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UPDATE: Film critic Roger Ebert dies at age 70

CHICAGO (AP) - Roger Ebert, the nation's best-known film reviewer who with fellow critic Gene Siskel created the template for succinct thumbs-up or thumbs-down movie reviews, died Thursday. He was 70.

April 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Philadelphia gets ready to play 'Pong' on building

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia is getting ready for a supersized game of "Pong" - on the side of a skyscraper.

April 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Goat that walked into Mont. bar was taken from zoo

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - So the goat that walked into a Montana bar last weekend ... was stolen from a petting zoo.

April 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Conn. governor signs sweeping gun limits into law

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who four months ago broke the news to shocked parents that their children had been slaughtered in a Connecticut elementary school, signed into law Thursday sweeping new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines similar to the ones used by the man who gunned down 20 child and six educators in the massacre.

April 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Conn. Senate approves sweeping gun control bill

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Senate on Wednesday approved sweeping new restrictions on weapons and large-capacity magazines, a response to last year's deadly Newtown elementary school shooting that would give the state some of the country's tightest gun control laws.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama fundraises, catches Keystone heat in Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Barack Obama is raising money for the Democratic Party in California, eager to weaken his Republican opposition in Congress even as he confronts protests from his liberal flank over a contested oil pipeline project that is awaiting approval from his administration.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Search resumes for second hiker

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) - Crews resumed the search for one of two teenage hikers missing in Southern California's Cleveland National Forest, the morning after her male companion was found dehydrated and disoriented in heavy brush.

April 04, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 with gang ties sought in CO prison chief death

DENVER (AP) - Authorities investigating the death of Colorado's prisons chief told law enforcement officers Wednesday to be on the lookout for two known associates of a white supremacist prison gang.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama to return 5 percent of salary to Treasury

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sharing a bit of budget pain, President Barack Obama will return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in a show of solidarity with federal workers smarting from government-wide spending cuts.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


North Korea clears its military to attack U.S. with nukes

PAJU, South Korea (AP) - North Korea warned early Thursday that its military has been cleared to attack the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear" weapons, while the U.S. said it was strengthening protection in the region and seeking to defuse the situation.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lewinsky lawyer William H. Ginsburg dies at 70

LOS ANGELES (AP) - William H. Ginsburg, who was Monica Lewinsky's first lawyer during the sex scandal involving President Bill Clinton, has died. He was 70.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. bill would require panic alarms in schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A bill that would require panic alarms in California schools has passed a legislative committee.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews try to corral cruise ship that tore loose

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The crippled cruise ship whose sewage-filled breakdown in the Gulf of Mexico subjected thousands to horrendous conditions tore loose Wednesday from the dock where it's being repaired, lumbered downriver and crunched into a cargo ship.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US missile defense shield to counter NKorea threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the face of escalating threats from North Korea, the Pentagon said Wednesday it will deploy a missile defense system to Guam to strengthen the Asia-Pacific region's protections against a possible attack.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Bergdahl says he was tortured by Taliban captors

PARIS (AP) - U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told people treating him at an American military medical facility in Germany that he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after he tried to escape, a senior U.S. official said Sunday.

June 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mother of 3 shot outside her home

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators searched Saturday for two men who fatally shot a mother of three outside her home as she returned home with her husband from his birthday celebration.

June 07, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


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


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