Monday, March 30, 2015

Endangered bighorn sheep moved to Yosemite, Sequoia parks

FRESNO — For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday. During an ongoing relocation effort, hundreds of bighorn have been captured with nets dropped from helicopters then moved to Yosemite and Sequoia national parks. “We’ve got the […]

Biz Buzz: Re/Max hires new Realtor

FAIRFIELD — Edwin Alvarado has joined Re/Max Gold in the Fairfield office, the company has announced. Alvarado’s focus is primarily on residential buyers and sellers (first-time, move-up) luxury, real estate-owned properties, short sale and investment properties, according to a press release to announce his affiliation with Re/Max Gold. Alvarado has more than 14 years of real estate […]

Biz Buzz: Coldwell Banker parent earns ‘most ethical’ designation

FAIRFIELD — Coldwell Banker announce that its parent company, Realogy Holdings Corp., has been recognized as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute, described in a press release as the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is the fourth consecutive year in which Realogy has received […]

Biz Buzz: Wiseman officer names Perez to key post

FAIRFIELD — Letisia “Letty” Perez has been named director of properties for The Wiseman Company, the company’s chief operating officer, Brian Wills, announced in a press release Thursday. Perez has more than 20 years of professional management experience and was responsible for all the sales, marketing and business development initiatives with key clients, the release […]

Biz Buzz: PAL receives donation from glass company

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Police Activities League was the beneficiary this month of a donation from the Tri-City Glass & Mirror Co. of Suisun City. Company owner Vincent Guisande donated, and his staff installed free of charge, a series of large mirrors in the PAL Center’s boxing/kajukenbo training room and the PAL Center dance activity room. The […]

German airline could face ‘unlimited’ damages for Alps crash

STOCKHOLM — Lufthansa could face “unlimited” compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday. Under a treaty governing deaths and injuries aboard international flights, airlines are required to compensate relatives of […]

Co-pilot appeared healthy, but may have hidden illness

MONTABAUR, Germany — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a torn-up doctor’s note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside. […]

About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the Indonesian government passed a moratorium on foreign fishing five months ago, according to […]

Tunisians assure Star Wars sets safe from Islamic State

TUNIS, Tunisia — It was a flood of messages from concerned friends abroad that alerted the president of Tunisia’s Star Wars fan club that the sets of his beloved film were under attack by militants — at least according to exaggerated reports in the foreign press. In a country still reeling from a terrorist attack […]

US Thunderbolt II attack planes on training in Poland

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s armed forces say that four U.S. Thunderbolt II attack planes are training for the first time in Poland as part of a security reassurance mission. U.S. land and air forces are training in eastern Europe as part of NATO’s Atlantic Resolve operation, which aims to confirm the alliance’s readiness to defend […]

Syrian government shells kill 18 in south, activists say

BEIRUT — Syrian government airstrikes and shelling in the country’s south killed at least 18 people on Thursday, including three children, opposition activists said. The attacks come amid heightened clashes in southern Syria between government forces and rebels who seized the nearby ancient town of Busra Sham the previous day. Thursday’s shelling struck an area […]

Turmoil in Yemen escalates as Saudi Arabia bombs rebels

SANAA, Yemen — The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the airstrikes. Iran denounced the Saudi-led air campaign, saying it “considers this action a dangerous step,” and oil prices jumped in […]

Russian, American ready for a year in space

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — The Russian astronaut heading off for a year in space says he’ll miss the natural landscapes on Earth. His American counterpart jokes he won’t miss his twin brother. Russians Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka and American Scott Kelly are to launch early Saturday aboard a Soyuz space capsule for the International Space […]


Publishers Weekly best-sellers for week ending March 22: HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 2. “NYPD Red 3″ by James Patterson and Marshal Karp (Little, Brown) 3. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner) 4. “Last One Home” by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine) 5. “Prodigal Son” by […]

Are you willing to pay to watch video clips online?

