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UPDATE: Judge rules schools can teach yoga

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A judge ruled Monday that a public school district can teach yoga, siding with administrators who argued the practice is a secular way to promote strength, flexibility and balance and rejecting pleas of parents who said the classes are inherently religious and violate the constitutional principle of separating church and state.

July 01, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Whites, Latinos hit population parity in Calif.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State demographers estimate that whites and Latinos are now an equal share of California's population, with Latinos poised to become a plurality by the end of the year.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


BART strike escalates

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco Bay area commuters sweated in crowded buses, shivered on loaded ferries or inched through crowded freeway traffic on Monday after hundreds of train workers demanding higher wages went on strike and the region's heavily used rail system ground to a halt.

July 01, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Flags Fly At Half-Staff in rememberance of Firefighters Lost in Arizona

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered all city flags flown at half-staff in memory of the 19 Hotshot firefighters killed by an Arizona forest fire.

July 01, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Death Valley tentatively ties U.S. June high temp

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - The National Weather Service says California's Death Valley National Park tentatively recorded a high temperature of 129 degrees on Sunday, which would tie the all-time June record high for the United States.

July 01, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Monday

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

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Blaze that killed 19 firefighters worsens

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - A wildfire that killed nearly 20 members of an elite fire crew trying to help protect homes in a small central Arizona town has quadrupled in size, to 13 square miles.

July 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Official: 19 firefighters die battling Ariz. fire

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - Gusty, hot winds blew an Arizona blaze out of control Sunday in a forest northwest of Phoenix, overtaking and killing 19 members of an elite fire crew in the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. for at least 30 years.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


State government reorganization takes effect

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A reorganization of state government that eliminates or consolidates dozens of departments and agencies takes full effect Monday, the first day of the new fiscal year.

July 01, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Humerus reunion: Doc returns Vietnamese vet's arm

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - An American doctor has arrived in Vietnam carrying an unlikely piece of luggage: the bones of an arm he amputated in 1966.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Court wins draw big crowds to gay pride parades

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gay rights supporters crowded parade routes in San Francisco, New York and other major U.S. cities Sunday to celebrate what once was unimaginable - two Supreme Court victories on same-sex marriage.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Eric Garcetti takes over as Los Angeles mayor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eric Garcetti celebrated the start of his first term as mayor Sunday with a promise to do the basic things right while getting Los Angeles' economy rolling again.

June 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Cirque du Soleil performer dies after fall

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Paris-born performer in Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" died after a fall during a show in Las Vegas.

June 30, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama has emotionally charged day in Capetown

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - Challenging African youth to seize a "moment of great promise," President Barack Obama declared Sunday that the future of the young and growing continent still rests in ailing South African leader Nelson Mandela's vision for equality and opportunity. Seeking to carve out his own piece of that legacy, Obama unveiled an ambitious initiative to double electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa, vowing to bring "light where there is darkness."

June 30, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


6 Pasadena runners hospitalized

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Six half-marathon runners have been hospitalized for heat-related illnesses as Southern California braced for another sizzling day.

June 30, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Mickelson says he's cooperating in probe

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Hall of Fame golfer Phil Mickelson confirms that FBI agents investigating insider trading approached him after a round at the Memorial tournament. He says he is cooperating and has done nothing wrong.

May 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


In US and abroad, new focus on anti-women violence

Nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria. A pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by her family for marrying the man she loved. Widespread rape in many war zones. And in California, a murderous rampage by a disturbed young man who had depicted sorority members as a prime target.

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


Only US soldier held in Afghanistan is freed

WASHINGTON (AP) - The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.

May 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama makes public health pitch for carbon rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - As governors, businesses and environmentalists brace for new limits on power plant pollution, President Barack Obama is casting his unprecedented effort to curb greenhouse gases as essential to protect the health and wellbeing of children.

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


Man who accosted Pitt pleads no contest to battery

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who accosted Brad Pitt on a red carpet pleaded no contest to battery Friday and was ordered to stay away from the actor and Hollywood red carpet events.

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


Casey Kasem's daughter granted visitation

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state judge on Friday granted a daughter of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem regular visits after she raised concerns about his well-being.

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


Shinseki accepts blame, resigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Beset by growing evidence of patient delays and cover-ups, embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned from President Barack Obama's Cabinet Friday, taking the blame for what he decried as a "lack of integrity" in the sprawling health care system for the nation's military veterans.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NBA owners to vote on sale of Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The NBA has called off a hearing to oust embattled Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling in advance of a vote on a potentially record-breaking deal negotiated by his wife Shelly Sterling to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

May 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Medicare ban on sex reassignment surgery lifted

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man returns $125,000 that fell from armored truck

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Arsenio Hall Show' canceled after 1 season

LOS ANGELES (AP) - CBS Television Distribution says "The Arsenio Hall Show" is going off the air.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dementia kept Sterling out of team sale

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A person close to the Sterling family says Donald Sterling was stripped of his ability to act as a trustee of the family's fortunes, including the Los Angeles Clippers, after two neurologists determined he was suffering from dementia.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Home tweet home: How social media is giving the homeless a hand up

R.D. Plasschaert credits one main thing for pulling her out of homelessness: Twitter.

May 30, 2014 | Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Signal AP


Missouri AG: State could make lethal injections

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The growing suspicions surrounding where states obtain lethal injections have motivated the Missouri attorney general to propose something never previously tried - establishing a lab where the state can make its own execution drugs.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


East Ukraine quiet raises leadership questions

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - The scruffy rebels who normally wander about the headquarters of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic were mostly out of view on Friday, replaced by a disciplined new faction who showed up a day earlier with an armored personnel carrier and anti-aircraft gun.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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