Friday, April 18, 2014

Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combatting its spread. More than 20 people, many of them health-care workers, have been reported infected with the Middle East […]

Samples collected from oil slick not from plane

PERTH, Australia — Investigators were analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft. The unmanned sub’s first two missions were cut short by […]

S. Sudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base

JUBA, South Sudan — An angry mob of South Sudanese youths attacked a U.N. base on Thursday in order to harm members of an ethnic minority sheltering inside. Peacekeepers were forced to open fire, amid rampaging violence that killed at least 12 people, officials said. The U.N. mission in South Sudan condemned the “unprovoked attack” […]

Peru volcano prompts evacuation of 4,000

LIMA, Peru — Peruvian authorities have ordered the preventative evacuation of 4,000 people living near the Ubinas volcano, which has been spouting ash clouds up to 2 miles high. The Andina state news agency quotes Agriculture Minister Juan Benites as saying it will take three days beginning Thursday to move the residents of two southern […]

Nigeria: Fate of 115 abducted girls unknown

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied the Nigerian military’s report that almost all the pupils had been freed. “Up till now we are still waiting and praying for the safe return of the students … the security people, […]

NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

BRUSSELS — NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the alliance’s chief said Wednesday. Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO’s air policing aircraft will fly more sorties over the Baltic region west of Ukraine, far from the tensions in the eastern part of […]

Denver police eye 911 response time after killing

DENVER — Authorities were investigating Wednesday whether Denver police responded quickly enough to a woman who was fatally shot at least 12 minutes into a 911 call in which she said her husband was hallucinating and asking her to shoot him. Police officials said their internal investigation will focus on the time it took officers […]

Man charged with marathon hoax is held on bail

BOSTON — The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday after an initial court appearance. Kevin “Kayvon” Edson, 25, was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital and ordered held on $100,000 bail at an appearance in Boston […]

Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles

MOSCOW — Thursday’s high-level talks in Geneva on Ukraine come as the country’s eastern regions are awash in turmoil and pro-Russian insurgents have seized police stations and government buildings in at least nine cities. But for all the anxiety about Ukraine’s future — bolstered by Vladimir Putin’s contention the country is on the verge of […]

Pro-Russian insurgents seize armored vehicles

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian insurgents commandeered six Ukrainian armored vehicles along with their crews and hoisted Russian flags over them Wednesday, dampening the central government’s hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian soldiers manning the vehicles offered no armed resistance, and masked pro-Russian militias in combat fatigues sat on top as they […]

Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing

MOKPO, South Korea — Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers. With their breathing room disappearing, the 36-year-old businessman and some of the other passengers floated to an exit and swam […]

Officials: Huge San Francisco blaze was accidental

SAN FRANCISCO — A massive blaze that barreled through an apartment building construction site in San Francisco last month was accidental, not arson, fire investigators said Tuesday. The five-alarm fire on March 11 in the Mission Bay neighborhood began when a hot or smoldering object ignited wood between the top floor and roof of the […]

‘Shrimp Boy’ pleads not guilty in corruption case

SAN FRANCISCO — Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, a central figure in a sweeping San Francisco organized crime and public corruption case, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to money laundering and other charges related to the investigation. Defense attorney Greg Bentley entered the plea for Chow, who remains in custody and appeared in court in jail clothing. […]

Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack. “This day will always be hard, but this place will always be […]

Medic Ambulance to break ground on HQ project

FAIRFIELD — Medic Ambulance needs to expand its headquarters, but didn’t want to move. “We started in Vallejo,” Medic Ambulance President Rudy Manfredi said. “It’s always been good to me. The economy here needs a little kick in the pants. I didn’t feel like leaving Vallejo at this time.” Fortunately, the company has room to […]

Home loans available through credit union

FAIRFIELD — Travis Credit Union announced it has Federal Home Loan Bank grant funds to disperse to low- and moderate-income homebuyers within its 12-county service area. Eligible first-time homebuyers may apply for up to $15,000 in matching grant funds to be used for the down payment and closing costs. The program is designed to help […]

