DENVER (AP) - More highways in northern Colorado that were cut off because of destructive flooding last week are being reopened, helping reduce the number of people in need of emergency shelters and, transportation officials hope, reducing traffic congestion in heavily populated areas along the Front Range.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Richard Sarafian, an influential film director whose 1971 countercultural car-chase thriller "Vanishing Point" brought him a decades-long cult following, has died in Southern California, his son said Saturday night.
As a frequent driver of the Hasley Canyon roundabout, I have observed that 90 percent of drivers have no idea of the rules or etiquette involved in roundabout usage. Installing one of the proposed pieces of artwork in the center of the Newhall Roundabout is an invitation to disaster, as drivers try to figure out what it represents, rather than paying attention to their driving.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the Simi Valley Senior Center. This center is state of the art, with modern architecture, and large carpeted meeting rooms. I saw a room filled with computers offering all levels of training. It seemed to go on and on as one hallway led into another. My understanding is this center is owned by the city of Simi Valley. Funds come from the city. Additional funding comes from holding events, including weddings.
NASA announced recently that the Voyager 1 space probe has become the first spacecraft to leave our solar system and enter interstellar space. Launched September 5, 1977, Voyager was originally designed to photograph Jupiter, Saturn and the Jovian moons. It accomplished that task in 1980 but the "Little Engine That Could" has kept on chugging to now over 11 billion miles of space travel.
Winston Churchill is credited with reminding the world "those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." History, being in many ways the succinct compilation of humanity's success and failures, has long been recognized as an essential part of any real education. Yet today we are fast becoming a nation that is not only ignorant of its past, but pleased about it.
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of interviews with local Vietnam veterans prompted by this week's arrival of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Memorial Wall in the Santa Clarita Valley.
LANCASTER (AP) - Authorities say four young people are dead and three critically injured after a car and a pickup truck collided on a rural desert road in northern Los Angeles County.
The great unknown prior to kickoff of the College of the Canyons home opener versus College of the Desert was not whether COC's defense could stop the football.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Collin Cowgill homered and also stole home as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 Saturday night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Mustafa Umar, an imam in Southern California, is popular with the Muslim teenagers who attend his mosque. They pepper him with questions about sensitive topics like marijuana use, dating and pornography.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 in seven dominant innings, Yasiel Puig and A.J. Ellis hit two-run homers and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 Saturday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - In recent years, many American bishops have drawn a harder line with parishioners on what could be considered truly Roman Catholic, adopting a more aggressive style of correction and telling abortion rights supporters to stay away from the sacrament of Communion.
MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS, Vt. (AP) - A small plane that couldn't land at its intended destination because of a hot air balloon festival ran out of fuel and crashed in Vermont on Saturday, injuring both men on board, police said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap, AnnTaylor and other stores give a clue as to how the holiday season is going.
NEW YORK (AP) - The guide dog that leaped onto subway tracks after his blind owner lost consciousness and fell off a station platform is assured a loving home after his retirement.
REDDING, Calif. (AP) - A man was arrested on suspicion of arson and murder in a wildfire over the summer that destroyed dozens of homes and left one person dead in rural Northern California, a fire official confirmed on Wednesday.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve says it will reduce its $85 billion a month in bond purchases by $10 billion starting in January, citing a stronger U.S. job market. And it says it will take further steps to reduce the pace of the purchases next year if that improvement continues.
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian government aircraft dumped barrels packed with explosives on at least four opposition-held neighborhoods of Aleppo on Wednesday, the fourth day of stepped-up airstrikes on the contested northern city, activists said.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts startup is launching a new device that transforms almost any bicycle into an electric-hybrid vehicle using an app on a smartphone.
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's top prosecutor referred Wednesday toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to trial for conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas, Lebanon's Hezbollah and others to carry out a campaign of violence to destabilize the country following his ouster.
GRASSY KEY, Fla. (AP) - Molly, a bottlenose dolphin in her early 50s, can't see very well and requires special care. The staff at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys is teaching her to respond to verbal and touch-related signals before she loses her sight completely.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - At the Olde Good Things antique store on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a French crystal chandelier can go for tens of thousands of dollars. A marble mantel sells for more than $20,000 and hand-carved dinner tables are priced even higher.
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ATLANTA (AP) - Two lucky winning tickets were sold in Tuesday's near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing: one at a tiny newsstand in Atlanta, and the other more than 2,000 miles away in California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday it will reform hiring practices after revelations that 80 deputies had criminal convictions, histories of misconduct or other problem backgrounds.
The Valley Industry Association held the annual installation of its 2014 board of directors in Santa Clarita on Tuesday.