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Signal Sports' Best of 2014: Part 3 of 3

Editor's note: This week, Signal sports writers give their best of 2014. This is the final of three such stories.

December 25, 2014 | By Jon Stein For The Signal | SCV Prep Sports

NBA roundup: Heat beat LeBron in Christmas reunion

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.

December 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Pro Sports News

Crawford, Paul lead Clippers over Warriors

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.

December 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Pro Sports News

Lakers can't pull off upset over Bulls

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.

December 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Pro Sports News

Holiday wind sweeps through Southern California

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.

December 25, 2014 | By Signal Staff and wire service | Santa Clarita Valley News

Israeli man, daughter wounded in West Bank attack

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.

December 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP

After 6 years, Obama personal chef hangs up apron

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.

December 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP

Capacity crowds pack screenings of 'The Interview'

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.

December 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP

Saudi women drivers referred to terrorism court

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.

December 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP

Father of pilot captured by IS pleads for release

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.

December 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP

More protests sparked after shooting near Ferguson

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.

December 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP

Detente spawns Cuban worry on US migration rights

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.

December 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP

Brown issues 105 pardons, but retracts 1

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.

December 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP

Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry

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.

December 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP

North Korea outage a case study in online uncertainties

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.

December 25, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP

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'Fifty Shades' director Taylor-Johnson bows out of franchise

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be returning to direct the sequels to "Fifty Shades of Grey," she announced Wednesday night.

March 26, 2015 | By Associated Press | Signal AP

Los Angeles River restoration could cost city $1.2 billion

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.

March 26, 2015 | The Associated Press | Signal AP

$1 billion water spending plan heads to California governor

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.

March 26, 2015 | Signal Staff | Signal AP

Alone at controls, co-pilot 'intentionally' destroyed plane

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.

March 26, 2015 | The Associated Press | Signal AP

Woman to testify about gifts from former Clippers owner

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.

March 26, 2015 | The Associated Press | Signal AP

Military: Bergdahl may face life in prison if convicted

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.

March 26, 2015 | The Associated Press | Signal AP

Taking a stand against drugs

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."

March 25, 2015 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News

High winds to continue in SCV

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.

March 25, 2015 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News

The Latest: Report says 1 pilot locked out before crash

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.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | Signal AP

Woman's safe return caps bizarre kidnap-for-ransom ordeal

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.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | Signal AP

Valley businesses can reduce energy and water costs with innovative loan program

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.

March 25, 2015 | By Steve Milano | NEWS 4 U

Posthumous Brittany Maynard video supports aid-in-dying bill

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.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | Signal AP

'Dr. George' Fischbeck, LA TV weatherman, dies at 92

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.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | Signal AP

California attorney general moves to end anti-gay initiative

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."

March 25, 2015 | By Associated Press | Signal AP

County approves general plan update, overhauls growth policies

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.

March 25, 2015 | Source: Los Angeles County | Santa Clarita Valley News

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