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Firefighters free woman wedged between two buildings

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland firefighters cut a hole through concrete and used an air bag and a soapy lubricant to free an Oregon woman who fell and became stuck in a narrow opening between two buildings Wednesday morning.

January 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Conrad Bain of 'Diff'rent Strokes' dead at 89

NEW YORK (AP) - Conrad Bain, a veteran stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," has died.

January 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA, Europeans uniting to send spaceship to moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is teaming up with the European Space Agency to get astronauts beyond Earth's orbit.

January 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Swartz father blames 'government' at son's funeral

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) - Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz was "killed by the government," his father told mourners Tuesday during his son's funeral in suburban Chicago.

January 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama announces sweeping gun program

WASHINGTON (AP) - Braced for a fight, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades, pressing a reluctant Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

January 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Dunkin' Donuts coming to S. Cal

CANTON, Mass. (AP) - Dunkin' Donuts is going to bring its munchkins, coffee and doughnuts to Southern California.

January 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


World warm last year, but not like record US heat

WASHINGTON (AP) - While the U.S. was smashing heat marks last year, the world as a whole barely slipped into the top 10 hottest years on record, two American science agencies said Tuesday.

January 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Survey: Energy drinks sending people to ER

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drink industry has surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses.

January 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pa. girl snatched at school found barefoot in park

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A passer-by found an abducted 5-year-old girl huddled beneath a playground slide in the pre-dawn cold Tuesday, nearly 20 hours after a stranger claiming to be her mother signed her out of her Philadelphia elementary school under the guise of taking her to breakfast.

January 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama proposing gun limits, faces tough obstacles

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is launching the nation's most sweeping effort to curb gun violence in nearly two decades, urging a reluctant Congress to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like those used in last month's massacre of 20 elementary school children in Newtown, Conn.

January 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Tag reveals winter movements of Puget Sound orcas

SEATTLE (AP) - Biologists are gaining new information about the winter movements of endangered Puget Sound killer whales by tracking the daily activities of one orca by a satellite tag.

January 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Anti-doping officials want Armstrong under oath

A televised confession by Lance Armstrong isn't enough.

January 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wal-Mart to hire vets, buy more American products

NEW YORK (AP) - Why wait on Washington when there's Wal-Mart?

January 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


House approves $50.7 billion in superstorm aid

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 10 weeks after Superstorm Sandy brutalized parts of the heavily populated Northeast, the House approved $50.7 billion in emergency relief for the victims Tuesday night as Republican leaders struggled to close out an episode that exposed painful party divisions inside Congress and out.

January 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cold still threatens crops in West but it's easing

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The freeze gripping the West appeared on the verge of easing Tuesday, but farmers who spent millions to protect crops were still assessing damage, some produce prices climbed, and businesses and residents dealt with burst pipes.

January 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Explosion hits Bangkok protesters, wounding dozens

BANGKOK (AP) - Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand's capital Friday when a grenade blast ripped through a crowd of marching anti-government demonstrators, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country's political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

WASHINGTON (AP) - One in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking unless the nation takes more aggressive action to end the tobacco epidemic, the U.S. Surgeon General said Friday - even as, astonishingly, scientists added still more diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


French president visits hospitalized first lady

PARIS (AP) - President Francois Hollande has visited France's first lady for the first time since she was hospitalized late last week after a gossip magazine reported he was having an affair with an actress.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews chase flareups in wildfire

GLENDORA (AP) - Firefighters were chasing early-morning flare-ups Friday in a damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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