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Many candidates call for more spending on seniors at Senior Center forum

The 80 or so attendees of a Santa Clarita City Council forum held Tuesday afternoon at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center sat in chairs on a floor scuffed, scratched and worn from use.

March 04, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Heroin use, deaths declining in the Santa Clarita Valley, detectives say

Fewer people in the Santa Clarita Valley are using heroin compared to the alarming numbers witnessed two years ago, local narcotics detectives said this week.

March 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Water Shortages: Thank Politics or Mother Nature?

The record dry year we are in has been in the news. Primarily the editorials and citizen feedback have been calls for more conservation.

March 04, 2014 | By Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists

‘Indie Saturday’ to celebrate films with an SCV tie

College of the Canyons' Humanities Department on Saturday will host a celebration of independent films that have ties to the Santa Clarita Valley.

March 04, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News

Obama seeks millions to expand ports of entry

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is recommending spending more than $300 million to expand two major border crossings between California and Mexico.

March 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP

Cold, gray day doesn't stop Mardi Gras revelers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Revelers endured bitter winter temperatures and a chilling rain along parade routes Tuesday as New Orleans' 2014 Carnival season neared a close.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP

RadioShack closing 1,100 stores as troubles grow

NEW YORK (AP) - There will soon be about 1,100 fewer places to buy batteries.

March 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP

High-Speed Rail Initiative Enters Circulation

SACRAMENTO – Secretary of State Debra Bowen today announced the proponent of a new initiative may begin collecting petition signatures for his measure.

March 04, 2014 | Source: California Secretary of State's office | Santa Clarita Valley News

Sierra snowpack one-third normal; outlook mixed

(AP) - Weather watchers in the Sierra Nevada say they need a "Miracle March" to recover from an abysmal winter that has produced only one-third of the normal snowpack by this time of year.

March 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP

How to look for the sun after a gloomy day

We've all had them. We've all experienced a day when we just want to crawl back into bed and start the day over. For some of us, those bad days just keep getting worse. One thing after another keeps going wrong until we finally reach our breaking point.

March 04, 2014 | By Courtnie Erickson FamilyShare | Hot Topics

‘Frozen’ makes history two times over on Oscar weekend

It was a big weekend for Disney's animated juggernaut, "Frozen." The 53rd feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series made history not once but twice, giving further reason to believe that this could be a second renaissance for the legendary animation company.

March 04, 2014 | By Jeff Peterson Deseret News | Hot Topics

5 best Oscar moments according to social media

HOLLYWOOD - If you missed the Oscars, here's what you need to know. Host Ellen Degeneres crashed Twitter and set a new record, "12 Years a Slave" won best picture, and if anyone asks you today who you thought was best dressed, you'll be safe to say Lupita Nyong'o.

March 04, 2014 | By Natalie Wardel KSL | Hot Topics

Covered California enrollment surges in Los Angeles County

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Covered California™ and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced today that from Oct. 1, 2013, to Jan. 31, 2014, 198,158 consumers in Los Angeles County enrolled in subsidized and unsubsidized Covered California health insurance plans.

March 04, 2014 | Source: Covered California | Signal AP

Santa Clarita Water Division receives budgeting award

Santa Clarita Water (SCWD), a division of Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA), received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award presented by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for its FY 2013/14 Budget. To receive the award, the budget document must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, that demonstrate how well the budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device. The award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental ...

March 04, 2014 | Source: Castaic Lake Water Agency | Santa Clarita Valley News

Obama 2015 budget focuses on boosting economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs, handing Democrats a playbook for their election-year themes of creating jobs and narrowing the income gap between rich and poor.

March 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP

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As heat rises, so do snakes

With school out and outdoor activities beckoning, Santa Clarita Valley residents may find unwelcome guests at their backyard barbecues or birthday parties in the park: rattlesnakes.

June 15, 2014 | By Mitch Hacker For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News

SCV hosts Open Water Nationals

The locally-hosted Open Water National Championships concluded on Sunday at Castaic Lake.

June 15, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Sports Home

Spurs beat Heat to win 5th NBA title

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - From their low moment in the NBA Finals, back to the top of the league.

June 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Pro Sports News

UPDATE: California legislature approves $108 billion state budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Legislature on Sunday approved California's $108 billion budget for the coming fiscal year, moving swiftly to beat a midnight deadline and adopting the highest general fund spending plan in state history.

June 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP

Fires near Bakersfield threaten homes

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Federal fire officials accelerated their attack Sunday on a smoky wildfire that threatened more than 500 homes in central California as they raced to control the fast-moving blaze before hotter, drier weather sets in, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said.

June 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP

Kaymer closes out wire-to-wire US Open win

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Open trophy Martin Kaymer won Sunday was all he needed to prove he was anything but a one-hit wonder in the majors, and that the two years he spent trying to build a complete game were worth all the doubt that followed him.

June 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Pro Sports News

D-Backs power past sloppy Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero homered to help Bronson Arroyo win his third straight start and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 Sunday, preventing a three-game sweep.

June 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Pro Sports News

Boy on Father's Day visit, 5 others, die in fire

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A teenager on a Father's Day visit to Newark to honor his deceased dad died, along with his mother and four others, when a fast-moving fire ripped through a three-story home early Sunday, authorities and the boy's grandmother said.

June 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP

Security beefed up at US embassy in Baghdad

WASHINGTON (AP) - Security at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad was strengthened and some staff members sent elsewhere as Iraq was shaken with instability, the State Department said Sunday.

June 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP

Explosions rock Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi police and hospital officials say a string of explosions in Baghdad has killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 30.

June 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP

Research shows why fathers are so important

With the arrival of Father's Day, it's nice to hear stories about fathers who are making a difference in their children's lives. But did you know that just having a father in your life makes a difference? It's true. There is a host of research showing the benefits fathers have on their children compared to children in father-absent homes. Unfortunately, having absent fathers is becoming a bigger and bigger trend in America. It's a trend that people are calling "Fatherless America."

June 15, 2014 | By Aaron Anderson FamilyShare | NEWS 4 U

8 ways to increase intimacy in 5 minutes or less

If your life moves at a frantic pace, you might not think you have enough time each day to connect with your spouse. You're wrong. Increasing intimacy can be done in just a few seconds. All it takes is effort. Skeptical? Here are 8 ways to feel closer to the one you love most in 5 minutes less.

June 15, 2014 | By Amy Peterson FamilyShare | Hot Topics

Ryan Seacrest issues statement on Casey Kasem

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ryan Seacrest says the death of his radio role model, Casey Kasem, is a loss for radio listeners worldwide.

June 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP

Rodents winning NY rat race, but humans fight back

NEW YORK (AP) - Ines Moore stirs awake nearly every night to an unmistakable, skin-crawling sound: rats skittering around her apartment in the dark.

June 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP

Pakistani army starts offensive against militants

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The Pakistani army said Sunday that it had launched a "comprehensive operation" against foreign and local militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border, hours after jets pounded militant hideouts in the country's northwest.

June 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP

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