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'Batkid' fighting crime in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crooks beware! Batkid is fighting crime Friday on the mean streets of San Francisco.

November 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Retailers take on Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the center of it all.

November 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Marines killed in Calif. were doing dangerous job

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The job is one of the most dangerous in the Marine Corps.

November 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Father of California assemblyman killed in home

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police investigating the killing of a California assemblyman's father said Thursday there were no indications the shooting was politically motivated.

November 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


16-year-old injured in Calif. camper explosion

ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was critically injured when a camper in front of a Northern California home exploded following a propane leak.

November 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Where did dogs first appear? DNA points to Europe

NEW YORK (AP) - For years, scientists have been dogged by this evolution question: Just where did man's best friend first appear?

November 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Possible sinkhole reported in yard in Florida

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - Residents of several Florida homes have been evacuated due to a possible sinkhole that opened in a backyard in Pinellas County on Thursday.

November 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Should students learn cursive? Some states say yes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The swirling lines from Linden Bateman's pen have been conscripted into a national fight to keep cursive writing in American classrooms.

November 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Obama to allow sale of canceled plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday.

November 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


CBS to air special marking Beatles' arrival

NEW YORK (AP) - CBS is planning a two-hour special to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' groundbreaking first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

November 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Whitey Bulger gets life for racketeering, killings

BOSTON (AP) - Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for his murderous reign in the 1970s and '80s, bringing to a close a case that exposed FBI corruption so deep that many people across the city thought he would never be brought to justice.

November 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ohio jury convicts ex-fugitive in $100M fraud case

CLEVELAND (AP) - A mysterious defendant in a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud case was convicted Thursday of racketeering, theft, money laundering and other charges.

November 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Attacks against Shiites in Iraq kill at least 41

BAGHDAD (AP) - A suicide attacker and twin bomb blasts on Thursday targeted Shiites marking a somber religious ritual in Iraq, killing at least 41 people and wounding more than 100, officials said.

November 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gov. signs bill legalizing gay marriage in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill Wednesday legalizing gay marriage in the state that kicked off a national discussion of the issue more than two decades ago.

November 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Assemblyman Gatto's father killed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The father of California Assemblyman Mike Gatto has been fatally shot in his Los Angeles home that had been ransacked, authorities said Thursday.

November 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


Iraq violence threatens OPEC's precarious balance

NEW YORK (AP) - The oil market has balanced out quite nicely for OPEC in recent years. Now, upheaval in Iraq shows that balance may be more precarious than it has seemed.

June 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Some states roll back teacher tenure protections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even before a judge's scathing ruling against California's teacher tenure policies, the once-sacred protections that make it harder to fire teachers already had been weakened in many states - and even removed altogether in some places.

June 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA postpones Mars 'flying saucer' test on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bad weather is preventing NASA from launching a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Drilling states explore human-made earthquakes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts from energy companies, government agencies and universities across the U.S. on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes. The initiative follows Ohio's discovery in April of a probable link between the drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing and five small tremors in eastern Ohio, a first in the Northeast.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Girl on ventilator gets diploma

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery says she will receive an honorary diploma during her school's eighth grade graduation.

June 11, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Driver pleads not guilty in Morgan crash

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A truck driver pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the fatal New Jersey Turnpike crash that also injured comedian Tracy Morgan as investigators look into what role his long commute to work played in the accident.

June 11, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man gets 75 years in ex-wife's murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 55-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday and was immediately sentenced to 75 years to life in prison for the stabbing death of his estranged wife as she worked at a Southern California supermarket.

June 11, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


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