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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


Ken Keller: Unmasking the mediocre company

Books like "Built to Last," "The Breakthrough Company," and "Good to Great" were written to help business people improve the companies they own, lead and run.

March 02, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Scorpion Design headed for landing

Morphing from a website design firm into a full service website design, maintenance and marketing firm has landed Santa Clarita's Scorpion Design onto the Inc. 500/5000 List for the past three consecutive years.

March 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


David Hegg: Trajectory matters

I wasn't expecting an ethics lesson when I turned on the Winter Olympics, but one jumped out at me anyway.

March 02, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


My Life in the Fourth Grade

As a longtime resident of Valencia, I've grown accustomed to all the things that make this such a nice place to live.

March 02, 2014 | Richard Myers Valencia Community Contributor | COMMUNITY


Andrew Fried: The BLM isn’t looking out for us

Over the past decade, Safe Action For the Environment Inc., the city of Santa Clarita and other community leaders have battled to save Soledad Canyon from the planned Cemex mega-mine, seeking cancellation of two 10-year contracts in which 56 million tons of aggregate would be extracted from the proposed mine site just outside Santa Clarita city limits.

March 02, 2014 | By Andrew Fried SCV Voices | Columnists


Billboard vote bashing

The Santa Clarita City Council voted to move forward with a controversial proposal to remove many billboards in the city, on Tuesday night, in exchange for construction of three electronic billboards off Highway 14 and Interstate 5.

March 02, 2014 | Signal Staff | COMMUNITY


How do you honor life?

By performing random acts of kindness or travelling to see the world? Do you devote time to charitable efforts, or dedicate time to nurturing family and friends? Or do you embark on some kind of continuous life-long learning journey?

March 02, 2014 | Signal Staff | COMMUNITY


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Castaic/Val Verde Zone 2: car theft probed

The following crimes were reported in Zone 2, Castaic/Val Verde.

June 12, 2014 | source: SCV Sheriff | Crime Reports


US pushing cops to stay mum on surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned.

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


California home prices rise slightly in May

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A research firm says California home prices rose slightly to a new 6½-year high last month as tight inventories limited sales.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police and World Cup protesters clash in Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) - Protesters and Brazilian police clashed in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on Thursday ahead of the first World Cup match, but the demonstrations largely died down before kickoff.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Militant group to march on Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) - The al-Qaida-inspired group that led this week's charge in capturing two key Sunni-dominated cities in Iraq vowed Thursday to march on to Baghdad, raising fears about the Shiite-led government's ability to slow the assault following lightning gains.

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


College of the Canyons to Present 5th Annual CareerCampSCV

The College of the Canyons Job & Career Center will present its fifth annual CareerCampSCV event, providing students and community members with a rewarding, educational and extremely interesting day of career-themed speakers and workshops.

June 12, 2014 | Source: College of the Canyons | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Sheriff launches "Staying Safe" program

Protecting Our Youth. Know Where They're At! Know What They're Doing! Staying Involved = Staying Safe.

June 12, 2014 | source: SCV Sheriff | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Ex-president Bush, 90, makes parachute jump

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in coastal Maine, delivering on a vow he made five years ago even though he can no longer use his legs.

June 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Actress Ruby Dee dead at 91

NEW YORK (AP) - Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter.

June 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Iraq violence threatens OPEC's precarious balance

NEW YORK (AP) - The oil market has balanced out quite nicely for OPEC in recent years. Now, upheaval in Iraq shows that balance may be more precarious than it has seemed.

June 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Some states roll back teacher tenure protections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even before a judge's scathing ruling against California's teacher tenure policies, the once-sacred protections that make it harder to fire teachers already had been weakened in many states - and even removed altogether in some places.

June 12, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA postpones Mars 'flying saucer' test on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bad weather is preventing NASA from launching a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Drilling states explore human-made earthquakes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts from energy companies, government agencies and universities across the U.S. on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes. The initiative follows Ohio's discovery in April of a probable link between the drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing and five small tremors in eastern Ohio, a first in the Northeast.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Steve Lunetta: Earl’s graduation speech

My Uncle Earl was recently invited to give the commencement speech at the Robert Oppenheimer School for Really Smart Kids, a charter school approved by the Newhall School District but located in Lancaster.

June 12, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


A's offense backs Tommy Milone

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Vogt hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot against Jered Weaver, and the Oakland Athletics increased their AL West lead over the Los Angeles Angels to 3 1/2 games with a 7-1 victory Wednesday night.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Sports Home


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