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A Palestinian girl walks with a toy that she salvaged from debris of the el-Yazje apartment building July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Gaza rocket hits Israel as humanitarian lull ends

JERUSALEM (AP) – Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Israel Thursday just as a five-hour U.N. humanitarian cease-fire expired, the Israeli military said. Gaza residents had crowded banks, vegetable markets and shops as they took [...]

07/17/2014

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Bob Costantini: The Deputy Attorney General is looking into IRS emails

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is holding another hearing today on the investigation into the alleged targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status by the IRS. This comes as the Justice Department is expanding [...]

07/17/2014

Sprinklers water a lawn Tuesday morning,  July 15, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

List of biggest water saving, guzzling districts in California

Despite the governor’s call for conservation amid a historic drought, California water agencies across the state collectively reported a 1 percent increase in water use in May 2014 compared to the same month over the [...]

07/17/2014

Karen and Jim Reynolds were awarded 80 percent of the city of Los Angeles' reward for information leading to the capture of fugitive Christopher Dorner.Credit: OC  Register

Mayor’s office: Full Dorner reward won’t be paid

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles mayor’s office says not all of the $1 million reward offered for the capture of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner will be paid out because some donors canceled their [...]

07/17/2014

New Orleans Saints Saintsation Kriste Lewis performs during a photo shoot at the NFL football team's training facility in Metairie, La., Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Lewis is one of only two NFL cheerleaders in her 40s. The other dancer is 45-year-old Laura Vikmanis, who has been with the Cincinnati Bengals dance team, the Ben-Gals, since making the squad at age 40. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Mother of 2 makes NFL cheerleading squad at age 40 (Video)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — She hadn’t done splits and high kicks since her cheerleading days in high school, but 40-year-old dance instructor Kriste Lewis set a lofty goal: to try out for the New Orleans [...]

07/17/2014

In this July 1, 2014 image made from video provided by motorist David Diaz, a California Highway Patrol officer straddles a woman while punching her in the head on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway. (AP Photo/David Diaz)

CHP seizes medical records of woman seen punched

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Highway Patrol investigators have seized the medical records of a woman seen on video being repeatedly punched by one of its officers on the side of a Los Angeles freeway. [...]

07/17/2014

Stockton Police officers at the scene where bank robbery suspects with hostages were stopped at Thornton Road and Otto Drive Wednesday July 16, 2014. Cars and houses were riddled with bullets during a high-speed chase and hostages were thrown from a fleeing SUV after a bank robbery Wednesday that led to the deaths of a hostage and two robbers, police said.   (AP Photo/The Record, Craig Sanders)

3 dead in Stockton bank robbery, gunbattle

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Cars and houses were riddled with bullets during a high-speed chase and hostages were thrown from a fleeing SUV after a bank robbery Wednesday that led to the deaths of a [...]

07/17/2014

"Michael Korte and Laura Whitney (not pictured) home where their grass has suffered as they have tried to use less water due to the severe drought. She recently received a letter from the city's code enforcement bureau saying she has 60 days to green up her lawn or face fines and penalties in Glendora, Calif., on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. 
 (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)

A couple in Glendora face fines over brown lawn

A Glendora woman’s effort to do her part to conserve water leads to her getting a threatening letter for not having a lush green lawn. Laura Whitney-Korte reduced watering her lawn to two times a [...]

07/17/2014

This photo taken with a fisheye lens on July 3, 2014 shows Microsoft Corp. signage outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft on Thursday, July 17, 2014 announced it will lay off 18,000 workers over the next year.  (AP Photo Ted S. Warren)

Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) – Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April. With the Nokia deal, Microsoft’s [...]

07/17/2014

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper presents his drivers license for identification purposes to Heather Ditty, elections  manager for the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters, as he turns in boxes of petitions for a ballot initiative that would ask voters to split California into six separate states, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.  Draper delivered what he said were 44,000 signatures, of the 1.3 million the Six California's campaign plans to submit statewide this week.  If enough signatures are verified, voters in November 2016 would be asked to divide the state into six states called Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Should California be split into 6 states?

Supporters of a long-shot measure that would split California into six states submitted 1.3 million signatures to election officials on July 15. The effort is spearheaded by venture capitalist Tim Draper. He needs officials to [...]

07/16/2014

@HiddenCash's Twitter profile photo (via Twitter)

‘Hidden Cash’ man to pay for Whittier park repair

WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — When the man with the Twitter handle @HiddenCash moved his upscale scavenger hunt to Whittier, a thousand people trampled through Penn Park seeking free money.Now Jason Buzi, the Bay Area real [...]

07/16/2014

A Filipino resident takes pictures using her smartphone outside a flooded village as Typhoon Rammasun batters suburban Quezon city, north of Manila,  Philippines on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun knocked out power in many areas but it spared the Philippine capital, Manila, and densely-populated northern provinces from being directly battered Wednesday when its fierce wind shifted slightly away, officials said.  (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Typhoon kills 20 in Philippines, spares Manila

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A typhoon blew out of the northern Philippines on Wednesday after causing at least 20 deaths, knocking out power in entire provinces, damaging two parked jetliners and forcing nearly half a [...]

07/16/2014