It's nearly time to break out that outrageously tall Uncle Sam hat, find the garish red-white-and-blue sunglasses for the family dog and locate the zaniest vehicle possible to decorate - the Fourth of July Parade in the Santa Clarita Valley is right around the corner.
"Sleeping Beauty" took almost a decade to reach theaters and cost $6 million to produce, far and away the most expensive Disney animated feature at the time.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - CBS Television Distribution says "The Arsenio Hall Show" is going off the air.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A person close to the Sterling family says Donald Sterling was stripped of his ability to act as a trustee of the family's fortunes, including the Los Angeles Clippers, after two neurologists determined he was suffering from dementia.
R.D. Plasschaert credits one main thing for pulling her out of homelessness: Twitter.
You know the term "jack of all trades?" My wife would say I'm a "jack of all jobs." She's still waiting for me to find a career that sticks. I've been a school bus driver, a retail employee, a congressional staffer in Washington, D.C., a pharmacy school student and pharmacist intern, I've worked in call centers, and I had a job offer in Hawaii as a mortgage loan officer (I even passed all the licensing tests).
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The growing suspicions surrounding where states obtain lethal injections have motivated the Missouri attorney general to propose something never previously tried - establishing a lab where the state can make its own execution drugs.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - The scruffy rebels who normally wander about the headquarters of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic were mostly out of view on Friday, replaced by a disciplined new faction who showed up a day earlier with an armored personnel carrier and anti-aircraft gun.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River would see restored wildlife habitats, new wetlands and longer bike trails under a $1 billion proposal that has received a key boost.
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AMSTERDAM (AP) - As Google bowed to a European court ruling to consider users' claims to remove embarrassing search results, the company took the first step toward preventing any more such punishing decisions - acknowledging it has an image problem in Europe.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Movie premieres are just like they look on TV: Throngs of fans competing with photographers and reporters for stars' attention. Cameras flash as beefy bodyguards escort couture-clad celebrities into the maelstrom.
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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.
A look back at the crimes reported in the Newhall area last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three 14-year-old girls were hospitalized Wednesday after a car crashed into them at a North Hollywood crosswalk.
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.
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.
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.
Veterans and their families are invited to apply for affordable housing in a new neighborhood to be located in Santa Clarita.
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.