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Prison secretary seeks delay in inmate court order

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California will have no choice but to move 4,000 more inmates to private prisons in other states if federal judges refuse to postpone a court-ordered population cap, state Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard said Wednesday.

January 08, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


Caretaker hurt trying to save group home residents

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The caretaker at a California group home for developmentally disabled adults that burned to the ground tried to beat back the flames Wednesday with a blanket before dragging two residents outside but failing to rescue two others as the fire spread, authorities said.

January 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Valencia Public Safety and Crime Prevention Information

Valencia had fourteen Part-1 Crimes reported during the past week. The criminal incidents included residential burglary, vehicle burglary, petty theft, and shoplifting from local businesses.

January 08, 2014 | Source: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station | Crime Reports


Northern lights may expand south next couple days

WASHINGTON (AP) - Northerners thawing out from a bitter freeze may get rewarded with shimmering northern lights the next couple days.

January 08, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Plane lands in median of major Anchorage street

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A pilot who made a safe emergency landing on a major Anchorage street said he lost power, waited for a break in traffic, then descended onto the snowy median.

January 08, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Volunteers train as Nature Center docents

Twenty-one volunteers, many of whom are retired from various professions, turned out this week for the first class to train as a docent for the Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Natural Area.

January 08, 2014 | By Charlie Kaijo Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Calif. man called victim, danger in officer trial

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Jurors were set to return Wednesday for a second day of closing arguments in the trial of two former police officers charged in the death of a Southern California homeless man who died after a routine patrol call escalated into a violent confrontation that was caught on surveillance video.

January 08, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


SCV brush fire quickly knocked down

SANTA CLARITA - A small brush fire in the Saugus area was quickly knocked down Wednesday morning by firefighters.

January 08, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Commander who reversed conviction to retire

WASHINGTON (AP) - The commander whose decision to overturn a sexual assault conviction forced major changes in military law said Wednesday he is retiring, blaming public second-guessing of his actions as a distraction for the Air Force.

January 08, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Weapons, underground bunker found in Littlerock

PALMDALE (AP) - Three men were arrested and more than a dozen weapons were seized after deputies discovered an underground bunker, a shooting range, and white supremacist paraphernalia in Littlerock.

January 08, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Giffords to skydive on shooting anniversary

PHOENIX (AP) - In the three years since she was severely injured in a mass shooting at a political event, Gabrielle Giffords made an impressive recovery, learned to walk again and founded a national political organization. On Wednesday, while others will hold bell-ringing and flag-raising ceremonies, she will mark the anniversary by skydiving.

January 08, 2014 | By 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 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Five Tips to Help You Save for a Rainy Day

While most financial experts agree that saving should be a part of every household budget, many Americans admit that they aren't prepared financially for life's unexpected challenges and emergencies.

January 08, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit | Business Columns


The Rose Parade gay wedding

I'm sure many parade watchers had different reactions to the gay wedding ceremony at last week's Rose Parade aboard the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float.

January 08, 2014 | By Gil Mertz Agua Dulce | Letters to the Editor


Sanity says no street name change for Walker, Rodas

Hey, there is some sanity in the SCV!

January 08, 2014 | By VaNile Risser Canyon Country | Letters to the Editor


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Marine Corps to help families displaced by crash

IMPERIAL, Calif. (AP) - A Marine Corps official says the military is working on a plan to help three displaced families whose homes were damaged when one of its jets slammed into a neighborhood in the small Southern California desert city of Imperial.

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


Newhall Zone 6: thefts probed

A look back at the crimes reported in the Newhall area last week.

June 05, 2014 | source: SCV Sheriff | Crime Reports


GM: Incompetence, negligence led to delayed recall

WARREN, Mich. (AP) - General Motors says a pattern of incompetence and neglect, not a larger conspiracy or cover-up, is to blame for a long-delayed recall of defective ignition switches.

June 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hunt on for Canadian suspected in police killings

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) - A man suspected of killing three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers was spotted three times Thursday but has so far eluded a massive manhunt in the normally tranquil east coast city of Moncton, police said.

June 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Dozens of new flora, fauna species in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - A dragon fish with intricate, maze-like markings on every scale, a frog with rough, chocolate-colored skin and a ginger plant are among more than two dozen flora and fauna species found in Myanmar since it emerged from a half-century of military rule and isolation.

June 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Witnesses: Boko Haram militants slaughter hundreds

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - Boko Haram militants dressed as soldiers slaughtered at least 200 civilians in three villages in northeastern Nigeria and the military failed to intervene even though it was warned that an attack was imminent, witnesses said on Thursday.

June 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: No apology for Bergdahl prisoner exchange

BRUSSELS (AP) - President Barack Obama said Thursday he "absolutely makes no apologies" for seeking the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a prisoner swap with the Taliban, vigorously defending an exchange that has caused a furor in the United States and has dogged the president on his European trip this week.

June 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NYC officials: 34 injured in Staten Island fire

NEW YORK (AP) - Fire tore through three townhouses on Staten Island early Thursday, injuring 34 people including two young children who were tossed out of a smoke-filled second-floor window into the arms of neighbors below, authorities and witnesses said.

June 05, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Dodgers bats quiet in 2-1 loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Danks and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, Leury Garcia hit his first major league home run and the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Wednesday in the rubber game of a three-game series.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Pro Sports News


3 teens hit in intersection

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three 14-year-old girls were hospitalized Wednesday after a car crashed into them at a North Hollywood crosswalk.

June 04, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dancing hamster faces fraud charge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who played a dancing hamster in Kia car commercials and was a backup dancer for Madonna has been charged with California disability fraud.

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


Military jet crashes into neighborhood

MPERIAL, Calif. (AP) - A Marine jet crashed into a residential area in a Southern California desert community Wednesday, exploding and setting two homes on fire. The pilot ejected safely, and there was no immediate word of any injuries on the ground.

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


Williams puts LA past Rangers in OT

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Williams scored 4:36 into overtime after a turnover by Dan Girardi, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night in the Stanley Cup finals opener.

June 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Pro Sports News


Families invited to apply for Habitat for Humanity homes

Veterans and their families are invited to apply for affordable housing in a new neighborhood to be located in Santa Clarita.

June 04, 2014 | By Josh Ortiz For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Long Beach police chief nearly sweeps sheriff’s position

Jim McDonnell, the Long Beach police chief and former second in command of the Los Angeles Police Department, came very near to winning outright the Los Angeles County sheriff's post in Tuesday's election.

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


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