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Migrants stacking up in Hungary as crisis grows

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Thousands of people desperate to reach Western Europe rushed into a Budapest train station Thursday after police ended a two-day blockade, setting off a wave of anger and confusion as hundreds shoved their way onto a waiting train. But when it tried to drop them off at a Hungarian camp for asylum […]

Police search for Sac City College gunman

SACRAMENTO — Police searched for a gunman Thursday night who killed one person and wounded two others in a parking lot on a Sacramento college campus, authorities said. One victim was declared dead at the scene, another was taken to a hospital with injuries, and the third was only grazed by a bullet and was […]

Increasing oil train traffic has cities scrambling to prepare for disaster

PHILADELPHIA — They rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country — 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest. While railroads have long carried hazardous materials through congested urban areas, cities are now scrambling to formulate emergency plans and to train firefighters amid the latest safety threat: […]

Airman who helped stop train attack returns to US via Travis Air Force Base

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone returned Thursday to the U.S. to a hero’s welcome upon landing at Travis Air Force Base nearly two weeks after he and two childhood friends gained worldwide recognition for overpowering a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train.

The 23-year-old from Sacramento descended a staircase from the plane, was greeted by family members and then headed along a walkway toward the passenger terminal, while about 300 military family members cheered and waved American flags.

“Welcome Home A1C Stone” flashed on a nearby marquee.

Stone, along with Alek Skarlatos, 22, and Anthony Sadler, 23, were hailed as heroes for overpowering Ayoub El Khazzani after he opened fire on a Paris-bound train Aug. 21. They received the Legion d’honneur – France’s highest honor – from France’s President Francois Hollande.

Protesters fill Capitol to support bill

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers took up bills to regulate videos of police activities and law enforcement’s acquisition of surplus military on Wednesday as hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated outside the governor’s office urging the Legislature to take action on a bill to require better oversight of police interactions with the public. The protesters […]

Senate votes seal Iran win for Obama

WASHINGTON — Overcoming ferocious opposition, President Barack Obama secured a legacy-defining foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats clinched the necessary votes to ensure the Iran nuclear agreement survives in Congress. The decisive 34th commitment came from Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring next year after three decades in the Senate. In a statement […]

Suisun moves forward to find out if residents will support new tax

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Council approved hiring The Lew Edwards Group, an Oakland-based political consulting firm, Tuesday to determine whether Suisun City can and should put a tax measure on the November 2016 ballot. The Lew Edwards Group would be expected to manage the city’s effort to poll residents on what city services […]

Bright picture for Solano, state in Labor Day outlook

FAIRFIELD — Four years of increases in the number of jobs means California leads the nation in economic growth and has a 6.2 unemployment rate – a figure Solano County matches, a state agency’s Labor Day briefing finds. A total of 800 new jobs in Solano County in leisure and hospitality helped boost employment, as did […]

City Council OKs new Harbor Theatre operator

SUISUN CITY — The stage lights will come on again at the Harbor Theatre this fall now that the Suisun City Council has approved a five-year lease agreement with the Creative Arts Collective.

City Council members unanimously approved the agreement Tuesday with the group Tuesday to run the Harbor Theatre.

The Creative Arts Collective is a compendium of more than 200 professional artists and educators headed by David Rogers of Starbound Theatre.

Measure to rescind July OK for parking fees will go before Fairfield council

FAIRFIELD — A resolution to rescind the City Council’s approval in July for paid parking at the Fairfield Transportation Center will go before the council after a 4-1 vote by council members Tuesday that followed dozens of speakers protesting parking fees as unfair to working people who already face steep costs to commute. Councilwoman Catherine […]

Paradise Valley veterans recall end of World War II

FAIRFIELD — Marine Corps aviator Warren MacQuarrie had just gotten some shuteye after coming back from a 12-hour-long mission raiding Japanese shipping around Kyushu when he got word that the war was over.

Army Air Force flier Walter McDaniel was on a ship back from the war in Europe “two days out of Boston on our way to the Pacific” when he got the word.

