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US government deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to internal figures obtained by The Associated Press as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton called Obama’s deportation policies too harsh. Deportations of criminal immigrants have fallen to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama […]

Disaster plan developed in case fire reaches nuclear waste

ST. LOUIS — Beneath the surface of a St. Louis-area landfill lurk two things that should never meet: a slow-burning fire and a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste, separated by no more than 1,200 feet. Government officials have quietly adopted an emergency plan in case the smoldering embers ever reach the waste, a potentially […]

Texas executes inmate for killing man in $8 robbery

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A convicted killer in Texas was executed Tuesday for fatally shooting another man in a robbery that yielded just $8. No late appeals were filed for Juan Martin Garcia, who was lethally injected for the September 1998 killing and robbery of Hugo Solano in Houston. Solano, a Christian missionary from Guadalajara, Mexico, […]

Approaching debate, Clinton and Sanders showing differences

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is beginning to draw contrasts with her chief Democratic rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, as they approach their first presidential primary debate next week. Following the mass shooting in Oregon, Clinton quickly laid out her plan to address gun violence, an issue where Sanders has been at odds with some […]

Top general recommends keeping more US troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan recommended on Tuesday that President Barack Obama revise his plan and keep more than 1,000 U.S. troops in the country beyond 2016, just days after a deadly U.S. airstrike “mistakenly struck” a hospital during fierce fighting in the north. Gen. John F. Campbell told Congress that conditions […]

South Carolina cleans up, but worries remain amid floods

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The family of Miss South Carolina 1954 found her flood-soaked pageant scrapbook on a dining room floor littered with dead fish on Tuesday, as the first sunny day in nearly two weeks provided a chance to clean up from historic floods. “I would hate for her to see it like this. She […]

Oregon shooter’s mother wrote about guns in online forum

PORTLAND, Ore. — The mother of a gunman who killed nine people and himself at an Oregon community college allowed her troubled son to have guns and acknowledged in online posts that he struggled with autism, but she didn’t seem to know he was potentially violent. The online writings by Laurel Harper date from a […]

Council will consider amending McCoy Creek development plan

SUISUN CITY — Residents have the opportunity to sound off this week on a request to amend the McCoy Creek Planned Unit Development. The applicant is asking to amend the 2005 plan to allow for development of eight apartments and two live/work units. The original plan includes 19 single-family homes, 10 live/work units and about […]

Search covers broad area for ship lost in Hurricane Joaquin

NASSAU, Bahamas — An intensive search was under way Saturday in the waters of the southeastern Bahamas for a cargo ship with 33 people on board that lost power and began taking on water during Hurricane Joaquin and has not been heard from since. U.S. Coast Guard and Navy aircraft combed the Atlantic Ocean around the […]

Doctors Without Borders: 19 dead in Afghan clinic airstrike

KABUL, Afghanistan — Confusion reigned in the wake of the deadly bombing Saturday of a hospital compound in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz that killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens more. It remains unclear exactly who bombed the hospital run by Doctors Without Borders and the international medical charity has demanded an investigation […]

Il Fiorello offers hearty fall soups class

SUISUN VALLEY — Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company will offer a class on hearty soup making on Sunday. Executive Chef Marvin Martin will show attendees how to prepare comforting and savory dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The class will be take place from 3-6 p.m. at 2625 Mankas Corner Road in rural Fairfield. Reservations are required and can […]

Scottrade says hack may have affected 4.6M customers

NEW YORK — Online stock brokerage company Scottrade said that the names and addresses of about 4.6 million of its customers may have been stolen by hackers. The company said Friday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently informed it of the hack, which occurred between the end of 2013 and early 2014. Scottrade spokeswoman […]

Walmart HQ cuts with ‘need to become a more agile company’

NEW YORK — Walmart laid off 450 workers at its headquarters Friday as the world’s largest retailer attempts to become more nimble so that it can better compete with the likes of Amazon.com. There are more than 18,000 people who work at the headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, a close-knit community in northwest Arkansas. The cuts […]

College shooting, war in Syria leave much to consider

I turned on Fox News – with a topic in mind Thursday – to see if there was anything new about Syria. Then, out of nowhere, came the news alert about the murders in Roseburg, Oregon. Now, this may sound trivial, but why is the term “murder” out of favor when it comes to these […]

Obama’s Syria debacle

“Russia hits Assad’s foes, angering U.S.” Headline, The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 1 WASHINGTON — If it had the wit, the Obama administration would be not angered, but appropriately humiliated. President Barack Obama has, once again, been totally outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin. Two days earlier at the United Nations, Obama had welcomed the return, in […]

