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House conservatives rule out immigration this year

WASHINGTON (AP) - Conservative Republicans on Wednesday ruled out any immigration legislation in the House this year, insisting that the GOP should wait until next year when the party might also control the Senate.

February 06, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Hagel adds urgency to push for ethics crackdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - Concerned that ethical problems inside the military might run deeper than he realized, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered service leaders Wednesday to add urgency to their drive to ensure "moral character and moral courage" in a force emerging from more than a decade of war.

February 06, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


A look at a real man portrayed in 'Monuments Men'

DALLAS (AP) - As part of an Allied mission tasked with saving works of art during World War II, a homesick James Rorimer told his wife in a December 1944 letter from liberated Paris that he was working hard but worried about how much he was achieving.

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


More Olympic-linked furor over Russia anti-gay law

NEW YORK (AP) - Protesters in cities around the world targeted major Olympic sponsors Wednesday, just ahead of the Winter Games in Sochi, urging them to speak out against Russia's law restricting gay-rights activities. Two more sponsors of the U.S. Olympic team condemned the law, but leading global sponsors did not join them.

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


Calif. bans fishing on more rivers amid drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California fishing regulators on Wednesday shut down recreational angling on portions of two drought-starved rivers because of concerns about salmon and steelhead trout as federal officials pledged more money to help the state cope.

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


UN: 'Unspeakable suffering' for Syria's children

BEIRUT (AP) - Children in Syria have been tortured, sexually abused and subjected to "indiscriminate" attacks by President Bashar Assad's forces, and recruited for combat and terror operations by the rebels fighting to topple him during the country's nearly 3-year-old conflict, a new United Nations report said.

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


L.A. abuse case dropped against Miramonte teacher

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has dismissed a high-profile criminal case against a former teacher at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles who was charged with inappropriately touching a female student.

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


Finding uninsured Americans by the numbers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wanted: Millions of uninsured Americans willing to give President Barack Obama's health care law a chance.

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


Pope's Harley goes under auction hammer in Paris

PARIS (AP) - A Harley-Davidson motorcycle donated last year to Pope Francis is being sold at a Paris auction to benefit charity.

February 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US stocks slide in morning trading

U.S. stocks fell in Wednesday morning trading, effectively wiping out modest gains from a day earlier, as a survey on hiring did little to ease uncertainty over the health of the economy.

February 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


International court weighs Kenya president's case

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court said Wednesday that Kenya's government is obstructing the crimes against humanity case against its president by withholding access to crucial documents.

February 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Navy probing alleged cheating on nuke reactor work

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Navy is investigating 30 or more senior sailors in connection with alleged cheating on written tests designed to qualify them as instructors at a school that trains younger sailors to operate naval nuclear power reactors, officials said Tuesday.

February 05, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LAPD officers violated policy in manhunt shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eight Los Angeles police officers violated department policy when they mistakenly riddled a pickup truck with bullets, injuring two women, during a manhunt last year for cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner, a civilian oversight board announced Tuesday.

February 05, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Paul Walker's estate estimated at $25 million

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Court records show Paul Walker's estate is worth an estimated $25 million and the actor appointed his father to manage his affairs upon his death.

February 04, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Facebook barrels ahead on 10th anniversary

NEW YORK (AP) - It has been 10 years since a Harvard sophomore named Mark Zuckerberg created a website called Thefacebook.com to let his classmates find their friends online.

February 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Senate approves tying minimum wage to inflation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage and tie it to inflation.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: AP Source: Former Microsoft CEO wins Clippers bid

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shelly Sterling reached an agreement Thursday night to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, according to an individual with knowledge of the negotiations.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Southwest fined $200,000 for deceptive TV ads

DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Airlines is being fined $200,000 for advertising a fare sale too good to be true.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Elon Musk to unveil spacecraft to ferry astronauts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - SpaceX, which has flown unmanned cargo capsules to the International Space Station, planned to unveil a new spacecraft Thursday designed to ferry astronauts to low-Earth orbit.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rebels down helicopter; another big loss for Kiev

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - In another devastating blow to Ukraine's armed forces, rebels shot down a troop helicopter Thursday, killing at least 12 soldiers, including a general who had served in the Soviet army and was in charge of combat training.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man who accosted Pitt has reputation for stunts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - He tried to kiss Will Smith in Moscow, attempted to steal Adele's spotlight at the Grammys, dove under America Ferrera's dress at Cannes and now, police say, accosted Brad Pitt on the red carpet of a Hollywood premiere.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


IG: Phoenix VA hospital missed care for 1,700 vets

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off the official waiting list at the troubled Phoenix veterans hospital, the Veterans Affairs watchdog said Wednesday in a scathing report that increases pressure on Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Apple's Beats buy joins tech and street-wise style

NEW YORK (AP) - Beats Electronics' colorful, oversized headphones serve as a fashion accessory to cool kids riding the New York City subway, but as tech companies such as Apple, Samsung and others are discovering, wearable gadgets like smartwatches and Google Glass still have a long way to go to become trendy, must-have consumer items.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: Too little info about youth concussions

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called Thursday for more robust research into youth concussions, saying there remains deep uncertainty over both the scope of the troubling issue and the long-term impacts on young people.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hearing set in beating victim's case vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Opening statements were expected to begin Thursday in a lawsuit brought by beating victim Bryan Stow against the Los Angeles Dodgers and its former owner, Frank McCourt.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calmer weather returns to California wildfire zone

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Weather was expected to be friendlier for firefighters Thursday as they look to fully contain a Central California wildfire that led to the destruction of two homes.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


White and male, Google releases diversity data

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California rampage shows gaps in mental health law

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Elliot Rodger's murderous rampage near Santa Barbara has tragically exposed the limitations of involuntary-commitment laws that allow authorities to temporarily confine people who are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Voters in California contemplate forming new state

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Residents of California's largely rural, agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties long ago got used to feeling ignored in the state Capitol and out of sync with major urban areas.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


US eyes training moderate Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. will increase assistance to the Syrian opposition, opening the way for the likely training and possibly equipping of moderate rebels fighting to oust leader Bashar Assad.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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