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Brush fire doused in Newhall today

A slow-moving brush fire blackened about a half-acre in Newhall today before it was doused by Super Scoopers and Los Angeles County Fire Department water-dropping helicopters.

February 13, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman charged with abusing her dog

A woman was charged today with abusing her dog in her home near Lancaster, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

February 13, 2014 | source: Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office | Santa Clarita Valley News


The legend of St. Valentine

For most consumers, Valentine's Day is a day of affections and confections, a day of candy, kisses and flowers, diamonds and the perfectly worded greeting card. It's a day in which we celebrate love, when men are expected to pull out all the stops.

February 13, 2014 | By Willam E. Lewis Jr. Deseret News | Hot Topics


County workers approve new labor contract

More than 55,000 Los Angeles County union employees overwhelmingly approved a labor agreement with the county, officially bringing an end to contentious negotiations that included a six-day strike by social workers, officials announced Thursday.

February 13, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


New gender options for Facebook users

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - You don't have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant has added a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.

February 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Warm West offsets cold East, makes average January

WASHINGTON (AP) - For those who shivered through January, this may be hard to believe: Nationwide, the average temperature for the month was about normal because a warm West offset a cool East.

February 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Art gallery owner arrested on cyberstalking charge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California art gallery owner faces cyberstalking charges for allegedly harassing, threatening and trying to extort money from artists and art dealers and their family members.

February 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


LA takes first step toward urban beekeeping

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For three years, Rob McFarland has kept 25,000 illegal bees on the roof of his West Los Angeles home - but his hive might not have to fly under the radar much longer.

February 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Science, not muscle, driving many Olympic wins

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) - Nineteen-year-old Slovakian luger Josef Petrulak competed in the Sochi Olympics in a 22-year-old sled. That's right: His sled is three years older than he is. His German rivals get a new sled every year, designed by BMW and calibrated to whoosh faster, smoother and smarter every season.

February 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stocks mostly flat after weak economic data

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks were little changed Thursday after weak reports on hiring and retail sales. Goodyear Tire & Rubber soared after reporting a big earnings gain, while Cisco Systems and Whole Foods dropped after releasing disappointing results.

February 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


'Cruising' California's most congested freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On traffic maps, Interstate 5 in and around Los Angeles is a very angry road.

February 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Plushenko withdraws from Olympic figure skating

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Evgeni Plushenko has withdrawn from the men's figure skating competition at the Sochi Olympics for medical reasons.

February 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California governor: Drought requires compromise

TULARE, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown visited California's drought-stricken agricultural heartland on Wednesday and called on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to strike a compromise that will benefit the region and nation.

February 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette Museum in Ky.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.

February 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


More than 728K sign up for health plans in Calif.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's health exchange is more than halfway toward meeting its original projection of 1.3 million sign-ups for individual insurance policies by the March 31 enrollment deadline, according to federal data released Wednesday.

February 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Australian senator produces fake bomb at hearing

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An Australian senator startled his colleagues by producing a fake pipe bomb during a committee hearing on Monday.

May 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Killer's family tried to intervene before rampage

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - It was Friday night when Elliot Rodger's mother got a call from her son's therapist that he had emailed a ranting manifesto about going on a deadly rampage.

May 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hacking case belies profitable US links with China

WASHINGTON (AP) - China may be trying to steal trade secrets from U.S. businesses, as federal prosecutors allege. Yet for many U.S. companies, China's vast market remains an irresistible source of business.

May 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bike Safety Month concludes with festival

The city of Santa Clarita will cap off its Bike Safety Month with the Kids Biking and Walking Festival on Saturday.

May 26, 2014 | By Mitch Hacker For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


Look at Switzerland

In Charlie Vignola's column ("Sensible about gun control," May 20) Vignola is basically making the intellectually flaccid argument that guns cause their own misuse.

May 26, 2014 | Brian Baker Saugus | Letters to the Editor


Lousy films in SCV

Why do we not get fine films out here in SCV?

May 26, 2014 | Karen Kaplan Valencia | Letters to the Editor


SCV Family YMCA holding blood drive today

The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA today from 10:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 26, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


God bless our veterans

Pulled out the paper this bright Monday morning and started reading. Of course, I have my bagel with strawberry cream cheese, oat bran cereal and tall glass of orange juice at the ready. I know how to start my holiday day.

May 26, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


TMC Insider: Two Mustangs go All-American

This past weekend, two Santa Clarita natives earned The Master's College men's and women's track team's All-American honors at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama while The Master's College men's basketball team gained depth in the form of a transfer player from Michigan State University.

May 25, 2014 | By Mike Crawford For The Signal | SCV College Sports


Google stalled by European court ruling

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Europe's moves to rein in Google - including a court ruling this month ordering the search giant to give people a say in what pops up when someone searches their name - may be seen in Brussels as striking a blow for the little guy.

May 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'X-Men' dominates holiday box office with $91M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A team of mutants overpowered one massive mutant monster at the box office during the Memorial Day holiday.

May 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Brazil World Cup song fails to strike right tone

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - The official World Cup song is definitely striking a chord - the wrong one with many in host country Brazil.

May 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2 fans hurt in robbery, shooting near speedway

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A robbery and shooting left two men injured early Sunday, authorities said, just 24 hours after an Indiana man was fatally shot in the same parking lot near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sheriff never saw videos before rampage

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - The threats of suicide and violence captured in Elliott Rodger's online videos were unsettling, even terrifying.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hunter-Reay wins Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The finish at the Indianapolis 500 was worth the wait for Ryan Hunter-Reay.

May 25, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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