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February 23, 2013 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Some patients won't see nurses of different race

DETROIT (AP) - It's been called one of medicine's "open secrets" - allowing patients to refuse treatment by a doctor or nurse of another race.

February 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Colo. teen heard on 911 call saying he killed girl

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado teenager told a 911 dispatcher last fall that he kidnapped and killed a missing suburban Denver school girl and hid her remains in a crawl space at his mother's home, according to a recording played by a prosecutor in court Friday.

February 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Vt college pres.: Deceased official cared for kids

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The former acting president of Southern Vermont College who apparently committed suicide after learning of embezzlement allegations against him cared deeply for the students and helped make the school a better place, college President Karen Gross said Friday.

February 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Medical copter crashes in Okla., kills 2, hurts 1

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The company that operates a medical helicopter that crash-landed outside an Oklahoma City nursing home early Friday, killing two people onboard and critically injuring a third, had just recently undergone an exhaustive accreditation process, officials said.

February 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


6 underground Hanford nuclear tanks leaking

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says six underground radioactive waste tanks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are leaking.

February 22, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA judge grants Jermaine Jackson name change

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jermaine Jackson has a new, brighter surname - Jacksun.

February 22, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


F-35 fleet grounded after engine crack found

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon on Friday grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after discovering a cracked engine blade in one plane.

February 22, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


National park cuts detailed in memo

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The towering giant sequoias at Yosemite National Park would go unprotected from visitors who might trample their shallow roots. At Cape Cod National Seashore, large sections of the Great Beach would close to keep eggs from being destroyed if natural resource managers are cut.

February 22, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US, NATO, mull Afghan troop strength after combat

BRUSSELS (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his NATO counterparts are considering leaving 8,000 to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but a dispute arose Friday between the U.S. and German defense officials over whether that contingent would be an international force or an American one.

February 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Armstrong lawyers: Justice Dept joining fraud suit

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has joined a lawsuit against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong that alleges the former, seven-time Tour de France champion concealed his use of performance-enhancing drugs and defrauded his long-time sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service, Armstrong's lawyers said Friday.

February 22, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Maserati driver in Vegas shooting-crash was rapper

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police searched Friday for a Range Rover with dark tinted windows and custom rims that set off a fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip when someone in the luxury SUV opened fire on a Maserati driven by an aspiring rapper.

February 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Prosecutor questions woman in Arizona murder case

PHOENIX (AP) - A woman charged in the stabbing and shooting death of her Arizona lover traded barbs with a prosecutor under a withering cross-examination as she struggled to explain why she can recall precise details of her life from years earlier, yet can't remember crucial aspects of the murder case against her.

February 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Car bomb kills at least 53 in Syrian capital

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - A car bomb exploded Thursday near Syria's ruling party headquarters in Damascus, killing at least 53 people and scattering mangled bodies among the blazing wreckage in one of the bloodiest days in the capital since the uprising began almost two years ago.

February 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Haiti's 'Baby Doc' summoned to court after no-show

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - A Haitian judge on Thursday summoned Jean-Claude Duvalier to appear in court after the former dictator defied an order to attend a hearing to determine whether he should again face charges for human rights abuses committed during the nearly 15 years of his brutal regime.

February 22, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Coffee rust reaches new heights in Central America

FRAIJANES, Guatemala (AP) - For years, Hernan Argueta's small plot of coffee plants seemed immune to the fungus spreading elsewhere in Central America. The airborne disease that strikes coffee plants, flecking their leaves with spots and causing them to wither and fall off, failed to do much damage in the cooler elevations of Guatemala's mountains.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan launches Afghan airstrikes after attack

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Taliban fighters attacked several Pakistani military posts along the Afghan border Saturday, sparking an hourslong gun battle that included Pakistan launching airstrikes into Afghanistan, authorities said. Pakistan said soldiers killed 16 militants, while Afghan officials said the airstrikes killed five civilians.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Proposed $40 million settlement set for players

A $40 million settlement has been completed that will pay college football and basketball players dating to 2003 for the use of their likenesses in NCAA-branded videogames.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


American suicide bomber grew up in Central Florida

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The American man who launched a suicide bombing against Syrian government troops grew up in Central Florida and attended several colleges in the state before dropping out and moving abroad.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Poll: Voters vexed by California corruption probes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters are alarmed by a string of corruption scandals in Sacramento, but most feel any wrongdoing is not widespread, a poll indicated Saturday.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mickelson says he's cooperating in probe

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Hall of Fame golfer Phil Mickelson confirms that FBI agents investigating insider trading approached him after a round at the Memorial tournament. He says he is cooperating and has done nothing wrong.

May 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


In US and abroad, new focus on anti-women violence

Nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria. A pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by her family for marrying the man she loved. Widespread rape in many war zones. And in California, a murderous rampage by a disturbed young man who had depicted sorority members as a prime target.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Only US soldier held in Afghanistan is freed

WASHINGTON (AP) - The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.

May 31, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama makes public health pitch for carbon rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - As governors, businesses and environmentalists brace for new limits on power plant pollution, President Barack Obama is casting his unprecedented effort to curb greenhouse gases as essential to protect the health and wellbeing of children.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man who accosted Pitt pleads no contest to battery

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who accosted Brad Pitt on a red carpet pleaded no contest to battery Friday and was ordered to stay away from the actor and Hollywood red carpet events.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Casey Kasem's daughter granted visitation

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state judge on Friday granted a daughter of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem regular visits after she raised concerns about his well-being.

May 31, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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