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Calif. home prices up 17.2 pct. in past year

WASHINGTON (AP) - A survey shows U.S. home prices rose 10.5 percent in March compared with a year ago, the biggest gain since March 2006.

May 07, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Colorado shootings suspect to enter insanity plea

DENVER (AP) - The man accused in the deadly Colorado theater shootings wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity, his lawyers said Tuesday.

May 07, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Critter cams provide peek into the lives of bears

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Biologists at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are getting a peek into what city bears do all day.

May 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Study: Distracted driving deaths underreported

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seventeen-year-old Kelsey Raffaele's last words were over a cellphone to a friend: "I'm going to crash!" The car she was driving had clipped a snow bank and spun into oncoming traffic, where it was T-boned by an SUV. She died at a hospital without regaining consciousness.

May 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Frantic 911 call leads to 3 missing women in Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) - The woman's voice was frantic and breathless, and she was choking back tears. "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry," she told a 911 dispatcher. "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now."

May 07, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Iron Man 3' finishes with $174.1M opening weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Disney's Marvel Studios continues to mine precious metal with a $174.1 million opening weekend for "Iron Man 3," the second-biggest domestic debut ever behind the $200-million-plus launch of "The Avengers" a year ago.

May 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Groups want details on license plate readers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two privacy rights groups questioning law enforcement's use of automated license plate readers asked a judge Monday to order the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to provide more details on how they use the technology.

May 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Limo driver: Fire took 3 minutes to claim 5 lives

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - First came the tapping. Over the blasting music, limo driver Orville Brown heard someone in the backseat knock on the partition behind him, saying something about smoke. No smoking allowed, he told the crowd of partying women.

May 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Mass. funeral director chasing burial offers

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts funeral director said Monday he has received burial offers for more than 100 out-of-state graves for the body of a Boston Marathon bombing suspect who was killed in a gun battle with police but none are panning out, even as Tamerlan Tsarnaev's mother told him she wants the body returned to Russia.

May 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


UPDATE:Senate passes bill letting states tax online sales

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate sided with traditional retailers and financially strapped state and local governments Monday by passing a bill that would widely subject online shopping - for many a largely tax-free frontier - to state sales taxes.

May 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Former Calif. mortician gets 25-to-life sentence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former mortician was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life in prison for plotting to kill a funeral business rival in a decades-old case that initially resulted in an unusual sentence of lifetime probation.

May 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. crews mop up wildfire as rain falls

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - Rain showers moved across Southern California on Monday, dousing remnants of a wildfire that blackened thousands of acres in coastal mountains and bringing much-needed moisture to a region left parched by a dry winter.

May 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif agency says PG&E should pay $2.25B for blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California agency investigating the deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood recommended Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay a $2.25 billion fine for its negligence leading up to the blast.

May 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Lauryn Hill gets 3 months for failing to pay taxes

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million in earnings.

May 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


What happened in limo that burst into flames?

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities searched for answers Monday in the fire that roared through a limousine packed with women celebrating a girls' night out, hoping to learn what sparked the blaze and why the dead could not escape the fast-spreading flames that turned a luxury car into a deadly inferno.

May 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Would-be teachers face tougher certification tests

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Franchesca Moreno's work as a student teacher didn't end when the kids went home for the day.

May 02, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Southern California wildfire 53 percent contained

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California wildfire that forced more than 1,000 people from their homes was only smoldering on Thursday as gusty winds eased and fire crews were able to halfway surround it, fire officials said.

May 02, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Stand your ground' law tested in recent shootings

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man is accused of setting a trap and blindly blasting a shotgun into his garage, killing a 17-year-old German exchange student. A Minnesota man is convicted of lying in wait in his basement for two teenagers and killing them during a break-in.

May 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Tankers carrying oil derail, catch fire in Va.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia state officials were still trying Thursday to determine the environmental impact of a train derailment that plunged oil-carrying tanker cars into the James River in downtown Lynchburg.

May 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Florida jail explosion kills 2, injures 100

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - An apparent gas explosion rocked a jail in the Florida Panhandle, killing two inmates, injuring as many as 150 people, and creating a chaotic scene Thursday after inmates were bussed to hospitals and nearby jails when the crippled building had to be evacuated.

May 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


S. Cal wildfire 10 percent contained

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a thousand-acre wildfire in the foothills east of Los Angeles did not grow overnight and is now 10 percent contained.

May 01, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hundreds rescued from floodwaters in Fla., Ala.

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - People were plucked off rooftops or climbed into their attics to get away from fast-rising waters when nearly 2 feet of rain fell on the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast in the span of about 24 hours, the latest bout of severe weather that began with tornadoes in the Midwest.

May 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Toronto mayor says he'll seek help

TORONTO (AP) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will take a leave of absence to seek help for alcohol, he said Wednesday, as a report surfaced about a second video of the mayor smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.

May 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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