Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fairfield police log: Jan. 23, 2015

1:01 a.m. — Indecent exposure, 400 block of SAN MARCO STREET 3:26 a.m. — Hit-and-run property damage, 2700 block of NORTH TEXAS STREET 8:07 a.m. — Hit-and-run property damage, PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE 8:32 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 2000 block of NORTH TEXAS STREET 8:51 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1600 block of KIDDER AVENUE 9:41 a.m. — Reckless driving, sub-100 block of […]

Suisun City police log: Jan. 23, 2015

9:28 a.m. — Burglary, 800 block of SUISUN STREET 9:55 a.m. — Assault, 1200 block of HUMPHREY DRIVE 1:31 p.m. — Fraud, 400 block of BALD PATE DRIVE 3:07 p.m. — Hit-and-run property damage, 1400 block of PINTAIL DRIVE 3:50 p.m. — Vehicle burglary, PARK N RIDE

Suisun City police log: Jan. 22, 2015

8 a.m. — Assault, 100 block of MARINA BOULEVARD 8:15 a.m. — Vandalism, 1600 block of YOUNGSTOWN LANE 8:38 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 200 block of SUNSET AVENUE 11:33 a.m. — Vandalism, 800 block of ALMOND STREET 12:57 p.m. — Vehicle burglary, PARK N RIDE 1:17 p.m. — Reckless driving, SUNSET AVENUE / EAST TRAVIS BOULEVARD 3:23 p.m. — Reckless driving, BOAT RAMP

Mortar strikes kill 13 at bus stop in Ukraine

SOKILNYKY, Ukraine — Hours after a new peace initiative for Ukraine began taking shape, mortar shells rained down Thursday on the center of the main rebel-held city in the east, killing at least 13 people at a bus stop. The deaths in Donetsk sparked wrath and grief that was swiftly exploited by pro-Russian rebel leaders, who paraded captive Ukrainian […]

France tackles source of extremism in troubled suburbs

MONTFERMEIL, France — As France’s prime minister kicks off a new plan to fix troubled schools and restive suburbs, the people he’s trying to help are more skeptical than hopeful. They’ve heard these promises before. This time, the stakes are arguably higher. The impetus for the new government proposals announced Thursday came after French-born Islamic radicals shocked the nation in three days […]

Kerry says forces are beating back ISIL fighters in Iraq

LONDON — The U.S. and its allies sought to put a good face on the coalition’s deliberate campaign to roll back the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria on Thursday, boasting of having killed thousands of militants while acknowledging that ousting the group from key cities remains a distant aspiration. Speaking to reporters in London alongside the […]

Saudi Arabia King Abdullah dies at 90

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia  — Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who fought al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died. He was 90. A royal court statement said the king died at 1 a.m. on Friday. His successor was announced as 79-year-old half-brother, Prince Salman, a Royal Court statement carried […]

Fairfield police log: Jan. 20, 2015

1:47 a.m. — Hit-and-run property damage, 1500 block of JEFFERSON STREET 4:48 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 2200 block of GREENFIELD DRIVE 7:21 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 2800 block of PEPPERTREE DRIVE 7:46 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 4100 block of SHAKER RUN CIRCLE 8:06 a.m. — Forgery, 1000 block of WEBSTER STREET 8:57 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 100 […]

Suisun City police log: Jan. 20, 2015

1:06 a.m. — Robbery, BLOSSOM AVENUE / CHYRL WAY 5:24 a.m. — Vandalism, 300 block of SANDY LANE 11:41 a.m. — Vandalism, 300 block of MERGANSER DRIVE 3:39 p.m. — Fraud, 1200 block of MCCOY CREEK WAY 6:47 p.m. — Vandalism, 600 block of VILLAGE DRIVE

US settles case over fake Facebook page

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity, a tactic that raised privacy concerns and led to a federal government review of the ruse, according to court papers filed […]

Billions in federal penalties at issue in BP spill trial

NEW ORLEANS — Images of oil-coated birds and testimony about “widespread socio-cultural harm” opened the third phase of a trial to establish environmental penalties BP must pay for spilling millions of barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The government wants the oil giant to pay another $13.7 billion for harming not […]

New privacy concerns over government’s health care website

WASHINGTON — The government’s health insurance website is quietly passing along consumers’ personal data to outside websites, just as President Barack Obama is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections. It works like this: When you apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, dozens of data companies may be able to tell that you are on the site. Some […]

TransCanada takes steps to acquire Keystone pipeline land

LINCOLN, Neb. — The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline made good on its promise Tuesday to try to seize access to the Nebraska land it needs to finish the project — the first steps it’s taken since the state’s high court removed a major legal barrier. TransCanada employees said the company filed legal […]

Dad: Girl, 13, accused in crime spree was never abused

CLARKSON, Ky. — The father of a 13-year-old girl who police say went on a crime spree with her boyfriend said Tuesday that claims that she was abused at home are “completely bogus.” “Anyone that knows us knows better. My family is pretty well respected in the community,” Shawn Phillips, 38, told The Associated Press. […]