Navy Ensign Bill Gum was aboard the light cruiser USS Amsterdam in a task force off of Japan when the Japanese surrendered.

3 suspects in deadly Fairfield shooting in court; 2 enter pleas

FAIRFIELD — A trio of young men who face murder charges for a fatal July 22 Phoenix Drive shooting were in court briefly Tuesday morning. Jamison P. Nodine, 18, previously pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges. Jaime P. Hernandez, 22, and Leonel G. Flores Jr., 21, entered similar pleas to the same charges […]

Court documents provide details that led to vicious CVS knife attack

FAIRFIELD — Grim new details emerged Tuesday in last week’s random stabbing of a Vacaville CVS customer. James E. Barnes, 41, allegedly walked up to a stranger, a 52-year-old woman who was using a photo kiosk on the afternoon of Aug. 24 at the Elmira Road store. Witnesses say Barnes then plunged a knife repeatedly […]

Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve ‘sin of abortion’

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some felt they had no choice but to make “this agonizing and painful decision.” In a letter published Tuesday by the Holy See, Francis said he was allowing […]

Keep it free, petition asks of Fairfield Transportation Center parking

FAIRFIELD — Lawrence Tougas, who’s been commuting for almost a quarter-century to the San Francisco International Airport, was a fan of the Fairfield Transportation Center and its secure, covered parking that meant an end to regular break-ins of vehicles before the center opened in 2003. “I considered it a wonderful benefit of living in Fairfield,” […]

Council eyes $560,230 pact for Fairfield parking expansion prep work

FAIRFIELD — A $560,230 contract with Dreyfuss and Blackford Architects to prepare documents for the 1,200-space parking structure that would be located on the west side of the Fairfield Transportation Center goes before the City Council on Tuesday. An estimate of construction costs for the structure, critical in helping Fairfield solicit funding for the project, […]

Blue Victorian wraps up 100-year celebration

SUISUN VALLEY — The 100-year celebration weekend concluded Sunday for the Blue Victorian Winery with a car show.

“This has been a busy weekend but a great celebration,” said Laura Cooke, general manager. “We had about 600 people over the weekend.”

The winery began harvest early this year, she said, but the drought really hasn’t harmed the vines.

When the wells run dry: California families cope in drought

TULARE — Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It’s his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more. “There it goes,” said […]

White House says Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will change the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, bestowing the traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential visit to Alaska. By renaming the peak Denali, an Athabascan word meaning “the high one,” Obama is wading […]

Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it. Obama leaves Monday for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. There, and in […]

Wordsmith takes his church to high-risk neighborhoods

FAIRFIELD — He’s dealing – in neighborhoods around the county and country. Wordsmith, aka David Derf, doesn’t want money for what he’s pushing. He’s giving away hope for free. The Vacaville resident is the man known as the The Neighborhood HOPE Dealer. HOPE is an acronym for Helping Others Prosper Eternally. School gyms, juvenile halls and gatherings in high-risk neighborhoods […]

Opinions fly at Fairfield homelessness town hall meet

FAIRFIELD — Infestation and ruined are just a few of the words used to describe the proposed creation of the Destiny Place homeless resource facility in the city.

The City Council chamber was filled Saturday with concerned Fairfield residents, many with the overall worry that Destiny Place would be bad for Fairfield.

A man who described himself as a 32-year-old homeless veteran said nobody wants something handed to them, . . .

Solano court hearing brings to light concerns about oversight of violent mental health patients after release

VALLEJO — The private for-profit company responsible for overseeing and monitoring local criminals judged to be insane for serious crimes that include murder has been rife with problems and currently uses two unlicensed interns to do most of the work. The Solano County program director for Mental Health Management Inc., Dr. Mark Naas, was recently ordered […]

Contra Costa officials set stage to oppose placement of Solano sexually violent predator in Concord

FAIRFIELD — Officials in Contra Costa County have vowed to oppose placement of a sexually violent predator from Solano County within the city of Concord. The California Department of State Hospitals notified the Concord Police Department this week that it wants to place Fraisure Smith, 51, in a single-family home on the 1500 block of […]

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