Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine — Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an apartment block and raised fears that the city is on the verge of severe bloodshed. Fighting also raged elsewhere […]

US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON — Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy. The coordinated sanctions were aimed at increasing pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his […]

Fairfield gets new pizza shop

FAIRFIELD — Gio Franco held up a container containing ingredients that comes to his Giovanni’s Pizzeria from his uncle in Clovis. “This is a secret recipe he ships here,” Franco said with a smile. These ingredients get put into the pizza dough. They make Giovanni’s Pizzeria pizzas taste better than anything else, he said. Giovanni’s […]

Renowned cardiovascular surgeon comes to NorthBay

FAIRFIELD — A cardiovascular surgeon known for his work at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center and Stanford Medical Center has joined NorthBay Healthcare. Ramin Beygui has become the medical director of NorthBay Healthcare’s Heart and Vascular Center. He is one of only a handful of surgeons in the nation simultaneously board certified […]

Business workshop addresses marketing

FAIRFIELD — An upcoming workshop is designed to teach small-business owners how to conduct market research, define target markets and come up with a marketing plan. Marketing 101 is sponsored by the Solano College Small Business Development Center. It will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at 360 Campus Lane, Suite 102. To get […]

Taiwan plane survivor crawls out, phones dad

XIXI, Taiwan — The 10 survivors of Taiwan’s worst air disaster in more than a decade include a 34-year-old woman who called her father after scrambling from the wreckage and seeking help at a nearby home. Hung Yu-ting escaped through a hole in the fuselage that opened up after the plane plowed into homes Wednesday […]

Teams converge on remote site to probe plane crash

PARIS — Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and apparently disintegrated on impact. French authorities said the catastrophe was probably the result of extreme bad weather, […]

Former CIA officials can’t see ‘torture’ report

ASPEN, Colo. — About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement. Then, on Friday, many were told they […]

Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area

MIAMI — A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. Still, no marriage licenses will be issued for gay couples in either county any time soon to allow for […]

Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

WASHINGTON — Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S. He emphasized to the regional leaders that despite U.S. compassion for migrant children, those who do not have a proper […]

‘Up the Down Staircase’ writer Kaufman dies at 103

NEW YORK — Bel Kaufman, the witty and spirited fiction writer, educator and storyteller whose million-selling “Up the Down Staircase” captured the insanity and the humor, the pathos and the poetry of the American high school, died Friday at age 103. Kaufman, the granddaughter of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem and a vital link to Yiddish […]


Publishers Weekly best-sellers for week ending July 20: HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The Book of Life” by Deborah Harkness (Viking) 2. “The Heist” by Daniel Silva (Harper) 3. “Invisible” by Patterson/Ellis (Little, Brown) 4. “Act of War” by Brad Thor (Atria Books) 5. “Top Secret Twenty-One” by Janet Evanovich (Bantam) 6. “Cut and Thrust” by Stuart […]

Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

WASHINGTON — Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel’s largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm, and yet another disappears. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents. Industry analysts and safety experts shake their […]

Islamic militants seize part of Syrian army base

BEIRUT — Fighters from the extremist Islamic State group on Thursday overran part of an army base in northern Syria, which has been under the militants’ siege for months, in ferocious battles that killed or wounded dozens on both sides, activists said. The battle over the base is the latest in the Islamic State’s push […]

Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

BAGHDAD — Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country’s new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the […]

Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country’s starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February. Yatsenyuk, a supporter of closer ties with Europe and a key participant in the protests that toppled Yanukovych, […]

UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children’s clothing scattered in the courtyard. Palestinian officials blamed Israel for the shelling, which wounded dozens […]

Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso — the third major international aviation disaster in a week. The plane, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria’s flagship carrier, disappeared […]

Texas Book Festival gives sneak peak at authors

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Book Festival has revealed some of the authors that will headline the event this fall. The festival announced Wednesday that headliners will include Martin Amis, known for novels including “Money” and “London Fields,” as well as celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich and children’s author Ziggy Marley, son of reggae’s Bob Marley. […]

Fairfield police log: July 22, 2014

12:37 a.m. — Shots fired, 200 block of JACKSON STREET 1:12 a.m. — Robbery, sub-100 block of TAYLOR STREET 4:53 a.m. — Trespassing, 200 block of EAST ATLANTIC AVENUE 7:50 a.m. — Hit-and-run, sub-100 block of DOVER AVENUE 8:46 a.m. — Trespassing, 2000 block of CADENASSO DRIVE 9:42 a.m. — Hit-and-run, 1400 block of TRAVIS BOULEVARD 9:49 a.m. — Hit-and-run, 3400 block of NORTH TEXAS STREET 10:31 a.m. — Commercial burglary, 1400 […]

Fairfield police log: July 21, 2014

2:48 a.m. — Reckless driving, sub-100 block of UTAH STREET 4:07 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 3700 block of LYON ROAD 7:05 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1500 block of MONROE STREET 8:25 a.m. — Felony warrant, 1000 block of WEBSTER STREET 8:54 a.m. — Commercial burglary, 1100 block of MEADOWLARK DRIVE 9:58 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 1000 block of WEBSTER STREET 11:24 a.m. — Forgery, 300 block of EAST WYOMING STREET 12:03 p.m. […]

Fairfield police log: July 20, 2014

12:25 a.m. — Fire, 400 block of TAYLOR STREET 1:19 a.m. — Prowler, 2800 block of REBECCA DRIVE 7:12 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 2500 block of HEATHER DRIVE 10:09 a.m. — Residential burglary, 500 block of GREGORY STREET 10:16 a.m. — Vandalism, 700 block of ASPEN COURT 11:29 a.m. — Grand theft, 1400 block of JEFFERSON STREET 11:36 a.m. — Hit-and-run, 4800 block of […]

Suisun City police log: July 21, 2013

7:52 a.m. — Robbery, 100 block of MAIN 9:33 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 900 block of FREEDOM DRIVE 4:05 p.m. — Fraud, 600 block of VILLAGE DRIVE 6:51 p.m. — Burglary, 300 block of MERGANSER DRIVE

Suisun City police log: July 20, 2014

1:21 a.m. — Residential fire, 1100 block of WEST 6:28 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 500 block of AVALON WAY 10:08 a.m. — Vandalism, 200 block of RAILROAD AVENUE 10:58 a.m. — Vandalism, 200 block of SACRAMENTO 6:32 p.m. —  Assault, sub-100 block of TERRY LANE

Honduran families deported back to a bleak future

TOCOA, Honduras — Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago. Then the killers came looking for her. Ramirez had seen Facebook messages and heard from relatives that mothers travelling to the United States […]

Lockdown lifted at Little Rock Air Force Base

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. — Military officials locked down an Arkansas air force base for several hours Wednesday after reporting that a suspicious individual was on the sprawling complex near Little Rock, then reopened the base and said the threat was “no longer credible.” During the lockdown, no one was allowed to enter or leave the base. […]

GM issues 6 more safety recalls

DETROIT — General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles. The latest recalls cover nearly 823,000 cars, trucks and SUVs mostly in North America but including a small number of exports. The largest is for faulty seats in just over 475,000 cars and […]

US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis. Underscoring the challenges facing international negotiators […]