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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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US mulls military action in Iraq

LONDON (AP) - The U.S. is contemplating military action in Iraq to quell the fast-moving insurgency because it has spent years investing in Iraq's future, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


AP source: Sterling hires investigators

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's team of lawyers has hired four private investigation firms to dig up dirt on the NBA's former and current commissioners and its 29 other owners, said a person familiar with Sterling's legal strategy.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Small quake shakes Cajon Pass region

WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. (AP) - A small earthquake has occurred in Southern California near the northeast end of the San Gabriel Mountains.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


FAA controllers still working 'rattler' schedules

WASHINGTON (AP) - Air traffic controllers are still working schedules known as "rattlers" that make it likely they'll get little or no sleep before overnight shifts, more than three years after a series of incidents involving controllers sleeping on the job, according to a government report released Friday.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bergdahl back in US

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returned to the United States early Friday after his release from five years in captivity in Afghanistan in a controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Resignation of mayor sought over dog poop incident

SAN MARINO (AP) - The mayor of a wealthy California town who was caught on camera tossing dog poop onto the walkway of a political opponent is being asked to resign by residents who say he smeared their image.

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Governor, lawmakers face weekend budget deadline

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are trying to work out the final details of a budget for the coming fiscal year that largely adheres to the governor's call for fiscal prudence while providing a modest boost to social and education programs.

June 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man freed in jury mistake killed; suspect arrested

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A burglary defendant who won his freedom because of a jury's mistake lost his life a few hours later when he was stabbed to death in a fight.

June 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Study: Teens are drinking less, texting more

NEW YORK (AP) - American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they're texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, according to the government's latest study of worrisome behavior.

June 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US pushing cops to stay mum on surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned.

June 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California home prices rise slightly in May

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A research firm says California home prices rose slightly to a new 6½-year high last month as tight inventories limited sales.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police and World Cup protesters clash in Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) - Protesters and Brazilian police clashed in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on Thursday ahead of the first World Cup match, but the demonstrations largely died down before kickoff.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Militant group to march on Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) - The al-Qaida-inspired group that led this week's charge in capturing two key Sunni-dominated cities in Iraq vowed Thursday to march on to Baghdad, raising fears about the Shiite-led government's ability to slow the assault following lightning gains.

June 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Ex-president Bush, 90, makes parachute jump

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in coastal Maine, delivering on a vow he made five years ago even though he can no longer use his legs.

June 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Actress Ruby Dee dead at 91

NEW YORK (AP) - Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter.

June 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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