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Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Murder conviction against US Marine overturned

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The military's highest court overturned a murder conviction Wednesday against a Camp Pendleton Marine in one of the most significant cases against American troops from the Iraq war.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pats tight end charged with murder

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) - New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the shooting death of a friend prosecutors say had angered the NFL player at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people.

June 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kaiser Permanente fined $4 million by Calif agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State officials fined Kaiser Permanente $4 million, saying the health care giant failed to provide adequate mental health services, a newspaper reported.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Amtrak train hits car, killing driver, in La.

CADE, La. (AP) - An Amtrak train collided with a van on Wednesday and killed the woman driving the vehicle, which had stopped on the tracks at a railroad crossing near Lafayette, officials said.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Microsoft tweaks Windows 8, blamed for PC slump

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft on Wednesday released a preview version of an update to Windows 8, aiming to address some of the gripes people have with the company's flagship operating system.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mom sues Monster energy drink over teen's death

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The mother of a teenager who died from cardiac arrhythmia last year is blaming his death on Monster Beverage Corp., alleging in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that his death was caused by habitually drinking the company's energy drink.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


ASPCA uses USDA photos in fight over puppy mills

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is bolstering its campaign against puppy mills by showing photos of sick puppies and harsh kennel conditions taken by the federal agency that licenses commercial breeders.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Couple lets coffee drinkers choose baby name

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut couple has named its baby with help from customers at a Starbucks coffee shop.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Boxer releases statement in favor of court rulings on gay marriage

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) issued the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court's rulings in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor:

June 26, 2013 | Source: Office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer | Signal AP


Suspect in L.A. police shooting found dead

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man suspected of wounding a policeman and a probation officer was found dead Wednesday morning after a 13-hour standoff at a Willowbrook home, but another gunman sought in a separate ambush that wounded two detectives remained at large, police said.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama releases statement on Defense of Marriage Act

The following is a statement from President Barack Obama regarding today's Supreme Court decision to declare the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional:

June 26, 2013 | Source: White House Office of Communications | Signal AP


Prop. 8 ruling draws sober response in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A crowd gathered at San Francisco City Hall applauded the news that the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for same-sex marriages to resume in California, but the reaction was shaded by the knowledge that the high court had sidestepped the larger question of whether banning gay marriages is unconstitutional.

June 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate approves changes to enterprise zone program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate late Tuesday passed a compromise version of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to retool California's enterprise zone program in a way the governor hopes will encourage manufacturing and job growth.

June 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Court decisions give victories to gay rights

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.

June 26, 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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