Sunday, April 26, 2015

Police: Gray should have received medical treatment

BALTIMORE  — Freddie Gray should have received medical attention at the spot where he was arrested — before he was put inside a police van, authorities said Friday. Baltimore police have come under intense scrutiny after Gray was taken into custody and suffered an unexplained spinal injury that led to his death. Six officers have […]

Armenians mark 100-year anniversary of massacres

VAGHARSHAPAT, Armenia — Life had barely begun for Khosrov Frangyan when he knew the fear of being an Armenian in the Ottoman Empire. A century later, the memories still torment him. “Somebody told us that Turks will come and start killing us,” said the 105-year-old, recalling how he and fellow villagers hid atop a mountain. […]

Thousands evacuated following Chilean eruption

PUERTO MONTT, Chile — Twin blasts from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile sent vast clouds of ash into the sky, increasing concerns the dust could contaminate water, cause respiratory illnesses and ground more flights. The volcano erupted Wednesday afternoon for the first time in more than four decades, spewing out a plume of ash […]

European leaders rally to solve migrant ship issue

BRUSSELS — Late to the rescue, European leaders came through Thursday with pledges of big ships, aircraft and a tripling in funds to save lives in the Mediterranean after the deaths at sea of more than 1,300 migrants over the past three weeks, and agreed to lay the groundwork for military action against traffickers. Italian […]


Publishers Weekly best-sellers for week ending April 19: HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The Liar” by Nora Roberts (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) 2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 3. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner) 4. “Every Fifteen Minutes” by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s Press) 5. “The Stranger” by Harlan […]

Newly profitable Toyota leaving Japan behind

Nobody should be surprised that Toyota, flush with $18 billion in profits this year, has emerged as a major beneficiary of Abenomics. After all, the weakened yen at the center of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic program was designed to help the bottom lines of major exporters. But it’s still something of a shock […]

Doubts linger over nuclear rearmament

At a time of tight defense budgets, why does the Air Force plan to spend billions of extra dollars so that a president 10 or more years from now can have two options if he or she wants to use bombers to attack an enemy with nuclear weapons? There has been an irrationality attached to […]

Don’t take risks with your kids

Everyone is glad that Paul and Suzanne Guzman’s 8-year-old son Brock is back home and safe after being an inadvertent kidnap victim. Brock was asleep in the back seat of the family’s idling car when his father left him unattended and a suspect stole the car. Now the Guzmans, after being handcuffed after trying to […]

Hubble Space Telescope marking 25th anniversary in orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — One of NASA’s crowning glories, the Hubble Space Telescope, marks its 25th anniversary this week. With 1 million-plus observations, including those of some of the farthest and oldest galaxies ever beheld by humanity, no man-made satellite has touched as many minds or hearts as Hubble. NASA is celebrating Friday’s anniversary with […]

CDC: 10 listeria illnesses now linked to Blue Bell foods

HOUSTON — Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries has recalled all of its products after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria. Federal health officials say they’re now aware of 10 listeria illnesses linked to ice cream and other products made by the company over the last five years, including […]

Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow

WASHINGTON — Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman. But they are urging the court to resist embracing what they see as a radical change in society’s view of what constitutes a marriage, especially without more information about how […]

Flee or return: Ramadi residents face a tough choice

ON THE BZEBIZ BRIDGE, Iraq — In the two weeks since militants from the Islamic State group overran central Ramadi, thousands of people have streamed out of the city, fleeing the brutal clashes between the extremists and Iraqi security forces. With the announcement late Monday that the Iraqi military has retaken key areas in and around the […]

Pope OKs resignation of US bishop for not reporting abuse

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pope Francis accepted the resignation Tuesday of a U.S. bishop who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected child abuser, answering calls by victims to take action against bishops who cover up for pedophile priests. Bishop Robert Finn, who led the Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph in Missouri for nearly […]

AP source: DEA chief set to resign from agency soon

WASHINGTON — The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Michele Leonhart, is expected to resign soon, an Obama administration official said Tuesday. Leonhart is a career drug agent who has led the agency since 2007 and is the second woman to hold the job. She has faced mounting pressure from Congress, where some questioned her […]

UNHCR: Weekend shipwreck deadliest ever in Mediterranean

CATANIA, Sicily — The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that more than 800 people were believed to have drowned in the weekend sinking of a boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe, making it the deadliest such disaster in the Mediterranean. New details of the tragedy emerged as the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and […]

More copies of Laura Ingalls Wilder memoir being printed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota’s state-owned publishing house is printing more copies of the best-selling memoir by prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder. “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography,” edited by Pamela Smith Hill, was released in November. It has proved to be a blockbuster for the South Dakota Historical Society Press. It’s in its fourth […]

Question of the week: Is it OK for parents to allow young children to walk home alone from a location a half mile or more away?

