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Mexican drug cartels now make money exporting ore

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican drug cartels looking to diversify their businesses long ago moved into oil theft, pirated goods, extortion and kidnapping, consuming an ever larger swath of the country's economy. This month, federal officials confirmed the cartels have even entered the country's lucrative mining industry, exporting iron ore to Chinese mills.

November 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


China sends fighters to ID flights by US and Japan

BEIJING (AP) - China launched two fighter planes Friday to investigate flights by a dozen U.S. and Japanese reconnaissance and military planes in its new maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea, state media said.

November 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Dog found under rubble week after tornado

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A dog and his owner have been reunited after the animal was found under a pile of rubble more than a week after a tornado ripped through a central Illinois city.

November 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Thai protesters storm army headquarters

BANGKOK (AP) - Protesters in Thailand stormed into the national army headquarters on Friday, breaking into their latest high-profile target in a bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

November 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


China sends warplanes into air defense zone

BEIJING (AP) - China said it sent warplanes into its newly declared maritime air defense zone days after the U.S., South Korea and Japan all sent flights through the airspace in defiance of rules Beijing says it has imposed in the East China Sea.

November 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Balloons steal show at NYC parade after wind fears

NEW YORK (AP) - Revelers at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade gave thanks for the giant balloons that flew above the city streets Thursday after a blustery storm accompanied by high winds nearly grounded them for only the second time in the parade's 87-year history.

November 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Holiday shopping season begins on Thanksgiving

NEW YORK (AP) - Stores are hoping holiday shoppers will gobble their turkey on Thanksgiving afternoon, but save the pumpkin pie for later.

November 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mexico's booming car industry selling unsafe cars

RAMOS ARIZPE, Mexico (AP) - In Mexico's booming auto industry, the cars rolling off assembly lines may look identical, but how safe they are depends on where they're headed.

November 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


FIFA waits to find out 'scale of damage' at venue

SAO PAULO (AP) - World soccer governing body FIFA said it was assessing the extent of damage to the stadium hosting the 2014 World Cup opener as officials inspected the grounds Thursday to determine what may have caused the deadly accident, just weeks before all stadiums for one of the biggest events in world sports were scheduled to be completed.

November 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ill. tornado survivor searches for missing cards

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Annmarie Klein knows she's blessed to have survived the tornado that leveled her family's central Illinois home, and she understands most of the things they lost - the Jacuzzi, 60-inch TVs, diamond jewelry, the convertible and other vehicles - can be replaced.

November 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope wants closer look at Vatican's finance reform

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Thursday named his top assistant to look into the work of two commissions of inquiry he set up last summer to investigate the finances of the troubled Vatican bank and Holy See administration.

November 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


China sends warplanes into air defense zone

BEIJING (AP) - The state news agency is reporting that China has sent warplanes into its newly declared maritime air defense zone.

November 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Health law business website delayed

CHICAGO (AP) - Small businesses interested in buying marketplace health insurance plans for their workers will have to purchase them from agents, brokers or insurance companies for the next year, rather than through the government website.

November 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gunman fires on police, holds 2 hostages in Inglewood

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - A gunman fired several shots at a pair of police officers, hitting one, and held two hostages for nearly nine hours - but all came away from the standoff without serious injuries.

November 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Balloons, spirits soar at Macy's Thanksgiving parade

NEW YORK (AP) - The big balloons soared along with the crowd's spirits Thursday as the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade made its way through the streets of New York City.

November 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


LeVar Burton makes a 'Reading Rainbow' plea

LOS ANGELES (AP) - LeVar Burton's fundraising effort to bring "Reading Rainbow" to the online masses is a by-the-book success.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


30 percent of world is now fat, no country immune

LONDON (AP) - Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis.

May 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Prosecutor: Hernandez killed 2 over spilled drink

BOSTON (AP) - A spilled drink in a Boston nightclub led former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to kill two people in a drive-by shooting two years ago, prosecutors said Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pet burials range from bottom of sea to sky above

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More pets are buried in U.S. backyards than any other place, but that is becoming illegal in more and more places. For those who want something unique, though, the sky's the limit, literally.

May 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Google to build prototype of truly driverless car

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that could operate without a person at the wheel.

May 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


5 things to know about Sterling's legal claims

THE LIVING ROOM DEFENSE: Can something Sterling said in the privacy of his girlfriend's living room, without knowing he is being recorded and with no expectation that the comments will become public, be considered a "willful" violation of the league's bylaws. A big part of Sterling's defense is based on the idea that "a jealous rant to a lover never intended to be published cannot offend the NBA rules."

May 28, 2014 | Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's response to the NBA sets him up for a legal fight | 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 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Guardianship case for Paul Walker's daughter ends

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A court commissioner has dismissed a guardianship proceeding over Paul Walker's daughter after hearing about a plan that calls for the teenager to live with her mother and a nanny.

May 28, 2014 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


California man could win $1 million if Chrome wins

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Eddie Espinoza will be cheering a little louder than anyone else for California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Administration names SoCal manufacturing zone

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Wednesday named 12 regions of the country that will receive special attention under a new federal program designed to help make them more attractive to manufacturing companies looking for a place to set up operations, provide a boost to the U.S. manufacturing industry and create jobs.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dog in hero cat video euthanized

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A dog seen on security camera footage attacking a Central California boy until it is chased off by a cat has been euthanized.

May 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Identical twins offer up selves for space science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - When astronaut Scott Kelly embarks on a one-year space station stint next spring, his twin brother will be offering more than his usual moral support.

May 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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