Well, it seems we have more tax benefits coming our way when we file our tax returns for 2009. Along with those benefits come more tax forms, more phaseouts of tax benefits to calculate and more all-round frustration regarding filing.
These things are always true:
In regards to essays written by the third- and fifth-graders in the Dec. 15 edition, I was pleased to see how many were written saying that one of the holidays that they enjoyed most was Christmas, along with Thanksgiving and New Years.
One choice that must be made by anyone in public life is whether to lead or follow. It is a legitimate question, since in a democracy an elected public official, of course, wants to stand for the ideas and goals of the people he or she represents.
Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! Welcome to The-Signal.com's Daybreak, your point of entry for the day, and a quick journey through the past, present and future. Let the adventure begin:
Six adults and six minors were arrested Wednesday morning by deputies who swooped on 55 locations in the Santa Clarita Valley in search of probation violators.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - January not only rings in a new year, but also new laws for 2010.
SAN DIEGO - I AM Magic and Kids for Peace, two international non-profit organizations, are hosting an event to bring peace and wellness to children and their loved ones everywhere.
EDWARDS, Calif., - A NASA jumbo jet that will help scientists unlock the origins of the universe with infrared observations reached a milestone Friday when doors covering the plane's telescope were fully opened in flight.
Three people were critically injured in a collision between a Metrolink train and a pickup truck in Sylmar that shut down the tracks for hours this morning, before crews cleared the wreckage and reopened service to the Santa Clarita Valley, officials said.
College of the Canyons men's basketball team will retire jersey No. 1 in recognition of former longtime head coach Lee Smelser and his more than 30 years of service to the college.
The Newhall School District's kindergarten registration materials will be available in the school offices on Feb. 16, 2010, for students eligible to begin kindergarten in the 2010/2011 school year.
College of the Canyons offices will be closed through Jan. 3. Offices will reopen Jan. 4. For more information, visit www.canyons.edu.
The fourth annual Glacier Slide Polar Bear Swim will begin at 9 a.m. on New Year's Day at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center at 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway.
Staff members from the William S. Hart Union High School District's administrative center turned into musicians for the holidays, thanks to the efforts of Lorraine King, the superintendent's administrative assistant.
DALLAS (AP) - Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin skated the length of the ice, got around a sliding defender, closed his eyes and shot just before his stick got ripped out of his hands.
The Saugus Centurions' pitching staff continues to deal, and its bats continue to heat up.
Valencia's depth probably wouldn't have allowed it to have much of a let down on Wednesday, but Vikings head coach Chris Stroh still preached to his team that last week's girls' victory and boys' tie against Hart didn't mean they could relax Wednesday against West Ranch.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it's astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of candle-bearing faithful below - not in the arcane, scripted words of pontiffs past but in those of a father and pastor looking out for his flock.
Driving Under the Influence / Driver's License (DUI/CDL) Checkpoints are conducted by deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on a regular basis.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jodie Foster is a married woman.
LATHROP, Calif. (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors is expanding its footprint in California.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State senators were scheduled to receive a refresher course in ethics on Wednesday, the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.
Religious folks are familiar with the biblical story of Esau selling his birthright to Jacob for a "mess of potage."
When it comes to buying or renting a home, bias too often still appears in all shapes and sizes - because of religion, age, race, sexual orientation, a handicap, a partner from a different race, a different nationality, or simply the presence of kids.
Aristotle, the ancient philosopher, is right on the money when he considers the nature of racism. A person's skin color is nothing but an accidental occurrence.
Realtors gathered last week to ask federal, state, county and local officials and a transportation consultant, to review a number of issues affecting local residents and the community, said a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley