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UPDATE: Film critic Roger Ebert dies at age 70

CHICAGO (AP) - Roger Ebert, the nation's best-known film reviewer who with fellow critic Gene Siskel created the template for succinct thumbs-up or thumbs-down movie reviews, died Thursday. He was 70.

April 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Philadelphia gets ready to play 'Pong' on building

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia is getting ready for a supersized game of "Pong" - on the side of a skyscraper.

April 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Goat that walked into Mont. bar was taken from zoo

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - So the goat that walked into a Montana bar last weekend ... was stolen from a petting zoo.

April 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Conn. governor signs sweeping gun limits into law

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who four months ago broke the news to shocked parents that their children had been slaughtered in a Connecticut elementary school, signed into law Thursday sweeping new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines similar to the ones used by the man who gunned down 20 child and six educators in the massacre.

April 04, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Conn. Senate approves sweeping gun control bill

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Senate on Wednesday approved sweeping new restrictions on weapons and large-capacity magazines, a response to last year's deadly Newtown elementary school shooting that would give the state some of the country's tightest gun control laws.

April 04, 2013 | 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:

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama fundraises, catches Keystone heat in Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Barack Obama is raising money for the Democratic Party in California, eager to weaken his Republican opposition in Congress even as he confronts protests from his liberal flank over a contested oil pipeline project that is awaiting approval from his administration.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Search resumes for second hiker

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) - Crews resumed the search for one of two teenage hikers missing in Southern California's Cleveland National Forest, the morning after her male companion was found dehydrated and disoriented in heavy brush.

April 04, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 with gang ties sought in CO prison chief death

DENVER (AP) - Authorities investigating the death of Colorado's prisons chief told law enforcement officers Wednesday to be on the lookout for two known associates of a white supremacist prison gang.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama to return 5 percent of salary to Treasury

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sharing a bit of budget pain, President Barack Obama will return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in a show of solidarity with federal workers smarting from government-wide spending cuts.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


North Korea clears its military to attack U.S. with nukes

PAJU, South Korea (AP) - North Korea warned early Thursday that its military has been cleared to attack the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear" weapons, while the U.S. said it was strengthening protection in the region and seeking to defuse the situation.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lewinsky lawyer William H. Ginsburg dies at 70

LOS ANGELES (AP) - William H. Ginsburg, who was Monica Lewinsky's first lawyer during the sex scandal involving President Bill Clinton, has died. He was 70.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. bill would require panic alarms in schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A bill that would require panic alarms in California schools has passed a legislative committee.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews try to corral cruise ship that tore loose

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The crippled cruise ship whose sewage-filled breakdown in the Gulf of Mexico subjected thousands to horrendous conditions tore loose Wednesday from the dock where it's being repaired, lumbered downriver and crunched into a cargo ship.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US missile defense shield to counter NKorea threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the face of escalating threats from North Korea, the Pentagon said Wednesday it will deploy a missile defense system to Guam to strengthen the Asia-Pacific region's protections against a possible attack.

April 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Medicare ban on sex reassignment surgery lifted

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man returns $125,000 that fell from armored truck

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Arsenio Hall Show' canceled after 1 season

LOS ANGELES (AP) - CBS Television Distribution says "The Arsenio Hall Show" is going off the air.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dementia kept Sterling out of team sale

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A person close to the Sterling family says Donald Sterling was stripped of his ability to act as a trustee of the family's fortunes, including the Los Angeles Clippers, after two neurologists determined he was suffering from dementia.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Home tweet home: How social media is giving the homeless a hand up

R.D. Plasschaert credits one main thing for pulling her out of homelessness: Twitter.

May 30, 2014 | Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Signal AP


Missouri AG: State could make lethal injections

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The growing suspicions surrounding where states obtain lethal injections have motivated the Missouri attorney general to propose something never previously tried - establishing a lab where the state can make its own execution drugs.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


East Ukraine quiet raises leadership questions

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - The scruffy rebels who normally wander about the headquarters of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic were mostly out of view on Friday, replaced by a disciplined new faction who showed up a day earlier with an armored personnel carrier and anti-aircraft gun.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Army Corps to recommend Los Angeles River project

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River would see restored wildlife habitats, new wetlands and longer bike trails under a $1 billion proposal that has received a key boost.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Google faces up to image problem in Europe

AMSTERDAM (AP) - As Google bowed to a European court ruling to consider users' claims to remove embarrassing search results, the company took the first step toward preventing any more such punishing decisions - acknowledging it has an image problem in Europe.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fan-fueled red carpets present security challenge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Movie premieres are just like they look on TV: Throngs of fans competing with photographers and reporters for stars' attention. Cameras flash as beefy bodyguards escort couture-clad celebrities into the maelstrom.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Zuckerberg gives $120 million to public schools

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

May 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Shinseki resigns amid VA health care scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday in a personal meeting with President Barack Obama, shortly after publicly apologizing for deep problems plaguing the agency's health care system that Obama called "totally unacceptable."

May 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


How Google got states to legalize driverless cars

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers - not people - became convinced that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: Driverless cars were almost certainly illegal.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police knew about killer's videos during check

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office deputies checking on Elliot Rodger three weeks before he killed six college students were aware of, but didn't view, disturbing videos that prompted calls about his well-being, the agency disclosed Thursday.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate approves tying minimum wage to inflation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage and tie it to inflation.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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