Friday, October 24, 2014

NYC mayor: Don’t be alarmed by doctor’s Ebola

NEW YORK — An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. It’s the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation. The mayor said Thursday there’s no reason for residents to be […]

NK experts: US must apologize to free detainees

PYONGYANG, North Korea — The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts said Thursday. Although North Korea released Fowle, getting Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae out of prison will […]

Ebola: A crash course in fear and how it hurts us

WASHINGTON — Ebola is giving Americans a crash course in fear. Yet, they’re incredibly less likely to get the disease than to get sick worrying about it. First, the reality check: More Americans have married Kim Kardashian — three — than contracted Ebola in the U.S. The two Dallas nurses who came down with Ebola […]

Cremation fears leave empty Ebola beds in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia — Even as Liberians fall ill and die of Ebola, more than half the beds in treatment centers in the capital remain empty because of the government’s order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims in Monrovia be cremated. Cremation violates Liberians’ values and cultural practices and the order has so disturbed […]

Ex-Mountie hero of shooting at Canada’s Parliament

OTTAWA, Ontario — The standing ovation began even before Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers entered the Parliament chamber in his black robe, carrying the golden ceremonial mace on his right shoulder. For more than two minutes, the lawmakers applauded and pounded their desks Thursday for the white-haired former Mountie, hailed as a hero for shooting the gunman […]

Canada gunman wanted a passport to go to Mideast

OTTAWA, Ontario — He seemed lost, “did not fit in,” had drug problems, and went more than five years without seeing his mother. In recent weeks, he had been living at a homeless shelter and had talked about wanting to go to Libya — or Syria — but became agitated when he couldn’t get a […]

Analysis: Fowle was North Korea’s easiest US case

PYONGYANG, North Korea — Why did North Korea free Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans remain in prison there? Probably because Pyongyang considered him the most minor of the three offenders, and may believe that releasing him could improve abysmal U.S. relations and even temper growing international criticism of its human-rights record. Fowle was not accused of […]

UK man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court

LONDON — He might have got away with it if it hadn’t been for his supermarket loyalty card. A British fraudster who pretended to be quadriplegic and sometimes comatose for two years to avoid prosecution has been convicted after police caught him on camera driving and strolling around supermarkets. Alan Knight of Swansea, Wales, stole […]

Missile, fire from Egypt wounds 2 Israeli troops

JERUSALEM — Attackers inside Egypt fired an anti-tank missile and automatic rifles at a military vehicle in Israel on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers in a rare cross-border incident, the military said. The attack occurred in southern Negev Desert and the soldiers were evacuated to a hospital in Israel, it added. An Egyptian security official suggested […]

Mexico: Mayor linked to deadly attack on students

MEXICO CITY — Officials said Wednesday that a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 students in a southern city essentially ran the town, paying the mayor hundreds of thousands of dollars a month out of its profits from making opium paste to fuel the U.S. heroin market. The statements painted the fullest picture […]

Nigeria truce is shaky, no news of abducted girls

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Days after Nigeria’s military raised hopes with the announcement that Islamic extremists had agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram is still fighting and there is no word on the fate of the 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months. Officials had said talks would resume in neighboring Chad this week, but there […]

Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers OK fighters for Syria

IRBIL, Iraq — Lawmakers in Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdish region Wednesday authorized peshmerga forces to go to neighboring Syria and help fellow Kurds combat Islamic State militants in the key border town of Kobani, providing much-needed boots on the ground. The unprecedented deployment will almost certainly depend on the support of Turkey, whose president criticized […]

Cadaver dog searches in suspected serial killings

GARY, Ind. — Investigators used a cadaver dog Tuesday to comb abandoned buildings in Gary, Indiana for more possible victims of a suspected serial killer who confessed to strangling one woman, directed police to six more bodies and hinted that there could be more killings stretching back two decades. Gary Police Chief Larry McKinley said about 20 officers had […]

Schools scoured in search for ambush suspect

SWIFTWATER, Pa. — With two possible sightings in four days, a man charged in the deadly ambush of a state police barracks appears to have moved out of the deep woods and into a more heavily trafficked area of the Pocono Mountains. The sightings led to another round of school closures and a feeling among […]

