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Obamacare a success so far? It's hard to say

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - After more than a week in action, is a key feature of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul a success or a bust? Judging by the dearth of data, it's virtually impossible to say.

October 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Shutdown puts businesses, foreign workers in limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) - The partial government shutdown has left high-skilled immigrant workers and the companies that employ them in limbo.

October 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


New GOP shutdown/debt plan, but no agreement yet

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are offering to pass legislation to avert a default and end the 11-day partial government shutdown as part of a framework that would include cuts in benefit programs, officials said Friday.

October 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


German groom forgets bride at gas station

BERLIN (AP) - A German couple's marriage got off to a rocky start when the groom forgot his bride at a highway gas station on the way home from their honeymoon, only noticing she was missing after hours had passed.

October 11, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Chemical weapons watchdog group wins Nobel Peace Prize

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Efforts to eliminate chemical weapons won a Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for the global watchdog trying to destroy Syria's stockpiles of nerve gas and other poisonous agents.

October 11, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Jury: Toyota not liable for death of Calif. woman

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury found Thursday that Toyota Motor Corp. is not liable for the death of a California woman who was killed when her 2006 Camry apparently accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop.

October 11, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistani girl, 16, survivor of Taliban, visits US

NEW YORK (AP) - A defiant 16-year-old Pakistani girl whose advocacy for education made her the target of a Taliban assassination attempt a year and a day ago told an audience in New York on Thursday she one day hopes to become her country's prime minister.

October 11, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds will let states pay to reopen national parks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen - as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations.

October 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Safety board cites failures on LA's Angels Flight

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal safety investigators say operators of the historic Angels Flight funicular railway in downtown Los Angeles intentionally overrode a safety system before two cars derailed last month.

October 10, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-cop waved off bystanders before shooting

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - The ex-police officer who opened fire on a federal courthouse in West Virginia was a trained shooter who knew how to kill, yet federal officials said Thursday that he waved people away moments before he started spraying bullets into the glass facade and was later shot dead by law enforcement.

October 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Scott Carpenter, 2nd US astronaut in orbit dies

DENVER (AP) - Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth and first person to explore both the heights of space and depths of the ocean died Thursday after a stroke. He was 88.

October 10, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Magic Johnson won't return to ESPN, cites schedule

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Magic Johnson won't return to ESPN as an NBA studio analyst.

October 10, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Canadian Alice Munro wins Nobel for literature

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Short story master Alice Munro, who captures the everyday lives and epiphanies of men and women in rural Canada with elegant and precise prose, won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday.

October 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Complaint: Detective punched SUV in NY biker melee

NEW YORK (AP) - An undercover police detective participating in a motorcycle rally that descended into violence pounded on the rear window of an SUV while other bikers attacked the driver through his window, according to a criminal complaint Wednesday charging him with gang assault.

October 10, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


House GOP leaders seek short-term debt extension

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner planned to ask fractious Republican lawmakers on Thursday to support a six-week extension of the government's ability to borrow money, even as Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Congress of "irrevocable damage" that an unprecedented federal default would risk.

October 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


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


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