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Russia demands a return to Ukraine unity pact

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia pressed hard Monday for Ukrainian politicians to return to the Feb. 21 agreement that promised a new unity government - with fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych back in power - would rule until an early election no later than December.

March 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fashion at the Oscars

NEW YORK (AP) - Amy Adams wore a strapless, dark blue Gucci couture gown and Hollywood's "it" fashion darling of the year, Lupita Nyong'o, showed up for the Oscars in a goddess look of ice-blue silk Sunday night.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NY, Conn. up avoid food stamp cuts

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut and New York have found a way around federal budget cuts that played a central role in the massive farm bill passed this month: bump up home heating assistance a few million bucks in return for preserving more than a half-billion dollars in food stamp benefits.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Ducks all over Hurricanes

ANAHEIM (AP) - Even coach Bruce Boudreau acknowledged the Anaheim Ducks played perhaps their most dynamic hockey of the season early in their 5-3 win over Carolina on Sunday night.

March 02, 2014 | Associated Press | Pro Sports News


UCLA fights off Oregon State

LOS ANGELES (AP) - UCLA coach Steve Alford showed up at his postgame news conference Sunday night without a jacket. He said he removed it at halftime while dressing down his team for a poor first-half effort.

March 02, 2014 | Associated Press | SCV College Sports


TMC Insider: Hoops postseason to begin

After Saturday's regular-season finale against Hope International, The Master's College basketball programs now look to the postseason. In addition, Mustangs baseball won its series against Menlo College, while men's golf prepares for its annual home tournament, the TMC Spring Invitational.

March 02, 2014 | By Mike Crawford For The Signal | SCV College Sports


CalArts grad wins Oscar for "Frozen"

California Institute of the Arts graduate Chris Buck won an Academy Award for his work as the writer and director of Disney's global hit "Frozen" in the category for best animated film on Sunday at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

March 02, 2014 | By Signal Staff and wire services | Santa Clarita Valley News


Judge says 2 California laws are unconstitutional

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled two California laws enacted through the initiative process are unconstitutional because they retrospectively increase the punishments for crimes committed before the laws came into effect.

March 02, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Oscar snapshots: Belgian, Bluegrass and barely recognizable

As if they weren't anonymous enough amid a stream of American stars, the two leads of the "The Broken Circle Breakdown" were barely recognizable even to those who saw and loved the Belgian nominee for Oscar's Best Foreign Film.

March 02, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Disney ends funding to Boy Scouts over gay policy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organization.

March 02, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


4 hikers rescued in Malibu

MALIBU (AP) - Four hikers were rescued overnight after they became trapped by rising floodwaters in Malibu Creek State Park, sheriff's officials said Sunday.

March 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Evacuation orders lifted in San Gabriel Valley

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities have lifted evacuation orders in two California wildfire-scarred foothill communities that were threatened by mudflows during several days of powerful rain.

March 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Jimmy Fallon, Chicago mayor take a chilly dip

CHICAGO (AP) - Comedian Jimmy Fallon took a quick but icy dip in Lake Michigan - dressed in a full suit and tie - then screamed and darted out quickly with a shocked expression on his face.

March 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hundreds of gunmen surround Ukraine military base

PEREVALNE, Ukraine (AP) - As hundreds of armed men surrounded a Ukrainian military base in Crimea on Sunday, world leaders and Ukraine's new prime minister urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull back his military.

March 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hollywood ready for big Oscar show

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a blustery few days of torrential downpours, Hollywood appears ready for smooth sailing at the Academy Awards.

March 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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US mulls military action in Iraq

LONDON (AP) - The U.S. is contemplating military action in Iraq to quell the fast-moving insurgency because it has spent years investing in Iraq's future, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


AP source: Sterling hires investigators

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's team of lawyers has hired four private investigation firms to dig up dirt on the NBA's former and current commissioners and its 29 other owners, said a person familiar with Sterling's legal strategy.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Small quake shakes Cajon Pass region

WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. (AP) - A small earthquake has occurred in Southern California near the northeast end of the San Gabriel Mountains.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


FAA controllers still working 'rattler' schedules

WASHINGTON (AP) - Air traffic controllers are still working schedules known as "rattlers" that make it likely they'll get little or no sleep before overnight shifts, more than three years after a series of incidents involving controllers sleeping on the job, according to a government report released Friday.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bergdahl back in US

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returned to the United States early Friday after his release from five years in captivity in Afghanistan in a controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Resignation of mayor sought over dog poop incident

SAN MARINO (AP) - The mayor of a wealthy California town who was caught on camera tossing dog poop onto the walkway of a political opponent is being asked to resign by residents who say he smeared their image.

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Laurene Weste: Events with benefits: fun for a cause in the SCV

The city of Santa Clarita is home to numerous nonprofit organizations that benefit residents from all walks of life.

June 13, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Is our government balanced or imbalanced?

Even during the original ratifications, implementation of procedures and policies in our government faced changes to the Constitution (or Articles of Confederation, March 1, 1781).

June 13, 2014 | W.T. Stevenson Santa Clarita | Letters to the Editor


Scott Wilk: Raising awareness to DIPG

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a terminal brain disease that affects children aged 5 to 10 years.

June 13, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


Winning Coach Ousted

Rocket Collins, 13 seasons as boys head basket coach at Valencia High School, has been relieved of his position.

June 13, 2014 | Dick Ramirez Valencia | Letters to the Editor


Kings eager to raise Stanley Cup at home in Game 5

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings already know there's no place like home ice for a coronation.

June 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Sports Home


Neymar leads Brazil to 3-1 World Cup win over Croatia

SAO PAULO (AP) - Neymar showed why he is carrying Brazil's hopes at the World Cup, scoring twice on Thursday to help the underwhelming hosts escape a disappointing start to the tournament.

June 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Sports Home


Spurs move closer to winning NBA title

MIAMI (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs have three more chances to grab the championship trophy that slipped away last year.

June 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Sports Home


Millar to speak at ArtTree

Michael Millar, a founding member of the Santa Clarita Arts Commission, will be the guest speaker Wednesday at the ArtTree Community Arts Center.

June 12, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Governor, lawmakers face weekend budget deadline

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are trying to work out the final details of a budget for the coming fiscal year that largely adheres to the governor's call for fiscal prudence while providing a modest boost to social and education programs.

June 12, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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