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Asteroid buzzes, misses Earth, unlike meteor

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A 150-foot asteroid hurtled through Earth's backyard Friday, coming within an incredible 17,150 miles and making the closest known flyby for a rock of its size. In a chilling coincidence, a meteor exploded above Russia's Ural Mountains just hours before the asteroid zoomed past the planet.

February 15, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


UPDATE: Meteor explodes over Russia; 1,000 injured

MOSCOW (AP) - With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the sky over Russia's Ural Mountains region Friday and exploded with the force of an atomic bomb, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of 1 million.

February 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stocks edge lower; Walmart pulls down the Dow

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks edged lower on Wall Street Friday afternoon, threatening to end the S&P 500's streak of weekly advances at six.

February 15, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Dorner's body identified, questions still remain

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) - Karen and Jim Reynolds say they came face to face with fugitive Christopher Dorner, not on a snow-covered mountain trail, but inside their cabin-style condo.

February 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistani tribesmen pushing Taliban to talk peace

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Five years after setting up an umbrella organization to unite violent militant groups in the nation's tribal regions, the Pakistani Taliban is fractured, strapped for cash and losing support of local tribesmen frustrated by a protracted war that has forced thousands from their homes, analysts and residents say.

February 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cartel kingpin is Chicago's new Public Enemy No. 1

CHICAGO (AP) - A drug kingpin in Mexico who has never set foot in Chicago has been named the city's new Public Enemy No. 1 - the same notorious label assigned to Al Capone at the height of the Prohibition-era gang wars.

February 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Disabled cruise ship finally docks

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A cruise ship disabled for five nightmarish days in the Gulf of Mexico finally docked with some 4,200 people aboard late Thursday, passengers raucously cheering the end to an ocean odyssey they say was marked by overflowing toilets, food shortages and foul odors. About four hours later, the last of the passengers had gotten off the ship.

February 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Jesse Jackson Jr., wife agree to plead guilty

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a spectacular fall from political prominence, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife agreed Friday to plead guilty to federal charges growing out of what prosecutors said was a scheme to use $750,000 in campaign funds for lavish personal expenses, including a $43,000 gold watch and furs.

February 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Amputee Olympic star Pistorius charged in slaying

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter dubbed the Blade Runner, was charged Thursday in the Valentine's Day slaying of his girlfriend at his upscale home in South Africa, a shocking twist to one of the feel-good stories of last summer's Olympics.

February 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Eurozone recession deepens as Germany falters

BERLIN (AP) - It was only a matter of time. With many of its debt-ridden euro partners in recession, Germany could only swim against the tide for so long.

February 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate GOP blocks Hagel vote for now

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the nomination of former GOP senator Chuck Hagel as the nation's next defense secretary over unrelated questions about President Barack Obama's actions in the aftermath of the deadly raid on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. Obama accused Republicans of playing politics with national security during wartime, and Democrats vowed to revive the nomination after Congress' weeklong break.

February 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US Airways lands $11 billion merger with American

DALLAS (AP) - US Airways CEO Doug Parker has landed the big merger he sought for years. Now the soon-to-be CEO of the new American Airlines has to make it work.

February 15, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


As others pull back, Vegas amps up gun promotions

LAS VEGAS (AP) - One Las Vegas shooting range was selling "take a shot at love" packages that include 50 submachine gun rounds. Another offered wedding packages in which the bride and groom can pose with Uzis and ammunition belts. And a third invited lovebirds to renew their vows and shoot a paper cutout zombie in the face.

February 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NKorea to face sanctions for nuke, but China key

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - For the past decade, the world's most powerful nations have turned to sanctions in an attempt to punish North Korea for a series of rocket launches and nuclear tests. Their stated goal: to stop North Korea's march toward acquiring an arsenal of nuclear-armed long-range missiles.

February 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NKorea to face sanctions for nuke, but China key

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - For the past decade, the world's most powerful nations have turned to sanctions in an attempt to punish North Korea for a series of rocket launches and nuclear tests. Their stated goal: to stop North Korea's march toward acquiring an arsenal of nuclear-armed long-range missiles.

February 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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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