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Hope fulfilled

I really didn’t know what to expect with the election of our first black president in 2008. We did know a lot about him by then. We knew of his education, intelligence, and remarkable ability as a speaker. And we knew that our nation’s past, steeped in an “original sin” of black slavery, made his […]

What’s the greater threat?

Yes, the claim made both by our president and his secretary of state still resonate with me. I’m talking about their insistence – time and again – that the biggest threat to mankind – pardon me – humankind, is climate change. I’d like to pose a question to readers of this column: Do you think that the British people, […]

The worst agreement in US diplomatic history

The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama’s fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous corruption of American power and influence. In pursuit of his […]

It’s D-Day for 2016 candidates: Your inbox probably can tell

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton has a dinner invite for you. Jeb Bush is out to make a big splash. Rick Santorum wants to scare the heck out of you. Ted Cruz is looking for a sacrifice. Lincoln Chaffee wants to be your pal. Oh, and all of them want your money — and preferably before […]

Paul is first major-party candidate to court pot donors

DENVER — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul courted donors from the new marijuana industry Tuesday, making the Kentucky senator the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from the legal weed business. Paul’s fundraiser at the Cannabis Business Summit — tickets started at $2,700, the maximum donation allowed for the primary contest — came […]

Christie promises blunt campaign as he enters 2016 contest

LIVINGSTON, N.J. — A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe. The Republican governor, a one-time GOP favorite who faded and now tries to climb back, lashed out at “bickering leaders” from both political parties […]

Since 1981, Bush paid an average tax rate of 36 percent

DES MOINES, Iowa — Jeb Bush paid an average federal income tax rate of 36 percent over the past three decades. That’s according to tax returns Bush posted online Tuesday. The records detail the Republican presidential candidate’s earnings and tax payments since 1981. Bush notes that tax rate is higher than the 30 percent rate […]

Will latest inflammatory comments tarnish Trump’s brand?

NEW YORK — Is Donald Trump’s business empire as Teflon-coated as his hair appears to be? Trump has found himself on the receiving end of the catchphrase he made famous on his reality show “The Apprentice” — “You’re fired!” — after NBC dumped the real estate mogul Monday over comments he made about immigrants during […]

In Supreme Court loss, death penalty foes see an opening

ATLANTA — A strongly worded dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrow decision this week upholding the use of an execution drug offered a glimmer of hope to death penalty opponents in what they considered otherwise a gloomy ruling. One advocate went so far Tuesday as to call it a blueprint for a fresh attack […]

Official: Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escape

ALBANY, N.Y. — The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled it off, a state official said Tuesday. The 12-member group is in addition to the guard and the […]

‘Ted 2′ lags behind ‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Inside Out’

LOS ANGELES — A foul-mouthed Teddy bear is no match for a pack of dinosaurs. Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted 2″ opened far under expectations with $32.9 million, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday, ceding the top two spots to holdovers “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out.” While $32.9 million is a solid opening for an R-rated comedy, bigger things […]

Chris Squire, bassist of progressive rock band Yes, dies

NEW YORK — Chris Squire, the bassist and co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes who recently announced he had leukemia, has died, according to a statement from his band members on Sunday. He was 67. The band posted a statement on its Facebook page saying Squire “peacefully passed away” Saturday in Phoenix, where he […]

Question of the week: Should Fairfield legalize and sell fireworks like Suisun City?

Suisun City can make money, some nonprofits can make money and many local residents get to buy and set off fireworks within the city limits. Should Fairfield get in on the act and legalize and sell fireworks like Suisun City? Take part in our poll. Last week’s question: Which did you enjoy more, Warriors’ title or Giants’? Warriors: 50 […]

Vatican signs treaty with “State of Palestine”

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican signed a treaty with the “State of Palestine” on Friday, saying it hoped its legal recognition of the state would help stimulate peace with Israel and that the treaty itself would serve as a model for other Mideast countries. Vatican Foreign Minister Paul Gallagher and his Palestinian counterpart, Riad al-Malki, […]

SpaceX capsule to deliver new parking spot for space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX stands ready to launch a much-needed load of supplies to the International Space Station this weekend on the heels of a failed supply run by Russia. Besides food and experiments, the Dragon cargo ship ordered up by NASA holds a new docking port, or parking place, for future commercial crew […]

Swollen Colorado rivers force rafters to seek calmer waters

DENVER — Rapidly melting snow and heavy spring rains are sending Colorado’s rivers tumbling out of the mountains, so far claiming the lives of at least 11 people and forcing some whitewater rafting companies to seek out calmer rapids and stock extra safety gear. Last year, 17 people died in boating accidents, including 14 on […]

