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Internet shows its muscle by making Emmy history

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Emmy Awards are television's biggest celebration of itself, but this year's ceremony will face an intruder: "House of Cards," the first online series to nab a top nomination with its best drama series.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California unemployment falls to 8.5 percent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's unemployment rate has fallen to 8.5 percent as the state continues to close the gap on the national jobless rate.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Napolitano approved as Calif. university president

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California governing board has approved Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as the first female president of the 10-campus college system.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds fine St. Louis drug maker $3.5 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A St. Louis-based drug maker is paying $3.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit that it illegally paid doctors to prescribe out-of-date antidepressants and sleep aids to Medicare and Medicaid patients.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Perry signs sweeping Texas abortion restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the state's clinics that provide the procedure, a final step for the Republican-backed measure after weeks of sometimes raucous protests at the state Capitol.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Prices bouncing back for California housing market

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Home prices across California are surging, but inventory levels remain stubbornly low, according to the latest figures from the real estate tracking firm DataQuick released Thursday.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


S. Calif. fire forces evacuation of mountain town

HEMET, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire in the Southern California mountains shut down the famed Pacific Crest Trail and was threatening a popular tourist destination Thursday, forcing the evacuation of an estimated 6,000 residents and tourists.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. city to pay $1.5M in police dog bite case

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area city has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging a police dog mistakenly bit an elderly man who then had to have part of his leg amputated and later died.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Senators ready to restore lower college loan rates

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan compromise on student loans promises better deals for students and parents over the next few years but could spell higher rates if it gets more expensive for the government to borrow money as expected.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UK investigators: Disable locator beacon on 787s

LONDON (AP) - U.K. air accident investigators recommended Thursday that aviation authorities temporarily disable a Honeywell emergency transmitter on all Boeing 787 Dreamliners following a fire last week at London's Heathrow Airport.

July 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mandela improving on 95th birthday

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday with acts of charity on Thursday, a milestone capped by news that the former president's health was improving after fears that he was close to death during ongoing hospital treatment.

July 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The zombies, superheroes, space aliens, pirates and time travelers taking over the streets of downtown San Diego can only mean one thing: Comic-Con is here!

July 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


ACLU: Police record license plates by the millions

WASHINGTON (AP) - You can drive, but you can't hide.

July 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA still perplexed by astronaut's flooded helmet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The spacewalking astronaut who came close to drowning in a flooded helmet searched for clues in his spacesuit Wednesday, in hopes of understanding the unprecedented water leak.

July 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Fire near Palm Springs grows

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California wildfire that forced 6,000 people to flee is now more than 35 square miles in size, and fingers of flame are sweeping along mountain ridges near Palm Springs.

July 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Rebels down helicopter; another big loss for Kiev

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - In another devastating blow to Ukraine's armed forces, rebels shot down a troop helicopter Thursday, killing at least 12 soldiers, including a general who had served in the Soviet army and was in charge of combat training.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man who accosted Pitt has reputation for stunts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - He tried to kiss Will Smith in Moscow, attempted to steal Adele's spotlight at the Grammys, dove under America Ferrera's dress at Cannes and now, police say, accosted Brad Pitt on the red carpet of a Hollywood premiere.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


IG: Phoenix VA hospital missed care for 1,700 vets

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off the official waiting list at the troubled Phoenix veterans hospital, the Veterans Affairs watchdog said Wednesday in a scathing report that increases pressure on Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Apple's Beats buy joins tech and street-wise style

NEW YORK (AP) - Beats Electronics' colorful, oversized headphones serve as a fashion accessory to cool kids riding the New York City subway, but as tech companies such as Apple, Samsung and others are discovering, wearable gadgets like smartwatches and Google Glass still have a long way to go to become trendy, must-have consumer items.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: Too little info about youth concussions

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called Thursday for more robust research into youth concussions, saying there remains deep uncertainty over both the scope of the troubling issue and the long-term impacts on young people.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hearing set in beating victim's case vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Opening statements were expected to begin Thursday in a lawsuit brought by beating victim Bryan Stow against the Los Angeles Dodgers and its former owner, Frank McCourt.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calmer weather returns to California wildfire zone

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Weather was expected to be friendlier for firefighters Thursday as they look to fully contain a Central California wildfire that led to the destruction of two homes.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


White and male, Google releases diversity data

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California rampage shows gaps in mental health law

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Elliot Rodger's murderous rampage near Santa Barbara has tragically exposed the limitations of involuntary-commitment laws that allow authorities to temporarily confine people who are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

May 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Voters in California contemplate forming new state

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Residents of California's largely rural, agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties long ago got used to feeling ignored in the state Capitol and out of sync with major urban areas.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


US eyes training moderate Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. will increase assistance to the Syrian opposition, opening the way for the likely training and possibly equipping of moderate rebels fighting to oust leader Bashar Assad.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LeVar Burton makes a 'Reading Rainbow' plea

LOS ANGELES (AP) - LeVar Burton's fundraising effort to bring "Reading Rainbow" to the online masses is a by-the-book success.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


30 percent of world is now fat, no country immune

LONDON (AP) - Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis.

May 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Prosecutor: Hernandez killed 2 over spilled drink

BOSTON (AP) - A spilled drink in a Boston nightclub led former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to kill two people in a drive-by shooting two years ago, prosecutors said Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pet burials range from bottom of sea to sky above

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More pets are buried in U.S. backyards than any other place, but that is becoming illegal in more and more places. For those who want something unique, though, the sky's the limit, literally.

May 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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