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Scientific red tape mars efforts vs. virus

GENEVA (AP) - International efforts to combat a new pneumonia-like virus that has now killed 22 people are being slowed by unclear rules and competition for the potentially profitable rights to disease samples, the head of the World Health Organization warned Thursday.

May 23, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


13 insurers to compete on Calif. health exchange

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state's largest health insurers, including Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente, will be among 13 plans competing for policies from millions of Californians who are expected to purchase coverage through the state's new health exchange, officials announced Thursday.

May 23, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Japanese climber, 80, becomes oldest atop Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest on Thursday - although his record may last only a few days. An 81-year-old Nepalese man, who held the previous record, plans his own ascent next week.

May 23, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Thunderstorms slow Oklahoma tornado cleanup

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - A band of thunderstorms battered the Oklahoma City area Thursday, slowing cleanup operations in the suburb where a tornado killed 24 people and destroyed thousands of homes this week.

May 23, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Obama: America at "crossroads" in terror fight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring America at a "crossroads" in the fight against terrorism, President Barack Obama on Thursday revealed clearer guidelines for the use of deadly drone strikes, including more control by the U.S. military, while leaving key details of the controversial program secret.

May 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Restaurant torched in 4th night of Sweden riots

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Groups of youths have burnt down a restaurant, torched more than 30 cars and injured three police in a fourth night of riots in suburbs of the Swedish capital that started following a fatal police shooting.

May 23, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


FBI: Arrest made in Wash. state ricin letter scare

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A 37-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a case in which a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin were discovered in Washington state last week.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry: US, allies ready to step up aid to rebels

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - The U.S. and several key allies looked again Wednesday for a strategy to end Syria's civil war, their united efforts unable at the moment to stem the Assad regime's military gains and Washington still unwilling to join those providing the rebels with lethal military aid.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Boy Scouts to vote today on gay membership

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America's national leadership will vote Thursday on whether to allow openly gay Scouts in its ranks, a critical and emotionally charged moment for one of the nation's oldest youth organizations and its millions of members.

May 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Duarte woman finds bear on kitchen counter

DUARTE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a woman in a Los Angeles suburb found a bear cub sitting on her kitchen counter.

May 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man shot by FBI had ties to Boston bombing suspect

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A Chechen immigrant shot to death in Florida after an altercation with an FBI agent implicated himself in a triple slaying that officials believe may have been connected to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, authorities said.

May 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Japanese climber, 80, becomes oldest atop Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer on Thursday became the oldest man to reach the top of Mount Everest, a Nepali official and Miura's Tokyo-based support team said.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


4 Americans killed since 2009 in US drone strikes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that four American citizens have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen since 2009. The disclosure to Congress comes on the eve of a major national security speech by President Barack Obama in which he plans to pledge more transparency to Congress in his counterterrorism policy.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Teacher who lives in Valencia pleads not guilty to possessing child porn

A Los Angeles Unified School District teacher, who lives in Valencia, has pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing child pornography, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

May 22, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Signal AP


Mattel moving 100 jobs from New York to Calif.

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (AP) - Toy maker Fisher-Price said Wednesday it's moving or eliminating roughly 100 jobs from its operations in the state as part of restructuring by parent company Mattel Inc.

May 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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VA head says 18 vets left off wait list have died

PHOENIX (AP) - In a new revelation in the growing Veterans Affairs' scandal, the organization's acting head says that an additional 18 veterans whose names were kept off an official electronic VA appointment list have died.

June 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


World remembers D-Day 70 years later

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) - Gone are the screaming shells, seasick soldiers and bloodied waters of 1944. On Friday, a sun-splattered Normandy celebrated peace, with silent salutes, tears and international friendship marking 70 years since the D-Day invasion helped change the course of World War II and modern history.

June 06, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Deputy was wounded by partner

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy wounded during a confrontation with a cyclist was a victim of friendly fire.

June 05, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nancy Reagan commemorates husband's death

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Nancy Reagan has visited the California grave of her husband, President Ronald Reagan, on the 10th anniversary of his death.

June 05, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Engine catches fire on Metrolink commuter train

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say fire broke out in the engine of a Southern California commuter train and the nearly 60 people aboard were moved to the last car.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Seattle police: 4 victims in university shooting

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say a Seattle Pacific University student on Thursday disarmed a lone gunman who entered a building and shot three people.

June 05, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


In Capitol, Los Angeles mayor seeks state aid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made his first official visit to the Capitol on Thursday to make his case for getting state aid to help revitalize California's most populous city.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Actor accused of shooting in 911 call

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Michael Jace, who is charged with killing his wife, called and told his father-in-law about the shooting and asked him to come for the couple's two young children soon after it happened, a 911 call released Thursday indicates.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Copper thefts reported

Local sheriff's detectives are investigating their second case of grand theft involving copper in less than two weeks after $2,000 worth of copper wiring was stolen from a construction site in Castaic this week.

June 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Signal AP


Why would gay ally Jonah Hill let fly with a slur?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jonah Hill is winning points for what appears to be a sincere apology for hurling a gay slur at a paparazzo he says was harassing him.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


San Francisco buses run again, sick claims eyed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cable cars, light- rail trains and buses were running again on Thursday as transit officials in san Francisco sought confirmation from drivers involved in a three-day sickout that they were actually dealing with health issues.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Few certainties in calculating Triple Crown value

NEW YORK (AP) â€" California Chrome's bid for the Triple Crown on Saturday is likely to boost TV ratings and, if he wins, create a star for a sport that could badly use one.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Vets, visitors flock to Normandy to remember D-Day

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) - Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest sea-borne invasion ever mounted.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Families in a frenzy over Disney's 'Frozen'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - For the Calder family, the "Frozen" frenzy began when the Disney movie came out in late 2013 and they took their 7-year-old daughter Caroline to see it in the theater.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Marine Corps to help families displaced by crash

IMPERIAL, Calif. (AP) - A Marine Corps official says the military is working on a plan to help three displaced families whose homes were damaged when one of its jets slammed into a neighborhood in the small Southern California desert city of Imperial.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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