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Officers shoot man who allegedly tried to run them down

FAIRFIELD — Two police officers are on administrative leave after an officer-involved shooting late Sunday in a Vallejo neighborhood that left one man injured. The situation that led to the shooting started at approximately 11:20 p.m. in the area of Mayfair and Lassen streets when patrol officers tried to stop a vehicle that police said […]

High voltage accident at Carnival kills 16 in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti  — At least 16 people were killed early Tuesday in the Haitian capital after a man on top of a musical group’s Carnival float was shocked by high-voltage wires above the street, setting off a panic in which dozens of people were trampled, officials said. The accident occurred as thousands of people filled […]

Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With rampant diabetes and obesity, Mississippi and West Virginia have struggled with health crises. Yet when it comes to getting children vaccinated, these states don’t mess around. The states, among the poorest in the country, are the only ones that refuse to exempt school children from mandatory vaccinations based on their parents’ […]

Publishers Weekly best-sellers

Publishers Weekly best-sellers for week ending Feb. 1: HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 2. “Private Vegas” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown) 3. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner) 4. “Saint Odd” by Dean Koontz (Bantam) 5. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham […]

Police: Parents who killed selves, kids feared apocalypse

SPRINGVILLE, Utah — A Utah couple and their three children who were found dead in their home last fall overdosed on drugs after the parents told friends they were concerned about a pending apocalypse, authorities said Tuesday. Police also found old letters from the mother to a Utah man in prison for killing family members […]

January 28, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Book tells of gang-related homicides in black neighborhoods

J.L. Harkavy   “Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America” (Spiegel & Grau), by Jill Leovy The killings of unarmed black men by police in Missouri and New York have dominated recent headlines, but the slayings of black males by other blacks in the nation’s most violent ghettos still get barely a footnote. Americans […]

February 08, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Indonesia: AirAsia plane climbed too fast, then disappeared

JAKARTA, Indonesia — An AirAsia plane that crashed last month with 162 people on board was climbing at an abnormally high rate, then plunged and suddenly disappeared from radar, Indonesia’s transport minister said Tuesday. Ignasius Jonan told Parliament that radar data showed the Airbus A320 was climbing at about 6,000 feet a minute before it disappeared on […]

January 21, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

X-rays unlock secrets of ancient scrolls buried by volcano

BERLIN — Scientists have succeeded in reading parts of an ancient scroll that was buried in a volcanic eruption almost 2,000 years ago, holding out the promise that the world’s oldest surviving library may one day reveal all of its secrets. The scroll is among hundreds retrieved from the remains of a lavish villa at […]

January 21, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

4 men in Paris court are 1st to face terror attacks charges

PARIS — French anti-terror prosecutors were seeking to charge four men Tuesday in connection with the attacks in Paris that left 20 people dead, which would be the first suspects charged in the country’s bloodiest terrorist attacks in decades. The four men remained in court late Tuesday awaiting an anti-terror judge’s decision on whether to […]

January 21, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

A look at the hostages believed held by Islamic State group

BEIRUT — A list of foreign hostages believed held by the Islamic State group and some of those who have been released, reportedly in exchange for ransom money: KENJI GOTO and HARUNA YUKAWA: The Islamic State group threatened to kill the two Japanese hostages in a video released Tuesday unless they receive $200 million in […]

January 21, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Saudi Arabia’s rights crackdown linked to war on terror

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A man is given 50 lashes in a public square for “insulting Islam” on a liberal blog. Another is arrested for filming and uploading a woman’s public beheading. Two females are imprisoned and put on trial for writing on Twitter in support of women driving. These cases have thrust Saudi […]

January 21, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Japan weighs ransom in Islamic State threat to kill hostages

CAIRO — The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages within 72 hours, demanding a $200 million ransom in a video posted online Tuesday that showed a knife-brandishing masked militant standing over the two kneeling captives. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was traveling in the Middle East, vowed to save the men. But […]

January 21, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

12 dead in bus attack that could doom Ukraine’s shaky truce

DONETSK, Ukraine — An attack on a passenger bus in eastern Ukraine killed 12 people Tuesday, likely dealing the final blow to hopes that a short-lived and shaky cease-fire could take hold. Across Donetsk, the city that Russian-backed separatists call their capital, explosions and the sound of shells whistling overhead are again unnerving the local […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Freed Cuba dissidents praise detente, pledge push for change

HAVANA — Cuban dissidents freed as part of a historic detente with the United States said Tuesday they support the warming of relations and predicted it will help their efforts to bring change inside their country. Fifty-three dissidents were let go, most in the last week, as part of a deal that also saw both […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

North Korea again urges US to suspend military exercises

UNITED NATIONS — North Korea said Tuesday that “many things will be possible this year on the Korean peninsula” if the United States agrees to suspend its annual military exercises with South Korea in exchange for Pyongyang’s suspension of nuclear tests. North Korea’s new deputy U.N. ambassador, An Myong Hun, refused to give details during […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Critics dog Cambodia’s leader as he marks 30 years in power