SAN FRANCISCO — Would you pay to see some of the Internet’s best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet and mobile devices, is betting on it. Instead of free-for-all distribution supported solely by advertising, Vessel will charge $3 per month […]

Lawmaker questions maker of scopes tied to ‘superbug’ issues

WASHINGTON — A federal lawmaker is seeking details from the manufacturer of medical scopes that have been linked to several “superbug” bacteria outbreaks at U.S. hospitals, increasing pressure on the company. U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., wants to know when Olympus Corp. first learned of the problems and about its plans to redesign and replace […]

Homeland Security No. 2 accused of improper influence

WASHINGTON — The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department improperly intervened on behalf of foreign investors seeking U.S. visas in three cases involving prominent Democrats, including a company run by the youngest brother of likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, the agency’s inspector general said Tuesday. Investigators said Homeland Security Deputy Secretary […]

Detroit woman arrested after 2 kids found dead in freezer

DETROIT — A Detroit mother was arrested Tuesday after the frozen bodies of a boy and girl were found in a deep freezer in the family’s home, police said. Court officers found the children’s bodies while carrying out an eviction order at the 3-bedroom home in the apartment complex just east of downtown. An autopsy […]

Plane crash kills 150 people in French Alps

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — A black box recovered from the scene and pulverized pieces of debris strewn across Alpine mountainsides held clues to what caused a German jetliner to take an unexplained eight-minute dive Tuesday midway through a flight from Spain to Germany, apparently killing all 150 people on board. The victims included two babies, two […]

Official: US-led aircraft flying over IS-held Tikrit

TIKRIT, Iraq — The U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State group has begun surveillance flights over the northern Iraqi town of Tikrit, a senior coalition official said Tuesday, marking the first time the alliance has taken part in a major offensive there that is being spearheaded by Iranian-backed Shiite militias. The official said the flights […]

Jordan, Russia sign $10 billion deal on nuclear power plant

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan signed a $10 billion deal with Russia on Tuesday to build the kingdom’s first nuclear power plant, with two 1,000-megawatt reactors in the country’s north. The deal, signed in the Jordanian capital, Amman, with Russia’s state-owned Rosatom company caps efforts of the energy-poor kingdom to increase energy sufficiency and reduce imports. […]

GOP moves ahead on budget plans; eyes Obamacare repeal bill

WASHINGTON — House and Senate Republicans steamed ahead Tuesday toward likely approval of balanced budget outlines, essential early steps along a path to send President Barack Obama legislation to wipe out his five-year-old health care law and eliminate deficits within a decade. Obama is all but certain to veto the legislation if and when it […]

In rare deal, Boehner, Pelosi tout wins for seniors, doctors

WASHINGTON — An extraordinary bipartisan accord between House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is letting both parties exhale as they move toward ending the nagging annual threat of Medicare cuts to physicians. Yet each side is bragging about far more than that. For Boehner, R-Ohio, the package announced Tuesday lets him claim […]

Utah brings back the firing squad, so how does it work?

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has given his stamp of approval to a law that brings back the firing squad in the only state that has used it in the past 40 years. Under the measure approved Monday, firing squads will serve as a backup method if lethal injection drugs aren’t available. […]

Second Julie Andrews memoir expected in 2017

NEW YORK — Julie Andrews’ next memoir will tell the backstory of “Mary Poppins,” ”The Sound of Music” and other beloved works during her years as one of the world’s most popular entertainers. Hachette Books announced Monday that the Oscar-winning actress is working on a follow-up to the 2008 release “Home,” which covers her childhood […]

Biz Buzz: Hinojosa speaks at state capital

FAIRFIELD — Jaime A. Hinojosa, a certified financial planner with Quality Wealth Management, recently helped lead a grass-roots effort at the California State Capitol with the goal of informing lawmakers about their work as a financial adviser and the issues surrounding the industry. Hinojosa met with California representatives and their staffs March 11 as part of the […]

Biz Buzz: Easter Bunny returns to mall for Easter

FAIRFIELD — The Easter Bunny has returned to the Solano Town Center mall for pictures with children. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through April 4 at the Express Court, 1350 Travis Blvd., Fairfield. Each child will receive a small gift for visiting. For information on photo packages […]

Libyan army targets rival-controlled bases in Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Libya — Army troops battled militias Saturday outside the capital, Tripoli, security officials from both sides of the Libyan conflict said. The Libyan army also said it carried out airstrikes on multiple targets near the city, including its only functioning airport. The fierce battles for the capital city on the Mediterranean coast resulted in both […]