Thursday, September 18, 2014

Series of attacks kills at least 36 in Iraq

BAGHDAD — A series of bomb and mortar shell attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 36 people, Iraqi officials said Thursday, in an assault that underscored the threat posed to the Iraqi capital by marauding Islamic militants that have seized large parts of country. At least 15 people alone were killed in an […]

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — In a desperate bid to slow West Africa’s accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding. At an emergency meeting, meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council unanimously called the crisis “a […]

British hostage appears in new video

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists. In a slick, three-minute video shot with three cameras, John Cantlie, a photojournalist, said he worked for publications including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph and came to […]

Witness: 21 killed by Mexico army had surrendered

ARCELIA, Mexico — A woman says she saw Mexican soldiers shoot and kill her 15-year-old daughter after a confrontation with a suspected drug gang even though the teenager was lying wounded on the ground. Twenty others also were shot and killed in rural southern Mexico after they surrendered and were disarmed, the mother told The […]

Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

BEIRUT — Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that might destroy them. The gains highlighted the plight of Syria’s Kurds, who have been some of the most successful against the Islamic extremists. But unlike U.S.-backed […]

Fairfield police log: Sept. 16, 2014

2:12 a.m. — Battery, 1200 block of B. GALE WILSON BOULEVARD 5:44 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 200 block of LAWRENCE STREET 7:12 a.m. — Commercial burglary, 9300 block of WEST CORDELIA ROAD 7:19 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 4800 block of BUSINESS CENTER DRIVE 7:55 a.m. — Vandalism, 2600 block of GULF DRIVE 7:57 a.m. — Vehicle theft, […]

Suisun City police log: Sept. 16, 2014

7:12 a.m. —  Vehicle theft, 500 block of EIDER LANE 9:43 a.m. — Vandalism, 900 block of MARINA CIRCLE 10:23 a.m. — Harassment, 1700 block of NEWARK LANE 11:31 a.m. — Vandalism, 100 block of RAILROAD AVENUE 2:27 p.m. — Assault, 400 block of WHISPERING BAY LANE 7:13 p.m. — Burglary, 100 block of SUNSET AVENUE 8:25 p.m. — Assault, 1300 block […]

School bus driver killed during safety drill

CLEVELAND — An Ohio school bus driver is being hailed as a hero after tossing a child out of the way of a rolling bus Tuesday morning before the vehicle rolled over the driver herself and she was killed. “She sacrificed her own life to save the life of this 10-year-old girl,” said Akron police […]

Hunt on for survivalist charged in trooper killing

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday in the hunt for a heavily armed survivalist suspected of ambushing two troopers as part of a deadly vendetta against police. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is “extremely dangerous” and residents in the area should be […]

Robbery suspects tried to make off with $15,600

STOCKTON — Court documents indicate the suspects in a July bank robbery in Northern California stole $15,600 before two of them and a hostage died in a shootout with police. The Record of Stockton reports the figure from the foiled robbery was included in documents released Monday. The three suspects held up a Bank of […]

Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

WASHINGTON — American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama’s current strategy fails, the nation’s top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama’s plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels. “To be clear, if we reach the […]

Obama: Ebola outbreak a threat to global security

ATLANTA — Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a potential threat to global security, President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the stricken region amid worries that both the financial and human cost of the outbreak is spiraling out of control. Obama also called on other countries to quickly supply more […]

UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

GENEVA — The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a “human catastrophe.” Even as President Barack Obama is ordering the deployment of 3,000 U.S. military […]

CDC study: Americans’ bellies are expanding fast

CHICAGO — The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous kind of obesity — has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study. People whose fat has settled mostly around their waistlines instead of in their hips, thighs, buttocks or all over […]

Blacks, Hispanics have doubts about media accuracy

WASHINGTON — A new study shows a large majority of African-American and Hispanic news consumers don’t fully trust the media to portray their communities accurately, a statistic that could be troubling for the news industry as the minority population of the United States grows. Three-fourths of African-American news consumers and two-thirds of Hispanics have doubts […]

‘No Good Deed’ defeats ‘Guardians’ at theaters

LOS ANGELES — It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat “Guardians of the Galaxy” at movie theaters. The Sony thriller “No Good Deed,” which stars Elba as an escaped convict and Taraji P. Henson as the innocent he terrorizes, opened on top of the box office with $24.5 […]

Will Apple’s digital wallet kill the card swipe?

