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Medicare ban on sex reassignment surgery lifted

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man returns $125,000 that fell from armored truck

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Arsenio Hall Show' canceled after 1 season

LOS ANGELES (AP) - CBS Television Distribution says "The Arsenio Hall Show" is going off the air.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dementia kept Sterling out of team sale

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A person close to the Sterling family says Donald Sterling was stripped of his ability to act as a trustee of the family's fortunes, including the Los Angeles Clippers, after two neurologists determined he was suffering from dementia.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Home tweet home: How social media is giving the homeless a hand up

R.D. Plasschaert credits one main thing for pulling her out of homelessness: Twitter.

May 30, 2014 | Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Signal AP


Missouri AG: State could make lethal injections

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The growing suspicions surrounding where states obtain lethal injections have motivated the Missouri attorney general to propose something never previously tried - establishing a lab where the state can make its own execution drugs.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


East Ukraine quiet raises leadership questions

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - The scruffy rebels who normally wander about the headquarters of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic were mostly out of view on Friday, replaced by a disciplined new faction who showed up a day earlier with an armored personnel carrier and anti-aircraft gun.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Army Corps to recommend Los Angeles River project

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River would see restored wildlife habitats, new wetlands and longer bike trails under a $1 billion proposal that has received a key boost.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Google faces up to image problem in Europe

AMSTERDAM (AP) - As Google bowed to a European court ruling to consider users' claims to remove embarrassing search results, the company took the first step toward preventing any more such punishing decisions - acknowledging it has an image problem in Europe.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fan-fueled red carpets present security challenge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Movie premieres are just like they look on TV: Throngs of fans competing with photographers and reporters for stars' attention. Cameras flash as beefy bodyguards escort couture-clad celebrities into the maelstrom.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Zuckerberg gives $120 million to public schools

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

May 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Shinseki resigns amid VA health care scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday in a personal meeting with President Barack Obama, shortly after publicly apologizing for deep problems plaguing the agency's health care system that Obama called "totally unacceptable."

May 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


How Google got states to legalize driverless cars

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers - not people - became convinced that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: Driverless cars were almost certainly illegal.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police knew about killer's videos during check

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office deputies checking on Elliot Rodger three weeks before he killed six college students were aware of, but didn't view, disturbing videos that prompted calls about his well-being, the agency disclosed Thursday.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate approves tying minimum wage to inflation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage and tie it to inflation.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Rodents winning NY rat race, but humans fight back

NEW YORK (AP) - Ines Moore stirs awake nearly every night to an unmistakable, skin-crawling sound: rats skittering around her apartment in the dark.

June 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistani army starts offensive against militants

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The Pakistani army said Sunday that it had launched a "comprehensive operation" against foreign and local militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border, hours after jets pounded militant hideouts in the country's northwest.

June 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Casey Kasem, king of the Top 40 countdown, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio broadcaster with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades, died Sunday. He was 82.

June 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Teen's World Cup wish comes true

SALINAS (AP) - A California teenager with leukemia is one of nearly 40 young Americans who will attend World Cup soccer matches in Brazil thanks to a foundation that works to fulfill the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses.

June 14, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gunman shoots 2 officers

NEVADA CITY (AP) - A Bureau of Land Management ranger, a California Highway Patrol officer and a suspect were injured Saturday in a shootout near a Northern California campground, authorities said.

June 14, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police seize 1,800 pounds of fireworks

SALINAS (AP) - Authorities have arrested a Salinas man on suspicion of selling about 1,800 pounds of illegal fireworks through Facebook.

June 14, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Boy injured in plane crash dies

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - An 8-year-old boy who was critically injured in a plane crash that killed a paramedic has died.

June 14, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man run over trying to stop daughter from driving

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Southern California say a 69-year-old man who was trying to prevent his daughter from driving drunk was run over and killed by the woman in her driveway.

June 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Fever's Dunn heads home for Hall of Fame honor

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn is back in her home state to receive her biggest honor yet as she approaches the conclusion of an illustrious career.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gun control group marches across Brooklyn Bridge

NEW YORK (AP) - Some carried photos of loved ones cut down by a bullet. Others held signs imploring Congress to act. And nearly all shouted out "Not one more," a tear-stained rallying cry embraced by those who believe the U.S. needs tougher gun control laws.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine vows to punish rebels who downed plane

NOVOHANNIVKA, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's new president declared Sunday a day of mourning and vowed to punish those responsible after pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama says climate change deniers ignoring science

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - President Barack Obama said denying climate change is like arguing the moon is made of cheese, as he issued a call to action on global warming to Saturday's graduates of the University of California, Irvine.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Thousands of Iraqi men answer urgent call to arms

BAGHDAD (AP) - Thousands of Shiites from Baghdad and across southern Iraq answered an urgent call to arms Saturday, joining security forces to fight the Islamic militants who have captured large swaths of territory north of the capital and now imperil a city with a much-revered religious shrine.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Condor makes rare flight to Northern California

PESCADERO, Calif. (AP) - A California condor that was released into the wild last year has been spotted in a part of Northern California where the endangered species hasn't been seen in more than a century.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bluegrass legend Stanley to perform in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The old farm boy who used to raise cattle in a place called Big Spraddle Creek says at age 87, he doesn't even raise a garden.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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