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Syria talks in Geneva make 'positive' step forward

GENEVA (AP) - Syrian negotiators discussed the establishment of a transitional government body for the first time Wednesday, an opposition delegate said, describing it as a "positive step forward," a day after talks were cut short over a U.S. decision to resume aid to the opposition.

January 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stocks drop as earnings disappoint; Fed upcoming

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks fell Wednesday as investors reacted to disappointing earnings from Yahoo and other companies and awaited news from the Federal Reserve, which wraps up its two-day policy meeting later in the day. Emerging markets were also unsettling investors again.

January 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine lawmakers consider protester amnesty

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's parliament discussed an amnesty Wednesday for those arrested during weeks of protests in the crisis-torn country - but some of the possible conditions attached to it would be unacceptable to the opposition.

January 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

January 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Napa Valley vintners prepare for drought

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


A Super Bowl ad is born: how 3 ads were created

NEW YORK (AP) - A timely Tweet that was praised. A story of a baby Clydesdale growing up that tugged at heart strings. A Jamaican accent that caused controversy.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mannequins get a makeover to look more real

NEW YORK (AP) - The one-size-fits-all mannequin is getting a much-needed makeover.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 missing Calif. girls found, 'appeared to be OK'

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A pair of missing girls set off a widespread and well-publicized search across Southern California, but it ended quietly as police found them within blocks of each other and close to their hometown.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Health care call center lawsuit alleges unpaid OT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Customer service workers at a call center for insurance exchanges established under the federal health care overhaul have sued their employer in federal court, saying they were forced to work unpaid overtime.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Buoyed by his characteristically soaring spirit, the surging crowd around him and a pair of canes, Pete Seeger walked through the streets of Manhattan leading an Occupy Wall Street protest in 2011.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Prospectors take advantage of California drought

AUBURN, Calif. (AP) - Gold prospectors are eyeing Northern California riverbeds, hoping to spot something shiny, as water levels dip to historically low levels during the drought,

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


States consider reviving old-fashioned executions

ST. LOUIS (AP) - With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama speech to challenge Congress on minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Challenging lawmakers to help him create greater economic opportunity, President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday to announce he's raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, underscoring a go-it-alone strategy in an election year critical to Democrats' hopes for retaining Senate control.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Southerners warned of icy mess in days ahead

ATLANTA (AP) - Across the South, residents stocked up on fuel and groceries, schools and offices closed, and road crews were at the ready as a storm moved in Tuesday from the central U.S., threatening to bring snow, ice and subzero temperatures to a region more accustomed to air conditioners and sunscreen than parkas and shovels.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stocks open higher on Wall Street; Pfizer gains

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks rose for the first day in four after a big slump prompted by worries about emerging market economies. As well as watching company earnings, investors are awaiting the start of the Federal Reserve's January policy meeting.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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NYC officials: 34 injured in Staten Island fire

NEW YORK (AP) - Fire tore through three townhouses on Staten Island early Thursday, injuring 34 people including two young children who were tossed out of a smoke-filled second-floor window into the arms of neighbors below, authorities and witnesses said.

June 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


3 teens hit in intersection

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three 14-year-old girls were hospitalized Wednesday after a car crashed into them at a North Hollywood crosswalk.

June 04, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


McCain, Sanders push for VA health care deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - A half dozen key lawmakers were struggling Wednesday to quickly craft a compromise bill to help veterans facing long appointment waits at VA hospitals and make it easier to fire administrators who covered up the delays.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Western couple held in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The family of a pregnant American woman who went missing in Afghanistan in late 2012 with her Canadian husband received two videos last year in which the couple asked the U.S. government to help free them and their child from Taliban captors, The Associated Press has learned.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Now application 'inconsistencies' vex health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - A huge new paperwork headache for the government could also be jeopardizing coverage for some of the millions of people who just got health insurance under President Barack Obama'slaw.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Last of original group of Navajo Code Talkers dies

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The language he once was punished for speaking in school became Chester Nez's primary weapon in World War II.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Saugus Zone 4 Crime Report: auto thefts reported

A look back at the crimes reported in the Newhall area last week.

June 04, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


A new 'Destiny' for non-sequel video games at E3

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don't call it a comeback.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kashkari to make middle-class appeal for governor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari says he will focus on issues that affect middle-class Californians in his longshot campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who is seeking an unprecedented fourth term in November.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Videos look to help police curb dog shootings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The majority of shootings in most U.S. police departments involve animals, usually dogs, and experts say a new series of videos can help change often quick-trigger decisions fueled by fear.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Antitrust experts: 2 big deals better than 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Antitrust experts say AT&T's bid for DirecTV could reap immediate regulatory rewards. Coming so quickly on the heels of a rival cable company merger -the pairing of Comcast and Time Warner Cable- makes it easier for regulators to approve both transactions because they create two counterbalanced giants in pay TV.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rebels in Ukraine seize another border guard base

LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Rebels have seized another border guard base in eastern Ukraine, the third such military facility taken over the last day.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Brown to face Kashkari for governor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown will run for an unprecedented fourth term in November against moderate first-time candidate Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official who pitched himself as the best hope for the struggling California Republican Party.

June 04, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Nephew of President Kennedy clears primary hurdle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Santa Monica, California, Mayor Bobby Shriver, a nephew of President John F. Kennedy, faces a former state lawmaker in November for a Los Angeles County supervisor seat.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Miss. Senate race a near draw

WASHINGTON (AP) - Locked in a squeaker of a race, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 runoff after battling to a near-draw Tuesday in a primary that underscored Republican differences.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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