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Newtown: A special town shattered by tragedy

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - At the crossroads that marks the center of this three-century-old New England postcard town stands a flagpole that's a kind of barometer. Every day, says Susan Osborne White, who has lived here all her life, "it tells me which way the wind is blowing" - and she calls the local newspaper whenever the flag is lowered to half-staff, to ask why.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Gunman kills 26 at Conn. school, commits suicide

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A man killed his mother at home and then opened fire Friday inside the elementary school where she taught, massacring 26 people, including 20 children, as youngsters cowered in fear to the sound of gunshots echoing through the building and screams coming over the intercom.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


This just in from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom

For those calling for the postponement of any discussion of gun and mental health policy in America – you are wrong.

December 14, 2012 | Signal news sources | Signal AP


Tearful Obama calls for action after shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) - A tearful President Barack Obama said Friday he grieved first as a father about the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, declaring, "Our hearts are broken today." He called for "meaningful action" to prevent such shootings but did not say what it should be.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Transgender college hoops player keeps head high

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The women's basketball team at Mission College expected the bleachers to be full and the hecklers ready when its newest player made her home court debut.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry, Hagel frontrunners in cabinet shuffle

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who unsuccessfully sought the presidency in 2004 and has pined for the job of top diplomat, vaulted to the head of President Barack Obama's short list of secretary of state candidates after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice suddenly withdrew from consideration to avoid a contentious confirmation fight with emboldened Republicans.

December 14, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


FDA approves new drug for inhaled anthrax

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials say they approved a new injectable drug from Human Genome Sciences to treat inhalable anthrax.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jenni Rivera's remains returned to So. California

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Jenni Rivera, the Latin music star killed in a weekend plane crash, has made her final journey home.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP source: Suspect drove to mother's school

WASHINGTON (AP) - The suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is Adam Lanza, 20, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred, a law enforcement official said Friday. A second law enforcement official says the boy's mother, Nancy Lanza, is presumed dead.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


DEA investigates owner of Rivera plane

PHOENIX (AP) - The company that owns a luxury jet that crashed and killed Latin music star Jenni Rivera is under investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the agency seized two of its planes earlier this year as part of the ongoing probe.

December 14, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Military families worried about fiscal cliff

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Emerging from more than a decade at war, military families are confronting a new worry at home: the prospect that a deal between Congress and the White House over federal spending cuts could chip away at military health insurance, pensions and other services long considered untouchable.

December 14, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Internet restrictions across the world

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Envoys in Dubai signed a new U.N. telecommunications treaty Friday that a U.S.-led delegation says endorses greater government control of the Internet. The U.S. and more than 20 other countries refused to ratify the accord by the 193-nation International Telecommunications Union.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP source: 20-year-old suspect had ties to school

WASHINGTON (AP) - A law enforcement official says the attacker in the Connecticut school shootings is a 20-year-old man with ties to the school.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Respiratory virus cases up in Ariz. this season

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Cases of a potentially life-threatening respiratory virus that mostly affects babies and young children have risen 40 percent in Arizona this season when compared with the same period last year, health officials said.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UN telecom chief 'surprised' by US-led treaty snub

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Envoys from nearly 90 nations signed Friday the first new U.N. telecommunications treaty since the Internet age, but the U.S. and other Western nations refused to join after claiming it endorses greater government control over cyberspace.

December 14, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Craig Ferguson announces late-night retirement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A few weeks after David Letterman announced he'd be retiring from the CBS late-night television lineup, Craig Ferguson did the same.

April 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


AP survey: China's lending bubble a global threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just as the global economy has all but recovered from debt-fueled crises in the United States and Europe, economists have a new worry: China. They see a lending bubble there that threatens global growth unless Beijing defuses it.

April 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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