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Years after holiday slayings, traditions help heal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five years after a man dressed as Santa Claus massacred nine members of her family on Christmas Eve, the surviving daughter of the Ortega clan worked to master her mother's pozole recipe to serve at a traditional family dinner that's now forever tinged with tragedy.

December 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Seniors, disabled get help feeding furry friends

LOS ANGELES (AP) - If Meals on Wheels didn't deliver donated dog food, Sherry Scott of San Diego says her golden retriever Tootie would be eating the pasta, riblets and veggie wraps meant for her. But thanks to partnerships between the program for low-income seniors and pet groups across the country, fewer people and pets are going hungry.

December 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


34 homes destroyed in Big Sur fire

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) - Officials now say 34 homes were destroyed in a wildfire in Central California's Big Sur region, 12 more than originally estimated.

December 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Servers awarded $5.7M in age discrimination suit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury has awarded nearly $5.7 million to four servers who alleged they were fired from a Los Angeles restaurant because of their ages.

December 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Brown pardons mostly target drug offenders

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown issued 127 pardons on Tuesday, the vast majority of them to people who had been convicted of drug dealing, cultivation or possession.

December 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nevada gunman told patients to flee before killing

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Newly released 911 tapes paint a scene of panic and terror inside a Reno medical building where dozens of callers hid in bathrooms and exam rooms from a suicidal gunman who killed one doctor and shot another at a urology clinic where he said he'd had a vasectomy that ruined his life.

December 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


High pressure bringing warm, dry Calif. Christmas

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As large sections of the U.S. deal with severe winter weather for the holidays, California is sunny and dry with high temperatures rising into the low 80s in some southern areas.

December 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Teen ordered off life support; family can appeal

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A judge on Tuesday ordered that a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications following a tonsillectomy be taken off life support.

December 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Vets return to streets to reach the homeless

CONCORD, Mass. (AP) - Not far from where the Boston Massacre helped sow the seeds for the Revolutionary War, David Dyer points toward the underpass where he'd score crack cocaine by day and the train depot where he'd sleep some nights.

December 24, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rifle designer Mikhail Kalashnikov dead at 94

MOSCOW (AP) - Mikhail Kalashnikov started out wanting to make farm equipment, but the harvest he reaped was one of blood as the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle, the world's most popular firearm.

December 24, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge allows gay marriage in Utah to continue

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge on Monday allowed gay marriage to continue in Utah, rejecting a request to put same-sex weddings on hold as the state appeals a decision that has sent couples flocking to county clerk offices for marriage licenses.

December 24, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

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

December 24, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Hart students hold annual holiday dinner

Rows of tables lined the cafeteria of Hart High School, offering hot food, plates of cookies and deserts, as well as wrapped gifts prepared for families from throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

December 24, 2013 | Charlie Kaijo | Signal AP


UPDATE: Judge tells Calif. hospital to keep treating teen

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - With a family fighting a hospital to keep their daughter who has been declared brain dead on life support, a California judge on Monday ordered the hospital to keep treating 13-year-old Jahi McMath for another week as a second medical evaluation is conducted.

December 23, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Last-minute insurance shoppers given grace period

CHICAGO (AP) - Anticipating heavy traffic on the government's health care website, the Obama administration effectively extended Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving people in 36 states more time to select a plan.

December 23, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Drivers beware: Your air bag may not deploy

Here's an unsettling fact about cars equipped with air bags: They don't always deploy when drivers - or regulators - expect them to.

May 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sorry I'm not sorry: Some classic non-apologies

NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling only dug himself in deeper after slamming Magic Johnson when he was supposed to be atoning for his own racist remarks. But he's not the first celebrity to learn the perils of making a non-apology apology.

May 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


City Council votes to declare commission vacancies

With a number of terms set to expire this summer, a collection of seats on Santa Clarita commissions are set to become open for application, according to city officials.

May 14, 2014 | By Luke Money | Signal AP


European court: Google must yield on personal info

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Google and other search engines were thrust into an unwanted new role Tuesday - caretaker of people's reputations - when Europe's highest court ruled that individuals should have some say over what information comes up when their names are Googled.

May 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California governor releases $107 billion budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday released a record-high spending plan thanks to California's recent tax windfall. But the Democratic governor cautioned that the surplus is needed to pay for an unexpectedly high number of people enrolling in health care, while the rest should be used to help shore up the teachers' retirement system.

May 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fires erupt amid California heat wave

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Firefighters are battling a brush fire on the outskirts of a San Diego County community as a high pressure system brings a spring heat wave to California.

May 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California governor releases $107 billion budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday released a record-high spending plan thanks to California's recent tax windfall. But the Democratic governor cautioned that the surplus is needed to pay for an unexpectedly high number of people enrolling in health care, while the rest should be used to help shore up the teachers' retirement system.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Southern California home price gains slow in April

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California home prices increased at a slower pace in April as inventories improved and investor purchases waned, a research firm said Tuesday. Sales fell but less dramatically than in previous months.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sterling stirs new dispute with Magic-HIV remarks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An interview that was supposed to be an attempt at rehabilitation instead had Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling facing fresh rebukes as he went from apologizing for recent racist remarks to slamming Magic Johnson, repeatedly bringing up the ex-NBA star's HIV status and calling him an unfit role model for children.

May 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine: 6 soldiers ambushed, killed in the east

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Germany's foreign minister on Tuesday tried to broker a quick launch of talks between Ukraine's central government and pro-Russia separatists, yet fighting still claimed six lives in restive eastern Ukraine.

May 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


South Sudan: Bodies in wells, houses burned

LEER, South Sudan (AP) - Bodies stuffed in wells. Houses burned down. Children playing on military hardware. And infants showing the skeletal outlines of severe hunger.

May 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Godzilla proves even giant monsters need lawyers

He spews radioactive fire, razes cities and pummels creatures from Earth and beyond, but even Godzilla needs a good lawyer sometimes. After all, you don't survive 60 years in the movie business without taking some fights to court.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas lawmakers tour embattled Sriracha plant

IRWINDALE (AP) - The maker of the popular Sriracha (suhr-AH'-chuh) hot sauce says he has no intention of moving his embattled factory out of Irwindale, California, but he has told two visiting Texas lawmakers he might consider expanding into that state.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police add texting to crisis negotiation arsenal

The suspect in a gas station robbery and 100 mph chase kept pointing his handgun to his head, and police negotiator Andres Wells was doing all he could to keep the man from committing suicide. But he kept cutting Wells' phone calls short.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire forces 20,000 evacuations near San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Wildfires pushed by gusty winds chewed through canyons parched by California's drought, prompting evacuation orders for more than 20,000 homes on the outskirts of San Diego and another 1,200 homes and businesses in Santa Barbara County 250 miles to the north.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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