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Federal workers return after shutdown ends

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barriers went down at federal memorials and National Park Service sites, and thousands of furloughed federal workers returned to work across the country Thursday after 16 days off the job due to the partial government shutdown.

October 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rare whale found dead in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A rare whale that has a dolphin-shaped head and saber-like teeth has been found dead on Los Angeles' Venice Beach, even though it prefers frigid subarctic waters.

October 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama signs bill to avert default, open government

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed a measure into law reopening the federal government and averting a potential default.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Aretha: Side effects 'were rough,' glad to work

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) - Aretha Franklin says "the side effects were rough" from her treatment for an undisclosed condition.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Man on trial in killing ex-girlfriend's relatives

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - At the suggestion of her family, college freshman Shayona Dhanak broke up with her boyfriend and told him religious differences were to blame. Less than two months later, her father and sister were killed, her mother assaulted and left for dead, and her family's home burned.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Deal reached to avoid default and open government

WASHINGTON (AP) - Up against one last deadline, Congress raced to pass legislation Wednesday avoiding a threatened national default and ending a 16-day partial government shutdown along the strict terms set by President Barack Obama when the twin crises began.

October 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crash tests use Center for Pet Safety's dummy dogs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - To make the world safer for pets, Lindsey Wolko had to design an indestructible dog.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: LAX dry ice bombs set for amusement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police believe a baggage handler arrested after dry ice bombs exploded at Los Angeles International Airport set off the devices for his own amusement.

October 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-San Diego mayor pleads guilty to felony

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was subdued from the moment he strode into the courtroom alone to answer charges that he put a woman in a headlock, kissed another against her will and grabbed the buttocks of a third.

October 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Companies need more than sales to compete

In today's business climate, sales and marketing are not enough to be successful, said the keynote speaker at the Valley Industry Association's luncheon Tuesday.

October 16, 2013 | By Jana Adkins | Signal AP


Weapons inspectors check 11 sites in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - International inspectors have visited 11 sites linked to Syria's chemical weapons program and destroyed "critical equipment" at six, the agency overseeing the elimination of the country's stockpile said Wednesday.

October 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pynchon, Lahiri finalists for National Book Awards

NEW YORK (AP) - Thomas Pynchon, Jhumpa Lahiri and George Saunders were among the finalists Wednesday for the National Book Awards.

October 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


4 dead after boat capsizes off Florida coast

MIAMI (AP) - Four women died and 10 people were taken into custody after a boat with more than a dozen people aboard - including Haitian and Jamaican nationals - capsized early Wednesday in the waters off South Florida.

October 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Iran presents nuclear proposals at Geneva talks

GENEVA (AP) - With PowerPoint slides and feel-good phrases, Iranian negotiators presented world powers on Tuesday with what they said was a plan to break a decade of deadlock over Tehran's nuclear program, declaring the time had come to end the country's "walk in the dark" of international isolation and crippling sanctions.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Cantor resigning from House leadership on July 31

WASHINGTON (AP) - Repudiated at the polls, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor intends to resign his leadership post at the end of next month, officials said Wednesday, clearing the way for a potentially disruptive Republican shake-up just before midterm elections with control of Congress at stake.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Alibaba's first US presence 11 Main debuts

NEW YORK (AP) - China's largest e-commerce company is making its first appearance in the U.S. with the debut of 11Main.com, an invite-only online marketplace that showcases small business retailers.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate Republicans block student loan bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation aimed at letting people refinance their student loans at lower rates, a pre-ordained outcome that gave Democrats a fresh election-year talking point against the GOP.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hagel says time was running out to save Bergdahl

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Wednesday that last month's prisoner swap with the Taliban may have been the "last, best" chance to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan. He said mediators indicated time was slipping away to get Bergdahl out safely.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Yosemite National Park rescue caught on video

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Park officials say a backpacker who narrowly avoided plunging to his death from a waterfall at Yosemite National Park was hoisted to safety by a helicopter rescue crew in an operation that was captured on video.

June 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: Teen gunman kills student at Oregon school

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) - A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a 14-year-old student Tuesday and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon, authorities said.

June 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


CIA disciplines 15 officers in harassment cases

WASHINGTON (AP) - When Ilana Sara Greenstein was a CIA case officer working at headquarters a decade ago, she said, a married senior manager who was responsible for her promotions made sexual advances toward her.

June 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Subway strike suspended in Sao Paulo, may hit Rio

SAO PAULO (AP) - With a subway strike put on hold, traffic in Brazil's biggest city returned to its normal, congested nature Tuesday, but there was no guarantee service would be on for Thursday's opening of the World Cup.

June 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: Teen gunman in Oregon likely killed self

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) - A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a student Tuesday and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon, authorities said.

June 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California teacher tenure law unconstitutional

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tenure and other job protections for California's public school teachers were ruled unconstitutional Tuesday by a judge presiding in a lawsuit brought by nine students.

June 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Knicks hire Derek Fisher as head coach

Derek Fisher was never the best player, certainly not the tallest or quickest.

June 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Authorities: Trucker in Morgan crash hadn't slept

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A truck driver's lack of sleep is being blamed for the highway crash that injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian in New Jersey.

June 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Social Security judges rubber-stamp claims

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four Social Security judges defended their work Tuesday amid accusations they rubber-stamped claims for disability benefits, approving billions of dollars in payments from the cash-strapped program.

June 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


People hiring photographers to shoot everyday life

When Anzalee and Kristain Rhodes look back at their daughter's first year of life, they won't be examining blurry, red-eyed camera phone photos. They'll have crisp, finely detailed professional shots of a baby growing up before their eyes.

June 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Senator: Bergdahl deal sealed day before swap

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration only finalized the exchange of the last remaining U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo a day before the June 1 swap, a top Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday. He said American officials didn't learn the pickup location Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl until an hour ahead of time.

June 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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