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10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

January 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Napa Valley vintners prepare for drought

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


A Super Bowl ad is born: how 3 ads were created

NEW YORK (AP) - A timely Tweet that was praised. A story of a baby Clydesdale growing up that tugged at heart strings. A Jamaican accent that caused controversy.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mannequins get a makeover to look more real

NEW YORK (AP) - The one-size-fits-all mannequin is getting a much-needed makeover.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 missing Calif. girls found, 'appeared to be OK'

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A pair of missing girls set off a widespread and well-publicized search across Southern California, but it ended quietly as police found them within blocks of each other and close to their hometown.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Health care call center lawsuit alleges unpaid OT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Customer service workers at a call center for insurance exchanges established under the federal health care overhaul have sued their employer in federal court, saying they were forced to work unpaid overtime.

January 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Buoyed by his characteristically soaring spirit, the surging crowd around him and a pair of canes, Pete Seeger walked through the streets of Manhattan leading an Occupy Wall Street protest in 2011.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Prospectors take advantage of California drought

AUBURN, Calif. (AP) - Gold prospectors are eyeing Northern California riverbeds, hoping to spot something shiny, as water levels dip to historically low levels during the drought,

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


States consider reviving old-fashioned executions

ST. LOUIS (AP) - With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama speech to challenge Congress on minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Challenging lawmakers to help him create greater economic opportunity, President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday to announce he's raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, underscoring a go-it-alone strategy in an election year critical to Democrats' hopes for retaining Senate control.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Southerners warned of icy mess in days ahead

ATLANTA (AP) - Across the South, residents stocked up on fuel and groceries, schools and offices closed, and road crews were at the ready as a storm moved in Tuesday from the central U.S., threatening to bring snow, ice and subzero temperatures to a region more accustomed to air conditioners and sunscreen than parkas and shovels.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stocks open higher on Wall Street; Pfizer gains

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks rose for the first day in four after a big slump prompted by worries about emerging market economies. As well as watching company earnings, investors are awaiting the start of the Federal Reserve's January policy meeting.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-Marlboro man dies from smoking-related disease

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it came to portraying the rugged western outdoorsman who helped transform a pack of filtered cigarettes into the world's most popular brand, Marlboro Man Eric Lawson was the real deal.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California drought has ranchers selling cattle

AROMAS, Calif. (AP) - In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market's cattle auction on California's Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Powerade drops controversial ingredient

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is dropping a controversial ingredient from its Powerade sports drink, after a similar move by PepsiCo's Gatorade last year.

May 04, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Nigerian leader: New order to free abducted girls

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan met through the night with security, school and state officials and issued a new directive that "everything must be done" to free the 276 girls held captive by Islamic extremists, one of his advisers said Sunday.

May 04, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Odessa police free 67 detained in deadly clashes

ODESSA, Ukraine (AP) - Police in Odessa have freed some detained activists after hundreds of pro-Russian demonstrators stormed police headquarters in the Ukrainian port city.

May 04, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US teachers nowhere as diverse as their students

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students.

May 04, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Decoding the Apple-Samsung patent dispute

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apple and Samsung are suing each other in courts and trade offices around the world, each making claims that the other copied patented mobile device features.

May 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Families of Ohio missing wait for their miracle

CLEVELAND (AP) - The house fortified with boarded-up windows and makeshift alarms where Ariel Castro held three women captive for nearly a decade is gone now.

May 04, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


1 dead, 5 injured in Lancaster crash

LANCASTER (AP) - One person is dead and five more are injured, including three children, after a two-car wreck in Southern California.

May 04, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


CDC confirms first case of MERS virus in American

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials confirmed the first case of an American infected with a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.

May 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


White House reporters honor black journalist

WASHINGTON (AP) - Harry McAlpin was standing outside the Oval Office, moments away from becoming the first black reporter to attend a presidential news conference, when one of his contemporaries approached with a deal.

May 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama takes humorous jabs at health care stumble

WASHINGTON (AP) - Little was sacred when President Barack Obama tossed out playful but pointed jokes Saturday night - not even his own health care plan.

May 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lawmakers say they won't abandon death penalty

DALLAS (AP) - A bungled execution in Oklahoma in which the condemned prisoner writhed and moaned as he received a lethal injection outraged death-penalty opponents, invited court challenges and attracted worldwide attention.

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


Official: Boy who stowed away on jet leaves Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) - The 15-year-old boy who survived a 5½-hour flight from California to Hawaii in a jet's wheel well has left the state, an official said late Friday.

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


Bond would be used to house low-income veterans

Proposition 41 on the June ballot asks California voters whether $600 million in existing veterans bonds should be redirected to build, renovate and acquire apartments and multifamily housing for low-income veterans.

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


So. Cal. wildfire 67 percent contained

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters have made progress overnight against a wildfire that forced the evacuation of about 1,600 foothill homes east of Los Angeles.

May 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Handsome, debonair and blessed with a distinguished voice that reflected his real-life prep school upbringing, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. seemed born to play the television roles that made him famous, that of hip Hollywood detective and brilliant G-man.

May 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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