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Violent storms sweep through Midwest

CHICAGO (AP) - Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter and even prompting officials at Soldier Field in Chicago to evacuate the stands and delay the Bears game.

November 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


As fighting flares, Syrians pour into Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) - Thousands of Syrians poured into Lebanon over the past two days, taking shelter in wedding halls and makeshift shacks after fleeing heavy fighting in a rugged mountain region across the border in western Syria, U.N. and local officials said Sunday.

November 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Thor' holds box-office top spot with $38.5M

NEW YORK (AP) - "Thor: The Dark World" continued its box-office reign with $38.5 million in its second week, holding off "The Best Man Holiday," according to studio estimates Sunday.

November 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Aid missions boost US troops image, readiness

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (AP) - As soon as Navy pilot Matthew Stafford puts his helicopter down in the village of Borongan, he is rushed by dozens of local men who form a line to unload the supplies and water he has flown in from the mothership, the USS George Washington aircraft carrier. Children swarm him as he breaks out a box of sweets.

November 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan to try ex-President Musharraf for treason

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's government plans to put former President Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason for declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution while in power, the interior minister said Sunday.

November 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California releases draft rules for fracking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oil companies would have to test groundwater and notify landowners before they do fracking or other well stimulation techniques under draft rules released by the state.

November 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Nobel author Doris Lessing dies at 94

LONDON (AP) - Doris Lessing, the Nobel prize-winning, free-thinking, world-traveling and often-polarizing author of "The Golden Notebook" and dozens of other novels that reflected her own improbable journey across the former British empire, died Sunday. She was 94.

November 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate showdown over military sexual assault bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has secured public support from nearly half the Senate, but not enough votes, for her proposal to give victims of rape and sexual assault in the military an independent route outside the chain of command for prosecuting attackers.

November 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Toronto mayor in crisis; some backers stay loyal

TORONTO (AP) - When Rob Ford was elected mayor of Toronto in 2010, his bluster and checkered past were widely known. A plurality of voters backed him anyway, eager to shake things up at a City Hall they viewed as elitist and wasteful.

November 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Aid missions boost US troops' image, readiness

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (AP) - As soon as Navy pilot Matthew Stafford puts his helicopter down in the village of Borongan, he is rushed by dozens of local men who form a line to unload the supplies and water he has flown in from the mothership, the USS George Washington aircraft carrier. Children swarm him as he breaks out a box of sweets.

November 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


GOP sees health care law as big 2014 opportunity

WASHINGTON (AP) - In his West Virginia district, the TV ads attacking Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall over the calamitous startup of President Barack Obama's health care law have already begun.

November 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


High school to keep 'Arabs' mascot

THERMAL, Calif. (AP) - School officials in Southern California say the "Arabs" name is here to stay, but the divisive costumed mascot that represents them may be changing.

November 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Geithner to join private equity firm

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who played a central role in the government's response to the financial crisis of 2008-2009, is joining private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC.

November 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Army scrapping 4 US chemical weapons incinerators

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - The Pentagon spent $10.2 billion over three decades burning tons of deadly nerve gas and other chemical weapons stored in four states - some of the agents so deadly even a few drops can kill.

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


Calif. school to keep 'Arabs,' may change mascot

THERMAL (AP) - School officials in Southern California say the "Arabs" name is here to stay, but the divisive costumed mascot that represents them may be changing.

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


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Obama carbon rule gives states more time to comply

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday that cuts carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, but pushes the deadline for some states to comply until long after President Barack Obama leaves office.

June 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cheap drug greatly boosts prostate cancer survival

CHICAGO (AP) - A cheap, decades-old chemotherapy drug extended life by more than a year when added to standard hormone therapy for men whose prostate cancer has widely spread, doctors reported Sunday.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Brady Bunch' actress Ann B. Davis dies in Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who became the country's favorite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of "The Brady Bunch," died Sunday at a San Antonio hospital. She was 88.

June 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


EPA to seek to cut power plant carbon by one-third

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration will unveil a plan Monday to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, according to people familiar with the proposal.

June 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. defends captive swap with Taliban, critics stir

WASHINGTON (AP) - Five years a captive from the Afghanistan war, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in American hands, freed for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees in a swap stirring sharp debate in Washington over whether the U.S. should have negotiated with the Taliban over prisoners.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Group says Calif. mining operation threatens snail

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) - An environmental group says a mining company's plan to extract more than a billion dollars' worth of gold and silver from a mountain near the desert town of Mojave threatens a snail's existence and must be halted.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


GOP primary race for governor a dead heat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new poll shows Gov. Jerry Brown heading into Tuesday's primary election with a huge lead while his top two Republican challengers have pulled into a dead heat.

June 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


HBO's Silicon Valley finds fans in tech

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - When HBO rolled out a mockumentary poking fun at high tech this spring, Silicon Valley checked it out.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fabien Cousteau plans 31-day underwater mission

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) - Like viewers worldwide, Fabien Cousteau was entranced by his famous grandfather's films about marine life and human exploration underwater. Now he's adding to his family's sea stories with a 31-day underwater expedition in the Florida Keys.

June 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


New Jersey commissioner's wife among dead in crash

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Family members say the wife of a New Jersey borough commissioner was among seven dead in a plane crash that also killed the co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

June 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA to test giant Mars parachute on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as NASA prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet.

June 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


States move to blunt Obama carbon plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - As President Barack Obama prepares to announce tougher new air quality standards, lawmakers in several states already are trying to blunt the impact on aging coal-fired power plants that feed electricity to millions of consumers.

June 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rundown Philadelphia row home honored with funeral

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A funeral has been held in Philadelphia for a rundown row house seen as a symbol of urban blight.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Report faults California prison mental health care

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is providing haphazard, inadequate psychiatric treatment to its most severely mentally ill inmates, according to a new report by a federal court official.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California's flawed water system can't track usage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Call them the fortunate ones: Nearly 4,000 California companies, farms and others are allowed to use free water with little oversight when the state is so bone dry that deliveries to nearly everyone else have been severely slashed.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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