Editor's note: This week, Signal sports writers give their best of 2014. This is the final of three such stories.
MIAMI (AP) - Dwyane Wade scored 24 of his 31 points in the first half, Luol Deng finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and the Miami Heat beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in LeBron James' first game back at his former home 101-91 on Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jamal Crawford scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Chris Paul added 22 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers handed the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors their second loss at Staples Center in three days with a 100-86 victory Thursday night.
CHICAGO (AP) - Pau Gasol had 23 points and 13 rebounds against his former team and the Chicago Bulls beat Los Angeles 113-93 on Thursday night with Lakers star Kobe Bryant resting his sore body.
It may not have snowed, but California kept it cooler on Christmas this year after a cold front swept in overnight bringing gusty winds that showered streets with tree limbs, palm fronds and other debris.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's military says a young Israeli girl and her father were wounded in the West Bank when a firebomb was thrown at their car on a road near Palestinian villages.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Political advisers, chiefs of staff, press secretaries and national security advisers have come and gone in the nearly six years Barack Obama has been president. Now, Obama's personal chef is waving goodbye.
NEW YORK (AP) - Critics and early viewers agree that "The Interview" is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month in defiance of a ban on females driving were referred on Thursday to a court established to try terrorism cases, several people close to the defendants said.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded for his son's release on Thursday, asking him to treat him well in captivity as a fellow Muslim.
BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) - Demonstrators took to the streets for a second night after a white police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him.
HAVANA (AP) - Like tens of thousands of Cubans, Gerardo Luis wants to get to the United States and he's suddenly worried that time may be running out.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Continuing a Christmas Eve tradition, Gov. Jerry Brown issued pardons to 105 people Wednesday, before retracting one to a man hours later after learning he had not disclosed recent discipline by financial regulators, a spokesman said.
ATLANTA (AP) - Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.
LONDON (AP) - North Korea's microscopic corner of the Internet has had a rough couple of days, suffering seven outages in 48 hours, according to one Web traffic monitor.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be returning to direct the sequels to "Fifty Shades of Grey," she announced Wednesday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It could cost Los Angeles as much as $1.2 billion to restore much of its concrete-lined river to its natural state - more than twice the amount officials originally projected, according to a new report from the city's chief legislative analyst.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation.
PARIS (AP) - The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and intentionally rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Before a woman's recordings of Donald Sterling ousted him as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, she boasted she would be the next Mrs. Sterling.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive for five years by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday by the U.S. military with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and could get life in prison if convicted.
Former Green Bay Packer Calvin Perkins was on hand Wednesday to bring home an anti-drug-abuse message at Golden Valley High School as participants in the junior high/high school "DFYT" program observed "X-Week."
High winds knocked down a tree on McBean Parkway south of Northpark Drive in Valencia late Tuesday night as Santa Ana winds continued in the Santa Clarita Valley.
A newspaper is reporting that the voice recorder indicates that one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit before a Germanwings jetliner plummeted into a remote Alpine mountainside.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A woman whose boyfriend reported that intruders abducted her from their San Francisco Bay Area home and held her for ransom was found safe Wednesday at her father's Southern California apartment.
Santa Clarita Valley businesses can find relief from soaring energy costs and water bills thanks to a national program that eliminates costly upfront installation expenses for green-technology upgrades.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - In a video recorded 19 days before Brittany Maynard took life-ending drugs, she tells California lawmakers that no one should have to leave home to legally kill themselves under the care of a doctor.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - George Fischbeck, a science teacher-turned-TV weatherman whose enthusiastic broadcasts made him a popular figure during two decades in Los Angeles, has died. He was 92.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Wednesday she will ask a state court for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative stipulating that anyone who engages in gay sex be killed by "bullets to the head or by any other convenient method."
On Tuesday, March 24th, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gave its unanimous approval for a comprehensive update of its General Plan. The plan determines where and how the County's unincorporated communities will accommodate growth in population and jobs in the coming decades. The Board action represents the first comprehensive update to development regulations in the unincorporated areas since 1980.