NEW YORK — Apple wants the plastic credit card to become as rare as the paper check. On Tuesday, the company announced Apple Pay, a digital payment system that lets people pay for retail store purchases using their phones rather than cash or credit cards. The service, which will work both with iPhones and Apple’s […]

Transgender girl crowned homecoming princess

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A transgender girl was crowned homecoming princess at a Colorado Springs high school. The Gazette of Colorado Springs reported Saturday ( that Scarlett Lenh received the majority of the votes from her junior class at Sand Creek High School, besting three biological girls for the honor. Lenh, biologically a boy, was […]

Man sues after losing 5 toes in Colorado jail

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A man who lost five toes to diabetes while incarcerated at Arapahoe County jail has filed a lawsuit claiming the loss was due to lack of medical care. The lawsuit filed in federal court alleges that Correctional Healthcare Companies failed to properly provide medical treatment to James Neisler. The Denver Post reported […]

Man wins fight to get same-sex union recognized

PHOENIX  — In a ruling that calls into question Arizona’s gay marriage ban, a judge handed a victory Friday to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because the state prohibits same-sex unions. U.S. District Judge John Sedwick allowed Fred McQuire to be listed on his […]

Med director out at clinic that treated Rivers

NEW YORK — The head of the outpatient surgery facility where Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure is no longer at the clinic. A spokeswoman for Yorkville Endoscopy said Friday that Dr. Lawrence Cohen is no longer the facility’s medical director, nor is he performing procedures there. The spokeswoman did not […]

Autopsy: Inmate died from heat, meds in NYC cell

NEW YORK — The death of a mentally ill, homeless former Marine in a 101-degree New York City jail cell was caused by hyperthermia due to environmental exposure to heat, according to a spokeswoman for the medical examiner, who ruled the February death an accident on Friday. Antipsychotic medication therapy for treatment of schizoaffective disorder […]

Ferguson video shows witness raising hands in air

ST. LOUIS — Cellphone video that shows a witness raising his hands in the air immediately after the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer in Ferguson appears to support previous accounts and could bolster arguments that Michael Brown was surrendering when he was shot, legal experts said Friday. The video […]

Investigations underway in Ohio prison escape

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Criminal and internal investigations were underway Friday to determine how three Ohio inmates including a convicted killer of three students were able to escape from prison during recreation a day earlier. The state prisons agency also said outside experts will review the agency’s procedures and recommend possible improvements. The three prisoners […]

Ancient Greek tomb dig finds marble statues

ATHENS, Greece — Archaeologists inching through a large 2,300-year-old tomb in northern Greece on Thursday uncovered two marble female statues flanking the entrance to one of three underground chambers, in another sign of the unusual attention and expense lavished on the unknown person buried there. The dig has gripped the public imagination amid non-stop media […]

4th Sierra Leonean doctor infected with Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Another doctor from Sierra Leone who has tested positive for Ebola will be evacuated for medical treatment, an official said Thursday, making her the first citizen of a hard-hit country to be treated abroad. Dr. Olivette Buck is the fourth Sierra Leonean doctor to contract the disease — and the three […]

Rights group accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza

JERUSALEM — A leading international rights group on Thursday alleged that Israel committed war crimes during this summer’s Gaza war, saying it reached that conclusion after investigating three attacks on or near United Nations-run schools housing displaced Palestinians. Human Rights Watch said it investigated the strikes at the schools in three separate locations in the […]

High-tech survey exposes hidden Stonehenge

LONDON — There is more to Stonehenge than meets a visitor’s eye. Researchers have produced digital maps of what’s beneath the World Heritage Site, using ground-penetrating radar, high-resolution magnetometers and other techniques to peer deep into the soil beneath the famous stone circle. The project produced detailed maps of 17 previously unknown ritual monuments and […]