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As fires rage, feds cut funding on prevention

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - As the West battles one catastrophic wildfire after another, the federal government is spending less and less on its main program for preventing blazes in the first place.

June 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Search suspended for missing Livermore kayaker

LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) - The search for a missing kayaker who disappeared in Lake Del Valle in Livermore is being suspended while crews seek more funding for additional resources.

June 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Woman convicted in LA train platform death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A homeless woman has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of an 84-year-old woman who was pushed off a Los Angeles train platform.

June 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama renews calls for nuclear reductions

BERLIN (AP) - Appealing for a new citizen activism in the free world, President Barack Obama renewed his call Wednesday to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles and to confront climate change, a danger he called "the global threat of our time."

June 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fire near Banning 80 percent contained

BANNING, Calif. (AP) - An 11-day-old wildfire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest north of Banning is now 80 percent contained.

June 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man shot by deputy at Calif. burger joint ID'd

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A man suspected of trying to rob an Oakland burger restaurant at gunpoint before being shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy has been identified as a 32-year-old Oakland resident.

June 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


OC Fannie Mae worker charged with fraud

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County employee of mortgage giant Fannie Mae has pleaded not guilty to charges that he demanded kickbacks to provide listings of repossessed homes to a real estate broker.

June 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Award-winning journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings, whose unflinching reporting ended the career of a top American army general, died early Tuesday in a car accident in Los Angeles, his employer and family said.

June 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Neighbors: Colo. couple killed waiting for order to leave

DENVER (AP) - Bob and Barbara Schmidt dashed to their home on a dirt road in a heavily wooded area northeast of Colorado Springs as smoke from what would become the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history filled the air.

June 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US, Taliban to start talks on ending Afghan war

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban and the U.S. said Tuesday they will hold talks on finding a political solution to ending nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan, as the international coalition formally handed over control of the country's security to the Afghan army and police.

June 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Men's Wearhouse fires founder George Zimmer

NEW YORK (AP) - Men's Wearhouse Inc. has dismissed its founder and executive chairman George Zimmer.

June 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


18 mayors: Limit use of food stamps to buy soda

NEW YORK (AP) - The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.

June 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


US war games send signal to Assad

ZARQA, Jordan (AP) - Under the watchful eye of stern-faced American advisers, hundreds of U.S.-trained Jordanian commandos fanned across this dusty desert plain, holding war games that could eventually form the basis of an assault in Syria.

June 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Hoffa mystery still fascinates after 4 decades

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The latest possible resting place of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is an overgrown farm field where the normal calm of chirping crickets is being drowned out by a beeping backhoe, the chop of an overhead news helicopter and the bustle of reporters and onlookers.

June 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LA City Council votes to ban plastic bags

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council has given initial approval to an ordinance banning stores from providing customers single-use plastic bags.

June 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Northern California voters consider secession

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) - Voters in California's far northern counties weighed in Tuesday on whether to secede from the state in advisory measures that will gauge sentiment in a region long accustomed to feeling ignored by the Legislature and out of sync with the state's major cities.

June 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Despite tough fights, primary drawing few voters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - With no divisive initiatives on the ballot Tuesday, the first statewide election under California's top-two system was not drawing much interest from voters despite some fiercely contested seats for Congress, the state Legislature and statewide offices.

June 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


APNewsBreak: Pilot on tape talks of teen stowaway

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - About an hour after a California teen was discovered on a Hawaii runway in April, a nonplussed pilot preparing to depart tells air traffic controllers he will be a bit delayed because "a guy is seeming to have stowed away in the landing gear from San Jose to Maui."

June 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


GOP seeks inroads in solidly Democratic California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republicans hoping to loosen the Democratic Party's grip on California politics get an early test of their prospects when primary voters select nominees for eight statewide offices.

June 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


FBI: San Francisco man had bomb components

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A search of the San Francisco apartment of a social media expert turned up ball bearings, screws and components needed to make a homemade bomb, the FBI said in an affidavit unsealed Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Touch and go on Bergdahl release until very end

WASHINGTON (AP) - Right up until the moment Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed, U.S. officials weren't sure the Taliban would really release the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan in exchange for high-level militants detained at Guantanamo Bay.

June 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-Blue Angels commander gets letter of reprimand

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy has decided to give a letter of reprimand to a former Blue Angels commander accused of allowing sexual harassment in the workplace during his time as leader of the famed precision flying team.

June 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: U.S. to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.

June 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine military launches offensive against rebels

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian troops on Tuesday launched an offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk and advanced through the city's outskirts, the nation's interior minister said.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan air force jet crashes, killing 3

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistan air force fighter jet crashed into the country's largest city after a technical fault Tuesday, killing two pilots and a civilian on the ground, authorities said.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Automakers see big US sales gains in May

DETROIT (AP) - Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks - and five sunny weekends - likely pushed U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: US to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Intel executive among climbers presumed dead

SEATTLE (AP) - One of the six climbers presumed dead after a fall on Mount Rainier was a vice president of Intel Corp. in Southeast Asia.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Paper owner's jet crew had flown together 10 years

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The flight crew that died in a fiery crash aboard Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz's private plane this weekend had flown for the millionaire businessman and philanthropist for a decade, and among them was a pilot who survived an earlier fatal crash, relatives said Monday.

June 02, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California Chrome's story may never repeat

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - A message to horse lovers and dreamers out there: This will not happen to you.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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