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Russia sets Ukraine agenda with diplomacy, threats

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia called for a national unity deal in Ukraine even as it tightened its stranglehold over Crimea, a bold combination of diplomacy and escalating military pressure. The U.S. and European Union floundered for solutions - while global markets panicked over the prospect of violent upheaval in the heart of Europe.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Oscars draw 43 million viewers

NEW YORK (AP) - An estimated 43 million people watched the Academy Awards, the most-watched audience for the show in a decade and most popular entertainment event on television since the "Friends" finale in 2004.

March 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


6 rescued, including 3 lifeguards, in high surf

LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - A Southern California ocean rescue took a dramatic turn over the weekend when three lifeguards who were attempting to save three people also had to be plucked from high surf by boat.

March 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ellen's Oscar celeb selfie a landmark media moment

NEW YORK (AP) - Ellen DeGeneres' celeb-studded selfie from the most-watched Oscars telecast in a decade was a landmark social media moment at a time online conversation is boosting television viewership and vice versa.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mushing family a strong presence in Iditarod

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Don't get Dallas and Mitch Seavey wrong. They love each other, even though they might not say it in so many words. But they're also fierce competitors, more than happy to pass each other on the nearly 1,000 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to be the first to reach Nome.

March 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Court skeptical of IQ scores in deciding execution

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appeared likely Monday to say that states can't rely on intelligence test scores alone in borderline cases to determine that a death row inmate is mentally able and thus eligible to be executed.

March 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


4 women with new wombs are trying to get pregnant

LONDON (AP) - A Swedish doctor says four women who received transplanted wombs have had embryos transferred into them in an attempt to get pregnant.

March 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Jason Collins set for home debut with Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) - Jason Collins has been warmly received in his historic return to the NBA.

March 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Winter's last gasp? Another storm hits much of US

WASHINGTON (AP) - Winter kept its icy hold on much of the country Monday, with snow falling and temperatures dropping as schools and offices closed and people from the South and Mid-Atlantic to Northeast reluctantly waited out another storm indoors.

March 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Russia demands a return to Ukraine unity pact

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia pressed hard Monday for Ukrainian politicians to return to the Feb. 21 agreement that promised a new unity government - with fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych back in power - would rule until an early election no later than December.

March 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fashion at the Oscars

NEW YORK (AP) - Amy Adams wore a strapless, dark blue Gucci couture gown and Hollywood's "it" fashion darling of the year, Lupita Nyong'o, showed up for the Oscars in a goddess look of ice-blue silk Sunday night.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NY, Conn. up avoid food stamp cuts

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut and New York have found a way around federal budget cuts that played a central role in the massive farm bill passed this month: bump up home heating assistance a few million bucks in return for preserving more than a half-billion dollars in food stamp benefits.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge says 2 California laws are unconstitutional

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled two California laws enacted through the initiative process are unconstitutional because they retrospectively increase the punishments for crimes committed before the laws came into effect.

March 02, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Oscar snapshots: Belgian, Bluegrass and barely recognizable

As if they weren't anonymous enough amid a stream of American stars, the two leads of the "The Broken Circle Breakdown" were barely recognizable even to those who saw and loved the Belgian nominee for Oscar's Best Foreign Film.

March 02, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Disney ends funding to Boy Scouts over gay policy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organization.

March 02, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Ryan Seacrest issues statement on Casey Kasem

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ryan Seacrest says the death of his radio role model, Casey Kasem, is a loss for radio listeners worldwide.

June 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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


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