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Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war.

February 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Wrong-way driver rammed by officers on freeway

NORWALK, Calif. (AP) - A motorist who stopped his car on a Los Angeles-area freeway and started throwing things at passing traffic was arrested after he drove the wrong way in lanes and was rammed by two California Highway Patrol officers.

February 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war.

February 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Uganda president signs harsh anti-gay law

ENTEBBE, Uganda (AP) - Uganda's president signed an anti-gay bill Monday that provides for prison sentences ranging up to life behind bars, saying it is needed because the West is promoting homosexuality in Africa. Arrests of gays were expected as a result, one politician said.

February 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


WhatsApp to add voice to messaging service

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - WhatsApp, the popular messaging service for smartphones that's being acquired by Facebook, will soon be offering a voice service.

February 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope makes first overhaul of Vatican in 25 years

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Monday announced the first major overhaul of the Vatican's outdated and inefficient bureaucracy in a quarter-century, creating an economics secretariat to control all economic, administrative, personnel and procurement functions of the Holy See.

February 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Dingell, longest-serving congressman, to retire

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history who mastered legislative deal-making and was fiercely protective of Detroit's auto industry, will announce his retirement on Monday, a person familiar with his plans said.

February 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Piers Morgan talk show ending

LOS ANGELES (AP) - CNN's prime-time talk show "Piers Morgan Live" is coming to an end, the news channel said Sunday.

February 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Officials: Wiretaps, aides led to drug lord arrest

CULIACAN, MEXICO (AP) - As Mexican troops forced their way into Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's main hideout in Culiacan, the country's most powerful drug lord sneaked out of the house through an escape tunnel beneath the bathtub.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. high-speed rail given funding extension

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal transportation officials have extended the deadline that the California High-Speed Rail Authority has to start spending more state money on the project.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Netflix reaches deal with Comcast

NEW YORK (AP) - Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly to households, the first deal the online video streaming service has reached with an Internet service provider.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Oil closes New Orleans port, part of Miss. river

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River, including the Port of New Orleans, was closed to all water traffic Sunday as crews cleaned up oil that spilled from a barge after it ran into a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the Coast Guard said.

February 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Much-needed rain, snow to hit parched California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Meteorologists forecast a pair of storms could dump several inches of rain on parched cities and croplands throughout California in the coming week, bringing welcome news to a state that has just endured its driest year in recorded history.

February 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Farewell, Sochi! Russia closes costliest Olympics

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Said the head of the International Olympic Committee: "Russia delivered all what it had promised."

February 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Canada rules rink, a flame dies, an Olympics ends

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - The Olympic flame was snuffed out. No chance of that for the Canadian hockey team, champions again.

February 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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In US and abroad, new focus on anti-women violence

Nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria. A pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by her family for marrying the man she loved. Widespread rape in many war zones. And in California, a murderous rampage by a disturbed young man who had depicted sorority members as a prime target.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Only US soldier held in Afghanistan is freed

WASHINGTON (AP) - The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.

May 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama makes public health pitch for carbon rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - As governors, businesses and environmentalists brace for new limits on power plant pollution, President Barack Obama is casting his unprecedented effort to curb greenhouse gases as essential to protect the health and wellbeing of children.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man who accosted Pitt pleads no contest to battery

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who accosted Brad Pitt on a red carpet pleaded no contest to battery Friday and was ordered to stay away from the actor and Hollywood red carpet events.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Casey Kasem's daughter granted visitation

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state judge on Friday granted a daughter of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem regular visits after she raised concerns about his well-being.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Shinseki accepts blame, resigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Beset by growing evidence of patient delays and cover-ups, embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned from President Barack Obama's Cabinet Friday, taking the blame for what he decried as a "lack of integrity" in the sprawling health care system for the nation's military veterans.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NBA owners to vote on sale of Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The NBA has called off a hearing to oust embattled Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling in advance of a vote on a potentially record-breaking deal negotiated by his wife Shelly Sterling to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

May 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Medicare ban on sex reassignment surgery lifted

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man returns $125,000 that fell from armored truck

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Arsenio Hall Show' canceled after 1 season

LOS ANGELES (AP) - CBS Television Distribution says "The Arsenio Hall Show" is going off the air.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dementia kept Sterling out of team sale

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A person close to the Sterling family says Donald Sterling was stripped of his ability to act as a trustee of the family's fortunes, including the Los Angeles Clippers, after two neurologists determined he was suffering from dementia.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Home tweet home: How social media is giving the homeless a hand up

R.D. Plasschaert credits one main thing for pulling her out of homelessness: Twitter.

May 30, 2014 | Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Signal AP


Missouri AG: State could make lethal injections

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The growing suspicions surrounding where states obtain lethal injections have motivated the Missouri attorney general to propose something never previously tried - establishing a lab where the state can make its own execution drugs.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


East Ukraine quiet raises leadership questions

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - The scruffy rebels who normally wander about the headquarters of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic were mostly out of view on Friday, replaced by a disciplined new faction who showed up a day earlier with an armored personnel carrier and anti-aircraft gun.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Army Corps to recommend Los Angeles River project

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River would see restored wildlife habitats, new wetlands and longer bike trails under a $1 billion proposal that has received a key boost.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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