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Monarch butterflies drop, migration may disappear

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The number of Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico plunged this year to its lowest level since studies began in 1993, leading experts to announce Wednesday that the insects' annual migration from the United States and Canada is in danger of disappearing.

January 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Madonna to join Pussy Riot at human rights concert

NEW YORK (AP) - Madonna's not done with her recent string of public appearances - she also has signed on to introduce members of Pussy Riot at Amnesty International's human rights concert in New York.

January 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


1 day after storm, Atlanta highways still gridlock

ATLANTA (AP) - Students spent the night on buses or at schools, commuters abandoned their cars or idled in them all night and the highways-turned-parking lots iced over when a winter storm slammed the city, creating a treacherous traffic jam that lasted into Wednesday.

January 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Syria talks in Geneva make 'positive' step forward

GENEVA (AP) - Syrian negotiators discussed the establishment of a transitional government body for the first time Wednesday, an opposition delegate said, describing it as a "positive step forward," a day after talks were cut short over a U.S. decision to resume aid to the opposition.

January 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stocks drop as earnings disappoint; Fed upcoming

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks fell Wednesday as investors reacted to disappointing earnings from Yahoo and other companies and awaited news from the Federal Reserve, which wraps up its two-day policy meeting later in the day. Emerging markets were also unsettling investors again.

January 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine lawmakers consider protester amnesty

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's parliament discussed an amnesty Wednesday for those arrested during weeks of protests in the crisis-torn country - but some of the possible conditions attached to it would be unacceptable to the opposition.

January 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama calls 2014 ‘a year of action’

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress "whenever and wherever" necessary to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor. He unveiled an array of modest executive actions to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers and make it easier for millions of low-income Americans to save for retirement.

January 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

January 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Hart hoops still perfect in league

The last team to defeat the Hart Indians in the Foothill League was the Canyon Cowboys.

January 28, 2014 | By Michael Grandinetti For The Signal | SCV Prep Sports


Have kids forgotten how to play?

I've heard of urging kids to eat their peas and carrots.

January 28, 2014 | By Doug Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics


Parent Education: Because children don't come with a manual

Wouldn't it be lovely if when your 2-year-old had her first tantrum, a real nuclear melt down, you could just lift up her little sleeve and press the 'help' button? Or, wouldn't it be great if you could just look inside your teen's ear for a little reset button, or push control, alt, delete? Maybe there is an app for that?

January 28, 2014 | By Shannon Symonds FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Want to hear something funny? Hollywood thinks rape fits the bill

A girl, 17, crossed the corner of a small park in a quiet neighborhood on her way to visit a friend. She didn't know where the man came from, but suddenly, she was not alone. He grabbed her, twisting her arm. He pulled her by her hair into an area behind a vacant house, where he knocked her down and slammed her head against the ground to stun her. Then he punched her in the face and raped her.

January 28, 2014 | By Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Hot Topics


For BFF with cancer, 7-year-old shaves his head

UNION, Mo. - A little boy showed wisdom and kindness beyond his years when he shaved his hair and started a fundraiser for his friend with leukemia.

January 28, 2014 | By Celeste Tholen Rosenlof KSL | Hot Topics


Caleb Willis appointed VP of Community West Bank

Caleb Willis has been appointed as vice president, SBA Business Development Officer, announced Community West Bank this month.

January 28, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Local Business News


Bank of Santa Clarita reports 2013 earnings

Net earnings for 2013 at the Bank of Santa Clarita totaled more than $1 million, 80 percent greater than the $559,000 reported for 2012, the bank announced Tuesday.

January 28, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Local Business News


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L.A. police chief knows drones are hot button issue

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck says he's aware of the controversy over drones and he'll talk to privacy and civil rights groups before deciding whether to use a pair of radio-controlled aerial surveillance craft transferred from the Seattle Police Department.

June 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


DUI checkpoint planned in SCV tonight

On Friday, June 6th, 2014, The California Highway Patrol Newhall Area Office will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. The checkpoint will begin at approximately 6:30 pm and conclude at approximately 2:30 am Saturday, June 7th, 2014.

June 06, 2014 | Source: California Highway Patrol | Santa Clarita Valley News


VA head says 18 vets left off wait list have died

PHOENIX (AP) - In a new revelation in the growing Veterans Affairs' scandal, the organization's acting head says that an additional 18 veterans whose names were kept off an official electronic VA appointment list have died.

June 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


World remembers D-Day 70 years later

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) - Gone are the screaming shells, seasick soldiers and bloodied waters of 1944. On Friday, a sun-splattered Normandy celebrated peace, with silent salutes, tears and international friendship marking 70 years since the D-Day invasion helped change the course of World War II and modern history.

June 06, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Deputy was wounded by partner

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy wounded during a confrontation with a cyclist was a victim of friendly fire.

June 05, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nancy Reagan commemorates husband's death

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Nancy Reagan has visited the California grave of her husband, President Ronald Reagan, on the 10th anniversary of his death.

June 05, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Spurs beat Miami in the heat, take 1-0 series lead

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs handled the Heat, and the heat, during a sweltering start to the NBA Finals.

June 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Pro Sports News


Engine catches fire on Metrolink commuter train

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say fire broke out in the engine of a Southern California commuter train and the nearly 60 people aboard were moved to the last car.

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


Seattle police: 4 victims in university shooting

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say a Seattle Pacific University student on Thursday disarmed a lone gunman who entered a building and shot three people.

June 05, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


In Capitol, Los Angeles mayor seeks state aid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made his first official visit to the Capitol on Thursday to make his case for getting state aid to help revitalize California's most populous city.

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


Local sheriff's deputies carry out probation sweep

On Thursday, June 5, 2014, deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's Special Assignment Team (SAT) and the Summer Violent Crime Enforcement Program (SVCEP) conducted a multiple-location parole/probation compliance operation during the early morning hours. The deputies were accompanied by a Los Angeles County Probation Officer. This morning's operation included locations in Canyon Country, Saugus, Newhall, and Val Verde.

June 05, 2014 | source: SCV Sheriff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Actor accused of shooting in 911 call

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Michael Jace, who is charged with killing his wife, called and told his father-in-law about the shooting and asked him to come for the couple's two young children soon after it happened, a 911 call released Thursday indicates.

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


Report of man annoying students near Hart High

Parents and students were warned of a man annoying students near Hart High School today, a spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District said.

June 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Copper thefts reported

Local sheriff's detectives are investigating their second case of grand theft involving copper in less than two weeks after $2,000 worth of copper wiring was stolen from a construction site in Castaic this week.

June 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Signal AP


Why would gay ally Jonah Hill let fly with a slur?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jonah Hill is winning points for what appears to be a sincere apology for hurling a gay slur at a paparazzo he says was harassing him.

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


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