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Pentagon chief can't offer hope in budget cuts

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The audience gasped in surprise and gave a few low whistles as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered the news that furloughs, which have forced a 20 percent pay cut on most of the military's civilian workforce, probably will continue next year, and it might get worse.

July 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rain helping firefighters battle SoCal wildfire

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters in Southern California aided by heavy rain in the mountains above Palm Springs were starting to turn the tide Sunday on a stubborn wildfire that has burned across more than 40 square miles, destroyed a handful of homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of people.

July 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gold rush-era discards could fuel cellphones, TVs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Across the West, early miners digging for gold, silver and copper had no idea that one day something else very valuable would be buried in the piles of dirt and rocks they tossed aside.

July 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Woman's death on Six Flags Texas ride probed

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - A woman who died while riding a 14-story roller coaster at Six Flags amusement park in North Texas apparently fell from the ride, police said.

July 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Scrapbooks give peek inside Hemingway's early life

BOSTON (AP) - Long before Ernest Hemingway first wrote a story, his mother was busy writing about him.

July 21, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fight over New Orleans jail reform funds to resume

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The legal tussle over the costs of reforming the notoriously dangerous New Orleans jail is about to resume in a federal courtroom, where lawyers are expected to press the case that the sheriff doesn't need more money from the city to implement court-ordered improvements aimed at ending violence, poor security and inadequate health care.

July 21, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US drops bombs on Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Two U.S. fighter jets have dropped four unarmed bombs in Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park when a training exercise went wrong.

July 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Across US, people rally for 'Justice for Trayvon'

ATLANTA (AP) - One week after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, people gathered nationwide Saturday to press for federal civil rights charges against the former neighborhood watch leader, and to call for changes in the nation's self-defense laws.

July 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Comic creations cross borders to film, TV, makeup

SAN DIEGO (AP) - There's no such thing as just a comic book hero anymore. From big-screen films and small-screen animation to books, clothes and makeup, the hero business is big business.

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


Air Force considers drilling for oil at Vandenberg

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - U.S. Air Force officials said they will study the economic and environmental feasibility of a proposal to lease land on Vandenberg Air Force Base to companies that want to drill for oil and natural gas on California's central coast.

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


Texas Six Flags roller coaster death probed

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Investigators will try to determine if a woman who died while riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in North Texas fell from the ride after some witnesses said she wasn't properly secured.

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


Superman is coming back and this time with Batman

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Superman is coming back and he'll have a caped co-star.

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


Obama's inaugural ambitious meet political reality

WASHINGTON (AP) - Six months ago, President Barack Obama stood on the Capitol steps and offered a soaring liberal vision for his second term. Buoyed by re-election, he said the nation must pursue without delay steps to protect children from gun violence, tackle climate change and overhaul fractured immigration laws.

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


Calif. cities join national day of Martin protests

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Carrying signs and chanting for justice, demonstrators walked in a series of rallies underway Saturday across California - and the nation - a week after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

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


San Diego County clerk seeks end to gay marriages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Diego County clerk has asked the state Supreme Court to stop gay marriages.

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


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Speaker Boehner visits California for drought bill

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says he'll support an emergency drought-relief bill to help farmers through what's certain to be a devastating year.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. sisters get lungs from same donor

HOUSTON (AP) - They quibble, joke and share knowing looks, finishing each other's thoughts and making snide comments - like many sisters. But a recent heated argument was unlike any other they've had, and it ended in a most surprising way.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police search for motive in deadly Purdue shooting

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Classes at Purdue University were interrupted by the sounds of gunfire, fire alarms and screams when a student entered a basement classroom and fatally shot a fellow senior engineering student whom a former teacher described as "phenomenal."

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama targets college sexual assault epidemic

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama shone a light Wednesday on a college sexual assault epidemic that is often shrouded in secrecy, with victims fearing stigma, police poorly trained to investigate and universities reluctant to disclose the violence.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Northeast digs out from snow; NYC back to school

NEW YORK (AP) - Northeasterners scraped and shoveled Wednesday after a snowstorm grounded flights, shuttered schools and buried roads with a surprising amount of snow, leaving biting cold in its wake. The atmosphere was particularly frosty in New York, where some residents complained that plowing was spotty and schools were open while children elsewhere in the region stayed home.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


More heat records set in Southern California

Cloudy skies have made Southern California look a bit wintry but thermometers continue to insist it's summer.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Brown to lay out vision for state in speech

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In just a few years, Gov. Jerry Brown has helped turn California's budget deficits into surpluses, persuaded Californians to raise taxes and quieted the complaints of many political opponents.

January 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Emergency drought bill to be introduced in Calif.

FRESNO (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner is scheduled to visit the Central Valley of California on Wednesday, joining three Republican colleagues to propose emergency legislation aimed at drought relief, a congressional aide said Tuesday.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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