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Sugar tied to fatal heart woes; soda's a culprit

CHICAGO (AP) - Could too much sugar be deadly? The biggest study of its kind suggests the answer is yes, at least when it comes to fatal heart problems.

February 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Freeze costs quarter of Calif. citrus crop

EXETER, Calif. (AP) - A week of freezing temperatures in early December wiped out about a quarter of California's $2 billion citrus industry, an industry group estimated on Monday.

February 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Hoffman found with likely heroin packs

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City medical examiners plan to conduct an autopsy on the body of Philip Seymour Hoffman as investigators scrutinize evidence from the scene of the actor's death. That includes packets that law enforcement officials say are believed to contain heroin.

February 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian airstrikes kill at least 18 in Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian activists say government airstrikes on rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo have killed at least 18 people, including five children.

February 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Al-Qaida breaks with Syria group in mounting feud

CAIRO (AP) - Al-Qaida's central leadership broke with one of its most powerful branch commanders, who in defiance of its orders spread his operations from Iraq to join the fighting in Syria and fueled bitter infighting among Islamic militant factions in Syria's civil war.

February 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Student kills teacher, policeman in Moscow school

MOSCOW (AP) - A 10th-grade student with two rifles burst into his Moscow school on Monday, killing his geography teacher and a policeman in front of about 20 students, investigators said. His father played a key role in freeing those students before police stormed the classroom and took his son into custody, the city police chief said.

February 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US stocks slip lower in morning trading

U.S. stocks slid lower in morning trading on Monday on fresh concerns about the U.S. and global economies, as well as word from Ford Motor that auto sales are off to a lackluster start this year.

February 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Convicted murderer escapes from Michigan prison

IONIA, Mich. (AP) - A man convicted in four murders two decades ago is at large after he escaped from a Michigan prison and abducted a woman who fled his grips when he stopped for gas in Indiana, authorities said Monday.

February 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California farmers brace for the worst

MENDOTA (AP) - Amid California's driest year on record, the nation's leading agricultural region is locked in drought and bracing for unemployment to soar, sending farm workers to food lines in a place famous for its abundance.

February 03, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NYC apartment

NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote and created a gallery of other vivid characters, many of them slovenly and somewhat dissipated, was found dead Sunday in his apartment with what officials said was a needle in his arm. He was 46.

February 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian aircraft pound rebel-held areas of Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian government aircraft unleashed a wave of airstrikes on more than a dozen rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, as President Bashar Assad's forces inched into areas controlled by opposition fighters for more than a year, activists said.

February 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


New Saudi counterterrorism law alarms activists

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Saudi Arabia put into effect a sweeping new counterterrorism law Sunday that human rights activists say allows the kingdom to prosecute as a terrorist anyone who demands reform, exposes corruption or otherwise engages in dissent.

February 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


JK Rowling says 'Harry Potter' ending may be wrong

LONDON (AP) - Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is having second thoughts about having ended the series with heroine Hermione Granger paired up romantically with Ron Weasley.

February 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California farmers brace for drought, unemployment

MENDOTA, Calif. (AP) - Amid California's driest year on record, the nation's leading agricultural region is locked in drought and bracing for unemployment to soar, sending farm workers to food lines in a place famous for its abundance.

February 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Groundhog predicts longer winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) - Emerging from his lair on Super Bowl Sunday, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil couldn't predict the winner of the big game but his handlers said he was sure of his weather forecast: There will be six more weeks of winter.

February 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


UPDATE: Pursuit suspect in custody after armed standoff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police have captured a wanted man who climbed onto rooftops in a San Fernando Valley neighborhood while armed with a rifle after a freeway chase Monday, and then barricaded himself in a home for several hours. The incident prompted authorities to shut down nearby freeway on-ramps, lock down schools and evacuate at least one as police waited him out, authorities said.

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


Judge: Casey Kasem should be fed, hydrated

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge ruled Monday that Casey Kasem should be fed, hydrated and medicated while a court-appointed attorney evaluates the health of the ailing radio personality after his daughter moved to implement end of life measures.

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


Netflix to stop posting notices that irked Verizon

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix will ease up a finger-pointing campaign that blamed Verizon and other Internet service providers for problems with its video subscription service.

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


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