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Santa Clarita Valley blood drive at Henry Mayo

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital invites the community to give the gift of life by donating blood during its summer blood drive on Thursday, May 30, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the HMNMH/COC Clinical Education Center on the hospital's campus at 23845 McBean Parkway,Valencia. Refreshments will be provided.

May 23, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Scientific red tape mars efforts vs. virus

GENEVA (AP) - International efforts to combat a new pneumonia-like virus that has now killed 22 people are being slowed by unclear rules and competition for the potentially profitable rights to disease samples, the head of the World Health Organization warned Thursday.

May 23, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


13 insurers to compete on Calif. health exchange

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state's largest health insurers, including Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente, will be among 13 plans competing for policies from millions of Californians who are expected to purchase coverage through the state's new health exchange, officials announced Thursday.

May 23, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Japanese climber, 80, becomes oldest atop Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest on Thursday - although his record may last only a few days. An 81-year-old Nepalese man, who held the previous record, plans his own ascent next week.

May 23, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Thunderstorms slow Oklahoma tornado cleanup

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - A band of thunderstorms battered the Oklahoma City area Thursday, slowing cleanup operations in the suburb where a tornado killed 24 people and destroyed thousands of homes this week.

May 23, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Obama: America at "crossroads" in terror fight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring America at a "crossroads" in the fight against terrorism, President Barack Obama on Thursday revealed clearer guidelines for the use of deadly drone strikes, including more control by the U.S. military, while leaving key details of the controversial program secret.

May 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Restaurant torched in 4th night of Sweden riots

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Groups of youths have burnt down a restaurant, torched more than 30 cars and injured three police in a fourth night of riots in suburbs of the Swedish capital that started following a fatal police shooting.

May 23, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


FBI: Arrest made in Wash. state ricin letter scare

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A 37-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a case in which a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin were discovered in Washington state last week.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry: US, allies ready to step up aid to rebels

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - The U.S. and several key allies looked again Wednesday for a strategy to end Syria's civil war, their united efforts unable at the moment to stem the Assad regime's military gains and Washington still unwilling to join those providing the rebels with lethal military aid.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Boy Scouts to vote today on gay membership

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America's national leadership will vote Thursday on whether to allow openly gay Scouts in its ranks, a critical and emotionally charged moment for one of the nation's oldest youth organizations and its millions of members.

May 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Duarte woman finds bear on kitchen counter

DUARTE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a woman in a Los Angeles suburb found a bear cub sitting on her kitchen counter.

May 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man shot by FBI had ties to Boston bombing suspect

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A Chechen immigrant shot to death in Florida after an altercation with an FBI agent implicated himself in a triple slaying that officials believe may have been connected to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, authorities said.

May 23, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Japanese climber, 80, becomes oldest atop Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer on Thursday became the oldest man to reach the top of Mount Everest, a Nepali official and Miura's Tokyo-based support team said.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


4 Americans killed since 2009 in US drone strikes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that four American citizens have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen since 2009. The disclosure to Congress comes on the eve of a major national security speech by President Barack Obama in which he plans to pledge more transparency to Congress in his counterterrorism policy.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Teacher who lives in Valencia pleads not guilty to possessing child porn

A Los Angeles Unified School District teacher, who lives in Valencia, has pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing child pornography, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

May 22, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Signal AP


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Child at Boy Scout camp dies from gunshot wound

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old boy at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego died from a gunshot wound to the head Monday morning, and police were investigating whether the shooting was self-inflicted or accidental.

July 01, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Bodies of missing Israeli teens found in West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli military found the bodies of three missing teenagers on Monday just over two weeks after they were abducted in the West Bank - a grim discovery that ended a frantic search that led to Israel's largest ground operation in the Palestinian territory in nearly a decade and drew Israeli threats of retaliation.

June 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mental disorder not factor in Pistorius shooting

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and was able to understand the wrongfulness of what he had done, according to psychiatric reports submitted Monday at the Olympic athlete's murder trial.

June 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Yosemite celebrates 150th anniversary

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Yosemite National Park on Monday marked 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed an act protecting the park for generations of visitors.

June 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: I'll act on my own on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Conceding defeat on a top domestic priority, President Barack Obama blamed a Republican "year of obstruction" for the demise of sweeping immigration legislation on Monday and said he would take new steps without Congress to fix as much of the system as he can on his own.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: I'll act on my own on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama said Monday he will no longer wait for Republicans to act on a sweeping immigration overhaul and will move on his own to make policy changes in what has been a top second-term priority of his presidency.

June 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Unearthed structure could be old LA Times building

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Excavation has unearthed the downtown remains of structure that could be the old Los Angeles Times building blown up by militant unionists more than a century ago.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


United plane's evacuation slide deploys mid-flight

ST. LOUIS (AP) - An evacuation slide inflated inside a United Airlines plane as it flew from Chicago to Southern California, filling part of the cabin and prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kansas.

June 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


White House: Boehner won't seek immigration vote

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama will act on his own to make changes in immigration policy, a White House official said Monday. Obama is expected to refocus immigration enforcement away from the country's interior and onto a Mexican border that has seen a tide of children crossing illegally from Central America, the official said.

June 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bumpy road ahead for legal pot in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Pete O'Neil saw Washington's legalization of marijuana in 2012 as a path to retirement, or at least to his kids' college tuition.

June 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan begins ground offensive against militants

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan launched a ground offensive against militant strongholds near the Afghan border on Monday after evacuating nearly half a million people from the region, the army said, in the most significant escalation of a two-week long operation to root out insurgents trying to overthrow the government.

June 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Amanda Bynes' New York bong-tossing case dismissed

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge has dismissed actress Amanda Bynes' New York City bong-tossing case.

June 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

June 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gloves can now come off in California kitchens

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The gloves are coming off in California kitchens.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Benghazi case unfolds against political backdrop

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first prosecution arising from the Benghazi attacks is playing out in the federal courthouse blocks from both the White House and Capitol Hill, an appropriate setting for a case that has drawn stark lines between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress.

June 29, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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