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Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense bill

HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, marking a modest end to a challenging year for the White House and Congress.

December 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Reversal on ACA cancellations gets mixed response

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A month after President Barack Obama announced people could keep insurance policies slated for cancellation under the federal health overhaul, the reversal has gotten a mixed response from insurers, state regulators and consumers.

December 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Suspect in LA airport shooting pleads not guilty

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - The man authorities say killed a Transportation Security Administration screener and wounded three other people during a rampage at Los Angeles International Airport last month pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and other felony charges in a case that could bring the death penalty.

December 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hand, face transplants regulated like other organs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sure your liver or kidney could save someone's life. But would you donate your hands, or your face? Signing up to become an organ donor may get more complicated than just checking a box on your driver's license.

December 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. schools prepare for transgender rights law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With a law that spells out the rights of transgender students in grades K-12 set to take effect in California, school districts are reviewing locker room layouts, scheduling sensitivity training for coaches, assessing who will sleep where during overnight field trips and reconsidering senior portrait dress codes.

December 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


String of Palestinian attacks has Israel jittery

JERUSALEM (AP) - A spate of violent Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets in recent weeks is raising concerns in Israel that it may be on the verge of a new type of Palestinian uprising.

December 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bye bye, bile? Websites try to nix nasty comments

NEW YORK (AP) - Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet.

December 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Brush fire smolders in windy S. Calif.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Southern California firefighters are working to mop up a 10-acre brush fire that was rapidly spread by gusty Santa Ana winds Christmas night.

December 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US drone strike in Pakistan kills 3 militants

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A suspected American drone fired two missiles at a home in a northwestern tribal region of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, killing at least three foreign militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said Thursday.

December 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


American abducted in Pakistan calls for US help

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A 72-year-old American development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaida more than two years ago appealed to President Obama in a video released Thursday to negotiate his release, saying he feels "totally abandoned and forgotten."

December 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Better news on US job market sends stocks higher

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks moved higher in morning trading Thursday as Wall Street went back to work after the Christmas holiday.

December 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Russia: Arafat's death not caused by radiation

MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has found no trace of radioactive poisoning, the chief of the government agency that conducted the study said Thursday.

December 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

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

December 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Thousands left without power across US and Canada

LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) - Utility crews from Maine to Michigan and into Canada worked Wednesday to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses left in the dark by last weekend's ice storm, and people slowly trickled out of shelters to spend Christmas Day at their finally warm homes.

December 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Another court defeat for Utah on gay marriage

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal appeals court has refused yet again to stop gay marriage in Utah, making it more likely that same-sex weddings in the home of the Mormon church are here to stay for the immediate future.

December 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


Emboldened House conservatives planning next steps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Conservatives emboldened by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's astonishing loss to a tea party-backed upstart are pledging to capitalize on their newfound political strength.

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


Obamas kick off long weekend in California

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) - President Barack Obama is spending a long Father's Day weekend in the California desert oasis of Rancho Mirage.

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


Athlete from Fiji killed in Northern California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A runner from Fiji was killed in a gang shooting in Northern California just weeks before he was set to attend a Louisiana university on a track scholarship, friends and authorities said.

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


Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll dead at 82

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Friday night at his home. He was 82.

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


Obama: More US can do to help Native Americans

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday became only the third U.S. sitting president in eight decades to set foot in Indian Country, encountering both the wonder of Native American culture and the struggle of tribal life on a breeze-whipped afternoon in the prairie. Amid snapping flags and colorful, befeathered dancers, Obama declared that there was more the U.S. could do to help Native Americans.

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


Ex transit cop cries as he recalls fatal shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former Northern California transit officer cried on the witness stand Friday while describing how he shot and killed an unarmed man on a train station platform more than five years ago.

June 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


McCourt testifies in Dodger Stadium beating case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt testified Friday in a lawsuit filed over a severe beating at Dodger Stadium that he wasn't personally involved in security matters at the venue but did suggest a fan code of conduct.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Boston, LA, SFC and DC in running for 2024 Games

An American bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics would come from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington if the U.S. Olympic Committee decides to put a city in the running.

June 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Netherlands thrashes Spain in World Cup opener

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - The Netherlands thrashed Spain 5-1 Friday, toying with the defending champions in the second half and gaining a measure of revenge for its 2010 loss in the World Cup final.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Quick turnaround gives McCarthy edge in GOP race

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy's knack for helping colleagues get elected and his ability to maintain a personal connection have given him the advantage in the race for House majority leader despite calls by some Republicans for a new, more conservative direction.

June 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Women in Film awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kerry Washington stepped back into the spotlight for the first time since becoming a mom last month to accept an award from Women in Film.

June 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Woman who drove with dying man on car gets prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A substance-abuse counselor was sentenced Thursday to 55 years to life in prison for hitting a pedestrian with her car and driving through a Los Angeles suburb with the dying man on her windshield.

June 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Immigration a political quandary for Republicans

DENVER (AP) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's startling primary loss this week to a tea party-backed opponent illustrates how the GOP finds itself paralyzed by immigration reform. The policy most party leaders agree is best for the Republican Party's future is risky for most House Republicans seeking re-election in the fall.

June 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Wireless companies put up more 'stealth' towers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - One might be hidden in a cross on a church lawn. Others are disguised as a cactus in the desert, a silo in farm country or a palm tree reaching into a sunny sky.

June 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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