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UPDATE: Amid tensions, Obama, Putin put on a happy face

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin shook hands, smiled and made small talk about the scenery on Thursday - a public exchange of pleasantries belying a tense relationship that only seems to be getting worse.

September 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


National Zoo: 2-week-old panda cub is female

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a girl!

September 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Preview of spring styles at NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK (AP) - Previews of spring styles officially started Thursday at New York Fashion Week, but the crowd here always likes to get a jump on things, so the stylists, editors, retailers, models and celebrities were drawn to a slew of early events, including the Style Awards at the Lincoln Center tents that serve as a hub for the next eight days.

September 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Divided Syria vote foreshadows challenge for Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel's deep divide over giving President Barack Obama the authority to use U.S. military force against Syria underscores the commander in chief's challenge in persuading skeptical lawmakers and wary allies to back greater intervention in an intractable civil war.

September 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US spies missed signs of Aug. 21 Syrian WMD Strike

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence agencies did not detect the Syrian regime readying a massive chemical weapons attack in the days ahead of the strike, only piecing together what had happened after the fact, U.S. officials say.

September 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Cause of Rim Fire could take months to determine

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - There was no evidence of an illegal marijuana grow near the spot where a raging wildfire started near Yosemite National Park, a federal forestry official said Wednesday.

September 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'American Idol' taps Lopez, Connick as judges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "American Idol" is betting that a judges' remix with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will fare better with viewers than bickering divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did last season.

September 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate panel criticizes governor's prison plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state senators are criticizing a plan by Gov. Jerry Brown to rent thousands of private prison and county jail cells to meet a federal court order to greatly reduce California's prison population.

September 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


McDonald's exploring changes to Dollar Menu

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's Corp. says a revamped version of its Dollar Menu that includes items priced at $5 could be launched nationally this year.

September 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Early look at health law's premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's the No. 1 question about President Barack Obama's health care law: Will consumers be able to afford the coverage?

September 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Education chief: Maybe start school day later

WASHINGTON (AP) - High school students could start their days later and get more sleep if the nation's top education official gets his way.

September 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: Congress, world credibility on line

WASHINGTON (AP) - In an impassioned appeal for support both at home and abroad, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the credibility of the international community and Congress is on the line in the debate over how to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. As Obama made his case overseas during a visit to Sweden, his appeal for military intervention ran into trouble on Capitol Hill.

September 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dark Horse Comics brings 'The Star Wars' to life

A young, idealistic rebel from a desert planet seeks to fight an unjust, tyrannical emperor with a space station capable of destroying planets.

September 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama gains Syria-strike support

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama gained ground Tuesday in his drive for congressional backing of a military strike against Syria, winning critical support from House Speaker John Boehner while key Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed to back a no-combat-troops-on-the-ground action in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack.

September 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Man who held 3 women in Cleveland kills self

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio corrections officials say Ariel Castro who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade has committed suicide at a state prison facility.

September 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Obama carbon rule gives states more time to comply

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday that cuts carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, but pushes the deadline for some states to comply until long after President Barack Obama leaves office.

June 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cheap drug greatly boosts prostate cancer survival

CHICAGO (AP) - A cheap, decades-old chemotherapy drug extended life by more than a year when added to standard hormone therapy for men whose prostate cancer has widely spread, doctors reported Sunday.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Brady Bunch' actress Ann B. Davis dies in Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who became the country's favorite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of "The Brady Bunch," died Sunday at a San Antonio hospital. She was 88.

June 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


EPA to seek to cut power plant carbon by one-third

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration will unveil a plan Monday to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, according to people familiar with the proposal.

June 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. defends captive swap with Taliban, critics stir

WASHINGTON (AP) - Five years a captive from the Afghanistan war, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in American hands, freed for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees in a swap stirring sharp debate in Washington over whether the U.S. should have negotiated with the Taliban over prisoners.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Group says Calif. mining operation threatens snail

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) - An environmental group says a mining company's plan to extract more than a billion dollars' worth of gold and silver from a mountain near the desert town of Mojave threatens a snail's existence and must be halted.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


GOP primary race for governor a dead heat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new poll shows Gov. Jerry Brown heading into Tuesday's primary election with a huge lead while his top two Republican challengers have pulled into a dead heat.

June 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


HBO's Silicon Valley finds fans in tech

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - When HBO rolled out a mockumentary poking fun at high tech this spring, Silicon Valley checked it out.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fabien Cousteau plans 31-day underwater mission

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) - Like viewers worldwide, Fabien Cousteau was entranced by his famous grandfather's films about marine life and human exploration underwater. Now he's adding to his family's sea stories with a 31-day underwater expedition in the Florida Keys.

June 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


New Jersey commissioner's wife among dead in crash

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Family members say the wife of a New Jersey borough commissioner was among seven dead in a plane crash that also killed the co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

June 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA to test giant Mars parachute on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as NASA prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet.

June 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


States move to blunt Obama carbon plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - As President Barack Obama prepares to announce tougher new air quality standards, lawmakers in several states already are trying to blunt the impact on aging coal-fired power plants that feed electricity to millions of consumers.

June 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rundown Philadelphia row home honored with funeral

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A funeral has been held in Philadelphia for a rundown row house seen as a symbol of urban blight.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Report faults California prison mental health care

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is providing haphazard, inadequate psychiatric treatment to its most severely mentally ill inmates, according to a new report by a federal court official.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California's flawed water system can't track usage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Call them the fortunate ones: Nearly 4,000 California companies, farms and others are allowed to use free water with little oversight when the state is so bone dry that deliveries to nearly everyone else have been severely slashed.

June 01, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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