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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


3 charged over home-destroying LA-area wildfire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three men have been charged in federal court with illegally setting a campfire that erupted into a wildfire and burned five homes in the Southern California mountains.

January 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Christie takes oath amid scandal, touts mandate

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie sought to turn back the clock as he was sworn into a second term Tuesday, saying voters gave him a mandate in November to "stay the course" and put aside partisan differences, even as Democrats ramped up an investigation into whether his administration abused its power.

January 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California health exchange enrollment tops 600K

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Officials with California's health insurance exchange Tuesday said about 625,000 people have signed up for an individual or family policy under the federal health care reforms, but enrollments for Latinos and younger people continue to lag expectations.

January 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


JFK nephew Bobby Shriver seeking county seat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bobby Shriver, the former Santa Monica mayor and the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, has entered the race for Los Angeles County supervisor.

January 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Another snowstorm hits the urban Northeast

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A swirling storm with a potential for more than a foot of snow clobbered the mid-Atlantic and the urban Northeast on Tuesday, grounding thousands of flights, closing government offices in the nation's capital and giving students another day off from school.

January 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Purdue University says 1 dead in campus shooting

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - One person was killed inside a Purdue University classroom Tuesday by a gunman who surrendered to a police officer within minutes of the attack, officials said.

January 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California home foreclosure activity plummets

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home foreclosure activity plummeted to an eight-year low in the fourth quarter as price gains left fewer owners owing more money than their properties were worth, a real estate research firm said Tuesday.

January 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sochi forces hunt for 3 potential suicide bombers

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Russian security officials are hunting down three potential female suicide bombers, one of whom is believed to be in Sochi, where the Winter Olympics will begin next month.

January 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Sister echoes apology of man held in North Korea

SEATTLE (AP) - The sister of an American missionary detained for more than a year in North Korea echoed her brother's apology to the nation for crimes he committed and his plea to the U.S. government to ramp up efforts to secure his release.

January 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Soap opera suicide storyline draws praise, concern

LONDON (AP) - It was one of the gentlest deaths in soap-opera history, but it has provoked a strong reaction in Britain.

January 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistani jets hit militant hideouts in northwest

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani fighter jets pounded militant positions overnight in the country's northwest following a Taliban bombing campaign against security forces, military officials and residents said Tuesday. The strikes are likely to hamper the government's efforts to hold peace talks with the militant group.

January 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Man who accosted Pitt has reputation for stunts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - He tried to kiss Will Smith in Moscow, attempted to steal Adele's spotlight at the Grammys, dove under America Ferrera's dress at Cannes and now, police say, accosted Brad Pitt on the red carpet of a Hollywood premiere.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


IG: Phoenix VA hospital missed care for 1,700 vets

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off the official waiting list at the troubled Phoenix veterans hospital, the Veterans Affairs watchdog said Wednesday in a scathing report that increases pressure on Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Apple's Beats buy joins tech and street-wise style

NEW YORK (AP) - Beats Electronics' colorful, oversized headphones serve as a fashion accessory to cool kids riding the New York City subway, but as tech companies such as Apple, Samsung and others are discovering, wearable gadgets like smartwatches and Google Glass still have a long way to go to become trendy, must-have consumer items.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: Too little info about youth concussions

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called Thursday for more robust research into youth concussions, saying there remains deep uncertainty over both the scope of the troubling issue and the long-term impacts on young people.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hearing set in beating victim's case vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Opening statements were expected to begin Thursday in a lawsuit brought by beating victim Bryan Stow against the Los Angeles Dodgers and its former owner, Frank McCourt.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calmer weather returns to California wildfire zone

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Weather was expected to be friendlier for firefighters Thursday as they look to fully contain a Central California wildfire that led to the destruction of two homes.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


White and male, Google releases diversity data

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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


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