NEAK LOEUNG, Cambodia — Hun Sen, Cambodia’s tough and wily prime minister, marked 30 years in power Wednesday, one of only a handful of political strongmen worldwide who have managed to cling to their posts for three decades. Since first taking up the job of prime minister at age 33, he has consolidated power with […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Kerry praises Pakistan operation, more work to be done

ISLAMABAD — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday praised the Pakistani military’s operation against militants in the country’s northwest, saying the results are “significant,” but cautioned that more work needs to be done. Pakistan launched a major operation in the North Waziristan region in June. The U.S. had long advocated for such an […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Japan Cabinet OKs record military budget with eye on China

TOKYO — Japan’s Cabinet approved the country’s largest ever defense budget on Wednesday, including plans to buy surveillance aircraft, drones and F-35 fighter jets to help counter China’s rising assertiveness in the region. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet endorsed a nearly 5 trillion yen ($42 billion) defense budget for the year beginning in April as […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Defiant Charlie Hebdo fronts Muhammad, drawing more threats

PARIS — In an emotional act of defiance, Charlie Hebdo resurrected its irreverent and often provocative newspaper Tuesday, featuring a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad on the cover that drew immediate criticism and threats of more violence. The newspaper unapologetically skewered other religions as well, and bragged that Sunday’s turnout of a million people at […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Egypt court overturns last Mubarak conviction. Will he walk?

CAIRO — An appeals court on Tuesday overturned the last remaining conviction against Egypt’s deposed leader Hosni Mubarak and ordered his retrial on corruption charges, opening the door for his possible release. The ruling, just days before the fourth anniversary of the start of the 2011 anti-Mubarak uprising, pointed to how far Egypt has moved […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

As world watches Paris, Nigeria suffers its own attacks

JOHANNESBURG — Nigeria’s president was among leaders who condemned last week’s attack by Islamic extremists on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, yet his response to the slaughter of civilians by militants in his own country has been muted. Some commentators criticized President Goodluck Jonathan’s reticence about the violence in Nigeria’s Baga town, and the […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Pope presses Sri Lankan unity call with Mass, Tamil visit

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Pope Francis pressed his call for Sri Lankan unity and reconciliation Wednesday with a Mass in Colombo to canonize the country’s first saint and a visit to the war-ravaged north to pray at a shrine revered by both Sinhalese and Tamil faithful. Tens of thousands of people waving Vatican flags packed […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

France traces arms, attack money, prepares new terror laws

PARIS — France’s prime minister demanded tougher anti-terrorism measures Tuesday after deadly attacks that some call this country’s Sept. 11 — and that may already be leading to a crackdown on liberties in exchange for greater security. Police told The Associated Press that the weapons used came from abroad, as authorities in several countries searched […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Sister: Hospital gunman shot wife ‘out of love’

DOVER, N.H. — A New Hampshire man walked into his wife’s hospital room early Tuesday, fatally shot her then killed himself, a murder-suicide that he foretold in a candid and emotional Facebook posting to friends and family. Authorities did not identify the man. But Dorcas Lavoie told The Associated Press that her brother, Mark A. […]

December 31, 2014 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Fine wine stolen from famed Napa Valley restaurant

YOUNTVILLE — Wine sold for nearly $8,000 a bottle was stolen from the French Laundry in Napa Valley, a restaurant that has twice been named the best in the world. The theft occurred on Christmas Day at Chef Thomas Keller’s famed restaurant that is known for twice daily serving nine-course tasting menus, none of which uses the […]

December 31, 2014 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

GOP leader regrets talk to white supremacists

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups. The supportive statements suggest party leaders think the flare-up will fade during the holidays, with a new Congress […]

December 31, 2014 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Prosecutor in Garner case ponders Grimm seat

WASHINGTON — Potential candidates eyed a New York congressional seat Tuesday as Republican Rep. Michael Grimm announced his resignation, following a guilty plea on tax evasion charges. Among the possible candidates is a Staten Island prosecutor who oversaw a case in which a white New York City police officer was cleared in the death of […]

December 31, 2014 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

2 male porn performers test positive for HIV

LOS ANGELES — Two adult film actors have contracted HIV, with one most likely infecting the other during unprotected sex at a film shoot in Nevada where testing was less stringent than industry standards, officials said. One of the actors had previously tested negative for the virus that causes AIDS before a pair of film […]

December 31, 2014 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Spokesman: George H.W. Bush released from hospital

HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush was released from a Houston hospital Tuesday after a stay of about a week for treatment of shortness of breath. The 90-year-old Bush left Houston’s Methodist Hospital, was resting at home and is “grateful to the doctors and nurses for their superb care,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said […]

December 31, 2014 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

GOP leader regrets talk to white supremacists

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups. The supportive statements suggest party leaders think the flare-up will fade during the holidays, with a new Congress […]

December 31, 2014 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,