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Explosion hits Bangkok protesters, wounding dozens

BANGKOK (AP) - Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand's capital Friday when a grenade blast ripped through a crowd of marching anti-government demonstrators, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country's political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Saugus Zone 4 Crime Report: assault nvestigated

Good morning Saugus. We had a rise in reported Part-1 crimes over the past week. There was an assault from the 27100 block of Garza Drive on January 8th. After being involved in an argument the victim's wife assaulted him. Deputies responded and arrested the wife without incident.

January 17, 2014 | source: SCV Sheriff | Crime Reports


Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

WASHINGTON (AP) - One in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking unless the nation takes more aggressive action to end the tobacco epidemic, the U.S. Surgeon General said Friday - even as, astonishingly, scientists added still more diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


French president visits hospitalized first lady

PARIS (AP) - President Francois Hollande has visited France's first lady for the first time since she was hospitalized late last week after a gossip magazine reported he was having an affair with an actress.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews chase flareups in wildfire

GLENDORA (AP) - Firefighters were chasing early-morning flare-ups Friday in a damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Affordable Care Act: A success story

I am one of those folks who signed up for the Affordable Care Act. It was my first time on the open health care market, since I always had health care provided from employment, either mine or my spouse's.

January 17, 2014 | By Nanette A. Meister Newhall | Letters to the Editor


Did burglaries really rise?

Regarding The Signal's Jan. 6 front-page article, "Burglaries on the rise in SCV this past year," I would like to point out that all is not necessarily as it appears.

January 17, 2014 | By Richard Myers Valencia | Letters to the Editor


USA can fall due to greed

I honestly don't believe that Democrats and Republicans will ever sit down and compromise on anything. The simple act of governing for all of the people seems to be impossible.

January 17, 2014 | By Dana L. Stern Sr. Canyon Country | Letters to the Editor


In your words: The day of the quake

Editor's note: We asked our newspaper, website and Facebook readers to tell us about their experiences in the Jan. 17, 1994, Northridge earthquake. Here's what they said.

January 17, 2014 | Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Alice Khosravy: Role of government on display

Recently, the community of Santa Clarita has been buzzing over potential billboard removals and the possibility of sign ordinance changes. It began when the Metro Group, who owns the land on which the billboards in question reside, approached the city with a proposal to remove every billboard in the Metro (railroad) right-of-way, within the Soledad Canyon Road and Railroad Avenue corridors, in the center of the city. This amounts to the permanent removal of 118 billboards on 62 structures along the Metro right-of-way in exchange for a change to the current sign ordinance that would allow them to build three ...

January 17, 2014 | By Alice Khosravy Right here right now | Columnists


Marsha McLean:Santa Clarita transit is your ticket to better transportation

The demand for public transportation continues to increase as Americans enjoy the freedoms provided by commuter buses and railways.

January 17, 2014 | By Marsha McLean Live from city hall | Columnists


Kings win to snap road skid

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Just like the last two postseasons, Jonathan Quick had the St. Louis Blues' number all night.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Pro Sports News


No. 25 UCLA beats No. 21 Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - While many of his UCLA teammates struggled with their shooting touch, Norman Powell had little problem getting his shots to fall.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | SCV College Sports


Man pays bill for couple in remembrance of his late wife

He was at a restaurant by himself for the first time since his wife of 43 years passed away when Lee Ballantyne, 65, of Barrie, Ontario, decided to do something that would make his wife proud.

January 16, 2014 | By Sarah Sanders Petersen Deseret News | Hot Topics


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Joe Klocko: Criteria for business success

When you think of California do words like innovative, leading-edge and trendy come to mind? A place where new ideas first take root before they become woven into the very fabric of the national culture and industrial base before becoming recognized around the world as being uniquely "American". If so, you may be surprised to learn that in one area, the critical business process of selecting and hiring new employees, California is lagging behind the rest of the country.

January 22, 2014 | By Joe Klocko Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Gary Horton: The Buck now stops

Energizer Bunnies keep going and going and going – and for a time, it looked like Buck McKeon would be equally perpetual in motion to those furry little drumbeaters. The man is after all, 75, and still beating war drums while running circles around most of us. Yet now it seems that both Buck the man, and his underlying message of perpetual militarism may be running down, with time well deserved for some R and R away from the military industrial complex.

January 22, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Kings fall 5-3 in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - It's been so much fun winning their past seven games, the Columbus Blue Jackets don't want to quit now.

January 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Pro Sports News


Hart hoops cruises to win over G.V.

The Hart Indians boys basketball team is tough to beat.

January 21, 2014 | By Michael Grandinetti For The Signal | SCV Prep Sports


Old films, TV movies on DVD for the first time

Works of beloved comedian Charley Chase and Betty Compson lead the way with these older films and TV movies now on DVD for the first time. (Available online at warnerarchive.com)

January 21, 2014 | By Chris Hicks Deseret News | Hot Topics


Parents stunned when son reveals 130 lb. weight loss

SALT LAKE CITY - When son Lucas Irwin couldn't come home during summer break from college, Susan and Jeff Irwin were disappointed but understanding. But they didn't know it was all part of Irwin's plan to give them an unforgettable Christmas present revealing his 130-pound weight loss.

January 21, 2014 | By Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | Hot Topics


Should schools teach ‘soft skills?’ Many say ‘yes’

Recent graduates may not be ready for the workforce for a reason increasingly common in the 21st century: soft skills, or the lack thereof. According to USA Today, businesses say potential employees "lack the proper business skills and other professional abilities that will help make them good employees."

January 21, 2014 | By Jason Hardy Deseret News | Hot Topics


Saugus woman turns herself in concerning hit and run

A Saugus woman has turned herself in concerning a hit and run that happened more than a year and a half ago.

January 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 charged over home-destroying LA-area wildfire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three men have been charged in federal court with illegally setting a campfire that erupted into a wildfire and burned five homes in the Southern California mountains.

January 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Christie takes oath amid scandal, touts mandate

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie sought to turn back the clock as he was sworn into a second term Tuesday, saying voters gave him a mandate in November to "stay the course" and put aside partisan differences, even as Democrats ramped up an investigation into whether his administration abused its power.

January 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California health exchange enrollment tops 600K

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Officials with California's health insurance exchange Tuesday said about 625,000 people have signed up for an individual or family policy under the federal health care reforms, but enrollments for Latinos and younger people continue to lag expectations.

January 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Internet phenomenon: 'Tips for Jesus' leaves waitress $3K tip in San Francisco

More than 72,000 users on Instagram follow one of the latest Internet trends, full of participants who, for the most part, have been able to remain anonymous. "Tips for Jesus" is a campaign that gives generous amounts of money to waiters and waitresses across the country, and on Tuesday night it struck again in San Fransisco.

January 21, 2014 | By Sarah Sanders Petersen Deseret News | Hot Topics


More people reading books digitally

A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that e-reading is on the rise as more people buy e-reader devices.

January 21, 2014 | By Sam Clemence Deseret News | Hot Topics


JFK nephew Bobby Shriver seeking county seat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bobby Shriver, the former Santa Monica mayor and the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, has entered the race for Los Angeles County supervisor.

January 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Strickland formally announces Congressional bid

In a move that has long been rumored and expected, former state Sen. Tony Strickland today officially announced his intention to run and represent the Santa Clarita Valley in Congress.

January 21, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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