Return stolen dogs

This letter is directed to the person responsible for taking two little mixed-breed dogs from a homeless man’s cart outside a local Denny’s restaurant at around 5:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Mike truly loved those dogs and cared for them better than some people with homes. We had seen Mike come out of a funk he had […]

Bravo for the great time

To coaches Eddie Wilson, Clyde Carpino, Ron Thompson and all the other coaches of Fairfield High School: Bravo! To the young men and women of Fairfield High School, thank you for the outstanding job to make the school’s sports hall of fame induction dinner really nice and easy for everyone. To the families of those young people, […]

Fed up with jury duty? Get over it

I retired a few years ago after spending nearly three decades as a Solano County deputy district attorney and spent many an hour in a courtroom. I am writing to respond to the letter I read Aug. 22, from Steve Karsten, who complained “I am fed up” about being inconvenienced by being summoned for jury duty. […]

Moore’s ‘Where to Invade Next’ acquired by new distributor

NEW YORK — Michael Moore’s latest documentary, “Where to Invade Next,” has been acquired by a newly formed distributor. The landing place for Moore’s film had been a big question in Hollywood following the movie’s acclaimed debut opening night at the Toronto International Film Festival in early September. Moore’s films have been among the most […]

Reed gives her Betsy Ross character a ‘Sleepy Hollow’ twist

NEW YORK — Nikki Reed’s new TV series, “Sleepy Hollow,” tapes in Atlanta. So does “The Vampire Diaries,” which stars her husband, Ian Somerhalder. How convenient is that? The couple, who were married last spring, met years ago and became friends. They bonded over their passion for activism and animals. “We always bounced ideas off […]

Mexican singer to be sent to South Carolina for assault case

SAN BERNARDINO — A California judge says regional Mexican music singer and television star Larry Hernandez will be extradited to South Carolina where he’s accused of kidnapping and assault stemming from a business dispute. The 38-year-old singer agreed to extradition during a court hearing Wednesday in San Bernardino. Hernandez will remain jailed without bail until […]

ABC apologizes for mixing up video of Indian actresses

LOS ANGELES — ABC’s “Nightline” is apologizing for confusing new network star Priyanka Chopra with another Indian actress. The news magazine aired a feature earlier this week about Chopra, the star of ABC’s new drama “Quantico.” A video shot supposedly showing Chopra in the Miss World pageant was included. But the video was of Yukta […]

John Waters’ commencement speech will become a book

NEW YORK — Listen up young people, John Waters has some life lessons to pass on. Algonquin Books announced Wednesday that a commencement speech by the filmmaker best known for “Hairspray” will be released in book form in spring 2017, just in time for that year’s graduating class. “Make Trouble” is based on the talk […]

Fox, SiriusXM launch headline news service

NEW YORK — Fox News is collaborating with SiriusXM to launch a 24-hour news service that will update satellite radio listeners and mobile device users on headlines every 15 minutes. The service, to launch Oct. 5, is Fox’s most high-profile new business venture since the Fox Business Network was started in 2007. Fox is hiring […]

Prague court rejects damages claim from US musician

PRAGUE — A lawsuit by the frontman of a U.S. heavy metal band seeking compensation after he stood trial in the Czech Republic has been rejected by a Prague court. Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe was acquitted in 2013 of causing a teenage fan’s death at a concert in the Czech Republic. Blythe was accused […]

Mom accused of tossing baby to death from window is arrested

NEW YORK — A woman who apparently hid her pregnancy from her boyfriend, gave birth in his home and then tossed her newborn daughter out a seventh-story window to her death was arrested Tuesday on murder and manslaughter charges, police said. Police officers said they found Jennifer Berry’s infant daughter with her umbilical cord still […]

Long-term budget talks ahead for Obama, Republican lawmakers

WASHINGTON — Having dodged the immediate threat of a government shutdown, congressional Republican leaders are looking ahead to talks with President Barack Obama on a long-term budget pact. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that he and House Speaker John Boehner spoke with Obama recently and that he expects talks to get underway […]

5 California teens suspected of Nebraska ATM fraud

LINCOLN, Neb. — Five California teenagers who may be part of a national ATM fraud scheme have been arrested in Nebraska, authorities said. The five were arrested Friday and remained in Lancaster County custody on Tuesday, Lincoln police spokeswoman Katie Flood said. She didn’t know whether they have been charged. Court documents said Pinnacle Bank […]

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