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Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama's health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a poll released Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Presbyterian assembly: Gay marriage is Christian

DETROIT (AP) - The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


US turns attention to game vs Portugal

SAO PAULO (AP) - After arriving back at their rooms at 4:45 a.m., victorious American players skipped breakfast Tuesday, slept late, went for medical tests and turned their attention to Portugal.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Pro Sports News


US revamps screening of migrant kid sponsors

SANTA ANA (AP) - The federal government has resumed checking the fingerprints of people other than parents who step forward to care for migrant children detained at the border amid concern by immigrant advocates that skipping the screening could put children at risk.

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Prolific songwriter dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Up on the Roof" and "The Loco-Motion," died early Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kershaw's gem special for Ellis too

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seeing his best friend only one out away from pitching a no-hitter, A.J. Ellis got a bit teary eyed.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Pro Sports News


Swisher's grand slam sinks LA in 10th

CLEVELAND (AP) - Nick Swisher was having a bad day. One swing changed it.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Pro Sports News


SCV Sheriff’s Station continues crackdown on Canyon Country bike path crime

Local sheriff's deputies expect to arrest at least four more people as they continue their investigation into robberies reported on bike paths in Canyon Country, a deputy said Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Firm threatens more SCV lawsuits over elections

The law firm that sued three Santa Clarita Valley government agencies over their election systems has threatened to also sue four local school districts unless they change their at-large balloting systems.

June 19, 2014 | By Luke Money and Jim Holt Signal Staff Writers | Santa Clarita Valley News


NCAA president: Pay could destroy college sports

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - NCAA President Mark Emmert stuck to his contention that amateurism is the core of college athletics, saying any effort to pay players would destroy a framework that has been in place for more than a century and cause many schools to either abandon sports or refuse to play other schools that do pay.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Study finds blackbird decline in California

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A blackbird species found mostly in the Central Valley of California has experienced a major decline in its population over the past several years due in part to farming practices, researchers say.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Arrests: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, June 19, 2014

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June 19, 2014 | Source: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department | Crime Reports


Alleged Calif. hitman pleads guilty in Ala. case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A man who claims to be a contract killer for multiple drug cartels in Mexico and admitted to killing dozens of people in several states pleaded guilty Thursday to murder in Alabama and was sentenced to serve 50 years in prison.

June 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hart district names five new assistant principals

The William S. Hart Union High School District filled a handful of assistant principal positions at district schools this week.

June 19, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wilk’s Bill Providing Transparency to the State Water Resources Control Board Passes Committee

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday Assemblyman Scott Wilk's, R- Santa Clarita, bill requiring all external scientific peer reviews conducted by state and regional boards to be posted on the State Water Resource Control Boards website, passed the Senate Environmental Quality committee with a 7-0 vote.

June 19, 2014 | Source: officce of Assemblyman Scott Wilk | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Stocks creep higher on encouraging news

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market climbed to new record highs Thursday as investors received more encouraging news on the economy. The slight gains come a day after the Federal Reserve signaled that it's in no rush to raise interest rates.

September 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


COC workshop to focus on medical hazardous waste management

College of the Canyons and the Health Workforce Initiative invite healthcare providers, educators, government agencies and the general public to attend a fee workshop focused on Hazardous Waste Management and Pollution Prevention for Medical and Dental Offices and Hospitals.

September 18, 2014 | Source: College of the Canyons | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Governor signs bill raising Hollywood tax credits

Gov. Jerry Brown has headed to the cradle of the Hollywood film industry to sign legislation that more than triples the state's annual tax credit to $330 million a year for films and TV shows produced in California.

September 18, 2014 | By Signal Staff and wire reports | Santa Clarita Valley News


Senate voting on rebel aid after House backs Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Leaders of both parties expected quick passage Thursday as the Senate neared a vote on President Barack Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm Syrian rebels battling Islamic State militants.

September 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rogers withdraws support for Knight in congressional race

After Dr. Lee Rogers placed third behind two Republicans in California's 25th Congressional District primary election in June, he quickly endorsed Sen. Steve Knight saying he was "an honest man with integrity." Roll Call called it a "rare endorsement from a member of an opposing party."

September 18, 2014 | Source: Dr. Lee Rogers | Santa Clarita Valley News


Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to life

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A newlywed couple who lured a stranger to his death through a Craigslist ad were sentenced to life without parole by a judge who said they must be permanently removed from society.

September 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tropical storm spares Arizona's metro areas

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A weakened Pacific storm slammed much of southeastern Arizona but spared the state's major metro areas.

September 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - Shoppers crowded streets and markets in Sierra Leone's capital on Thursday stocking up for a three-day shutdown that authorities will hope will slow the spread of the Ebola outbreak that is accelerating across West Africa.

September 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.23 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates surged this week, marking their largest one-week gain this year.

September 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Upgrade to iOS 8 now or wait?

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple's iOS 8 software update for iPhones and iPads is worth getting - but not necessarily right away.

September 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state.

September 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Ensuring equal opportunity, not equal outcomes

Jonathan Kraut's polemic on Tuesday's Opinion page needs a rebuttal.

September 18, 2014 | Albert Bigelow Valencia | Letters to the Editor


The biggest water-wasters are in government

Twice on recent Saturday nights around midnight, I had occasion to be in the area of Golden Valley High School.

September 18, 2014 | Henry Miller Canyon Country | Letters to the Editor


Joan Rivers cartoon point-counterpoint

This is in response to the letters to the editor from Stella Pilarski and Eugene Taylor ("Cartoon was disrespectful," "Despicable cartoon," Sept. 12 issue of The Signal).

September 18, 2014 | Lore Bertuch Castaic | Letters to the Editor


Over 2,000 homes threatened in California fire

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - An out-of-control wildfire in Northern California threatened more than 2,000 homes and consumed huge swaths of timber land east of Sacramento while another town near the Oregon border took account of the damage done by a wildfire that burned 200 homes earlier in the week.

September 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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