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Homeland Security choice suggests priority shift

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday nominated the Pentagon's former top lawyer to help craft the nation's counterterrorism policy as secretary of homeland security, suggesting a shift from the department's emphasis on immigration and border issues to a greater focus on security against possible attacks.

October 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Heritage Haunt opens up

Santa Clarita Valley residents looking for some spooks and scares this Halloween season can get their fill of terror by attending the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society's annual Heritage Haunt.

October 18, 2013 | By Natalee Ayala For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart football runs down G.V.

The Hart Indians' offense is known for putting up points in bunches. But against the Golden Valley Grizzlies, both sides of the ball got in the scoring mix.

October 18, 2013 | By Michael Grandinetti For The Signal | SCV Prep Sports


Both sides make offers in BART strike

OAKLAND (AP) - Bay Area rapid transit authorities and striking workers both made offers late Friday they said had a single aim: get stationary trains that move 400,000 commuters on any given workday back on track.

October 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cardinals knock out Dodgers in NLCS

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Clayton Kershaw still couldn't beat the St. Louis Cardinals. Now he has the offseason to think about what went wrong, along with Yasiel Puig and the rest of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

October 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Dodgers/Angels


SCV Chamber’s EXPO Builds Networking, Relationships for Local Business

The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is launching its 29th annual Business and Home EXPO Oct. 19 on Main Street in Newhall with a family friendly focus.

October 18, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Money already flowing into 25th Congressional District race

The 2014 congressional elections are still more than a year away, but the two men who went toe-to-toe to represent the Santa Clarita Valley last year are already setting the stage for what could be a big-money rematch.

October 18, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


U.S.: Racial policy in Calif prison riots breaks law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is violating the federal Constitution when it punishes prison inmates after a riot based on their race, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

October 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Fire damages residential high-rise in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eight people, including a young girl in critical condition, were taken to hospitals on Friday with injuries sustained in a residential high-rise fire in Los Angeles that was mostly confined to one apartment, authorities said.

October 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Max Homa makes cut at Shriners Open

Valencia High graduate Max Homa made his second straight cut in just his second professional tournament after she shot a 1-under 70 on Friday in the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

October 18, 2013 | By Signal Staff and wire services | SCV Pro Tracker


Red Ribbon Week kicks off in the SCV

National Red Ribbon Week kicked off in the Santa Clarita Valley on Friday with a BMX Pros show for students, including a performer jumping his bike over five teachers lying on the playground.

October 18, 2013 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Stepmom of teen accused in Fla. bullying arrested

The stepmother of a 14-year-old accused of bullying a Florida girl prior to her suicide was arrested and charged with child abuse after a video depicting the woman beating a boy was posted on Facebook, a sheriff said Friday.

October 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California faith healer, pilot in Kan. plane crash

DERBY, Kan. (AP) - A traveling California faith healer and his pilot died Friday morning when their small Texas-bound plane crashed soon after taking off from a Kansas airport, authorities said.

October 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ellen gives $10K to NH waitress for soldiers' tab

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire waitress who picked up the lunch tab of two National Guard soldiers affected by the federal government's shutdown has been repaid - more than 300 times over - by television star Ellen DeGeneres.

October 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US says racial policy in Calif. prisons breaks law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice says California is violating the federal Constitution when it punishes prison inmates after riots based on their race.

October 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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LAX gunfire came while officers away

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Minutes before a gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles International Airport terminal last fall, killing a security screener and wounding three other people, the two armed officers assigned to the area left for breaks without informing a dispatcher as required.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian govt says terrorism, not talks, is priority

GENEVA (AP) - Syria's government declared that its main priority was stopping terrorism - not ensuring peace - and the opposition hinted it was far from ready to negotiate directly with the government it wants to overthrow, casting sharp doubt Thursday on peace talks that have barely begun.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Government panel urges end to phone data spying

WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records, The Associated Press has learned.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Natural gas locomotives may prove cheaper, cleaner

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas - a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Virginia AG to fight state's gay marriage ban

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - In a move that could give gay marriage its first foothold in the South, Virginia's attorney general said Thursday he concluded the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional and he will join the fight against it.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bieber arrested in Miami

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police in Miami Beach say pop singer Justin Bieber has been charged with resisting arrest without violence in addition to drag racing and DUI. Police also say the singer told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Peace talks on Syria stuck over Assad's future

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) - Furiously divided from the start, representatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the rebellion against him threatened Wednesday to collapse a peace conference intended to lead them out of civil war.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas executes man despite opposition from Mexico

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Promote self-sufficiency and strong marriages

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his famous "War on Poverty" speech, purposing "to cure it and, above all, to prevent it." Unfortunately, like our other wars in the last half-century, this one has not lived up to its noble ideals.

January 23, 2014 | By Gary Curtis Valencia | Letters to the Editor


Remember those who lost their health care plans

This letter is in response to the letter of Nancy A. Meister ("Affordable Care Act: A success story," The Signal Jan. 17.)

January 23, 2014 | By Phyllis Grekin Valencia | Letters to the Editor


Is climate a hoax?

I believe in Gary Morrison's passion, but not his facts ("Fiddling while climate change damages the Earth" Jan 12 Signal).

January 23, 2014 | By Richard La Motte Valencia | Letters to the Editor


USC beats California 77-69 to snap 5-game skid

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nikola Jovanovic scored a career-high 23 points and Southern California led all the way in beating California 77-69 Wednesday night for the Trojans' first Pac-12 victory after an 0-5 start.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Sports Home


Clippers stall in the fourth

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - It took three quarters, but the Charlotte Bobcats finally were able to shut down Blake Griffin.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Sports Home


Man stabbed during fight in Valencia

One man was hospitalized and another arrested Wednesday night after a fight at a Valencia residence led to a stabbing, local sheriff's officials said.

January 22, 2014 | By Ryan Fonseca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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