AP-GfK Poll: Most expect GOP victory in November

WASHINGTON — Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation’s likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that’s the outcome they’d like to see. But the survey suggests many will cringe when they […]

Iraq lawmakers approve interior, defense ministers

BAGHDAD — Iraqi lawmakers approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s remaining Cabinet nominees on Saturday, including for the critical defense and interior portfolios, completing the formation of a government that will strive to push the Islamic State extremist group out of the sprawling territory it has seized in recent months. Control over the two powerful security ministries […]

US, China vow to manage rifts ahead of Obama visit

BOSTON — The U.S. and China pledged Saturday to overcome mistrust, manage their differences and cooperate on key issues like combatting terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus as President Barack Obama prepares to travel to the Chinese capital next month. Meeting in Boston, Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi […]

Container ship adrift again off Canadian coast

PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia — A disabled Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel is adrift again but officials said Saturday there is no immediate risk of it reaching shore, hitting rocks and causing a spill. Royal Canadian Navy Lt. Greg Menzies said a tow line from the Coast Guard ship Gordon Reid got […]

Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

VATICAN CITY — Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals that stripped away the welcoming tone […]

9 more bodies push Nepal blizzard death toll to 38

KATMANDU, Nepal — A rescue helicopter spotted nine more bodies Saturday on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 from this week’s series of snow storms and avalanches in the worst hiking disaster in the Himalayan nation. The bodies were seen in a remote mountainous area, but the steep terrain made […]

Facebook, Apple pay for egg freezing, sperm donors

NEW YORK — Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages — frozen eggs? Silicon Valley’s biggest companies have long offered cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job. But beyond day-to-day luxuries, Facebook and Apple will now give up to $20,000 in benefits to help employees pay for […]

What’s the matter with Kansas?

Kansas is one of the most Republican states in the nation, but you wouldn’t know it by watching these midterm elections. GOP Gov. Sam Brownback and Sen. Pat Roberts are both fighting for their political lives, and both may lose at the polls in November. William Allen White and Thomas Frank both got famous asking […]

Death of Greenglass stirs memories of harsh betrayal

I was all set to use my column today to indicate my surprise that some members of the Christian faith tolerate, and, worse, support, a TV charlatan like Joel Osteen. If you haven’t seen his commercials, his message is that if you are in search of “personal guidance” he, and his wife Victoria, will be […]

Helping the homeless in Fairfield

Recently the conversation has risen about the homeless population in Fairfield, Vacaville and Solano County. As the sole emergency shelter for homeless individuals in all of Solano County, Mission Solano has a unique view into the men, women, children and veterans that call our streets their home. There are three types of homeless: Transitionally homeless: […]

Mraz supports seniors

When Honorable John Mraz filed for re-election as a city of Fairfield candidate, as a current city councilman it was a time of re-thinking the past of a candidate and councilman’s proven, caring outreach for our senior community. I recall when serving as a member of the Senior Advocate Committee where senior issues were presented to the […]

Suisun City police log: Oct. 14, 2014

5:31 a.m. — Vandalism, 300 block of FLAGSTONE CIRCLE 10:11 a.m. — Fraud, 700 block of DRIFTWOOD DRIVE 6:11 p.m. — Reckless driver, HIGHWAY 12 / SUNSET AVENUE 10:16 p.m. — Burglary, 200 block of BRIDGEWATER CIRCLE  

Fairfield police log: Oct. 14, 2014

1:15 a.m. — Shots fired, 200 block of SANTA BARBARA WAY 3:56 a.m. — Robbery, 1900 block of GRANDE CIRCLE 8:55 a.m. — Assault with a deadly weapon, 600 block of ALASKA AVENUE 9:02 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1000 block of WEBSTER STREET 9:43 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 800 block of WASHINGTON STREET 10:29 a.m. — Forgery, 1000 block of WEBSTER STREET 10:44 a.m. — Grand theft, […]

US, Russia vow intel-sharing on Islamic State

PARIS — The United States and Russia vowed Tuesday to renew cooperation on a broad array of global security matters, including intelligence sharing on Islamic State militants, even as the two powers remained deeply at odds over the crisis in Ukraine. Although Secretary of State John Kerry didn’t use the term “reset” — a relationship-mending […]