Thanksgiving shopping took a noticeable bite out of Black Friday's start to the holiday season, as the latest survey found retail sales in stores fell slightly from last year.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI responded to criticism that the club of churchmen who will choose his successor is too Eurocentric, elevating six new cardinals from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines and the U.S. during a formal ceremony Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Superstorm Sandy plunged some immigrants living illegally in the U.S. into darkness and even deeper into the shadows.
ATLANTA (AP) - Since a new urban trail opened last month in an old rail corridor in Atlanta, it has drawn a steady stream of joggers, dog-walkers and cyclists to take in spectacular views of the skyline and neighborhoods once seen only by train. Hundreds of trees have been planted along the paved 14-foot-wide path, while artists have added works such as windmills made of bicycle parts and colorful murals on concrete overpasses.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Preliminary investigations show more than 40 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts that injured 18 people, building inspectors said Saturday.
Pet Assistance brings a Santa Clarita Valley holiday tradition to life on Dec. 2, or Dec. 8, at two different locations this year.
It's been a tough year of economic bad news and a tough election season. Even as we call for unity and compromise among our elected leaders, we seem even more polarized ourselves. How can we expect better from them?
What do alpacas, marshmallow shooters, homemade soaps, inspirational Bible photographs and fitness-emphasis hula hoops all have in common?
The festively decorated Metrolink Holiday Toy Express will stop at the Jan Heidt Newhall Metrolink Station to give holiday performances and collect donations for the "Spark of Love Toy Drive" 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Residents are invited to greet the Holiday Toy Express and bring a new, unwrapped toy to be collected by Santa, Mrs. Claus and friends aboard the train. All toys will be donated to the Southland Firefighters' "Spark of Love Toy ...
A father's quest to build his dead son's dream house now lies in the hands of Santa Clarita City Council members, who will hear his appeal during this week's council meeting.
Dates to Watch Sunday, Nov. 25 The festively decorated Metrolink Holiday Toy Express will stop at the Jan Heidt Newhall Metrolink Station to give holiday performances and collect donations for the "Spark of Love Toy Drive" 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Residents are invited to greet the Holiday Toy Express and bring a new, unwrapped toy to be collected by Santa, Mrs. Claus and friends aboard the train. All toys will be donated to ...
Navy Fireman Jonathan A. Vasquez, a 2012 graduate of West Ranch High School in Stevenson Ranch, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Air Force Airman Michael P. Thorpe graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Teens attending the Sierra Vista branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley are learning a lesson in giving back this holiday season, courtesy of Dave Mills and his son Tim, an employee at the Canyon Country facility.
There seems to be too much "either-or" thinking today. It happens in marriages, in friendships and in politics. "Either-or thinking" is what I call it when two people or groups have opposing ideas and are on the road to an all out fight over which idea will prevail. The byproduct of such sentiment is competition that usually devolves into hyperbole, cynicism, personal attacks and fractured relationships.
PHOENIX (AP) - A woman charged in the stabbing and shooting death of her Arizona lover traded barbs with a prosecutor under a withering cross-examination as she struggled to explain why she can recall precise details of her life from years earlier, yet can't remember crucial aspects of the murder case against her.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - A car bomb exploded Thursday near Syria's ruling party headquarters in Damascus, killing at least 53 people and scattering mangled bodies among the blazing wreckage in one of the bloodiest days in the capital since the uprising began almost two years ago.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - A Haitian judge on Thursday summoned Jean-Claude Duvalier to appear in court after the former dictator defied an order to attend a hearing to determine whether he should again face charges for human rights abuses committed during the nearly 15 years of his brutal regime.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - You think the Academy Awards are boring? Try the nominations. They only last a few minutes, but it's generally a sleepy academy suit and a sleepy starlet droning a list of names at 5:30 in the morning.
THOMSON, Ga. (AP) - A small private jet carrying a surgeon and members of his clinic staff aborted its landing at a Georgia airport before it hit a 60-foot utility pole and crashed in a flaming wreck, killing five people onboard and injuring two, federal authorities said Thursday.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - In an agonizingly slow announcement, a magistrate allowed Oscar Pistorius to go free on bail Friday, nine days after the Paralympian was arrested in the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Bullets were flying from a black Range Rover at a gray Maserati as the vehicles raced toward a red light on the Las Vegas Strip.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Four young adults have been stabbed after a feud spilled out of a downtown Los Angeles nightspot.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - More testing must be done to determine the cause of death of a 21-year-old Canadian tourist whose body was found wedged in a water tank atop a downtown Los Angeles hotel, authorities said Thursday.
Leftists of late have become very defensive about being called socialist in their ideology, as typified by Kevin Buck's column (Feb. 19, "Straw men live in glass houses").
Just a few short days ago the lanterns fell, bringing an end to Chinese New Year season for 2013.