Business roundtable on calendar

FAIRFIELD — Protecting businesses from nuisance crimes will be the topic of a roundtable discussion at the second annual North Texas Street Business Association Resource Fair. The discussion will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, 1111 Webster St. Admission is free. For more information, call Catherine Grimard […]

Garamendi to speak at Solano EDC breakfast

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi will give a congressional update at the April 23 Solano Economic Development Corp. breakfast. Garamendi’s topic is “Washington and Solano.” The event starts with registration at 7:30 a.m., with the program to begin at 8 a.m. The location is the Hilton Garden Inn, 2200 Gateway Court in Fairfield. Call 864-1855 […]

County schedules turf farm permit hearing

FAIRFIELD — Warren’s Turf Group is asking the county to extend its permit to operate a turf nursery at 3773 Chadbourne Road near Fairfield. The county zoning administrator is to conduct a hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday. The hearing will take place in the Office of Resource Management at the county Government Center, 675 Texas […]

Toyota Vacaville employee receives recognition

VACAVILLE — Jeremiah “J.J.” Husted of Toyota Scion Vacaville has won the Quality of Champion award from Toyota. Toyota San Francisco regional technical staff selected Husted to attend the third annual National Toyota Quality Champions Meeting from April 29 to May 1 at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana in Princeton, Ind. He got selected based on the quality […]

Country fest a hit in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — They came for country. Cowboy boots and belt buckles were in fashion on the Town Square Saturday as the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District hosted its annual Country & Western Festival. From The Beer Brothers to the Terry Sheets Band, there were a number of musical acts to entertain the crowd as well as […]

Woman gets life in prison in stiletto heel slaying

HOUSTON — A Houston woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face and head. Ana Trujillo was convicted of murder Tuesday by the same jury for killing 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson during an […]

Australia PM confident sounds are from Flight 370

PERTH, Australia — With the Malaysian jetliner mystery now five weeks old, officials have narrowed the search zone for the missing plane and are “very confident” the underwater signals they have heard are from its black box, Australia’s prime minister said Friday. At the same time, however, those electronic signals are fading, Tony Abbott added. […]

Pope assumes responsibility for priest sex abuse

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Friday he took personal responsibility for the “evil” of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the church must be even bolder in its efforts to protect the young. It was the first time a pope has taken personal responsibility for the sex crimes […]

New ‘face,’ but some old problems for ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON — Abruptly on the spot as the new face of “Obamacare,” Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political. Burwell, until now White House budget director, was named by President Barack Obama on Friday to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the messy rollout of the health care […]

In a rare rebuke, US blocks Iran’s envoy to UN

WASHINGTON — In a rare diplomatic rebuke, the United States has blocked Iran’s controversial pick for envoy to the United Nations, a move that could stir fresh animosity at a time when Washington and Tehran have been seeking a thaw in relations. The Obama administration said Friday that the U.S. had informed Iran it would […]

Real IRA man charged with 29 Omagh bomb murders

DUBLIN — An Irish Republican Army veteran was charged Thursday with 29 murders over the 1998 car bomb attack on Omagh, the deadliest bombing of the entire Northern Ireland conflict. Police long have considered Seamus Daly, 43, a prime suspect in the bombing, which was claimed by a breakaway faction called the Real IRA. The […]

Another possible signal heard in Flight 370 search

PERTH, Australia — For the fifth time in recent days, an underwater sensor detected a signal in the same swath of the southern Indian Ocean on Thursday, raising hopes that searchers are closing in on what could be a flight recorder from the missing Malaysian jet. An Australian air force P-3 Orion, which has been […]

US says Iran’s pick for UN envoy is ‘not viable’

TEHRAN, Iran — The United States notified Iran’s government on Tuesday that Tehran’s pick for a new U.N. envoy is “not viable,” a day after the U.S. Senate voted against letting the diplomat enter the country. American officials objected to the selection of Hamid Abutalebi because of his alleged participation in a Muslim student group […]