Fairfield police log: June 24, 2015

12:22 a.m. — Shots fired, 2500 block of CARNATION DRIVE 4:39 a.m. — Vandalism, 200 block of COLUMBUS DRIVE 5:16 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1800 block of WOODSTOCK COURT 6:23 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 2400 block of SANCTUARY CIRCLE 7:40 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 200 block of LARKSPUR LANE 7:54 a.m. —  Reckless driver, CEMENT […]

Suisun City police log: June 24, 2015

12:39 a.m. — Shots fired, MARINA CENTER 6:18 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1400 block of DONNER COURT 10:18 a.m. — Hit-and-run property damage, 1300 block of LOIS LANE 12:08 p.m. — Fraud, 1400 block of LANGLEY WAY 12:10 p.m. — Fraud, 1700 block of NEWARK LANE 1:45 p.m. — Assault, 200 block of TAMARISK CIRCLE 5:33 p.m. […]

California vaccine bill clears major legislative hurdle

SACRAMENTO — California’s Assembly on Thursday approved a hotly contested bill requiring that nearly all public schoolchildren be vaccinated, clearing one of its last major legislative obstacles before the measure heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill aims to increase immunization rates after a measles outbreak linked to Disneyland in December sickened […]

Fairfield police log: June 23, 2015

12:49 a.m. — Trespassing, 1400 block of STARR COURT 3:52 a.m. — Trespassing, 1400 block of STARR COURT 5:24 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 400 block of MARIGOLD DRIVE 5:54 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 2700 block of WOODMONT DRIVE 6:33 a.m. — Prowler, 2200 block of DOVER AVENUE 7:13 a.m. — Shots fired, 2200 block of GREENFIELD DRIVE 7:53 a.m. — Residential burglary, 2900 block of CAMROSE AVENUE 8:53 a.m. — Trespassing, […]

Suisun City police log: June 23, 2015

12:57 p.m. — Fraud, EAST SUNSET AVENUE 1:12 p.m. — Burglary, sub-100 block of TEA ROSE WAY 4:07 p.m. — Vandalism, 1100 block of SCHOOL STREET 6:07 p.m. — Reckless driver, 1200 block of WAXWING LANE 6:46 p.m. — Trespassing, 700 block of GOLDEN EYE WAY 9:35 p.m. — Burglary, ONE HARBOR CENTER

Millions of people bend and twist their bodies for Yoga Day

NEW DELHI — Millions of yoga enthusiasts across the world bent and twisted their bodies in complex postures Sunday to mark the first International Yoga Day. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spread his mat among rows of people, including his Cabinet members and foreign diplomats, at New Delhi’s main thoroughfare, which was transformed into a sprawling […]

40 Spanish experts rescue injured climber from deep cave

MADRID — Emergency services in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia successfully rescued an injured caver from deep underground on Sunday after deploying a team of 40 experts. The fire department of the region of Catalonia said rescuers had used special tools to chip away at sections of the cave to widen it in order to […]

New Orleans police officer killed while transporting suspect

NEW ORLEANS — A handcuffed prisoner in a moving police cruiser somehow managed to grab a gun, fatally shoot the officer at the wheel and escape from the vehicle, which careened into a utility pole at a busy intersection, police said Saturday. Officer Daryle Holloway, 45, died at a hospital, police chief Michael Harrison said. Meanwhile, […]

60 pizza-makers create nearly mile-long ‘pie’ in Milan

ROME — The wait was on the long side for the pizza – 18 hours – but this was an extraordinary pie: 1.59545 kilometers, or nearly a mile long. More than 60 of Italy’s best pizza-makers worked through the night to create the pizza at Milan’s world fair, Expo 2015. Their toil was rewarded with […]

Islamic State-claimed car bombing kills 2 in Yemen’s capital

SANAA, Yemen — An Islamic State-claimed car bomb exploded outside a mosque in Yemen’s capital Saturday, killing at least two people and wounding six amid the country’s raging civil war, authorities said. The bomb targeted the Qabat al-Mahdi mosque in Sanaa’s old city, where Shiite rebels known as Houthis and others pray, security officials said. […]

Teammate saves fellow serviceman after his parachute fails

LONDON — A British military stunt team member whose chute failed to open properly owes a big thank you to a teammate who grabbed his parachute and got them both to a safe landing. The Red Devils display team was performing Friday at the Whitehaven Airshow in northwestern England. Eyewitness Lucy Milne told the BBC […]

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