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Oscar-nominated set decorator Garrett Lewis dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The set decorator who earned Oscar nominations for his work on "Beaches," ''Glory," ''Hook" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" has died.

February 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Despite horror, Ala. child hostage seems OK

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - By all accounts, a 5-year-old in Alabama endured an unforgettable horror: Held for a week in a closet-size bunker underground, a captive of a volatile killer, his only comforts a Hot Wheels car and other treats passed to him by officers.

February 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama seeks to avoid sequester with short-term fix

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is asking Congress for a short-term deficit reduction package of spending cuts and tax revenue that will delay the effective date of steeper automatic cuts now scheduled to kick in on March 1. Obama said the looming cuts would be economically damaging and must be avoided.

February 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


British Museum puts art from the Ice Age on show

LONDON (AP) - The art world loves hype. Works are touted as the biggest, the rarest, the most expensive.

February 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ohio man recovers stolen 300-year-old family Bible

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio man's heart sank when he realized that burglars had broken in and stolen a safe holding his most prized possession - a 300-year-old family Bible.

February 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Warm Bodies' tops box office with $20.4 million

NEW YORK (AP) - The zombie romantic-comedy "Warm Bodies" topped the box office with a debut of $20.4 million.

February 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NFL says it was ready with backup power system

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - NFL officials were sure they'd get the Super Bowl finished on Sunday night.

February 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hillary Clinton has more tests, 'is much better'

NEW YORK (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton says his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, has undergone more medical tests but is "doing much better."

February 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Catholic hospital takes surprise stance in lawsuit

DENVER (AP) - It was a startling assertion that seemed an about-face from church doctrine: ACatholic hospital arguing in a Colorado court that twin fetuses that died in its care were not, under state law, human beings.

February 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Postal Service honors Rosa Parks with new stamp

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Hundreds of people, including some of Michigan's political elite, gathered Monday to celebrate the late Rosa Parks on what would have been her 100th birthday by unveiling a postage stamp in her honor steps from the Alabama bus on which she stared down segregation nearly 60 years ago.

February 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama stands firm on gun control despite long odds

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - President Barack Obama declared Monday on his first trip outside Washington to promote gun control that a consensus is emerging for universal background checks for purchasers, though he conceded a tough road lay ahead to pass an assault weapons ban over formidable opposition in Congress.

February 05, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA teacher charged with child molestation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles middle school teacher has been arrested and charged for allegedly molesting three teenage girls.

February 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


7 dead in tour bus crash were man, boy, 5 women

YUCAIPA, Calif. (AP) - Coroner's officials say the seven people killed when a tour bus crashed with two vehicles on a mountain highway in Southern California were five women, a man and a boy.

February 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. AG sues BP over Arco storage tanks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris and prosecutors in eight counties are suing oil company BP over alleged environmental violations involving the underground storage tanks at hundreds of Arco stations.

February 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge upholds removal of Calif. oyster farm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge on Monday denied a Northern California oyster farm's request to have its removal from Point Reyes National Seashore overturned, and ruled against allowing it to continue doing business in the park while its lawsuit is being heard in court.

February 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Quick turnaround gives McCarthy edge in GOP race

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy's knack for helping colleagues get elected and his ability to maintain a personal connection have given him the advantage in the race for House majority leader despite calls by some Republicans for a new, more conservative direction.

June 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Women in Film awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kerry Washington stepped back into the spotlight for the first time since becoming a mom last month to accept an award from Women in Film.

June 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Woman who drove with dying man on car gets prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A substance-abuse counselor was sentenced Thursday to 55 years to life in prison for hitting a pedestrian with her car and driving through a Los Angeles suburb with the dying man on her windshield.

June 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Immigration a political quandary for Republicans

DENVER (AP) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's startling primary loss this week to a tea party-backed opponent illustrates how the GOP finds itself paralyzed by immigration reform. The policy most party leaders agree is best for the Republican Party's future is risky for most House Republicans seeking re-election in the fall.

June 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Wireless companies put up more 'stealth' towers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - One might be hidden in a cross on a church lawn. Others are disguised as a cactus in the desert, a silo in farm country or a palm tree reaching into a sunny sky.

June 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US mulls military action in Iraq

LONDON (AP) - The U.S. is contemplating military action in Iraq to quell the fast-moving insurgency because it has spent years investing in Iraq's future, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


AP source: Sterling hires investigators

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's team of lawyers has hired four private investigation firms to dig up dirt on the NBA's former and current commissioners and its 29 other owners, said a person familiar with Sterling's legal strategy.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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


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