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Pakistan PM: Talks with domestic Taliban started

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's prime minister said Thursday that talks with the domestic arm of the Taliban have started, though he gave no details about who was taking part or what was on the agenda.

October 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fugitive rapist caught after publicized search

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A publicized search for a paroled rapist who authorities say cut off his ankle monitor and harassed the family of his 80-year-old victim ended after he was spotted on a Palm Springs street.

October 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Watchdog: Syria destroyed chemical arms equipment

BEIRUT (AP) - Syria has destroyed critical equipment for producing chemical weapons and poison gas munitions, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday as fierce clashes raged in the country's north, close to one of the sites where toxic agents are believed to be stored.

October 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Earth-size planet found with rocky core like ours

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Scientists have found a planet way out in the cosmos that's close in size and content to Earth - an astronomical first.

October 31, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: NSA broke into Yahoo, Google data centers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

October 31, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan: 3 percent of drone deaths were civilians

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The Pakistani government said Wednesday that 3 percent of 2,227 people killed in U.S. drone strikes since 2008 were civilians, a surprisingly low figure that sparked criticism from groups that have investigated deaths from the attacks.

October 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews didn't know CA care facility was closed

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say they responded to four 911 calls at a California assisted care facility where they say 14 patients were left practically abandoned before discovering that it was closed.

October 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Lenovo hires Kutcher to design, pitch new tablet

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Computer-maker Lenovo has hired tech-savvy actor Ashton Kutcher to help design and pitch its latest line of tablets, dubbing the Hollywood star a "product engineer" who can bring his ideas along with his image.

October 30, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Search for dark matter comes up empty so far

LEAD, S.D. (AP) - Nearly a mile underground in an abandoned gold mine, one of the most important quests in physics has come up empty-handed in the search for the elusive substance known as dark matter, scientists announced Wednesday.

October 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Concerns raised about security of health website

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defending President Barack Obama's much-maligned health care overhaul in Congress, his top health official was confronted Wednesday with a government memo raising new security concerns about the trouble-prone website that consumers are using to enroll.

October 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP Exclusive: Calif. recycling law lacks oversight

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Seeking to reduce the number of plastic shopping bags cluttering California's beaches and landfills, the state Legislature in 2006 passed a law requiring grocery stores and other large retailers to give consumers an easy way of returning used bags.

October 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


L.A. aqueduct bomber now works for water agency

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California man who helped blow up an aqueduct that sent water from Owens Valley to Los Angeles now works for the metropolis' water district, ensuring the waterway is safe.

October 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


More study urged on concussions in young athletes

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's not just a risk in football.

October 30, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader arrested in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian security forces arrested a key Muslim Brotherhood figure in a raid early Wednesday morning, a man on the run since the July coup that toppled the country's Islamist president, the Interior Ministry said.

October 30, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Freed French hostages arrive home after 3 years

PARIS (AP) - Four Frenchmen held hostage by al-Qaida militants landed in France on Wednesday after three years in captivity in the punishing African Sahel.

October 30, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Speaker Boehner visits California for drought bill

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says he'll support an emergency drought-relief bill to help farmers through what's certain to be a devastating year.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. sisters get lungs from same donor

HOUSTON (AP) - They quibble, joke and share knowing looks, finishing each other's thoughts and making snide comments - like many sisters. But a recent heated argument was unlike any other they've had, and it ended in a most surprising way.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police search for motive in deadly Purdue shooting

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Classes at Purdue University were interrupted by the sounds of gunfire, fire alarms and screams when a student entered a basement classroom and fatally shot a fellow senior engineering student whom a former teacher described as "phenomenal."

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama targets college sexual assault epidemic

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama shone a light Wednesday on a college sexual assault epidemic that is often shrouded in secrecy, with victims fearing stigma, police poorly trained to investigate and universities reluctant to disclose the violence.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Northeast digs out from snow; NYC back to school

NEW YORK (AP) - Northeasterners scraped and shoveled Wednesday after a snowstorm grounded flights, shuttered schools and buried roads with a surprising amount of snow, leaving biting cold in its wake. The atmosphere was particularly frosty in New York, where some residents complained that plowing was spotty and schools were open while children elsewhere in the region stayed home.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


More heat records set in Southern California

Cloudy skies have made Southern California look a bit wintry but thermometers continue to insist it's summer.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Brown to lay out vision for state in speech

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In just a few years, Gov. Jerry Brown has helped turn California's budget deficits into surpluses, persuaded Californians to raise taxes and quieted the complaints of many political opponents.

January 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Emergency drought bill to be introduced in Calif.

FRESNO (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner is scheduled to visit the Central Valley of California on Wednesday, joining three Republican colleagues to propose emergency legislation aimed at drought relief, a congressional aide said Tuesday.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Today

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

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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