Two suburban Washington, D.C., parents are under scrutiny again for letting their 6- and 10-year-old children play in a park and walk home alone in a case that has stirred debate about “free-range” parenting and government powers. For the second time in four months, police picked up the children as they were walking home alone from […]

Researcher denied flight after tweet poking United security

WASHINGTON — United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline’s onboard systems could be hacked. The researcher, Chris Roberts, attempted to board a United flight from Colorado to San Francisco to speak at a major security conference there […]

Biz Buzz: Watson makes partner at law firm

FAIRFIELD — James Watson was made partner at Gaw Van Male, a leading estate-planning, business succession and wine industry law firm that serves Solano and Napa counties, according to a press release to announce his promotion. Watson joined Gaw Van Male in 2008 as an associate after graduating with a law degree from the University of […]

Biz Buzz: Visit Vacaville announces tourism dinner

VACAVILLE — Visit Vacaville’s Tourism is Golden dinner will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. May 6 at the Vacaville Opera House, 560 Main St. The dinner is the Vacaville travel industry’s only advocacy event of the year. The agency will discuss the value and economic impact of the travel and tourism industry. For more […]

Biz Buzz: Retail space sells in Dixon

DIXON — Westmark Partners LLC and Sanborn Road Partners LLC have sold some retail space in Dixon. The 5,525-square-foot space located at 1650 N. Lincoln St. sold to Rick and Robin Tully, according to Premier Commercial Inc. Do you have some business news to share? Contact Susan Hiland at [email protected] Be sure to include Biz Buzz in the […]

Police: Officers kill man who charged at them near St. Louis

JENNINGS, Mo. — Authorities said Saturday that police officers shot and killed a suburban St. Louis man after he charged at them with a knife. St. Louis County Police said in a news release that a woman reported Friday night that her 23-year-old son, Thaddeus McCarroll, had locked her out of her home in Jennings […]

Caged puppies on car roof trigger dozens of 911 calls

AKRON, Ohio — Police finally caught up with a minivan carrying four caged puppies on its roof after dozens of calls poured in to 911 centers in northeast Ohio. Akron police say the driver didn’t realize he did anything wrong by leaving the mixed-breed puppies on the roof. He said Friday he was transporting them […]

Scarlett O’Hara outfit fetches $137,000 at auction

DALLAS — An outfit Vivien Leigh wore when she played Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 film “Gone With the Wind” has fetched $137,000 at auction. Heritage Auctions offered the gray jacket and skirt, featuring a black zigzag applique, plus other items from the Academy Award-winning film at auction Saturday in Beverly Hills, California. Dallas-based Heritage […]

Turin Shroud goes back on display for faithful and curious

TURIN, Italy — Turin’s archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who already saw the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus are returning to see the linen again when it goes back on display starting Sunday. The 14-foot cloth will be displayed April 19-June 24. Pope Francis will […]

Germany mourns citizens lost in plane crash

COLOGNE, Germany — The Germanwings crash last month was an “unbelievable horror” for the families of those killed, compounded by the apparent senselessness of the co-pilot’s actions in bringing down the plane, German President Joachim Gauck told hundreds of victims’ relatives and dignitaries at a memorial service Friday. Gauck said people across Germany, which lost […]

Following Alps crash, debate over pilotless planes heats up

NEW YORK — To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. That radical idea is decades away, if it ever becomes a reality. But following the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the co-pilot, a long-running debate over autonomous jets is resurfacing. At the very least, some have suggested allowing authorities […]

Hundreds feared drowned following shipwreck

MILAN — The feared drowning of 400 migrants in a shipwreck this week in the Mediterranean Sea — one of the deadliest such tragedies in the last decade — raised alarms Wednesday amid an unprecedented wave of migration toward Europe from Africa and the Middle East. The U.N. refugee agency expressed shock at the scale […]