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Study: Distracted driving deaths underreported

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seventeen-year-old Kelsey Raffaele's last words were over a cellphone to a friend: "I'm going to crash!" The car she was driving had clipped a snow bank and spun into oncoming traffic, where it was T-boned by an SUV. She died at a hospital without regaining consciousness.

May 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Frantic 911 call leads to 3 missing women in Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) - The woman's voice was frantic and breathless, and she was choking back tears. "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry," she told a 911 dispatcher. "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now."

May 07, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Iron Man 3' finishes with $174.1M opening weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Disney's Marvel Studios continues to mine precious metal with a $174.1 million opening weekend for "Iron Man 3," the second-biggest domestic debut ever behind the $200-million-plus launch of "The Avengers" a year ago.

May 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Groups want details on license plate readers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two privacy rights groups questioning law enforcement's use of automated license plate readers asked a judge Monday to order the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to provide more details on how they use the technology.

May 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Limo driver: Fire took 3 minutes to claim 5 lives

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - First came the tapping. Over the blasting music, limo driver Orville Brown heard someone in the backseat knock on the partition behind him, saying something about smoke. No smoking allowed, he told the crowd of partying women.

May 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Mass. funeral director chasing burial offers

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts funeral director said Monday he has received burial offers for more than 100 out-of-state graves for the body of a Boston Marathon bombing suspect who was killed in a gun battle with police but none are panning out, even as Tamerlan Tsarnaev's mother told him she wants the body returned to Russia.

May 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


UPDATE:Senate passes bill letting states tax online sales

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate sided with traditional retailers and financially strapped state and local governments Monday by passing a bill that would widely subject online shopping - for many a largely tax-free frontier - to state sales taxes.

May 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Former Calif. mortician gets 25-to-life sentence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former mortician was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life in prison for plotting to kill a funeral business rival in a decades-old case that initially resulted in an unusual sentence of lifetime probation.

May 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. crews mop up wildfire as rain falls

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - Rain showers moved across Southern California on Monday, dousing remnants of a wildfire that blackened thousands of acres in coastal mountains and bringing much-needed moisture to a region left parched by a dry winter.

May 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif agency says PG&E should pay $2.25B for blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California agency investigating the deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood recommended Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay a $2.25 billion fine for its negligence leading up to the blast.

May 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Lauryn Hill gets 3 months for failing to pay taxes

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million in earnings.

May 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


What happened in limo that burst into flames?

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities searched for answers Monday in the fire that roared through a limousine packed with women celebrating a girls' night out, hoping to learn what sparked the blaze and why the dead could not escape the fast-spreading flames that turned a luxury car into a deadly inferno.

May 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


East about to be overrun by billions of cicadas

WASHINGTON (AP) - Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the East Coast. The insects will arrive in such numbers that people from North Carolina to Connecticut will be outnumbered roughly 600-to-1. Maybe more.

May 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Could immigration bill set off another backlash?

WASHINGTON (AP) - As a Senate committee prepares to begin voting this week on far-reaching immigration legislation, advocates are watching warily to see whether relatively tame opposition balloons into the kind of fierce resistance that killed Congress' last attempt to overhaul the system.

May 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cause of Camarillo wildfire appears accidental

CAMARILLO (AP) - Investigators say the cause of a huge wildfire burning through Southern California's coastal mountains appears to be accidental.

May 05, 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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