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Sperm whale secretion may spell fortune for UK man

LONDON (AP) - One very smelly sperm whale secretion may soon make one lucky British beachcomber a very happy man.

January 31, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Ready to rumble: Super Bowl fans get in the game

NEW YORK (AP) - You don't have to be a football player to be a part of the action on Super Bowl Sunday.

January 31, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate to clear debt limit increase for Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Thursday took up must-do legislation to permit the government to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars more to meet its obligations, putting off one Washington showdown even as others loom in coming weeks.

January 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. challenges deal to merge Budweiser and Corona

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department on Thursday filed a lawsuit to stop Anheuser-Busch InBev's proposed $20.1 billion purchase of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, which would unite the ownership of popular beers like Budweiser and Corona.

January 31, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US economy shifted into reverse in late 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy shrank unexpectedly late last year, a reminder of the biggest threat it faces in 2013: sharp government spending cuts and prolonged political budget fights.

January 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man whose body was found in forest was beaten

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a man whose remains were found near a shallow grave in the Angeles National Forest was beaten to death.

January 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Standoff at bunker enters second day

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - A standoff in rural Alabama went into a second full day as police surrounded an underground bunker where authorities said a retired truck driver was holding a 5-year-old hostage he grabbed off a school bus after shooting the driver dead.

January 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: 1 dead in Ariz. shooting, suspect on loose

PHOENIX (AP) - A gunman opened fire at a Phoenix office complex on Wednesday, killing one person, wounding two others and setting off a manhunt. Police warned the public that he was "armed and dangerous."

January 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


New BlackBerry won't be released in US until March

NEW YORK (AP) - Research In Motion Ltd. unveiled new, versatile BlackBerrys after excruciating delays allowed Apple, Samsung and others to build commanding leads in an industry that is redefining society. But the first phone won't come out in the United States until March, and one with a physical keyboard will take at least a month longer.

January 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ark. Senate panel advances abortion restriction

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas senators advanced a proposal Wednesday to ban most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, a move that would prohibit the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, despite a warning from opponents that it would open the state up to legal challenges.

January 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


GOP lawmakers see automatic cuts as leverage

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's a growing sense of resignation that the country's political leaders will be unable or unwilling to find a way around looming automatic spending cuts despite fresh signs the cuts would threaten the recovering economy.

January 31, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Patty Andrews of Andrews Sisters dead at 94

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio whose hits such as the rollicking "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and the poignant "I Can Dream, Can't I?" captured the home-front spirit of World War II, died Wednesday. She was 94.

January 30, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Brazil nightclub owner blames country for fire

SANTA MARIA, Brazil (AP) - The owner of a nightclub in southern Brazil where more than 230 people died in a fire last weekend deflected blame to "the whole country," as well as to architects and inspectors charged with making sure the building was safe, his lawyer said Wednesday.

January 30, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Priest, teacher convicted in Pa. church abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A jury on Wednesday convicted a priest and teacher in a pivotal church-abuse case that rocked the Philadelphia archdiocese and sent a church official to prison for child endangerment.

January 30, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Powerful storm flips cars, decimates homes; 2 dead

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A massive storm system raked the Southeast on Wednesday, spawning tornadoes and dangerous winds that overturned cars on a major Georgia interstate and demolished homes and businesses, killing at least two people.

January 30, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


Gay marriages begin in Wisconsin after ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Same-sex couples began getting married in Wisconsin on Friday shortly after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban and despite confusion over the effect of the ruling.

June 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Saving Sgt. Bergdahl: What's known and what's not

WASHINGTON (AP) - That feel-good moment in the Rose Garden seems like a long time ago. Just a week after the president announced that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been freed in Afghanistan, details emerging about the soldier, the deal and how the rescue came together are only adding to the list of questions.

June 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cellphone operator reveals scale of gov't snooping

LONDON (AP) - Government snooping into phone networks is extensive worldwide, one of the world's largest cellphone companies revealed Friday, saying that several countries demand direct access to its networks without warrant or prior notice.

June 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Man stages assault on Georgia courthouse

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - A man wielding an assault rifle, explosives and supplies to take hostages opened fire outside a Georgia courthouse Friday, wounding a deputy before he was killed in a shootout with officers, authorities said.

June 06, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Streep, Bullock, Tomlin, Diaz celebrate Jane Fonda

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The American Film Institute's celebration of Jane Fonda was like a who's who of Hollywood women.

June 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Help! My car's engine cut off: Here's what to do

WASHINGTON (AP) - The faulty General Motors ignition switches blamed for dozens of crashes, some fatal, aren't the only reason a moving car can suddenly stall. It happened to Bill Van Tassel a couple of weeks ago, as he was steering his Mazda Miata around a turn on an Interstate onramp.

June 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US employers add 217K jobs; rate stays at 6.3 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added 217,000 jobs in May, a substantial gain for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes that the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.

June 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas GOP advances 'therapy' for gays

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Gay Republicans in Texas said Friday they may stop fighting their party's proposed endorsement of "reparative therapy" over worries that even tougher anti-gay language could be added to the party platform.

June 06, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Prediction: who will and should win at the Tonys

NEW YORK (AP) - It's been a year on Broadway so unpredictable that the only thing for certain at the Tony Awards on Sunday is that Hugh Jackman will be the host. There have been no clear juggernauts - although some wonderful performances - and critics have largely bemoaned the lack of strong new good musicals and plays. In fact, the best revival categories this year easily overshadow anything new.

June 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


L.A. police chief knows drones are hot button issue

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck says he's aware of the controversy over drones and he'll talk to privacy and civil rights groups before deciding whether to use a pair of radio-controlled aerial surveillance craft transferred from the Seattle Police Department.

June 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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