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US unemployment falls to 7.7 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - A burst of hiring last month added 236,000 U.S. jobs and reduced the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. The strong job growth showed that employers are confident about the economy despite higher taxes and government spending cuts.

March 08, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mexican extradited to US under new president

SAN DIEGO (AP) - An alleged drug trafficker was extradited from Mexico on Thursday to face charges in San Diego that he oversaw efforts to bring methamphetamine to the U.S., authorities said.

March 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Carjacking victim wants $1.2M for Dorner arrest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A scout camp ranger says he's entitled to the $1.2 million reward for giving information leading authorities to surround ex-LA cop Christopher Dorner before he killed himself in a Big Bear cabin.

March 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kelly Osbourne recovering after fainting on E! set

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kelly Osbourne was hospitalized Thursday after fainting on the set of the E! network's "Fashion Police."

March 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


State says San Bernardino mishandled over $500

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - California's controller has issued a report accusing the bankrupt city of San Bernardino of failing to transfer more than $500 million in redevelopment funds.

March 08, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA sewage to head to Kings County farms

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - When Los Angeles residents flush their toilets, they could soon be helping fertilize crops in Kings County.

March 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lawmakers give initial OK to Medi-Cal expansion

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a pair of bills that would expand Medicaid to more than 1 million low-income Californians, a critical step to implementing federal health care reforms.

March 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Illinois deal on fracking could be national model

CHICAGO (AP) - After years of clashing over the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," the oil industry and environmentalists have achieved something extraordinary in Illinois: They sat down together to draft regulations both sides could live with.

March 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Vietnam cardinal arrives, last 1 in for conclave

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The last cardinal who will participate in the conclave to elect the next pope arrived in Rome on Thursday, meaning a date can now be set for the election. One U.S. cardinal said a decision on the start date is expected soon.

March 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate panel casts year's first votes on gun curbs

WASHINGTON (AP) - In Congress' first gun votes since the Newtown, Conn., nightmare, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to toughen federal penalties against illegal firearms purchases, even as senators signaled that a deep partisan divide remained over gun curbs.

March 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama signs expanded Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama signed expanded protections for domestic violence victims into law Thursday, renewing a measure credited with curbing attacks against women a year and a half after it lapsed amid partisan bickering.

March 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Recent heat spike unlike anything in 11,000 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new study looking at 11,000 years of climate temperatures shows the world in the middle of a dramatic U-turn, lurching from near-record cooling to a heat spike.

March 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Anti-abortion groups divided over legal tactics

NEW YORK (AP) - By adopting the nation's toughest abortion law in the face of certain legal challenge, Arkansas legislators have exposed sharp tactical divisions within the national anti-abortion movement.

March 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Witnesses nab kidnapping suspect in Whittier

WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) - Several good Samaritans chased down and detained a registered sex offender who allegedly tried to kidnap an 18-year-old woman, Southern California authorities said.

March 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Demi Moore seeks spousal support from Kutcher

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Demi Moore is seeking spousal support from estranged husband Ashton Kutcher.

March 07, 2013 | 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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