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Michael Phelps named AP male athlete of year

Now that he's away from the pool, Michael Phelps can reflect - really reflect - on what he accomplished.

December 20, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Verdict in Mayan country: World won't end

MERIDA, Mexico (AP) - The crystal skulls have spoken: The world is not going to end.

December 20, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


$500 million in checks left at Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM (AP) - Worshippers usually leave notes to the Almighty at one of Judaism's holiest sites. But half a billion dollars?

December 20, 2012 | Associated Press | Signal AP


GOP pushes ahead with fiscal cliff bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled House pushed ahead Thursday with a bill that would raise taxes on people earning over $1 million a year as hopes faded for a pre-Christmas deal between President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff."

December 20, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Central California man says he strangled his grandmother

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Police say a Central California man jailed for carjacking his mother's vehicle has told detectives he strangled his 78-year-old grandmother.

December 20, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Children's Hospital receives gift from filmmaker's estate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Children's Hospital Los Angeles has received an $11 million gift from the estate of late Oscar-winning filmmaker Billy Wilder and his wife.

December 20, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Record cold in S. California overnight

Southern Californians awoke Thursday to record cold with sub-freezing temperatures in the mountains and deserts, but forecasters said a slight warming trend was on the way.

December 20, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Latin Americans rank as happiest people on planet

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The world's happiest people aren't in Qatar, the richest country by most measures. They aren't in Japan, the nation with the highest life expectancy. Canada, with its chart-topping percentage of college graduates, doesn't make the top 10.

December 20, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Game maker THQ files for bankruptcy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Struggling video game company THQ Inc. said Wednesday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is selling its business.

December 20, 2012 | By The ASsocitaed Press | Signal AP


Adele voted AP Entertainer of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) - Though Adele didn't have a new album or a worldwide tour in 2012, she's still rolling. After a year of Grammy glory and James Bond soundtracking, Adele has been voted The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year.

December 20, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex-ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson charged with DUI

LEWES, Del. (AP) - ABC News veteran and former correspondent Sam Donaldson is facing a drunken driving charge in Delaware.

December 20, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


China's airing of 'V for Vendetta' stuns viewers

BEIJING (AP) - Television audiences across China watched an anarchist antihero rebel against a totalitarian government and persuade the people to rule themselves. Soon the Internet was crackling with quotes of "V for Vendetta's" famous line: "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."

December 20, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


$66M Kinkade estate dispute secretly settled

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - After a rancorous public showdown, a secret settlement has been reached in the dispute between Thomas Kinkade's widow and girlfriend over the late artist's multi-million-dollar estate.

December 20, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Miss USA Olivia Culpo is crowned Miss Universe

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 20-year-old Boston University sophomore and a self-described "cellist-nerd" brought the Miss Universe crown back to the United States for the first time in more than a decade when she won the televised contest Wednesday.

December 20, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US Army seeks death penalty in 16 Afghan killings

SEATTLE (AP) - The U.S. Army said Wednesday it will seek the death penalty against the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a predawn rampage in March, a decision his lawyer called "totally irresponsible."

December 19, 2012 | 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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