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Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense bill

HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, marking a modest end to a challenging year for the White House and Congress.

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


Reversal on ACA cancellations gets mixed response

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A month after President Barack Obama announced people could keep insurance policies slated for cancellation under the federal health overhaul, the reversal has gotten a mixed response from insurers, state regulators and consumers.

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


Suspect in LA airport shooting pleads not guilty

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - The man authorities say killed a Transportation Security Administration screener and wounded three other people during a rampage at Los Angeles International Airport last month pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and other felony charges in a case that could bring the death penalty.

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


Hand, face transplants regulated like other organs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sure your liver or kidney could save someone's life. But would you donate your hands, or your face? Signing up to become an organ donor may get more complicated than just checking a box on your driver's license.

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


Calif. schools prepare for transgender rights law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With a law that spells out the rights of transgender students in grades K-12 set to take effect in California, school districts are reviewing locker room layouts, scheduling sensitivity training for coaches, assessing who will sleep where during overnight field trips and reconsidering senior portrait dress codes.

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


String of Palestinian attacks has Israel jittery

JERUSALEM (AP) - A spate of violent Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets in recent weeks is raising concerns in Israel that it may be on the verge of a new type of Palestinian uprising.

December 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bye bye, bile? Websites try to nix nasty comments

NEW YORK (AP) - Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet.

December 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Brush fire smolders in windy S. Calif.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Southern California firefighters are working to mop up a 10-acre brush fire that was rapidly spread by gusty Santa Ana winds Christmas night.

December 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US drone strike in Pakistan kills 3 militants

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A suspected American drone fired two missiles at a home in a northwestern tribal region of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, killing at least three foreign militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said Thursday.

December 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


American abducted in Pakistan calls for US help

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A 72-year-old American development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaida more than two years ago appealed to President Obama in a video released Thursday to negotiate his release, saying he feels "totally abandoned and forgotten."

December 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Better news on US job market sends stocks higher

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks moved higher in morning trading Thursday as Wall Street went back to work after the Christmas holiday.

December 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Russia: Arafat's death not caused by radiation

MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has found no trace of radioactive poisoning, the chief of the government agency that conducted the study said Thursday.

December 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

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

December 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Thousands left without power across US and Canada

LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) - Utility crews from Maine to Michigan and into Canada worked Wednesday to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses left in the dark by last weekend's ice storm, and people slowly trickled out of shelters to spend Christmas Day at their finally warm homes.

December 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Another court defeat for Utah on gay marriage

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal appeals court has refused yet again to stop gay marriage in Utah, making it more likely that same-sex weddings in the home of the Mormon church are here to stay for the immediate future.

December 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


Victim family helped jail O.J., but not for murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For years, Fred Goldman was adamant that he would never rest until he had held O.J. Simpson accountable for the killings of his son Ron and Simpson's ex-wife 20 years ago - even if a jury had acquitted the former football star.

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


Prosecutor: Trucker in Morgan crash hadn't slept

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - The truck driver from Georgia accused of triggering the highway crash that injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian hadn't slept for more than 24 hours before the accident, authorities said Monday as the actor recovered in a New Jersey hospital.

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


UPDATE: 2 officers, 3 others dead in Las Vegas shooting

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two police officers were having lunch at a strip mall pizza buffet when a man and a woman fatally shot them in a point-blank ambush, then fled to a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said.

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


GOP struggles to recruit black voters, candidates

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) - Like an eager date, Leo Smith showed up at Mount Zion First Baptist Church with a bouquet of flowers in hand.

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


Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez crowned as 63rd Miss USA

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Newly crowned Miss USA Nia Sanchez, a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, says that women need to be able to defend themselves as a way to battle the problem of campus rape and that bringing awareness to the issue is very important.

June 09, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


US gas prices holding steady at $3.69 a gallon

CAMARILLO (AP) - A survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. is holding steady, rising 3½ cents over the last three weeks to $3.69.

June 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Morgan recovering after surgery following crash

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Tracy Morgan was recovering Sunday, but was expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks after having surgery on a broken leg suffered in a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left two others critically injured and another man dead.

June 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Fault' tops Tom Cruise at box office

NEW YORK (AP) - In a box-office battle that pitted young against old, female against male, modest drama against big-budget spectacle, the teenage romance "The Fault in Our Stars" easily bested the time-shifting Tom Cruise action film "Edge of Tomorrow."

June 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope wades into Mideast peace-making

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is wading head-first into Mideast peace-making, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for an evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last round of U.S.-sponsored negotiations collapsed.

June 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Simpson case at 20: Views in black and white

The O.J. Simpson murder trial exposed many painful truths. None hit harder than the idea that white and black people often look at the same facts and see different realities.

June 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Guantanamo prisoners set to leave amid trade furor

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Some of the men held here for more than a decade have been drafting plans for work and marriage on the outside or studying languages, preparing for a not-too-distant future beyond the coiled razor wire that surrounds the U.S. prison perched at the edge of the Caribbean Sea.

June 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Trucker charged in crash that injured Tracy Morgan

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and two members of his entourage were in critical condition Sunday, a day after a tractor-trailer rammed into his chauffeured limousine bus, setting off a deadly chain-reaction pileup.

June 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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