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House passes GOP budget plan promising deep cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Moving on two fronts, the Republican-controlled House on Thursday voted to keep the government running for the next six months while pushing through a tea-party flavored budget for next year that would shrink the government by another $4.6 trillion over the next decade.

March 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NC scraps proposed pink-striped license for some

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina said Thursday it is abandoning its plan to issue pink-striped driver's licenses to certain illegal immigrants, beset by mounting criticism of the specially designed IDs.

March 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Chicago to close 54 schools to address $1B deficit

CHICAGO (AP) - Tens of thousands of Chicago students, parents and teachers learned Thursday their schools were on a long-feared list of 54 the city plans to close in an effort to stabilize an educational system facing a huge budget shortfall.

March 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Jesuit pope offers hope to some targeted US nuns

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The election of a Jesuit pope devoted to the poor and stressing a message of mercy rather than condemnation has brought a glimmer of hope to American nuns who have been the subject of a Vatican crackdown, according to interviews with several groups. The nuns were accused of having focused too much on social justice at the expense of other church issues such as abortion.

March 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Drivers endure high gas prices despite US oil boom

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. is increasing its oil production faster than ever, and American drivers are guzzling less gas. But you'd never know it from the price at the pump.

March 21, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Suspect nabbed in suspicious fires

HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) - A police officer ran down and captured an arson suspect after five small but suspicious fires broke out in the San Bernardino National Forest.

March 21, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Blackberry CEO says iPhone is outdated

TORONTO (AP) - Apple's iPhone is outdated, according to the chief executive of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd.

March 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Dorner reward to be given out in April

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities are aiming to dole out a $1 million reward offered in the hunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner by mid-April.

March 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Passing reference in 'Argo' rankles New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Thirteen minutes into the Oscar-winning movie "Argo," CIA agent Tony Mendez asks supervisor Jack O'Donnell what happened to a group of Americans when the U.S. Embassy was stormed in Tehran.

March 21, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jesuit pope offers hope to some targeted U.S. nuns

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The election of a Jesuit pope devoted to the poor and stressing a message of mercy rather than condemnation has brought a glimmer of hope to American nuns who have been the subject of a Vatican crackdown, according to interviews with several groups. The nuns were accused of having focused too much on social justice at the expense of other church issues such as abortion.

March 21, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Alcatraz marks 50 years since closure with photos

ALCATRAZ ISLAND, Calif. (AP) - The black-and-white photographs show a line of prisoners - some with heads bowed, others with eyes staring forlornly at the camera - as a guard leads them to a boat for their final trip off The Rock.

March 21, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


List of 25 sounds saved by Library of Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - Here's a listing of the 2012 inductees to the National Recording Registry in chronological order:

March 21, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge sets rules for suit over Jackson doctor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge has set the stage for trial of a civil suit by Michael Jackson's mother against concert giant AEG Live.

March 21, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Shivs, more on display at historic Philly prison

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A mounted wooden fish. Dog figurines. Colorful soap carvings of clowns and Santa. A wallet made of interwoven cigarette packs. It sounds like a bad garage sale - until you get to the shivs. And the century-old mug shot book. And the inmate death ledger.

March 21, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Beekeepers sue EPA to ban pesticides

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations have filed a lawsuit against federal regulators for not banning the use of two pesticides they say harms honeybees.

March 21, 2013 | By The 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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