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"Hobbit," "Frozen" lead box office to record year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Over the bustling post-Christmas weekend, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continued to lead the box office, landing in the No. 1 slot for the third weekend in a row.

December 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


$0.60 for cake: Al-Qaida records every expense

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) - The convoy of cars bearing the black al-Qaida flag came at high speed, and the manager of the modest grocery store thought he was about to get robbed.

December 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Israel names Palestinian prisoners to be released

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel on Sunday announced the names of 26 long-serving Palestinian prisoners it will release this week under a U.S.-brokered formula to resume Mideast peace talks.

December 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Federal health market surpasses 1 million signups

HONOLULU (AP) - A December surge propelled health care sign-ups through the government's rehabilitated website past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration said Sunday, reflecting new vigor for the problem-plagued federal insurance exchange.

December 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Former F1 champion Schumacher injured while skiing

PARIS (AP) - Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher sustained a head injury Sunday in a skiing accident in the French Alps, French authorities and his manager said.

December 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


16 killed in suicide bombing in Russia's south

MOSCOW (AP) - A suicide bomber struck a busy railway station in southern Russia on Sunday, killing at least 15 others and wounding scores more, officials said, in a stark reminder of the threat Russia is facing as it prepares to host February's Olympics in Sochi.

December 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Former longtime Ind. Congressman Jacobs dies at 81

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Jacobs Jr., a former longtime Indiana congressman, died Saturday afternoon, according to a family spokesman. He was 81.

December 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


A&E reverses decision on 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A&E landed in the middle of America's culture wars when "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson sounded off on gays and the Bible. The channel quickly found there was no safe ground.

December 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fire on express train in India kills at least 26

KOTHACHERUVU, India (AP) - A fire engulfed a coach of an express train in southern India on Saturday, killing at least 26 passengers, many of whom became trapped and suffocated after the doors failed to open, officials said.

December 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


The world braces for retirement crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) - A global retirement crisis is bearing down on workers of all ages.

December 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


1 protester killed in new Thai political violence

BANGKOK (AP) - Gunmen killed an anti-government activist and wounded two others in Thailand's capital on Saturday, while protesters elsewhere blocked candidates from registering for upcoming elections, deepening a political crisis that threatens to derail democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.

December 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Numbers offer complicated story of health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government churns out tons of numbers, but here's one you won't see: 0.0002. That's the percentage of estimated online visitors to healthcare.gov who actually signed up for coverage the first day.

December 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NSA phone surveillance legal, federal judge rules

NEW YORK (AP) - The debate over the National Security Agency's collection of millions of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program, citing its need in the fight against terrorism, just days after another federal judge concluded it was likely unconstitutional.

December 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


High stakes for US families losing jobless benefit

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) - The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.

December 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds tell LA-based bus company to cease operations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered a Los Angeles-based bus company to cease operations after federal safety investigators said they discovered its vehicles were allowed on the road with serious safety defects and its drivers were not regularly screened for drug and alcohol use.

December 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Bombs kill 52 as gunmen storm university in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) - A series of car bombs exploded across Iraq's capital Saturday night, killing at least 52 people in a day of violence that saw militants storm a university in the country's restive Anbar province and take dozens hostage, authorities said.

June 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hundreds of couples rush to marry in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Dozens of gay couples married Saturday at courthouses in Milwaukee and Madison, taking advantage of what most believed would be a small window in which to get hitched before a judge's decision overturning the state's same-sex marriage ban was put on hold.

June 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Triple Crown quest collapses

NEW YORK (AP) - Tonalist sprinted across the finish line first Saturday at the Belmont Stakes, spoiling California Chrome's bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years.

June 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 dead in small plane crash near Paso Robles

TEMPLETON, Calif. (AP) - A spokesman for the San Luis Obisbo County sheriff's office says two people have died in a plane crash at a private airstrip in the town of Templeton.

June 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Chrome fever takes over at Belmont Stakes

NEW YORK (AP) - Chrome craziness set in at Belmont Park Saturday as the hours ticked down ahead of the horse's bid to end racing's 36-year Triple Crown drought.

June 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US recovers jobs but comeback incomplete

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy has finally regained the jobs lost to the Great Recession. But go easy on the hallelujahs. The comeback is far from complete.

June 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man charged in Mounties' death obsessed with guns

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) - A chilling portrait of a man obsessed with guns and anti-government rhetoric began to emerge as people in this eastern Canadian city struggled to reconcile the knowledge that the person charged with murdering three Mounties was the same one who had seemingly lived quietly among them.

June 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US prosecutors revisiting nearly 5,000 convictions

NEW YORK (AP) - When three half brothers' decades-old murder convictions were thrown out last month, they became a dramatic example of an idea spreading among prosecutors nationwide: "integrity units" dedicated to double-checking convictions to determine whether justice was served.

June 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Maya Angelou remembered at memorial service

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama is remembering poet, orator and sage Maya Angelou (MY'-uh AN'-juh-loh) as the first person who let her know she could be a strong, powerful and smart black woman.

June 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Comedian-actor Tracy Morgan critical after crash

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A publicist for comedian-actor Tracy Morgan says the "30 Rock" star remains in critical condition after a fatal six-vehicle pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike.

June 07, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge: Casey Kasem's daughter in charge of care

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state judge on Friday said Casey Kasem's daughter, not her stepmother, is in charge of the medical care for the 82-year-old radio personality, who remains in critical condition with an infected bedsore.

June 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Appeals court revives case for art seized in WWII

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A federal appeals court revived on Friday a New York woman's lawsuit against a Southern California museum to return two 16th century paintings seized by Nazis during World War II.

June 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


EPA agrees to pesticide buffers to protect salmon

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A federal agency has agreed to restore temporary buffer zones for spraying several common agricultural pesticides along salmon streams in Oregon, California and Washington while it continues work on a permanent rule.

June 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gay marriages begin in Wisconsin after ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Same-sex couples began getting married in Wisconsin on Friday shortly after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban and despite confusion over the effect of the ruling.

June 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Saving Sgt. Bergdahl: What's known and what's not

WASHINGTON (AP) - That feel-good moment in the Rose Garden seems like a long time ago. Just a week after the president announced that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been freed in Afghanistan, details emerging about the soldier, the deal and how the rescue came together are only adding to the list of questions.

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


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