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Jury trial set for 3 in Canyon Country bank robbery

SANTA CLARITA - A jury trial is scheduled to begin Monday for three suspected Los Angeles gang members accused of robbing a Canyon Country bank in September 2012.

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


Duo suspected of stealing piece of wreckage from fatal crash plead not guilty

Two men pleaded not guilty Friday of stealing wreckage off the Porsche in which Valencia businessman Roger Rodas and "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker were killed Nov. 30 in a fiery single-car crash.

January 03, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Winter storm brings snow, kills at least 11

BOSTON (AP) - A storm dropped a blanket of light, powdery snow across the Northeast and ushered in frigid temperatures Friday that were unusual even for cities accustomed to arctic blasts. The winter weather, which shut down major highways temporarily and grounded flights, was blamed for at least 11 deaths as it swept across the eastern half of the country.

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


Florida to surpass NY in population

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Sometime this year, Florida will surpass New York in population, becoming the nation's third-most populous state, and sun-seeking seniors are not driving the growth.

January 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas library offers glimpse of bookless future

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store: Rows of glossy iMacs beckon. iPads mounted on a tangerine-colored bar invite readers. And hundreds of other tablets stand ready for checkout to anyone with a borrowing card.

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


SFV lumberyards destroyed by blaze

A fire has destroyed a pair of Los Angeles lumber businesses in the San Fernando Valley.

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


East Coast storm cancels California flights

SANTA CLARITA - Dozens of arriving and departing flights at Southern California airports have been canceled because of the huge winter storm on the East Coast.

January 03, 2014 | By Signal Staff and wire service | Santa Clarita Valley News


Confusion, relief mark start of new health reforms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The new year brought relief for Americans who previously had no health insurance or were stuck in poor plans, but it also led to confusion after the troubled rollout of the federal health care reforms sent a crush of late applications to overloaded government agencies.

January 03, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

January 03, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Frank Ferry: Libraries are a powerful resource

As a principal and former teacher, I put great stock in the power of education. The city of Santa Clarita shares this value and makes a point to provide quality educational programs for the entire community.

January 03, 2014 | By Frank Ferry Right here right now | Columnists


Heavy weather threatening U.S. travel

BOSTON - A strong winter storm slammed the Northeast with stiff winds and punishing cold on Thursday, dumping nearly 2 feet of snow in parts of the region and threatening more.

January 03, 2014 | By Signal Staff and wire service | Santa Clarita Valley News


Street name change proposal is bad idea

Regarding the Dec. 18 front-page story "Online petition seeks to honor Walker, Rodas" regarding an "out of area" petition to rename Hercules Drive in memory of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas:

January 03, 2014 | By Kevin Eliason Santa Clarita | Letters to the Editor


Don’t rename Hercules Street

I completely agree with Ms. Arenson's letter from Dec. 23 ("No street name changes for Walker, Rodas") opposing the petition to rename Hercules Street in Valencia to Walker/Rodas Memorial Way.

January 03, 2014 | By Glen Sherman Valencia | Letters to the Editor


Johnson leaves Signal for Georgia publisher position

Signal Chief Multimedia Officer Vince Johnson has been named publisher of the Forsyth County News in Cumming, Ga.

January 03, 2014 | Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Oklahoma wins the Sugar Bowl

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hello, Trevor. Farewell, AJ.

January 02, 2014 | By Associated Press | SCV College Sports


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Tennessee brings back electric chair

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has decided how it will respond to a nationwide scarcity of lethal injection drugs for death-row inmates: with the electric chair.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews foresee some containment of Arizona wildfire

KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. (AP) - Hundreds of firefighters worked Thursday to protect communities on the edge of Flagstaff from a wildfire that is chewing up a scenic Arizona canyon with towering flames and burning entire trees down to nothing but ash.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


House defies Pentagon on defense spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House defied the Pentagon on Thursday, overwhelmingly backing a $601 billion defense authorization bill that saves the Cold War-era U-2 spy plane, military bases and Navy cruisers despites warnings that it will undercut military readiness.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Census: Texas has 3 of 5 fast-growing cities

HOUSTON (AP) - Oil equals boom - especially in population right now. And Texas, in the midst of a significant energy rush, is seeing its towns and cities burst at the seams.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Christine Korenthal: Free speech on life support

I have watched helplessly in recent weeks and months with a growing sense of alarm, fearing that our generation is witnessing the death of one of the most vital pillars of liberty: the freedom of individual thought and the free exchange of ideas. While it's true that the First Amendment only protects people from government reprisals for speaking freely, social media and mass media lynch mobs are just as much a danger in a free society as any oppressive government.

May 23, 2014 | By Christine Korenthal | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Stay cool and safe this summer in the SCV

Memorial Day is almost here and that means a three-day weekend for most Americans. The annual holiday in honor of the brave men and women who've died serving our country to keep us safe and free is also considered the unofficial start of summer! Flags will be raised in honor of those we've lost, while families and friends will gather for backyard barbeques, lawn games, and poolside fun.

May 23, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Niese has RBI, Mets beat Dodgers 5-3

NEW YORK (AP) - Mets rookie Eric Campbell earned a start in left field because of his bat. He should be getting even more playing time because of his glove.

May 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Pro Sports News


West Ranch softball loses in second round

West Ranch didn't expect to see its season end so early.

May 22, 2014 | By Jon Stein Signal Staff Writer | SCV Prep Sports


OJ submits new appeal in Vegas robbery conviction

LAS VEGAS (AP) - O.J. Simpson's lawyers submitted a supersized appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court, seeking the former football star's release from prison and a new trial in his 2007 Las Vegas armed-robbery case.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


House passes curbs on NSA phone surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) - In an overwhelming vote, the House moved the U.S. closer to ending the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records Thursday, the most significant demonstration to date of leaker Edward Snowden's impact on the debate over privacy versus security.

May 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 things you can't force your children to do

Most parents, but especially first-time parents, are eager to do their best to help their children learn, grow and be happy. Sometimes this responsibility is overwhelming.

May 22, 2014 | By Amy Peterson Deseret News | Hot Topics


Gasoline prices have familiar look as summer nears

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of gasoline should look familiar to many drivers this Memorial Day. For the third year in a row, the national average will be within a penny or two of $3.64 per gallon.

May 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


House defies Pentagon on defense spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House defied the Pentagon on Thursday, overwhelmingly backing a $601 billion defense authorization bill that saves the Cold War-era U-2 spy plane, military bases and Navy cruisers despites warnings that it will undercut military readiness.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Prosecutors charge 'Shield' actor with murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) Prosecutors charged actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer in the hit TV series "The Shield," with murder on Thursday in the shooting death of his wife in their Los Angeles home.

May 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hundreds of firefighters battle Arizona wildfire

KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. (AP) - A wildfire that started in a scenic canyon snaked toward Flagstaff on Thursday, prompting residents of outlying areas to prepare to flee and blanketing the city in smoke.

May 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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