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Suspected weapons found on N. Korean ship

PANAMA CITY (AP) - Panama's president said the country has seized a North Korean-flagged ship carrying what appeared to be ballistic missiles and other arms that had set sail from Cuba on its way to the Pacific.

July 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Senate steps back from brink on nominations

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate stepped away from the brink of a meltdown on Tuesday, clearing the way for confirmation of several of President Barack Obama's nominees long blocked by Republicans, agreeing to quick action on unnamed others and finessing a Democratic threat to overturn historic rules that protect minority-party rights.

July 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Health law's rule delay could hamper enforcement

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's a bit of a domino effect involving President Barack Obama's health care law.

July 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Stevie Wonder won't sing in Fla. after Zimmerman verdict

NEW YORK (AP) - Stevie Wonder says he won't perform in Florida and other states with a "stand your ground" law.

July 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Snowden submits request for asylum in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday submitted a request for temporary asylum in Russia, his lawyer said, claiming he faces persecution from the U.S. government and could face torture or death.

July 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Signed copy of Rowling book could mean big money

NEW YORK (AP) - Not many people owned a copy of "The Cuckoo's Calling" before word leaked out over the weekend that author Robert Galbraith was, in fact, J.K. Rowling. But a handful who did have a signed edition.

July 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt's interim president swears in new Cabinet

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's interim president is swearing in a new Cabinet, the first since the ouster of the Islamist president by the military nearly two weeks ago.

July 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


MLB OKs sex orientation harass policy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Major League Baseball says it will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a new agreement provided to The Associated Press on Monday.

July 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


More tests needed for cause of Monteith's death

The cause of "Glee" actor Cory Monteith's death remained unclear Monday, and authorities in Canada said it could take several days before toxicology test results are in.

July 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Zimmerman protesters raid Wal-Mart, stop freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Protesters ran through Los Angeles streets, stopping traffic, breaking windows and at one point raiding a Wal-Mart store, and a major freeway was blocked in the San Francisco Bay Area in the third night of protests in California over George Zimmerman's Florida acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

July 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Arizona wildfire grew quickly, was erratic

PHOENIX (AP) - A wildfire that began with a lightning strike and caused little immediate concern because of its remote location and small size quickly blazed into an inferno, leading officials to rapidly order more resources in the hours before flames killed 19 members of an elite Hotshot crew, according to a report released Monday.

July 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Court: Bad Miranda translation requires new trial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has overturned the marijuana and weapons convictions of an Oregon man who had his Miranda rights improperly translated into Spanish.

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


More tests needed for cause of Monteith's death

The cause of "Glee" actor Cory Monteith's death remained unclear Monday, and authorities in Canada said it could take several days before toxicology test results are in.

July 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Panel urges more oversight of Calif. refineries

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - The state panel created after a fire destroyed part of Chevron's Richmond refinery is recommending the creation of a new refinery task force with powers to penalize violations at oil refineries and strengthen air quality monitoring.

July 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. court declines to stop gay marriages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court refused Monday to order the state to immediately stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

July 15, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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New Jersey commissioner's wife among dead in crash

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Family members say the wife of a New Jersey borough commissioner was among seven dead in a plane crash that also killed the co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

June 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA to test giant Mars parachute on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as NASA prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet.

June 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


States move to blunt Obama carbon plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - As President Barack Obama prepares to announce tougher new air quality standards, lawmakers in several states already are trying to blunt the impact on aging coal-fired power plants that feed electricity to millions of consumers.

June 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rundown Philadelphia row home honored with funeral

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A funeral has been held in Philadelphia for a rundown row house seen as a symbol of urban blight.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Report faults California prison mental health care

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is providing haphazard, inadequate psychiatric treatment to its most severely mentally ill inmates, according to a new report by a federal court official.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California's flawed water system can't track usage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Call them the fortunate ones: Nearly 4,000 California companies, farms and others are allowed to use free water with little oversight when the state is so bone dry that deliveries to nearly everyone else have been severely slashed.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


6 Cleveland officers indicted in deadly car chase

CLEVELAND (AP) - A police car chase that ended in a schoolyard with two unarmed suspects dying in a hail of 137 bullets is part of a wide-ranging federal investigation into the Cleveland Police Department's use of deadly force and its pursuit policies.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


For GOP, which Reagan legacy is right for 2016?

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Another prominent Republican gathering, more evidence of the dueling legacies of President Ronald Reagan overhanging the party as it tries to widen its reach and avoid extending its presidential losing streak in 2016.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Decades-old photos emerge of Apollo training

HONOLULU (AP) - Before Apollo astronauts went to the moon, they went to Hawaii to train on the Big Island's lunar landscapes.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Jesus Christ Superstar' cancels American tour

NEW YORK (AP) - A new arena version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" starring punk legend John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child has abruptly canceled its 54-city tour just days before its launch in New Orleans.

May 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Coffee rust reaches new heights in Central America

FRAIJANES, Guatemala (AP) - For years, Hernan Argueta's small plot of coffee plants seemed immune to the fungus spreading elsewhere in Central America. The airborne disease that strikes coffee plants, flecking their leaves with spots and causing them to wither and fall off, failed to do much damage in the cooler elevations of Guatemala's mountains.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan launches Afghan airstrikes after attack

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Taliban fighters attacked several Pakistani military posts along the Afghan border Saturday, sparking an hourslong gun battle that included Pakistan launching airstrikes into Afghanistan, authorities said. Pakistan said soldiers killed 16 militants, while Afghan officials said the airstrikes killed five civilians.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Proposed $40 million settlement set for players

A $40 million settlement has been completed that will pay college football and basketball players dating to 2003 for the use of their likenesses in NCAA-branded videogames.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


American suicide bomber grew up in Central Florida

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The American man who launched a suicide bombing against Syrian government troops grew up in Central Florida and attended several colleges in the state before dropping out and moving abroad.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Poll: Voters vexed by California corruption probes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters are alarmed by a string of corruption scandals in Sacramento, but most feel any wrongdoing is not widespread, a poll indicated Saturday.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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