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Family ties factor in key Senate races

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Sen. Mark Pryor likes to tell voters that he always puts Arkansas first, borrowing the campaign slogan associated with his family for decades. In Wyoming, Liz Cheney bets that her famous father's name will be gold in her Senate race. And in Louisiana, Sen. Mary Landrieu counts on her kin's New Orleans ties to help lift her to re-election in a tough race.

August 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Recall effort against SD mayor begins

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The effort to recall San Diego's embattled mayor is kicking off in the nation's eighth-largest city Sunday, one day before Bob Filner is set to return to work at City Hall after undergoing behavior therapy.

August 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Long Beach becomes two newspaper city

LONG BEACH (AP) - The latest experiment in American journalism is a throwback: a new daily newspaper to compete against an established one in a big city.

August 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Traffic smooth around 405 closure in OC

SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Traffic is moving smoothly as motorists navigate around a closed section of one of Southern California's busiest freeways.

August 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Death toll at 39 in Philippines ferry accident

CEBU, Philippines (AP) - As the MV Thomas Aquinas cruised toward Cebu city in the central Philippines, navy marshal Richard Pestillos prepared for a brief stop while some passengers watched a band and others soaked in the night breeze on the deck.

August 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


5 decades later, some JFK probe files still sealed

Five decades after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot and long after official inquiries ended, thousands of pages of investigative documents remain withheld from public view. The contents of these files are partially known - and intriguing - and conspiracy buffs are not the only ones seeking to open them for a closer look.

August 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


23 bodies found in conflict area in western Mexico

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) - At least 23 bodies were found in two neighboring states in western Mexico where drug cartels, vigilantes and security forces have been fighting for much of the year, authorities said Saturday.

August 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP-NORC Poll: Parents back high-stakes testing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to measure both students' and schools' performances, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.

August 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NTSB: No problem with controls in fatal UPS crash

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Federal investigators said Saturday they haven't found any problems with the controls in a UPS cargo jet that crashed while landing in Alabama, killing the two pilots.

August 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Man critical after incident at demolition

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Doctors say the 43-year-old man critically injured during the demolition of a Central California power plant could be able to keep both his legs.

August 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews rush to clean up former California nuke lab

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - The sun was barely up at a former Cold War rocket test site when crews in hard hats, neon vests and steel-toe boots collected jars of dirt as part of a massive effort to clean up from a partial nuclear meltdown a half century ago.

August 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bill gives Calif. youthful offenders second chance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Criminals serving long prison sentences for offenses they committed as teenagers would have an earlier chance for freedom under a bill working its way through the Legislature.

August 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge OKs LA County condom requirements for porn

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has upheld as constitutional a Los Angeles County law requiring adult film performers to wear condoms.

August 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


SF Bay Area building demolition fuels quake study

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) - With a series of quick blasts and a cloud of dust a 13-story building on the Cal State-East Bay campus crashed to the ground Saturday morning as scientists monitored the impact on the nearby Hayward Fault.

August 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dozens missing after ferry crash in Philippines

CEBU, Philippines (AP) - Divers combed through a sunken ferry Saturday in search of dozens of people missing after a collision with a cargo vessel near the central Philippine port of Cebu that sent passengers jumping into the ocean and leaving many others trapped. At least 31 were confirmed dead and hundreds rescued.

August 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


Authorities: Trucker in Morgan crash hadn't slept

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A truck driver's lack of sleep is being blamed for the highway crash that injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian in New Jersey.

June 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Social Security judges rubber-stamp claims

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four Social Security judges defended their work Tuesday amid accusations they rubber-stamped claims for disability benefits, approving billions of dollars in payments from the cash-strapped program.

June 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


People hiring photographers to shoot everyday life

When Anzalee and Kristain Rhodes look back at their daughter's first year of life, they won't be examining blurry, red-eyed camera phone photos. They'll have crisp, finely detailed professional shots of a baby growing up before their eyes.

June 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Senator: Bergdahl deal sealed day before swap

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration only finalized the exchange of the last remaining U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo a day before the June 1 swap, a top Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday. He said American officials didn't learn the pickup location Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl until an hour ahead of time.

June 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Arizona official says immigrant kids in good care

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona border officials will indefinitely continue to process hundreds of Central American children immigrants caught crossing the border illegally from Mexico into Texas.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NCAA reaches $20M settlement of video game claims

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Sam Keller and his teammates used to eagerly await the annual release of the NCAA Football video game, the popular EA Sports product featuring lifelike depictions of every major team.

June 09, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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