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US consumers less optimistic after tax increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - An increase in Social Security taxes is leaving Americans with less take-home pay - and a more negative outlook for the U.S. economy.

January 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


3 months after Sandy, victims waiting for relief

NEW YORK (AP) - Devon Lawrence neatly stacked bricks on the gas burner of his kitchen stove and turned up the blue flame, creating a sort of radiator that warmed the ice-cold room.

January 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Texas woman's execution halted; D.A. won't appeal

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The first woman scheduled to be executed in the U.S. since 2010 won a reprieve Tuesday, mere hours before she was scheduled to be taken to the Texas death chamber.

January 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama on immigration overhaul: 'Now is the time'

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Declaring "now is the time" to fix broken immigration laws, President Barack Obama on Tuesday heralded a rare show of bipartisanship between the White House and Senate lawmakers on basic plans for putting millions of illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, cracking down on businesses that employ people illegally and tightening security at the borders.

January 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LaHood Leaves, another vacancy in Obama Cabinet

WASHINGTON (AP) - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who lifted the profile of distracted driving as a national safety concern, is stepping down, presenting President Barack Obama with another Cabinet vacancy at the start of his second term.

January 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


TV veteran developing news show for Fuse

NEW YORK (AP) - The Fuse television network has turned to news veteran Rick Kaplan, who has run CNN and MSNBC and produced programs like "Nightline," to develop a music news program aimed largely at people some 40 years younger than him.

January 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Animal shelters real winners in 'Puppy Bowl'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There will be a winner and a loser every Super Bowl Sunday. But at the "Puppy Bowl," it's always a win for animal shelters.

January 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Nickel from 1913 likely to fetch millions

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A humble 5-cent coin with a storied past is headed to auction and bidding is expected to top $2 million a century after it was mysteriously minted.

January 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rupert Sanders' wife files for divorce in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rupert Sanders' wife has filed for divorce five months after it was revealed the director had a brief affair with actress Kristen Stewart.

January 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Chevron says it has paid $10 million after fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Chevron Corp. has paid about $10 million and has begun what's being termed "corrective actions" after a fire last summer at its Richmond refinery, company officials said.

January 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man gets death sentence for heart attacks

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A decade after a raging fire swept through Southern California's San Bernardino foothills, an arsonist was sentenced to death for causing the deaths of five men who died of heart attacks.

January 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mom gets 15 years in autistic son's tub drowning

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego mother has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for drowning her 4-year-old autistic son in a bathtub.

January 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police push for background checks on gun purchases

WASHINGTON (AP) - Law enforcement leaders who met with President Barack Obama Monday urged him to focus on strengthening gun purchase background checks and mental health systems, but did not unify behind his more controversial gun control efforts.

January 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mexican church sparks debate on forgiving killers

MEXICO CITY (AP) - An order of Roman Catholic priests in Mexico has produced a video urging relatives of drug cartel victims to adopt a Christ-like forgiveness by pardoning even the killers, hitting a sensitive nerve in a country that has suffered an estimated 70,000 estimated drug gang killings or more.

January 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Arrests along US borders up in last year

WASHINGTON (AP) - A year after Border Patrol apprehensions of illegal border crossers plunged to the lowest levels in nearly 40 years agents have seen a slight increase in arrests, according to Border Patrol arrest data obtained by The Associated Press.

January 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Obama: No apology for Bergdahl prisoner exchange

BRUSSELS (AP) - President Barack Obama said Thursday he "absolutely makes no apologies" for seeking the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a prisoner swap with the Taliban, vigorously defending an exchange that has caused a furor in the United States and has dogged the president on his European trip this week.

June 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NYC officials: 34 injured in Staten Island fire

NEW YORK (AP) - Fire tore through three townhouses on Staten Island early Thursday, injuring 34 people including two young children who were tossed out of a smoke-filled second-floor window into the arms of neighbors below, authorities and witnesses said.

June 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


3 teens hit in intersection

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three 14-year-old girls were hospitalized Wednesday after a car crashed into them at a North Hollywood crosswalk.

June 04, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


McCain, Sanders push for VA health care deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - A half dozen key lawmakers were struggling Wednesday to quickly craft a compromise bill to help veterans facing long appointment waits at VA hospitals and make it easier to fire administrators who covered up the delays.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Western couple held in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The family of a pregnant American woman who went missing in Afghanistan in late 2012 with her Canadian husband received two videos last year in which the couple asked the U.S. government to help free them and their child from Taliban captors, The Associated Press has learned.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Now application 'inconsistencies' vex health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - A huge new paperwork headache for the government could also be jeopardizing coverage for some of the millions of people who just got health insurance under President Barack Obama'slaw.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Last of original group of Navajo Code Talkers dies

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The language he once was punished for speaking in school became Chester Nez's primary weapon in World War II.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Saugus Zone 4 Crime Report: auto thefts reported

A look back at the crimes reported in the Newhall area last week.

June 04, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


A new 'Destiny' for non-sequel video games at E3

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don't call it a comeback.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kashkari to make middle-class appeal for governor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari says he will focus on issues that affect middle-class Californians in his longshot campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who is seeking an unprecedented fourth term in November.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Videos look to help police curb dog shootings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The majority of shootings in most U.S. police departments involve animals, usually dogs, and experts say a new series of videos can help change often quick-trigger decisions fueled by fear.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Antitrust experts: 2 big deals better than 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Antitrust experts say AT&T's bid for DirecTV could reap immediate regulatory rewards. Coming so quickly on the heels of a rival cable company merger -the pairing of Comcast and Time Warner Cable- makes it easier for regulators to approve both transactions because they create two counterbalanced giants in pay TV.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rebels in Ukraine seize another border guard base

LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Rebels have seized another border guard base in eastern Ukraine, the third such military facility taken over the last day.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Brown to face Kashkari for governor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown will run for an unprecedented fourth term in November against moderate first-time candidate Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official who pitched himself as the best hope for the struggling California Republican Party.

June 04, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Nephew of President Kennedy clears primary hurdle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Santa Monica, California, Mayor Bobby Shriver, a nephew of President John F. Kennedy, faces a former state lawmaker in November for a Los Angeles County supervisor seat.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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