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Prospectors take advantage of California drought

AUBURN, Calif. (AP) - Gold prospectors are eyeing Northern California riverbeds, hoping to spot something shiny, as water levels dip to historically low levels during the drought,

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


States consider reviving old-fashioned executions

ST. LOUIS (AP) - With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama speech to challenge Congress on minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Challenging lawmakers to help him create greater economic opportunity, President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday to announce he's raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, underscoring a go-it-alone strategy in an election year critical to Democrats' hopes for retaining Senate control.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Southerners warned of icy mess in days ahead

ATLANTA (AP) - Across the South, residents stocked up on fuel and groceries, schools and offices closed, and road crews were at the ready as a storm moved in Tuesday from the central U.S., threatening to bring snow, ice and subzero temperatures to a region more accustomed to air conditioners and sunscreen than parkas and shovels.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stocks open higher on Wall Street; Pfizer gains

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks rose for the first day in four after a big slump prompted by worries about emerging market economies. As well as watching company earnings, investors are awaiting the start of the Federal Reserve's January policy meeting.

January 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-Marlboro man dies from smoking-related disease

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it came to portraying the rugged western outdoorsman who helped transform a pack of filtered cigarettes into the world's most popular brand, Marlboro Man Eric Lawson was the real deal.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California drought has ranchers selling cattle

AROMAS, Calif. (AP) - In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market's cattle auction on California's Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Avalanches cut off only road to Alaska city

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Highway access to the city at the end of the trans-Alaska pipeline has been cut off indefinitely by avalanches, including one that dammed a river and created a lake up to a half-mile long across the roadway in a 300-foot wide mountain canyon.

January 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Astronauts repeat spacewalk with mixed results

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Two Russian space station astronauts took a spacewalk Monday to complete a camera job left undone last month, but ran into new trouble.

January 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Maryland mall reopens with grief, more security

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - The fountain inside the mall was littered with white flowers. The skateboard shop - the scene of the deadly weekend shooting - was boarded up, as if under construction. Outside the mall, a banner read: "Forever in Our Hearts."

January 27, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA police training to use combat-style trauma kits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police officers are being trained to use combat-style trauma kits to help victims of gunshot wounds and other emergencies.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Avalanches cut off only road to Alaska city

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Avalanches have cut off an Alaska city, and the only highway in could be closed for at least a week, if not "much longer," state Transportation Department officials said Monday.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Macklemore says Lamar 'robbed' at Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Everyone felt sorry for Kendrick Lamar after the dazzling young rapper was shut out at the Grammy Awards - even Macklemore, the guy who beat him head-to-head in several categories.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Girls missing after sleepover in Riverside

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Authorities sought the public's help Monday in finding two girls - ages 12 and 14 - who went missing during a weekend sleepover.

January 27, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Ukraine military launches offensive against rebels

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian troops on Tuesday launched an offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk and advanced through the city's outskirts, the nation's interior minister said.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan air force jet crashes, killing 3

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistan air force fighter jet crashed into the country's largest city after a technical fault Tuesday, killing two pilots and a civilian on the ground, authorities said.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Automakers see big US sales gains in May

DETROIT (AP) - Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks - and five sunny weekends - likely pushed U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: US to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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