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Inaugural pastor withdraws over anti-gay remarks

The evangelical pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after remarks surfaced that he made two decades ago condemning the gay rights movement.

January 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Large pet reptile found guarding Calif. pot stash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California made a snappy discovery during a routine probation check: An alligator-like reptile named "Mr. Teeth," who was apparently protecting a stash of marijuana.

January 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pentagon prepares for budget cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare for drastic budget cuts if Congress can't reach an agreement on a final spending plan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.

January 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gasoline prices predicted to fall in 2013

NEW YORK (AP) - At least gasoline should cost you less in 2013.

January 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Source: Britney Spears out of 'X Factor'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Britney Spears is out of "The X Factor" after a season in which the pop star failed to deliver a ratings boost for the singing contest, a person familiar with the show's plans said Thursday.

January 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Drug companies forge partnerships with top schools

ST. LOUIS (AP) - In their quest for the next big drug discovery, pharmaceutical companies are increasingly teaming up with some of the nation's top universities, recruiting campus scientists as partners and offering schools multimillion-dollar deals to work on experimental drugs in development.

January 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama signs bill creating new nat'l park in Calif.

SOLEDAD, Calif. (AP) - California's Pinnacles National Monument, a 40 square-mile site that includes caves and towering volcanic rock formations popular with climbers, became the country's 59th national park on Thursday.

January 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NY captain: Ferry suffered mechanical failure

NEW YORK (AP) - The captain of a commuter ferry that crashed into a New York City dock says the vessel suffered a mechanical failure.

January 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Brown proposes overhaul of K-12 financing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a sweeping overhaul of K-12 education financing that would provide more money for low-income schools and give districts more control over how they can spend state funds.

January 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Biden says consensus emerging on gun safety

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pledging swift action to curb gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden says he will deliver new proposals to President Barack Obama by next Tuesday.

January 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: 1 student wounded in Taft, CA, school shooting

TAFT, Calif. (AP) - A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into class in a rural California high school on Thursday and shot one student, fired at another but missed, and then was talked into surrendering by a teacher and another staff member, officials said.

January 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Brown's budget 7 percent higher

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Riding a wave of new tax revenue, California's spending plan for the coming fiscal year will rise by nearly $5 billion, a powerful indication that the state that came to symbolize fiscal mismanagement during the heart of the recession is emerging into brighter days.

January 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hall of Famers happy about shutout

NEW YORK (AP) - Nobody was happier about the Hall of Fame shutout than the Hall of Famers themselves.

January 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US tax code longer than Bible

WASHINGTON (AP) - Too intimidated to fill out your tax return without help? Join the club.

January 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


List of 85th annual Academy Award nominations

Complete list of 85th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Thursday:

January 10, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


VA head says 18 vets left off wait list have died

PHOENIX (AP) - In a new revelation in the growing Veterans Affairs' scandal, the organization's acting head says that an additional 18 veterans whose names were kept off an official electronic VA appointment list have died.

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


World remembers D-Day 70 years later

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) - Gone are the screaming shells, seasick soldiers and bloodied waters of 1944. On Friday, a sun-splattered Normandy celebrated peace, with silent salutes, tears and international friendship marking 70 years since the D-Day invasion helped change the course of World War II and modern history.

June 06, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Deputy was wounded by partner

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy wounded during a confrontation with a cyclist was a victim of friendly fire.

June 05, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nancy Reagan commemorates husband's death

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Nancy Reagan has visited the California grave of her husband, President Ronald Reagan, on the 10th anniversary of his death.

June 05, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Engine catches fire on Metrolink commuter train

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say fire broke out in the engine of a Southern California commuter train and the nearly 60 people aboard were moved to the last car.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Seattle police: 4 victims in university shooting

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say a Seattle Pacific University student on Thursday disarmed a lone gunman who entered a building and shot three people.

June 05, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


In Capitol, Los Angeles mayor seeks state aid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made his first official visit to the Capitol on Thursday to make his case for getting state aid to help revitalize California's most populous city.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Actor accused of shooting in 911 call

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Michael Jace, who is charged with killing his wife, called and told his father-in-law about the shooting and asked him to come for the couple's two young children soon after it happened, a 911 call released Thursday indicates.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Copper thefts reported

Local sheriff's detectives are investigating their second case of grand theft involving copper in less than two weeks after $2,000 worth of copper wiring was stolen from a construction site in Castaic this week.

June 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Signal AP


Why would gay ally Jonah Hill let fly with a slur?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jonah Hill is winning points for what appears to be a sincere apology for hurling a gay slur at a paparazzo he says was harassing him.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


San Francisco buses run again, sick claims eyed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cable cars, light- rail trains and buses were running again on Thursday as transit officials in san Francisco sought confirmation from drivers involved in a three-day sickout that they were actually dealing with health issues.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Few certainties in calculating Triple Crown value

NEW YORK (AP) â€" California Chrome's bid for the Triple Crown on Saturday is likely to boost TV ratings and, if he wins, create a star for a sport that could badly use one.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Vets, visitors flock to Normandy to remember D-Day

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) - Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest sea-borne invasion ever mounted.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Families in a frenzy over Disney's 'Frozen'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - For the Calder family, the "Frozen" frenzy began when the Disney movie came out in late 2013 and they took their 7-year-old daughter Caroline to see it in the theater.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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