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Stocks close higher despite looming budget cuts

NEW YORK (AP) - An encouraging manufacturing report nudged the stock market higher Friday, giving it a slight gain for the week, even as a deadline for avoiding sweeping government spending cuts loomed.

March 02, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


SpaceX company fixes Dragon capsule problem

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A commercial craft carrying a ton of supplies for the International Space Station ran into thruster trouble shortly after liftoff Friday. Flight controllers managed to gain control, but were forced to delay its arrival at the orbiting lab.

March 02, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US auto sales power ahead in February

DETROIT (AP) - Americans want new cars and trucks, and they're not letting higher gas prices or political dysfunction stand in their way.

March 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Chad's president: Al-Qaida chief killed in Mali

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) - Chadian President Idriss Deby announced Friday that Chadian troops fighting to dislodge an al-Qaida affiliate in northern Mali killed one of the group's leading commanders, Abou Zeid.

March 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mayor reveals plan to keep Kings in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The wealthy investors that are partnering on a plan to keep the Sacramento Kings from moving to Seattle have finally been revealed, and they're the two almost everybody expected - with a twist.

March 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Autopsy reveals little about lottery winner death

CHICAGO (AP) - An autopsy on the exhumed body of a Chicago lottery winner poisoned with cyanide yielded no significant new clues about his death, the Cook County medical examiner said Friday.

March 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Workers anxious as cuts set to take effect

KITTERY, Maine (AP) - They don't care which side caused Washington's latest crisis.

March 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Governor denies parole to ex-Manson follower

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday reversed a parole board and denied the release of a former Charles Manson follower who has served more than 40 years in prison.

March 01, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Suicide note found in Calif shooting rampage

TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California college student who fatally shot three people last month before turning the gun on himself wrote a suicide note on his computer indicating the violence was premeditated, authorities said Friday.

March 01, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Saint Mary's penalized for recruiting violations

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - The NCAA has placed Saint Mary's on four years of probation for a "failure to monitor its men's basketball program," reducing scholarships after it says the perennial mid-major power committed several recruiting violations.

March 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Taco Bell, Icelandic pies drawn into European meat scandal

LONDON (AP) - Taco Bell is the latest restaurant chain to acknowledge that its food has been adulterated with horse meat, yanking a variety of ground beef products from its three British outlets and issuing an apology to its patrons Friday.

March 01, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Mushers, dogs line up for Alaska's Iditarod race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The world's most famous sled dog race kicks off Saturday with an 11-mile-long trot through Alaska's largest city.

March 01, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Florida man swallowed by sinkhole under bedroom

SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) - A huge sinkhole opened up under a man's bedroom and swallowed him as he screamed for help. He was missing and feared dead Friday.

March 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Documents: US released more than 2,000 immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press has learned that the Homeland Security Department released more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation from immigration jails in recent weeks because of looming budget cuts. It also planned to release 3,000 more during March.

March 01, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Vegas fugitive arrested at Los Angeles apartment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A weeklong multi-state manhunt for the suspected gunman in a Las Vegas Strip shooting and crash that killed three people ended when he surrendered in Los Angeles while apparently going about life as usual.

March 01, 2013 | By 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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