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Heroin and pill abuse stir a battle cry in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Behind the facade of pristine ski slopes, craft beer, quaint village greens and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, Vermont is grappling with painkiller and heroin abuse, a challenge leaders say is fueling crime and wrecking lives and families disproportionately in this tiny state.

January 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Student of New Mexico shooting: 'Blood everywhere'

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Students escaping chilly winter temperatures in southeastern New Mexico were congregated in the Berrendo Middle School gym, waiting for classes to start when they heard a loud pop.

January 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: NSA maps pathway into computers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world - but not in the United States - that allows the U.S. to conduct surveillance on those machines, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Nancy Starczyk:New rules aim for safer loans

Federal rules that went into effect Friday, Jan. 10, provide homeowners and consumers shopping for a home mortgage new rights and greater protection from harmful lending practices, while also probably slowing the pace of home price increases and forging a stronger, more stable housing market.

January 15, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Realtors look forward to 2014

Santa Clarita Realtors installed incoming president Nancy Starczyk as President of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors, SCV Division, on Friday night.

January 15, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Canyon hoops smothers G.V.

By Michael Grandinetti

January 14, 2014 | By Michael Grandinetti For The Signal | SCV Prep Sports


Lakers lose in barn burner

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Luol Deng hit five 3-pointers while scoring 27 points, Anderson Varejao added 18 points and 18 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the spiraling Los Angeles Lakers 120-118 Tuesday night.

January 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Pro Sports News


UPDATE: Teen seriously injured after being hit by car in Stevenson Ranch

An 18-year-old man was injured and taken to the hospital after being hit by a car in Stevenson Ranch last evening, California Highway Patrol investigators said.

January 14, 2014 | By Ryan Fonseca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Foothill girls soccer roundup: Vikings avoid letdown

As soon as the final whistle blew, Valencia goalkeeper Nicole Joseph walked up to her teammates and simply repeated, "I'm sorry."

January 14, 2014 | By Jon Stein For The Signal | SCV Prep Sports


Couple in funny post-surgery video opens up about infertility

In late August 2013, Jason Mortensen went to the hospital to have a hernia repaired. After being given an extra dose of anesthesia, Mortensen woke up still heavily sedated. His wife, Candice recalled hearing him moaning and groaning loudly.

January 14, 2014 | By Arianne Brown Deseret News Service | Hot Topics


Controller Issues Statement on California’s Improving Credit Outlook

SACRAMENTO - State Controller John Chiang today issued a statement on news that two rating agencies -- Standard & Poor's and Fitch -- have indicated a more favorable outlook on the State's credit rating:

January 14, 2014 | Source: California State Controller | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bribing youngsters to better eating habits

SANTA CLARITA - Researchers at two universities have recently found a way to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables: pay them to do it.

January 14, 2014 | By Signal Staff and Wire Services | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pizza deliverer punched, robbed in Canyon Country

SANTA CLARITA - A pizza man on a delivery in Canyon Country was punched in the face and had his wallet stolen in what law enforcement calls a strong-arm robbery - one of several reported recently in the Santa Clarita Valley.

January 14, 2014 | By Ryan Fonseca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Police investigate Kanye West for possible battery

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Beverly Hills police say they're investigating Kanye West for misdemeanor battery after a man accused the rapper of attacking him.

January 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Santa Clarita seeks public feedback on grant proposal

The city of Santa Clarita is seeking the public's feedback on a grant proposal for the U.S. Department of Justice's Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. Under the JAG program, the city is eligible to receive $26,749.

June 04, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Miss. Senate race a near draw

WASHINGTON (AP) - Locked in a squeaker of a race, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 runoff after battling to a near-draw Tuesday in a primary that underscored Republican differences.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hagel says rush to judgment on Bergdahl 'unfair'

BRUSSELS (AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday it is unfair to the family of released captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to leap to conclusions about his behavior in uniform.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


5 Things to Know from California's primary

1. JERRY BROWN SEEKS TO MAKE HISTORY

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


The best for others, in 2 flavors

Let's stipulate that both sides of the political spectrum want the best for others (a fair assumption, especially since both sides insist that is so).

June 04, 2014 | Rob Kerchner Valencia | Letters to the Editor


Hillary’s sad Benghazi strategy

As Hillary Clinton prepares for her Democratic coronation as the next Democratic presidential candidate, she's decided to try dealing with the inconvenience of the Benghazi tragedy through her new book.

June 04, 2014 | Gil Mertz Agua Dulce | Letters to the Editor


Pitch in and keep our valley beautiful

Recently on my daily walk with the dogs I really noticed how much trash is being discarded on our streets and in the gutters.

June 04, 2014 | Lisa Williams Valencia | Letters to the Editor


Embracing a fire that still burns us today

A friend of mine surprised me with an unexpected opinion the other day. Like me, he had recently traveled to India and came away stunned by the immensity poverty prevailing there.

June 04, 2014 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Abreu homers again in Chicago's win over Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jose Abreu homered for the second straight game and Tyler Flowers also went deep to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

June 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Pro Sports News


New York vs. LA can be as big as it gets

The last time New York and Los Angeles teams met in a big championship final, the Dodgers found themselves up against a pitcher who had undergone Tommy John surgery.

June 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Pro Sports News


On the Beat Swim: Open Waters are on deck

The Open Water Nationals are on deck over at Castaic Lake.

June 03, 2014 | By Jon Stein Signal Staff Writer | SCV Prep Sports


Storms hit Midwest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Homes and cars in parts of Nebraska and Iowa were pummeled Tuesday by baseball-sized hail and damaging winds as potentially dangerous storms targeted a swath of the Midwest, including the Omaha area, where flooding left dozens of drivers stranded and prompted home evacuations.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


COC voting lawsuit set to move ahead

In a two-hour closed-door session Tuesday, College of the Canyons trustees wrangled over a lawsuit against the Santa Clarita Community College District alleging violations of the California Voting Rights Act.

June 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Clippers owner Donald Sterling hit with lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is being sued by a woman who alleges that while she was employed by him, they had a romantic relationship and that he subjected her to racially and sexually offensive comments.

June 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Local street food vendors inspected

A joint sweep of Santa Clarita Valley street food vendors last week resulted in inspectors confiscating more than 10 food carts, sheriff's officials said.

June 03, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


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