that he shot his girlfriend to death by mistake, thinking she was a robber. The prosecutor called it premeditated murder.

February 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Argo,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' win at Writers Guild

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The CIA thrillers "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" have won top screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America.

February 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Long-missing WWII medals awarded in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California woman who grew up knowing little of her father - a heroic casualty of World War II - is now the proud owner of his long-lost battle medals, including a Silver Star and Purple Heart.

February 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Branstad tries to attract California businesses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that he's heading to California in an effort to get West Coast businesses to consider setting up shop in Iowa.

February 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Fox unveils schedule, cutting back 'Idol'

NEW YORK (AP) - Fox will cut "American Idol" to one night for several weeks next spring, part of a reset for a struggling network that will have 11 new series in the coming year including the much-awaited "Batman" prequel "Gotham."

May 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Clippers' Sterling apologizes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling apologized Sunday for racist comments captured on tape, saying they were a "terrible mistake."

May 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cavendish wins 1st stage of Tour of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Mark Cavendish has more than 100 wins around the world, including 25 stages in the Tour de France, but he never had a victory like the one he had Sunday.

May 12, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Consumer data bills face business opposition

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are trying to strengthen consumer data protections as businesses profit from the trove of details they collect and criminals become ever more sophisticated in trying to steal it.

May 12, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Armed men in eastern Ukraine open fire on crowd

KRASNOARMEISK, Ukraine (AP) - Armed men identified as Ukrainian national guard opened fire Sunday on a crowd outside a town hall in eastern Ukraine, and an official for the region's insurgents said there were fatalities.

May 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Laurel Canyon music, vibe move to Grammy Museum

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Laurel Canyon wasn't much to look at - a few modest bungalows and log cabins crammed between an occasional faded mansion that had been left over from the days when it was a secluded, semi-rural retreat for Hollywood's silent-movie stars.

May 11, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Lawyer quits case of Pakistan doctor who aided CIA

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - The lawyer for the Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. find Osama bin Laden said Sunday he wouldn't represent him any longer after facing threats from militants, even as America pushes for the man to be freed.

May 11, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fed govt failed to inspect higher risk oil wells

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say.

May 11, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Abducted Nigerian girl scared to go back to school

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) - One of the teenagers who escaped from Islamic extremists who abducted more than 300 schoolgirls says the kidnapping was "too terrifying for words," and she is now scared to go back to school.

May 11, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Arkansas plans to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Lawyers for the state followed through with their promise to appeal a judge's decision overturning the constitutional amendment overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2004 banning gay marriage.

May 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Balloon crash looms over U. of Richmond graduation

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) - People in the University of Richmond community prepared for graduation Sunday with heavy hearts after the revelation that two athletic staff members were aboard a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and crashed in Virginia.

May 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 Ukraine regions set to vote on sovereignty

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) - Pro-Russian insurgents in two of the most tense regions in eastern Ukraine were prepared to conduct a vote Sunday on declaring sovereignty, while the country's acting president warned that it represented "a step into the abyss."

May 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nintendo apologizes for lack of virtual equality

Nintendo is apologizing and pledging to be more inclusive after being criticized for not recognizing same-sex relationships in English editions of a life-simulator video game. The publisher said that while it was too late to change the current game, it was committed to building virtual equality into future versions if they're produced.

May 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California farmer locked in battle with union

SANGER, Calif. (AP) - Six months ago, workers at one of the largest fruit farms in the U.S. went to the ballot box to decide if they would continue to be represented by the United Farm Workers, which won that right two decades ago but never forged a labor contract.

May 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Wiggins odds-on favorite to win Tour of California

Bradley Wiggins might be the only one who doesn't consider himself the overwhelming favorite to win the Tour of California when it begins Sunday in Sacramento.

May 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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