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A boost for gay marriage: Justices question US law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Concluding two days of intense debate, the Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it could give a boost to same-sex marriage by striking down the federal law that denies legally married gay spouses a wide range of benefits offered to other couples.

March 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Fine whine? Billionaire cries foul in vintage sale

NEW YORK (AP) - As experts can testify, super sleuths in the wine business must study the cork, glass, sediment, wrapping, labels and how full a bottle of wine is to ascertain whether it's the real deal. And as two uber-wealthy wine collectors can tell you as they square off in federal court over some questionable bottles, even that sometimes is not enough.

March 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Scientists find new gene markers for cancer risk

NEW YORK (AP) - A huge international effort involving more than 100 institutions and genetic tests on 200,000 people has uncovered dozens of signposts in DNA that can help reveal further a person's risk for breast, ovarian or prostate cancer, scientists reported Wednesday.

March 27, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


'G.I. Joe' sequel back on mission after 3-D delay

LOS ANGELES (AP) - G. I. Joe's second big-screen mission was just about to begin last year when Paramount suddenly called the troops back to base, delaying the release of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" by nine months to convert it to 3-D. The move came just weeks after another movie based on a Hasbro toy, "Battleship," was torpedoed at the box office.

March 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Record-breaking cyberattack hits anti-spam group

LONDON (AP) - A record-breaking cyberattack targeting an anti-spam watchdog group has sent ripples of disruption coursing across the Web, experts said Wednesday.

March 27, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Major findings in records about Giffords shooting

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - As authorities investigated the rampage that killed six people and wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, they compiled nearly 3,000 pages of documents that include everything from interviews with survivors and victims to police reports filed from the scene of the crime.

March 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Court hears case on gay benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a landmark debate over gay marriage, Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative but often a decisive vote, is expressing concern that a federal law that prevents married gay couples from receiving benefits afforded straight married Americans might conflict with state laws.

March 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Petraeus speaks out on affair

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In his first public speech since resigning as head of the CIA, David Petraeus apologized for the extramarital affair that "caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters."

March 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


In Russia, teen complains of adoptive US parents

MOSCOW (AP) - A teenager adopted by an American couple has returned to Russia, claiming that his adoptive family treated him badly and that he lived on the streets of Philadelphia and stole just to survive, Russian state media reported.

March 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Administrators armed in Colo. school district

DENVER (AP) - As lawmakers across the country debate arming teachers and administrators to prevent another deadly school shooting, one Colorado school district has voted to let its superintendent and a high school principal carry concealed semi-automatic pistols on campus - a move some say sidesteps laws meant to keep schools gun-free.

March 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Knox saga still not over for Italian courts

ROME (AP) - It's not over yet for Amanda Knox.

March 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Trapped man rescued from Calif.'s Mount Rubidoux

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Ramon Llamas was taking his usual hike on busy Mount Rubidoux when his dog, Mole, began whimpering and tugging at his leg.

March 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man wins $8K after Disney 'Small World' breakdown

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attorney says a disabled man was awarded $8,000 by Disneyland after the "It's A Small World" ride broke, stranding him for a half hour while the theme song played continuously.

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


Study: Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama's overhaul, the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts has estimated.

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


Court might sidestep major ruling on gay marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court dove into a historic debate on gay rights Tuesday that could soon lead to resumption of same-sex marriage in California, but the justices signaled they may not be ready for a major national ruling on whether America's gays and lesbians have a right to marry.

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


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'Gravity,' '12 Years' win big at Critics' Choice

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Gravity" soared with a record-setting seven Critics' Choice Awards, but "12 Years a Slave" was named best picture.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Drug charges dropped for Calif. treasurer's wife

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County judge has dismissed drug charges against the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Colby Fire evacuation to be lifted at 4 p.m.

On 01/17/2014 at 4:00 PM, residents who reside in the areas between Yucca Ridge and Ranch Road, Crystal Canyon Condo Complex and Mirador Housing Tract may return to their residences.

January 17, 2014 | Source: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department | Signal AP


UPDATE: 2 Philadelphia high school students shot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A boy and a girl hanging out with a group of fellow students in a high school gym were shot and wounded Friday afternoon, and up to three other boys may have been involved in their shooting, police said.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Helen Mirren earns Harvard's Hasty Pudding award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren said that given her love of pudding of all kinds, she's thrilled to be named woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope defrocks 400 priests in 2 years

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A document obtained by The Associated Press shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children.

January 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California's newest city votes to start disbanding

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - California's youngest city has moved closer to disbanding over financial troubles after the state shifted crucial revenue away from municipal coffers.

January 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NJ's pigskin-picking camel dies before Super Bowl

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's pigskin-prognosticating camel has died just weeks before the state is set to host its first Super Bowl.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Explosion hits Bangkok protesters, wounding dozens

BANGKOK (AP) - Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand's capital Friday when a grenade blast ripped through a crowd of marching anti-government demonstrators, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country's political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

WASHINGTON (AP) - One in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking unless the nation takes more aggressive action to end the tobacco epidemic, the U.S. Surgeon General said Friday - even as, astonishingly, scientists added still more diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


French president visits hospitalized first lady

PARIS (AP) - President Francois Hollande has visited France's first lady for the first time since she was hospitalized late last week after a gossip magazine reported he was having an affair with an actress.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews chase flareups in wildfire

GLENDORA (AP) - Firefighters were chasing early-morning flare-ups Friday in a damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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