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Westerners evacuated amid terror fears in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - A suspected U.S. drone killed four alleged al-Qaida members Tuesday in Yemen, as the U.S. and British embassies evacuated staff amid reports of a threatened attack by the terrorist group.

August 06, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Post-Romney, some in GOP reject advice to moderate

WASHINGTON (AP) - After Mitt Romney's 2012 loss, many senior Republicans concluded the party must moderate its image on issues such as immigration and reproductive rights.

August 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nearly 2 dozen held in Mexican Mafia crackdown

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested nearly two dozen people in a Southern California crackdown on the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

August 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama heads to Phoenix to pitch mortgage reform

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is proposing to overhaul the nation's mortgage finance system, including shutting down government-backed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - a plan with bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.

August 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lake Elsinore fire 5 percent contained

LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A wildfire threatening 250 homes in Riverside County is only 5 percent contained but it didn't grow much overnight.

August 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif couple charged in Qatar for daughter's death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A married couple from Los Angeles have been jailed in the Middle East on a charge of murder with intent and are being accused of starving their 8-year-old daughter to death, according to a coalition of groups that are working on the case from the U.S. and trying to draw publicity to what they say are unjust arrests.

August 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Escape artist faces coffin skydive

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) - Imagine the terror of being handcuffed, chained and locked inside a wooden casket that is subsequently dragged out of an airplane at 14,500 feet.

August 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Maj. Hasan: Evidence will show 'I am the shooter'

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The Army psychiatrist accused in the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation told jurors Tuesday that evidence would "clearly show" he was the gunman during the attack on Fort Hood, but he insisted it wouldn't tell the whole story.

August 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Transient with jail record held in beach rampage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The man suspected of being behind the wheel of a sedan that careened down the crowded Venice Beach boardwalk last weekend, killing an Italian newlywed on her honeymoon and injuring 16, is a transient who served brief stints in jail in Colorado, authorities said Monday.

August 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Defiant A-Rod gets 211-game ban, will appeal case

NEW YORK (AP) - Defiant till the end, Alex Rodriguez is intent on evading baseball's most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal.

August 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?

Terrance Wise has two jobs in Kansas City - one at a burger joint, a second at a pizza restaurant - but he says his paychecks aren't enough to buy shoes for his three daughters and insure his 15-year-old car. So he decided to draw attention to his plight: He walked off work in protest.

August 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif couple charged in Qatar for daughter's death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A married couple from Los Angeles has been jailed in the Middle East on a charge of starving their 8-year-old daughter to death, according to a nonprofit legal group that has taken their case and is trying to draw publicity to what it claims is an unjust arrest.

August 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Webcam to broadcast from Andy Warhol's Pa. grave

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Andy Warhol Museum is launching a live video feed from the pop artist's gravesite to honor his 85th birthday.

August 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif Assembly crafting leaner water bond proposal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Assembly Speaker John Perez says his chamber is working on a $7 billion to $8 billion water bond proposal to replace a $11.1 billion bond first slated for the ballot in 2009.

August 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Time Warner Cable: CBS should be sold 'a la carte'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Time Warner Cable Inc. CEO Glenn Britt has offered to end a four-day blackout of CBS stations in three major cities, saying the cable operator would allow CBS to sell its stations' signal "a la carte" to consumers instead of bundling it with other channels.

August 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Coast Guard saves kayaker trying to cross Pacific

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says a man is lucky to be alive after he was rescued 11 days into an attempted kayak voyage from California to Hawaii.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Firearms checks sought after Santa Barbara rampage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Law enforcement officers would be required to check state firearms records as part of routine welfare checks under legislation proposed Wednesday in the wake of the deadly rampage last month near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Trial will weigh if Sterling was properly ousted

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A trial will be held next month to determine whether Donald Sterling, who opposes his estranged wife's planned sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, was properly removed as an administrator for the family trust that owns the team.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mental health becomes key in corrections budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Democrats in the Legislature want the state corrections budget to spend tens of millions of dollars more on mental health services as a way to improve treatment and increase rehabilitation options.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cantor resigning from House leadership on July 31

WASHINGTON (AP) - Repudiated at the polls, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor intends to resign his leadership post at the end of next month, officials said Wednesday, clearing the way for a potentially disruptive Republican shake-up just before midterm elections with control of Congress at stake.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Alibaba's first US presence 11 Main debuts

NEW YORK (AP) - China's largest e-commerce company is making its first appearance in the U.S. with the debut of 11Main.com, an invite-only online marketplace that showcases small business retailers.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate Republicans block student loan bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation aimed at letting people refinance their student loans at lower rates, a pre-ordained outcome that gave Democrats a fresh election-year talking point against the GOP.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hagel says time was running out to save Bergdahl

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Wednesday that last month's prisoner swap with the Taliban may have been the "last, best" chance to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan. He said mediators indicated time was slipping away to get Bergdahl out safely.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Yosemite National Park rescue caught on video

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Park officials say a backpacker who narrowly avoided plunging to his death from a waterfall at Yosemite National Park was hoisted to safety by a helicopter rescue crew in an operation that was captured on video.

June 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: Teen gunman kills student at Oregon school

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) - A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a 14-year-old student Tuesday and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon, authorities said.

June 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


CIA disciplines 15 officers in harassment cases

WASHINGTON (AP) - When Ilana Sara Greenstein was a CIA case officer working at headquarters a decade ago, she said, a married senior manager who was responsible for her promotions made sexual advances toward her.

June 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Subway strike suspended in Sao Paulo, may hit Rio

SAO PAULO (AP) - With a subway strike put on hold, traffic in Brazil's biggest city returned to its normal, congested nature Tuesday, but there was no guarantee service would be on for Thursday's opening of the World Cup.

June 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: Teen gunman in Oregon likely killed self

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) - A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a student Tuesday and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon, authorities said.

June 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California teacher tenure law unconstitutional

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tenure and other job protections for California's public school teachers were ruled unconstitutional Tuesday by a judge presiding in a lawsuit brought by nine students.

June 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Knicks hire Derek Fisher as head coach

Derek Fisher was never the best player, certainly not the tallest or quickest.

June 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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