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Arborists try to clone John Muir's Bay area tree

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) - More than one hundred years after John Muir helped conserve thousands of acres of California wilderness, arborists are trying to clone a dying tree the naturalist brought to the San Francisco Bay area in the nineteenth century.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judges: Brown must fully comply with prison order

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A panel of federal judges has rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to circumvent its long-standing order for reducing California's prison population.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Clogged pipe blamed for A's stadium sewage backup

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a clogged pipe was to blame for a sewage backup at the Oakland A's stadium over the weekend that created a stink and pools of water in the clubhouses used by the A's, the visiting Seattle Mariners and the umpires.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gov. urges nurses to help fight climate change

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is challenging his allies in the nation's largest nurses union to look beyond their own immediate concerns and help organize a movement to address global climate change.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Arrest made in Calif. bodies in burning car case

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a 72-year-old man in connection with a stolen car found burning with three bodies inside in rural Northern California.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Assembly passes bill to reverse records-law change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Assembly took steps Thursday to undo changes in a budget bill that could restrict access to public records held by local governments, but the fate of the fix-it legislation remains uncertain after the Senate declined to act.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA County deputies seize fireworks

INDUSTRY, Calif. (AP) - About 3,000 pounds of illegal fireworks have been seized by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Strawberry grower fined, told to destroy crop

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A Central Coast strawberry farmer has agreed to pay a fine and destroy some of his berries after state regulators found he used an illegal pesticide on them.

June 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Compromise among senators eyed on border security

WASHINGTON (AP) - After secretive talks, key senators expressed optimism Wednesday night that they were closing in on a bipartisan agreement to dramatically toughen the border security requirements in immigration legislation that also offers a path to citizenship to millions living in the country illegally.

June 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


House votes to delay food safety rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House voted late Wednesday to delay sweeping food safety rules that would require farmers and food companies to be more vigilant about guarding against contamination.

June 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Confusion over public records bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature's Democratic leaders on Wednesday pledged to address a budget bill that threatens public access to information held by local governments, but to do so in different ways.

June 20, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


FBI: Tip led to arrest of ex-professor in Mexico

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former University of Southern California professor who's accused of sex crimes involving two children has been deported to the United States after a Mexican citizen recognized his picture in the newspaper and informed the U.S. Embassy, federal authorities said Wednesday.

June 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama making plans to tackle global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is planning a major push using executive powers to tackle the pollution blamed for global warming in an effort to make good on promises he made at the start of his second term. "We know we have to do more - and we will do more," Obama said Wednesday in Berlin.

June 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


San Diego man arrested in gun death of boy

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego man faces three felony charges in connection with the accidental shooting death of a 10-year-old boy.

June 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


One of US FBI's most wanted nabbed in Mexico

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - Mexican authorities have arrested a former University of Southern California professor who was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in the resort city of Playa del Carmen.

June 19, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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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


Famous bidders already lining up for LA Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - If Donald Sterling is compelled to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the list of potential buyers has more stars than their roster.

April 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Computer issues delay flights in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Flights from airports in the Los Angeles area were grounded for more than an hour Wednesday due to a computer failure at an air traffic control facility in the region, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rancho Cucamonga wildfire forces evacuations

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - Schools and homes were evacuated Wednesday as dry, gusty winds fanned a smoky wildfire in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains in California.

April 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


World's smallest dogs can be a big handful

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Living little carries some big risks.

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


Protesters seize new building in eastern Ukraine

LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Protesters demanding more power for Ukraine's regions stormed the government building in Luhansk with baseball bats Tuesday, seizing control of a key site in one of the largest cities in Ukraine's troubled east.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Mona Lisa' actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71

LONDON (AP) - British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from noir drama "Mona Lisa" to animated fantasy "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" has died aged 71.

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


Severe weather brings flooding in South

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - In the latest blow from a dayslong chain of severe weather across the South and Midwest, the Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast were hit with widespread flooding early Wednesday, with people stranded in cars and homes waiting for rescuers to find a way around impassable roads and others abandoning vehicles to walk to safety.

April 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


High lime prices giving US bartenders a hangover

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Every time a bartender at trendy Los Angeles fusion eatery Luna Park squeezes a shot of lime into a drink these days, owner Peter Kohtz says he winces a little.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Winds, hot weather bring fire concerns

Gusty Santa Ana winds, unseasonably high temperatures and low relative humidity are bringing wildfire concerns to Southern California.

April 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Justices wary of unlimited cellphone searches

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court seemed wary Tuesday of allowing police unbridled freedom to search through cellphones of people they arrest, taking on a new issue of privacy in the face of rapidly changing technology.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Netflix pays Verizon for better Internet access

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix will pay Verizon Communications to help clear up some of the congestion that has been bogging down its Internet video service.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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