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UN finds systematic disappearances in Syria

GENEVA (AP) - A U.N. panel reported Thursday it believes the Syrian government is committing a crime against humanity by making people systematically vanish, and that rebels have also recently begun making their opponents disappear.

December 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Putin to pardon jailed tycoon Khodorkovsky

MOSCOW (AP) - Jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky will be pardoned, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday in a surprise decision that will let his top foe and Russia's formerly richest man out of prison after more than a decade.

December 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt: Mubarak's sons, PM acquitted of corruption

CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted former leader Hosni Mubarak's two sons and his last prime minister of corruption charges, a verdict announced just hours after security forces arrested a prominent activist as part of an intensifying crackdown against icons of the nation's 2011 uprising.

December 19, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Defense bill gives Obama rare Guantanamo victory

WASHINGTON (AP) - Up to half the terror suspects held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay could be closer to heading home under a bipartisan deal reached in Congress that gives President Barack Obama a rare victory in his fight to close the prison.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Patriarch off 'Duck Dynasty' after gay comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson is off the hit A&E reality series indefinitely after disparaging gays as sinners akin to adulterers and swindlers, the network said.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dog that survived gassing headed to Rose Parade

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Things are coming up roses for a scrappy New Jersey beagle who survived a dog pound gas chamber.

December 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Hero guide dog assured good home after NY rescue

NEW YORK (AP) - The guide dog that leaped onto subway tracks after his blind owner lost consciousness and fell off a station platform is assured a loving home after his retirement.

December 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Congress passes bipartisan budget agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.

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


Govt: 500 killed in South Sudan violence

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) - At least 500 people, most of them soldiers, have been killed in South Sudan since Sunday, a senior government official said, as an ethnic rivalry threatened to tear apart the world's newest country.

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


Holiday shopping season: a disappointment so far

NEW YORK (AP) - Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap, AnnTaylor and other stores give a clue as to how the holiday season is going.

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


Hero guide dog assured good home after NY rescue

NEW YORK (AP) - The guide dog that leaped onto subway tracks after his blind owner lost consciousness and fell off a station platform is assured a loving home after his retirement.

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


Man arrested in deadly California wildfire

REDDING, Calif. (AP) - A man was arrested on suspicion of arson and murder in a wildfire over the summer that destroyed dozens of homes and left one person dead in rural Northern California, a fire official confirmed on Wednesday.

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


Fed will reduce bond purchases by $10B in January

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve says it will reduce its $85 billion a month in bond purchases by $10 billion starting in January, citing a stronger U.S. job market. And it says it will take further steps to reduce the pace of the purchases next year if that improvement continues.

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


Syrian aircraft pound Aleppo for 4th straight day

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian government aircraft dumped barrels packed with explosives on at least four opposition-held neighborhoods of Aleppo on Wednesday, the fourth day of stepped-up airstrikes on the contested northern city, activists said.

December 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mass. high-tech startup hopes to change biking

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts startup is launching a new device that transforms almost any bicycle into an electric-hybrid vehicle using an app on a smartphone.

December 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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UPDATE: Governor orders more actions on California drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown issued a second executive order on Friday to deal with California's drought, taking additional steps to help fight wildfires and assist cities and farmers.

April 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Prom-date rejection probed in Conn. killing

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death inside a Connecticut high school Friday, and police were investigating whether a boy attacked her after she turned down an invitation to be his prom date.

April 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick concert

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pop legend Paul McCartney is set to return to Candlestick Park to offer a swan song to the San Francisco 49ers' former stadium.

April 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Initial report on Calif. FedEx-bus crash released

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) - The drivers of a FedEx truck and bus that collided in a fiery accident earlier this month both started their work days in Sacramento.

April 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Late season storm hits California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A late-season Pacific storm brought rain and snow to California on Friday, though it was not expected to make much of a dent in the state's ongoing drought.

April 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery.

April 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


FIFA concerned but confident about Brazil violence

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - FIFA is concerned about recent violence in Brazil less than two months before it hosts the World Cup but remains confident the country will stage "the biggest party on Earth," FIFA marketing director Thierry Weil said Thursday.

April 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Eleven middle school students and their driver were injured when a school bus jumped a curb Thursday and rammed into trees in Southern California, authorities said.

April 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Vermont ups the ante on genetically modified foods

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite the opposition of the powerful U.S. food industry.

April 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Water picture improves for some California towns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While much of California remains in the grips of extreme drought, spring storms have eased pressure slightly and reduced the number of rural communities considered at risk of running dry.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2-week truce for hot sauce maker, California city

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of Sriracha hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


FDA proposes regulations for e-cigs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.

April 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Big riders mean big horses on Western trails

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain.

April 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Complaint: Ex-Blue Angels head led lewd workplace

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former commanding officer of the Navy's Blue Angels allowed, and in some cases encouraged, sexually explicit humor and inappropriate comments among members of the famed precision flying team, the U.S. Navy contended Wednesday.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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