Jury selection starts in Colorado theater shooting trial

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The first time James Holmes appeared in court, he wore chains and an orange jail jumpsuit and looked dazed, with his hair dyed a comic-book shade of orange. As jury selection began Tuesday in the Colorado theater shooting, it was a far different Holmes at the defense table: The jail uniform was […]

Construction collapse kills 1, forces days-long I-75 closure

CINCINNATI — Tons of concrete and steel covered the southbound lanes of a major Cincinnati artery Tuesday after an overpass collapse during demolition work left one worker dead, a tractor-trailer driver injured and police considering what the potential toll might have been had the accident occurred amid heavy traffic. The removal of debris from Interstate […]

Vacaville to host small business expo

VACAVILLE — The city of Vacaville will host a small business expo this month. The expo will help small-business owners, home-based businesses and start-up companies learn how to contract, become licensed and get certified to do business in California. The event takes place at 8 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Ulatis Community Center, 1000 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville. For […]

Fairfield shows growth in businesses in 2014

FAIRFIELD — Business is growing in the Fairfield area, at least according to the city of Fairfield business blog. The city’s Planning Department issued more than 500 new business licenses in 2014. Included in the total were 256 business licenses for commercial locations that include Access Dental Center, Anytime Fitness, Comfort Inn in the Cordelia area, Cost Cutters […]

Il Fiorello offers chocolate class in time for Valentine’s Day

FAIRFIELD — Il Fiorello has scheduled a class on making chocolate goodies in preparation for Valentine’s Day. The morning will be spent learning how to work chocolate, espresso and cocoa powder into delicious treats. Comparative tasting with red wine and olive oils also will be included. Participants will go home with a dozen truffles. The […]

New restaurant opens in Suisun City

SUISUN CITY — The Golden Grill restaurant was bought by Amy Secrest and has been renamed the Wahsing Restaurant. Secrest has been in the restaurant business for the past 31 years. The restaurant specializes in Mongolian barbecue, Mandarin and Szechwan. It is located at 121-A Sunset Ave., Suisun City. Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or shiland@dailyrepublic.net.

Tourist numbers in Paris drop following terror attacks

PARIS — Gray skies over a half-empty Eiffel Tower. Since last week’s terrorist attacks that left 17 victims and three gunmen dead, the swarms of sightseers have thinned below Paris’ most visited monument, baring the dull concrete of the giant plaza. Just over a week after the attacks, only a handful of tourists were taking photos, […]

Latest Charlie Hebdo cover continues to roil Muslim world

CAIRO — The famed French weekly Charlie Hebdo has continued to draw a somewhat contradictory reaction across the Muslim world. Many Muslims have expressed disgust at the deadly assault on the magazine’s Paris office by Islamic extremists who killed 12 people. However many also remain deeply offended by the magazine’s record of publishing cartoons lampooning the […]

Malawi flooding kills 176, displaces thousands

BLANTYRE, Malawi  — Flooding in Malawi has killed more than 176 people, displaced at least 200,000 others, left homes and schools submerged in water and roads washed away by the deluge in the southern African country, the vice president said Friday. Downriver in neighboring Mozambique, floodwaters have left at least 38 dead, according to Mozambican news agency AIM, displaced […]

Obama takes strong stance against new Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama came out swinging Friday against congressional attempts to slap fresh sanctions on Iran, warning such a move would likely destroy nuclear talks and increase prospects for a military showdown. Vowing to veto any sanctions that reach his desk, Obama pleaded, “Just hold your fire.” In an unusual move by a foreign […]

Two Europe terror plots have different outcomes

PARIS —€” France and Belgium have been rocked by back-to-back events linked to terrorism, but the sole connection for now seems to be their common objective: to strike a blow at an advanced Western democracy. Officials don’t believe there is a direct link between last week’s attacks in Paris and a foiled plot this week in Belgium. […]

Food crisis deepening in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela  — When Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro returns from an urgent fundraising trip that has taken him to seven nations, he’ll find his oil-dependent economy teetering on the edge and desperate countrymen searching empty store shelves for basic goods. In the two weeks Maduro has bounced across the globe seeking support for his oil-dependent nation, […]

Pope suggests there are limits to free speech

MANILA, Philippines  — Whatever happened to turning the other cheek? Pope Francis made headlines when he said en route to the Philippines that there were limits to free speech, especially when it ridicules or insults someone’s faith. But he raised even more eyebrows when he explained his point by saying that if a good friend cursed […]

Belgian raids mark European terror crackdown

BRUSSELS  — Belgium ordered its army into the streets and anti-terror raids across Western Europe netted dozens of suspects Friday as authorities rushed to thwart more attacks by people with links to Mideast Islamic extremists. As anxiety soared in the wake of last week’s bloody spree in and around Paris, the broad scope of the police actions […]

Pentagon may soon train Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON  — The program to train moderate Syrian rebels could involve as many as 1,000 U.S. trainers and support personnel, the Pentagon said Friday. If all goes well, trained rebels could be back on the battlefield in Syria by the end of the year. Rear Adm. John Kirby said the U.S. will send several hundred trainers and probably an equal number of […]