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UPDATE: Calderon surrenders to federal authorities

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California state Sen. Ron Calderon has surrendered to federal authorities to face multiple corruption counts involving bribes, kickbacks and fraud.

February 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war.

February 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Uganda president signs harsh anti-gay law

ENTEBBE, Uganda (AP) - Uganda's president signed an anti-gay bill Monday that provides for prison sentences ranging up to life behind bars, saying it is needed because the West is promoting homosexuality in Africa. Arrests of gays were expected as a result, one politician said.

February 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


WhatsApp to add voice to messaging service

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - WhatsApp, the popular messaging service for smartphones that's being acquired by Facebook, will soon be offering a voice service.

February 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope makes first overhaul of Vatican in 25 years

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Monday announced the first major overhaul of the Vatican's outdated and inefficient bureaucracy in a quarter-century, creating an economics secretariat to control all economic, administrative, personnel and procurement functions of the Holy See.

February 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Dingell, longest-serving congressman, to retire

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history who mastered legislative deal-making and was fiercely protective of Detroit's auto industry, will announce his retirement on Monday, a person familiar with his plans said.

February 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Piers Morgan talk show ending

LOS ANGELES (AP) - CNN's prime-time talk show "Piers Morgan Live" is coming to an end, the news channel said Sunday.

February 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Officials: Wiretaps, aides led to drug lord arrest

CULIACAN, MEXICO (AP) - As Mexican troops forced their way into Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's main hideout in Culiacan, the country's most powerful drug lord sneaked out of the house through an escape tunnel beneath the bathtub.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. high-speed rail given funding extension

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal transportation officials have extended the deadline that the California High-Speed Rail Authority has to start spending more state money on the project.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Netflix reaches deal with Comcast

NEW YORK (AP) - Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly to households, the first deal the online video streaming service has reached with an Internet service provider.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Let’s desalinize for all the water we need

I am in favor of desalinization plants up and down the coast of California. The governor needs to drop this train to nowhere and instead get on board with a new source of water.

February 24, 2014 | George Colvin Valencia | Letters to the Editor


Support local businesses and save the billboards

In regards to the story "A closer look sought for billboard proposal" published in The Signal Feb. 13: City Council members are not acting in the best interest of my community with their proposal to remove local billboards.

February 24, 2014 | Melanie Taylor Newhall | Letters to the Editor


The ‘Affordable’ Care Act is anything but

Since it has been in force, the Affordable Care Act has disrupted the system as we knew it.

February 24, 2014 | Ronald Viersen Santa Clarita | Letters to the Editor


TMC Insider: Hoops season down to wire

It was another great week of competition in The Mater's College athletic department as men's and women's basketball won their home games against Westmont College and San Diego Christian. Mustangs baseball won its series against Arizona Christian, while the women's indoor track and field team posted tremendous marks at the 18th annual CMS Rossi Relays.

February 23, 2014 | By Mike Crawford For The Signal | SCV College Sports


Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Through rain and wrecks, on Daytona's longest day, this was a drought Dale Earnhardt Jr. was determined to end.

February 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Pro Sports News


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UPDATE: 2 officers, 3 others dead in Las Vegas shooting

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two police officers were having lunch at a strip mall pizza buffet when a man and a woman fatally shot them in a point-blank ambush, then fled to a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said.

June 09, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


GOP struggles to recruit black voters, candidates

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) - Like an eager date, Leo Smith showed up at Mount Zion First Baptist Church with a bouquet of flowers in hand.

June 09, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez crowned as 63rd Miss USA

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Newly crowned Miss USA Nia Sanchez, a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, says that women need to be able to defend themselves as a way to battle the problem of campus rape and that bringing awareness to the issue is very important.

June 09, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Bergdahl and Obama deserve the same cell

Regarding Bowe Bergdahl's release in exchange for five terrorists, when this soldier enlisted in the Army, he knew the challenges ahead of him in military life, and one of those challenges was the possibility of capture by the enemy.

June 09, 2014 | Dick Cesaroni Saugus | Letters to the Editor


Touch-a-Truck fundraiser returning to SCV

A team of volunteers from the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center has been making phone calls to local businesses and asking owners to become "Friends of the SCV Senior Center" in support of the center's family-friendly fundraiser, Touch-A-Truck, which will be held June 14, at Central Park.

June 09, 2014 | By Pat Willet For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


James carries Heat past Spurs to tie NBA Finals

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - No cramps, no problems for LeBron James.

June 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Pro Sports News


US gas prices holding steady at $3.69 a gallon

CAMARILLO (AP) - A survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. is holding steady, rising 3½ cents over the last three weeks to $3.69.

June 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Nadal tops Djokovic for French Open title

PARIS (AP) - Trying to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open is, without a doubt, the toughest task in tennis. Indeed, must be among the greatest challenges in all of sports.

June 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Pro Sports News


Morgan recovering after surgery following crash

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Tracy Morgan was recovering Sunday, but was expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks after having surgery on a broken leg suffered in a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left two others critically injured and another man dead.

June 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Fault' tops Tom Cruise at box office

NEW YORK (AP) - In a box-office battle that pitted young against old, female against male, modest drama against big-budget spectacle, the teenage romance "The Fault in Our Stars" easily bested the time-shifting Tom Cruise action film "Edge of Tomorrow."

June 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope wades into Mideast peace-making

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is wading head-first into Mideast peace-making, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for an evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last round of U.S.-sponsored negotiations collapsed.

June 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Simpson case at 20: Views in black and white

The O.J. Simpson murder trial exposed many painful truths. None hit harder than the idea that white and black people often look at the same facts and see different realities.

June 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Guantanamo prisoners set to leave amid trade furor

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Some of the men held here for more than a decade have been drafting plans for work and marriage on the outside or studying languages, preparing for a not-too-distant future beyond the coiled razor wire that surrounds the U.S. prison perched at the edge of the Caribbean Sea.

June 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Trucker charged in crash that injured Tracy Morgan

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and two members of his entourage were in critical condition Sunday, a day after a tractor-trailer rammed into his chauffeured limousine bus, setting off a deadly chain-reaction pileup.

June 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bergdahl says he was tortured by Taliban captors

PARIS (AP) - U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told people treating him at an American military medical facility in Germany that he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after he tried to escape, a senior U.S. official said Sunday.

June 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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