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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


East about to be overrun by billions of cicadas

WASHINGTON (AP) - Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the East Coast. The insects will arrive in such numbers that people from North Carolina to Connecticut will be outnumbered roughly 600-to-1. Maybe more.

May 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Could immigration bill set off another backlash?

WASHINGTON (AP) - As a Senate committee prepares to begin voting this week on far-reaching immigration legislation, advocates are watching warily to see whether relatively tame opposition balloons into the kind of fierce resistance that killed Congress' last attempt to overhaul the system.

May 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cause of Camarillo wildfire appears accidental

CAMARILLO (AP) - Investigators say the cause of a huge wildfire burning through Southern California's coastal mountains appears to be accidental.

May 05, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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First lady's fashions raise question: who pays?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Michelle Obama's fashionable clothing has become something of a given in her five-plus years as first lady. Yet her wardrobe still is the subject of endless public fascination and one long-simmering question: Who pays for those incredible outfits?

June 02, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him, according to a former senior defense official who was involved in the matter.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California's state universities hiring 700 faculty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's state universities plan to hire 700 full-time faculty members, putting the skids on years of class and staff reductions prompted by state budget cuts.

June 02, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Big power-plant pollution cuts are ordered

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030. But it delays the deadline for some states to begin complying until long after President Barack Obama leaves office.

June 02, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Retiring royalty: Kings and queens can just quit?

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The decision of Spanish King Juan Carlos to step down in favor of his son, Felipe, makes him the latest European monarch to decide to end his days in retirement and not on the throne.

June 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pro-Russia rebels attack Ukrainian border guards

LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Hundreds of pro-Russia insurgents attacked a border guard base in eastern Ukraine on Monday, with some firing rocket-propelled grenades from the roof of a nearby residential building. At least five rebels were killed when the guards returned fire, a spokesman for the border guard service said.

June 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama carbon rule gives states more time to comply

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday that cuts carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, but pushes the deadline for some states to comply until long after President Barack Obama leaves office.

June 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cheap drug greatly boosts prostate cancer survival

CHICAGO (AP) - A cheap, decades-old chemotherapy drug extended life by more than a year when added to standard hormone therapy for men whose prostate cancer has widely spread, doctors reported Sunday.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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