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UN: 'Unspeakable suffering' for Syria's children

BEIRUT (AP) - Children in Syria have been tortured, sexually abused and subjected to "indiscriminate" attacks by President Bashar Assad's forces, and recruited for combat and terror operations by the rebels fighting to topple him during the country's nearly 3-year-old conflict, a new United Nations report said.

February 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kindergarten obesity is a sign of future weight problems

A new study released Monday by University of Nebraska researchers found more than half of parents with overweight or obese children don't think their kids fit in either of these categories, according to a report on the study by USA Today.

February 05, 2014 | By Sam Clemence Deseret News | Health News


L.A. abuse case dropped against Miramonte teacher

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has dismissed a high-profile criminal case against a former teacher at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles who was charged with inappropriately touching a female student.

February 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Finding uninsured Americans by the numbers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wanted: Millions of uninsured Americans willing to give President Barack Obama's health care law a chance.

February 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope's Harley goes under auction hammer in Paris

PARIS (AP) - A Harley-Davidson motorcycle donated last year to Pope Francis is being sold at a Paris auction to benefit charity.

February 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US stocks slide in morning trading

U.S. stocks fell in Wednesday morning trading, effectively wiping out modest gains from a day earlier, as a survey on hiring did little to ease uncertainty over the health of the economy.

February 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


International court weighs Kenya president's case

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court said Wednesday that Kenya's government is obstructing the crimes against humanity case against its president by withholding access to crucial documents.

February 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Navy probing alleged cheating on nuke reactor work

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Navy is investigating 30 or more senior sailors in connection with alleged cheating on written tests designed to qualify them as instructors at a school that trains younger sailors to operate naval nuclear power reactors, officials said Tuesday.

February 05, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LAPD officers violated policy in manhunt shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eight Los Angeles police officers violated department policy when they mistakenly riddled a pickup truck with bullets, injuring two women, during a manhunt last year for cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner, a civilian oversight board announced Tuesday.

February 05, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Following the ‘established process’

(Councilman) TimBen (Boydston), if following the "established process" is the best way to achieve a given objective, why has the city wasted more than $7 million of taxpayer money on the Cemex issue?

February 05, 2014 | By Mike Middleton Valencia | Letters to the Editor


California: Best drivers or lowest standards?

Somewhere I read, or perhaps heard, that California drivers are the best in the country.

February 05, 2014 | By Richard Myers Valencia | Letters to the Editor


Square Dancing in the Santa Clarita Valley

Wikipedia says, "A square dance is a dance for four couples (eight dancers) arranged in a square, with one couple on each side, facing the middle of the square."

February 05, 2014 | By Dana L. Stern Canyon Country | Letters to the Editor


Pete Bellas: What’s the forecast?

What is our fascination with forecasts? Are they really helpful and how can we use them for planning purposes?

February 05, 2014 | By Pete Bellas Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Office market shows sign of life

The Santa Clarita Valley office market showed some increased activity in the latter half of 2013, according to a commercial realty brokerage firm.

February 05, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Gary Horton: Our hearts are not with our children

Most folks understand that the tax policies of the past 30 years have created a great wealth disparity in the United States.

February 05, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


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O.J. TV: 'The Trial of the Century' and then some

NEW YORK (AP) - O.J. TV was a national pastime.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pumping required as Castaic Lake levels keep dropping

The worsening California drought has dropped levels so low in Castaic Lake that water has to be pumped uphill to get it to the treatment plant, officials said Wednesday.

June 11, 2014 | By Josh Ortiz For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hashtag hounds rack up followers with wacky antics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tuna, the hound so homely he's irresistible, peeks out from beneath his blanket, baring his row of buck teeth in a slapstick smile for the camera.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Coast Guard saves kayaker trying to cross Pacific

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says a man is lucky to be alive after he was rescued 11 days into an attempted kayak voyage from California to Hawaii.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Why Disney keeps going back in time

It's time to talk about Disney going back in time.

June 11, 2014 | Herb Scribner, Deseret News | Hot Topics


Firearms checks sought after Santa Barbara rampage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Law enforcement officers would be required to check state firearms records as part of routine welfare checks under legislation proposed Wednesday in the wake of the deadly rampage last month near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Trial will weigh if Sterling was properly ousted

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A trial will be held next month to determine whether Donald Sterling, who opposes his estranged wife's planned sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, was properly removed as an administrator for the family trust that owns the team.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mental health becomes key in corrections budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Democrats in the Legislature want the state corrections budget to spend tens of millions of dollars more on mental health services as a way to improve treatment and increase rehabilitation options.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cantor resigning from House leadership on July 31

WASHINGTON (AP) - Repudiated at the polls, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor intends to resign his leadership post at the end of next month, officials said Wednesday, clearing the way for a potentially disruptive Republican shake-up just before midterm elections with control of Congress at stake.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Alibaba's first US presence 11 Main debuts

NEW YORK (AP) - China's largest e-commerce company is making its first appearance in the U.S. with the debut of 11Main.com, an invite-only online marketplace that showcases small business retailers.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


The secret to making your parenting days easy

Taking care of a family can be overwhelming and frustrating, and I mean real frustrating. For example, the other day I left the family at home without my supervision for approximately three hours. I left the house clean, dinner in the crock pot and asked that my one-year-old son be put down at his normal bedtime. I returned to my home looking like a tornado hit it, the food from the crockpot sitting on the counter and my son running around barefoot outside, an hour past his bedtime. Yes, I was angry. In fact, I probably had steam coming out ...

June 11, 2014 | Courtnie Erickson, FamilyShare | NEWS 4 U


Americans want fair taxes — even if it is bad for the economy

The pain of the tax season is beginning to fade a little, but was that pain fair? A new survey by personal finance website WalletHub.com finds that many Americans think the tax code needs an injection of fairness - regardless of whether it hurts the economy.

June 11, 2014 | Michael De Groote, Deseret News | Hot Topics


Angeles National Forest Announces ‘Fee Free’ National Get Outdoors Day

WASHINGTON D.C. -- U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell invites families to experience the benefits of nature by participating in the annual National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday (June 14). Also known as "GO Day," it is a "fee free" day in the Angeles National Forest.

June 11, 2014 | Source: USFS | Santa Clarita Valley News


Henry Mayo Receives Echocardiography Accreditation

VALENCIA, CA (June 11, 2014)- Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital's Cardiovascular Services has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography in the areas of adult transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

June 11, 2014 | Source: Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital | Health News


Senate Republicans block student loan bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation aimed at letting people refinance their student loans at lower rates, a pre-ordained outcome that gave Democrats a fresh election-year talking point against the GOP.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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