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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


Baggage handler arrested in LAX dry ice blasts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A baggage handler has been arrested following a police investigation into two dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport.

October 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fla. bullying case: girls aged 12 and 14 charged

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - After 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick committed suicide last month, one of her tormenters continued to make comments about her online, even bragging about the bullying, a sheriff said Tuesday.

October 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


House shutdown plan fails; Senate up

WASHINGTON (AP) - Time growing desperately short, Senate leaders took command of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial government shutdown Tuesday night after a last big attempt by House Republicans abruptly collapsed.

October 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LA schools leader wants to slow iPad rollout

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The leader of the nation's second-largest school district wants to put the brakes on an ambitious $1 billion plan to place iPads in the hands of every student after some of the first to get them used the devices to Tweet, text and play games rather than study.

October 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Newtown, Conn., to keep school razing under wraps

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - When the old Sandy Hook Elementary School is demolished, building materials will be pulverized on site and metal will be taken away and melted down in an effort to eliminate nearly every trace of the building where a gunman killed 26 people last December.

October 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Sochi forces hunt for 3 potential suicide bombers

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Russian security officials are hunting down three potential female suicide bombers, one of whom is believed to be in Sochi, where the Winter Olympics will begin next month.

January 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Sister echoes apology of man held in North Korea

SEATTLE (AP) - The sister of an American missionary detained for more than a year in North Korea echoed her brother's apology to the nation for crimes he committed and his plea to the U.S. government to ramp up efforts to secure his release.

January 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Soap opera suicide storyline draws praise, concern

LONDON (AP) - It was one of the gentlest deaths in soap-opera history, but it has provoked a strong reaction in Britain.

January 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistani jets hit militant hideouts in northwest

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani fighter jets pounded militant positions overnight in the country's northwest following a Taliban bombing campaign against security forces, military officials and residents said Tuesday. The strikes are likely to hamper the government's efforts to hold peace talks with the militant group.

January 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 nabbed at Texas border in credit card fraud case

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Two Mexican citizens who were arrested at the border used account information stolen during the Target security breach to buy tens of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise, according to a South Texas police chief.

January 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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