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Poll: Scant demand for Microsoft's Windows 8

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft bills Windows 8 as a "re-imagining" of the personal computer market's dominant operating system, but the company still has a lot of work to do before the makeover captures the imagination of most consumers, based on the results of a recent poll by The Associated Press and GfK.

October 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Argo' finally tops box office with $12.4M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It took three weeks, but "Argo" finally found its way to the top of the box office.

October 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews searching for 2 hikers missing in Sierra Nevada

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rescue teams were back in the mountains Sunday resuming separate searches for two hikers missing in California's Sierra Nevada.

October 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hawaii tsunami smaller than feared; advisory canceled

HONOLULU (AP) - Officials in Hawaii canceled a tsunami advisory for the state's coastline early Sunday, paving the way for beaches and harbors to reopen after widespread fears of waves generated from a powerful earthquake off the coast of Canada.

October 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Northeast buttons up against terrifying megastorm

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) - Tens of thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate coastal areas Sunday as big cities and small towns across the Northeast buttoned up against the onslaught of a superstorm threatening some 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation.

October 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Big storm scrambles presidential race schedules

CELINA, Ohio (AP) - Mitt Romney and Barack Obama frantically sought to close to the deal with voters in the precious few days left in an incredibly close race as this year's October surprise - an unprecedented storm menacing the East Coast - wreaked havoc on their best laid plans.

October 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Palestinians to seek UN recognition next month

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Palestinian officials say their president is moving forward with his plan to seek upgraded observer status at the United Nations next month, despite American and Israeli threats of financial or diplomatic retaliation.

October 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Magnitude 3.9 quake hits near Santa Clarita

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small earthquake rattled Southern California but there no reports of damage or injury.

October 28, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Magnitude 7.7 quake strikes off Canadian coast

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada, but there were no reports of major damage. Residents in parts of British Columbia were evacuated but the province appeared to escape the biggest quake in Canada since 1949 largely unscathed.

October 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Madonna booed after touting Obama in La. Concert

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Madonna drew boos and triggered a walkout by several concertgoers after she touted President Barack Obama on her "MDNA Tour" in New Orleans.

October 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


7 hurt when limo plunges off parking lot in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A town car crashed into a parked car in Los Angeles, injuring all seven people inside when both vehicles plunged 20 feet off an elevated parking lot and onto an apartment courtyard.

October 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


China's leadership change: Why it matters

Next month Chinese President Hu Jintao and most of the Communist Party leadership will begin to hand over power to younger colleagues in a once-a-decade political transition. Over the coming months, scores of leaders across the party, the government and the military will be replaced in a painstakingly choreographed and at times divisive change-over at the top of the world's second-largest economy, which is growing in diplomatic and military strength.

October 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Megastorm could wreak havoc across 800 miles of US

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) - Forget distinctions like tropical storm or hurricane. Don't get fixated on a particular track. Wherever it hits, the behemoth storm plodding up the East Coast will afflict a third of the country with sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow, say officials who warned millions in coastal areas to get out of the way.

October 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Libyan witnesses recount organized Benghazi attack

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - It began around nightfall on Sept. 11 with around 150 bearded gunmen, some wearing the Afghan-style tunics favored by Islamic militants, sealing off the streets leading to the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. They set up roadblocks with pick-up trucks mounted with heavy machine guns, according to witnesses.

October 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. Superstorm threat launches mass evacuations

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) - Forget distinctions like tropical storm or hurricane. Don't get fixated on a particular track. Wherever it hits, the rare behemoth storm inexorably gathering in the eastern U.S. will afflict a third of the country with sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow, say officials who warned millions in coastal areas to get out of the way.

October 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Report: Recidivism fell before prison realignment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's recidivism rate dropped in the years before Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment law took effect, even though six of every 10 offenders returned to prison, the corrections department said in a report released Wednesday.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


"American Hustle," "Gravity" lead Oscar race

The con-artist comedy "American Hustle and the 3-D space odyssey "Gravity" lead the Academy Awards with 10 nominations each, including nods for best picture.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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