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No central agency oversees, inspects cruise ships

MIAMI (AP) - A byzantine maze of maritime rules and regulations, fragmented oversight and a patchwork quilt of nations that do business with cruise lines make it tough for consumers to assess the health and safety record of the ship they're about to board in what for many is the vacation of a lifetime.

February 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hunter voted out as head of NBA players' union

HOUSTON (AP) - Billy Hunter was ousted from his job as executive director of the union in a unanimous vote by NBA players who said Saturday they will "no longer be divided, misled, misinformed."

February 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cruise passengers return home, feds probe fire

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Passengers of the Carnival Triumph tried to put the memories of their nightmarish cruise behind them Friday, boarding buses and planes for home after five harrowing days aboard a vessel adrift at sea without power or working toilets.

February 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kershaw to start 3rd straight opener for Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Clayton Kershaw was selected Saturday as the Los Angeles Dodgers' opening day starter and will become the team's first pitcher to start three straight openers since Derek Lowe from 2005-07.

February 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Dozens of pro-Dorner protesters rally at LAPD HQ

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dozens of protesters rallied outside Los Angeles police headquarters in support of Christopher Dorner, the ex-LAPD officer and suspected killer of four who died after a shootout and fire this week at a mountain cabin.

February 17, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Yacht sets record from New York to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A racing yacht named after one of the world's fastest cars has docked in San Francisco after what organizers said was the fastest passage of a single-hulled sailing vessel from New York to San Francisco.

February 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Afghan leader says he'll ban airstrike requests

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Angry over civilian deaths, President Hamid Karzai announced plans Saturday to ban Afghan security forces from requesting international airstrikes on residential areas.

February 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


LA pair plead not guilty in murder-for-hire scheme

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles-area mother and a family friend have pleaded not guilty to hiring a hit man to kill her daughter's boyfriend.

February 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Conclave's rituals, oaths and secrecy explained

VATICAN CITY (AP) - It's a ritual as rich in tradition and symbolism as the Catholic Church can muster: secret oaths, hypnotic Gregorian chants, scarlet-decked cardinals filing through the Sistine Chapel - all while the public outside in St. Peter's Square watches for white smoke or black to learn if it has a new pope.

February 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


London's glittery fashion week keeps on rolling

LONDON (AP) - London Fashion Week swings into star time with a debut fashion show from pop star Rihanna and other big design names, including Issa and Jasper Conran.

February 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama heads to Florida for weekend with the boys

PALM CITY, Fla. (AP) - Faced with a long weekend in an empty White House, President Barack Obama figured he needed a getaway, too, so he put together a golf outing with some buddies.

February 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Grandal apologizes again for drug suspension

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Reading from a prepared statement, San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal apologized for a second time following his 50-game suspension for a positive test for testosterone.

February 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


BMW recalls nearly 570,000 cars to fix cables

DETROIT (AP) - BMW is recalling almost 570,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a battery cable connector can fail and cause the engines to stall.

February 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


TV show with Pistorius' dead girlfriend airs

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Reeva Steenkamp's last wish for her family before she was shot dead at boyfriend Oscar Pistorius' home was for them to watch her in a reality TV show that went on air in South Africa on Saturday night, two days after her killing.

February 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Geography to play larger role in health premiums

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Whether it's the densely populated Southern California coast or the mountains of rural Northern California, geography is going to play a larger role in the cost of health insurance under the federal health care overhaul set to take effect next year.

February 16, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Cuban blogger's news site hacked after going live

HAVANA (AP) - Cuba's first major independent general-interest news outlet in five decades was hacked on Wednesday shortly after being launched by the country's best-known dissident blogger.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: Any misconduct at VA will be punished

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to head off a growing furor over veterans' health care, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that allegations of misconduct at Veterans Affairs hospitals are "dishonorable" and will be not be tolerated by his administration.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Police dig into fatal shooting of Jace's wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jace projected the image of a doting, hands-on father and husband to neighbors, but authorities say they are now trying to determine what prompted the veteran actor to apparently shoot and kill his wife while their young sons were in the home.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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