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Obama 'actively supportive' of assault weapons ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama is "actively supportive" of efforts on Capitol Hill to reinstate an assault weapons ban.

December 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NBC's Engel, TV crew escape abduction in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - NBC's chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel said Tuesday he and members of his network crew escaped unharmed after five days of captivity in Syria, where more than a dozen pro-regime gunmen dragged them from their car, killed one of their rebel escorts and subjected them to mock executions.

December 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Court sides with newspaper in labor dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday sided with the publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press in a long-running labor dispute between the newspaper and reporters who were fired after they complained about its editorial practices.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Some Republicans willing to debate gun control

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some Republicans now say they're willing to discuss the politically treacherous issue of gun control along with mental health issues and violent video games, while formerly pro-gun Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it's time to place gun control on the table in the wake of the Connecticut mass killings.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


500 detained in China for rumors of world's end

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese police have detained more than 500 people from a fringe Christian group for spreading rumors about the world's impending end, state media reported Tuesday.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Victims join NYC mayor, call for tougher gun laws

NEW YORK (AP) - Flanked by dozens of shooting survivors and relatives of victims of gunfire around the country, Mayor Michael Bloomberg pressed Congress and President Barack Obama on Monday to toughen gun laws and tighten enforcement after the Connecticut school massacre that left 20 children among the dead.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Boehner offers plan; talks continue

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner pushed ahead on negotiating a broad deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," even as the GOP leader readied a backup plan Tuesday to pressure the White House with little time left to avoid a double hit on the economy.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kansas man who killed 2 cops dies

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A man with a history of theft and weapons convictions gunned down two police officers investigating possible drug activity in a Kansas grocery parking lot, and was later killed after an armed standoff, authorities said Monday.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ohio governor spares condemned 450-pound killer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate is too fat to be humanely executed by sparing him on the grounds that he had poor legal representation.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fatal Pasadena police shooting ruled lawful

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The district attorney's office concluded Monday that Pasadena police officers responding to a robbery report acted lawfully when they fatally shot a suspect who turned out to be unarmed.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 funerals begin a sad procession in Connecticut

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Opening a long and almost unbearable procession of grief, Newtown began laying its dead to rest Monday, holding funerals for two 6-year-old boys - one a football fan who was buried in a New York Giants jersey and one whose twin sister survived the school shooting rampage.

December 18, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Zooey Deschanel, rocker husband finalize divorce

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has finalized Zooey Deschanel's divorce from her rocker husband of roughly three years.

December 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA names moon crash site in honor of Sally Ride

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A pair of NASA spacecraft were deliberately crashed into a mountain near the moon's north pole on Monday, ending a mission that peered into the lunar interior.

December 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Unisex Easy-Bake oven on the way

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Hasbro says it will soon reveal a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven after meeting with a New Jersey girl who started a campaign calling on the toy maker to make one that appeals to all kids.

December 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


New Obama offer moves toward Boehner

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has proposed a deficit-reduction package to House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) that would increase the top tax rates on taxpayers earning more than $400,000, cut more spending from health care programs and add $200 billion more in spending cuts over 10 years to his earlier offer.

December 17, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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"American Hustle," "Gravity" lead Oscar race

The con-artist comedy "American Hustle and the 3-D space odyssey "Gravity" lead the Academy Awards with 10 nominations each, including nods for best picture.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

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

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


All 5 bodies recovered from Idaho plane crash

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The bodies of all five victims of a December plane crash have been recovered from the mountains of central Idaho.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Charging Netflix at issue in open-Internet case

NEW YORK (AP) - Will broadband providers start charging Internet services such as Netflix to deliver the massive amounts of data that streaming video and other content require?

January 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama to nominate Calif. businesswoman to lead SBA

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rounding out his Cabinet, President Barack Obama intends to nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder of a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles and a former California cabinet secretary, to be head of the Small Business Administration.

January 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Danish tourist gang-raped, Indian police say

NEW DELHI (AP) - A 51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped near a popular shopping area in New Delhi after she got lost and approached a group of men for directions back to her hotel, police said Wednesday.

January 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Heroin and pill abuse stir a battle cry in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Behind the facade of pristine ski slopes, craft beer, quaint village greens and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, Vermont is grappling with painkiller and heroin abuse, a challenge leaders say is fueling crime and wrecking lives and families disproportionately in this tiny state.

January 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Student of New Mexico shooting: 'Blood everywhere'

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Students escaping chilly winter temperatures in southeastern New Mexico were congregated in the Berrendo Middle School gym, waiting for classes to start when they heard a loud pop.

January 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: NSA maps pathway into computers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world - but not in the United States - that allows the U.S. to conduct surveillance on those machines, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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