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California Statewide Fire Summary

Over 4,700 firefighters continue to battle six major wildfires burning across California. Yesterday two where contained and two more sparked in Modoc County. The Rim Fire burning near and in Yosemite National Park has now burned 246,350 acres (385 square miles) and is 80% contained. The Rim Fire continues to actively burn and is now the 3rd largest wildfire in California's recorded history. See the Top 20 list. Now that the threat to the State Responsibility Area, which CAL FIRE protects, has diminished and as the fire continues to burn on federal land, CAL FIRE will be ...

September 06, 2013 | Source: CalFire | Santa Clarita Valley News


Explosion, fire destroys Southern California home

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A fiery explosion caused by a possible gas leak leveled one Southern California home, damaged two others and shook the neighborhood before dawn Friday, jolting awake residents but causing no apparent injuries.

September 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Syria sends reinforcements to Christian village

BEIRUT (AP) - The Syrian government sent reinforcements, including tanks and armored personnel carriers, to a predominantly Christian village north of Damascus where rebels have battled regime troops this week, a monitoring group said Friday.

September 06, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Madrid, Tokyo, Istanbul push for 2020 Olympics

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - In the final day of campaigning to host the 2020 Olympics, Madrid promoted its bid Friday as one based on a "responsible budget" that can become the model for future games.

September 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US economy still slow in adding jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy is producing jobs at a still-subpar pace - a trend the Federal Reserve will weigh in deciding this month whether to slow its bond buying and, if so, by how much.

September 06, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: US military cracked most online encryption

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency, working with the British government, has secretly been unraveling encryption technology that billions of Internet users rely upon to keep their electronic messages and confidential data safe from prying eyes, according to published reports Thursday based on internal U.S. government documents.

September 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Frank Ferry: Time to Celebrate National Library Card Sign Up Month

"Libraries are community treasure chests, loaded with a wealth of information available to everyone equally, and the key to that treasure chest is the library card. I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card." - Former First Lady Laura Bush

September 06, 2013 | City Councilman Frank Ferry Commentary | Columnists


Maria Gutzeit: Has America stopped valuing hard work?

Right now we have an economy in transition, with close attention paid to job reports and which business sectors are hiring.

September 06, 2013 | Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists


Kevin Korenthal: Obama needs to think back on Iraq War

As President Obama considers retaliating against the Syrian government for the alleged use of chemical weapons against its people, I couldn't help but think about the lessons we should have learned following the Iraq War.

September 06, 2013 | Kevin Korenthal Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Sept. 11 tribute scheduled at Route 66

SANTA CLARITA - Route 66 restaurant in Canyon Country will hold a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks during a special event Wednesday night.

September 05, 2013 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Paradise Cove to be closed intermittently in September

SANTA CLARITA - Paradise Cove, a part of the lower lagoon at Castaic Lake, will be closed for a pair of two-day periods this month, according to county officials.

September 05, 2013 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hundreds gather for traditional Rosh Hashana service

SANTA CLARITA - Greetings of "Shana Tova" could be heard throughout the Hyatt Valencia on Thursday as nearly 1,000 Jews from the surrounding communities celebrated a major holiday.

September 05, 2013 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


NY tribe launching radio ad against Redskins

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - An American Indian tribe in upstate New York said Thursday it will launch a radio ad campaign pressing for the Washington Redskins to shed a name often criticized as offensive.

September 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Pro Sports News


Hunter caused huge Yosemite wildfire

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park was caused by an illegal fire set by a hunter, the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday.

September 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Arrests: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, Sept. 5, 2013

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September 05, 2013 | Source: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department | Crime Reports


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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


Top 10 best and worst cities to achieve American dream

SALT LAKE CITY - Children born to low income families are more likely to achieve the American dream in Salt Lake City than anywhere else in the United States, according to a recent study.

January 16, 2014 | By Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


'Gilligan's Island' professor Russell Johnson dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Actor Russell Johnson, who became known to generations of TV fans as "The Professor," the fix-it man who kept his fellow "Gilligan's Island" castaways supplied with gadgets, has died. He was 89.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Firefighters containing blaze

GLENDORA (AP) - Santa Ana winds that fanned a campfire into a wildfire that destroyed five homes and threatened foothill neighborhoods east of Los Angeles relented Thursday afternoon, halting the blaze in its tracks.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. motorist cleared in Google Glass case

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman who authorities said was driving while wearing the Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


SCV Sheriff's team saves suicidal man from jumping off cliff

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at approximately 10:05am deputies assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station received a call for service regarding a 42-year-old male who was possibly suicidal. A short time later, the man's vehicle was located (parked) at Sierra Highway and Newhall Avenue. Deputies had reason to believe the man was now traveling on foot headed into an off road / rural area to possibly commit suicide.

January 16, 2014 | Deputy Joshua Dubin SCV Sheriff's Station | Santa Clarita Valley News


Senate approaches final OK of $1.1T spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress edged Thursday toward granting final approval to a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown and underscores lawmakers' fatigue with budget battles.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan: Musharraf advised to move to US hospital

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A lawyer representing Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf in his high treason trial said Thursday that his client needs to go to the U.S. for further medical treatment following a heart scare.

January 16, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Recidivism fell before prison realignment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's recidivism rate dropped in the years before Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment law took effect, even though six of every 10 offenders returned to prison, the corrections department said in a report released Wednesday.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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