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Nobel Prize for missing piece in neutrino mass puzzle

STOCKHOLM — Japanese and Canadian scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for discovering a basic fact about tiny cosmic particles that whiz through your body by the trillions every second: They have mass. Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald were honored for showing that the particles, called neutrinos, spontaneously change from one type to […]

Environmental groups seek end to all Arctic Ocean drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Royal Dutch Shell’s decision to end its quest for oil in the Arctic waters off Alaska sparked jubilation among environmental activists, who said Tuesday that they will seize the opportunity to seek an end to all drilling to in the region. But while Shell’s move is a definite setback for oil companies, […]

EPA sets stricter emission standards for oil refineries

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules Tuesday to reduce toxic air pollution from oil refineries by forcing operators to adopt new technology that better monitors and controls emissions. The rules will require for the first time that refineries install air monitors along “fence lines” where pollution enters neighboring communities. The monitors will […]

Soul-searching in House as McCarthy tries to lock up top job

WASHINGTON — Stunned and divided, House Republicans sought a way forward Tuesday as Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pledged to bring them together after Speaker John Boehner’s sudden resignation. The five-term California Republican moved aggressively to lock up support to move into Congress’ top job, second in line to the presidency. He faced little serious competition, […]

South Dakota tribe to open nation’s 1st marijuana resort

FLANDREAU, S.D. — The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota. But those enterprises have not been immune to competition and the lingering effects of the Great Recession, so the small tribe of 400 is […]

US intel official not optimistic about cyber deal with China

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top intelligence official said Tuesday that he’s not optimistic that an agreement the U.S. recently struck with China will effectively deter state-sponsored cyberattacks on business emanating from the communist nation. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping met last week and agreed not to conduct or knowingly support cyber theft […]

Obama says fight against Islamic State group will take time

UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged all possible tools — military, intelligence and economic — to defeat the Islamic State group, but acknowledged the extremist group has taken root in Syria and Iraq, is resilient and continues to expand. Obama spoke as chairman of a U.N. gathering of world leaders working to […]

Senate blocks anti-abortion bill; new showdown set

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats thwarted a Republican effort to ban late-term abortions on Tuesday as GOP leaders strained to avoid a government shutdown in eight days over the dispute — all against a tangled backdrop of presidential politics. Up next, in the first of a series of choreographed steps, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., […]

Ranks thinning, traditional GOP candidates try to adapt

WASHINGTON — Scott Walker and Rick Perry entered the 2016 presidential race with a combined 18 years of experience as governors. They exited the Republican primary— the first candidates to do so — with negligible support and dwindling bank accounts. While Walker and Perry were both flawed candidates, their swift demise is a warning to […]

Israeli envoy’s appointment in danger over settlement ties

JERUSALEM — In a landmark test case for Israel, the appointment of its next ambassador to Brazil is suddenly in trouble due to his ties to the West Bank settlement movement. Brazil has reportedly expressed objections to the appointment of Dani Dayan, raising questions about when or even if he will take up the post. […]

Okinawa governor lobbies UN body over planned US base move

GENEVA — The governor of Okinawa has taken his effort to prevent the construction of a new U.S. military site in Japan to a key United Nations human rights body, arguing that democracy and self-determination are threatened because his constituents oppose it. Takeshi Onaga said he’s the first Japanese governor to appear before the U.N. […]

European ministers agree to relocate 120,000 refugees

BRUSSELS — Deeply divided European Union ministers agreed Tuesday to relocate 120,000 asylum-seekers to ease the strain on Greece and Italy, which are on the front line of the migrant flood. But a senior European leader conceded the move was only a small step toward resolving one of the worst crises ever faced by the […]

Deputy hears sobs, saves drowning kids; their dad is charged

DURHAM, N.C. — A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy says he heard wailing in the darkness and plunged into an apartment complex’s pond at night to rescue two young girls who, police say, had been thrown there to drown by their father. Durham County Sheriff’s Deputy David Earp was off duty and says he rushed out […]

Meetings with Chinese leader bring agreement on tech firms

SEATTLE — Leaders from Michigan to Beijing attended meetings Tuesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the U.S. and signed an agreement aimed at pushing cooperation on the use of clean tech businesses to combat climate change. The meetings with governors from five U.S. states and local Chinese officials came on the first day of […]

Study: Diagnosis wrong too often, urgent improvement needed

WASHINGTON — Most people will experience at least one wrong or delayed diagnosis at some point in their lives, a blind spot in modern medicine that can have devastating consequences, says a new report that calls for urgent changes across health care. Getting the right diagnosis, at the right time, is crucial, but Tuesday’s Institute […]

Panel backs aspirin for heart health in only certain adults

WASHINGTON — A government task force says a daily low-dose aspirin could help certain people in their 50s and 60s prevent a first heart attack or stroke — and they might get some protection against colon cancer at the same time. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued draft guidelines Monday recommending aspirin only if […]

Amid Trump bombast, quiet Ben Carson rises in GOP 2016 field

LOS ANGELES — Amid all the bombast in the Republican race for president, Ben Carson comes across more like a whisper. He is, in some ways, the anti-Trump — a gentle candidate who lets his record as a renowned brain surgeon speak for itself. The bragging about his resume and place in the polls, on […]

Police: College shooting suspect left note of apology

GAUTIER, Miss. — A university instructor told police he killed his girlfriend at a home they shared and investigators found a note there that said “I am so sorry I wish I could take it back” — but there was no hint he was headed a few hundred miles north to kill a colleague, police […]

Fishing lodge’s floatplane crashes in Alaska; 3 dead, 7 hurt

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A floatplane belonging to a fishing lodge crashed during takeoff Tuesday in southwest Alaska, killing three people and injuring the other seven on board, authorities said. The injured passengers were being flown to Anchorage hospitals following the crash near the small community of Iliamna, 175 miles southwest of Anchorage. Five people were […]

Searchers look for flood victims in polygamous Utah town

HILDALE, Utah — Search-and-rescue teams trudged through muddy streambeds Tuesday in a small polygamous town on the Utah-Arizona border, looking for people who were missing after a devastating flash flood that killed at least 12 people. With more rain in the forecast, men in helmets were perched at high points along the route, watching carefully […]

Stargazing returns Rush Ranch

FAIRFIELD — The last chance to get a good guided look at the plants, stars and constellations at the Rush Ranch takes place at 7 p.m. Sept. 12. The free event starts with a presentation at the Rush Ranch Nature Center by local astronomy enthusiast Jon Pannier followed by outdoor telescope viewing in the dark. […]

September 02, 2015 | Posted in Suisun City | Tagged ,

Putah Creek Council seeks volunteers to help harvest acorns

WINTERS — The Putah Creek Council is seeking volunteers to help harvest acorns Sept. 12 at Bobcat Ranch in Winters. This is a Yolo Creek and Community Partnership event, sponsored by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, according to a council press release. The oaks grown from the acorns will be planted along Putah Creek and […]

September 02, 2015 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged ,

France train suspect watched jihadi video, prosecutor says

PARIS — Minutes before he slung an assault rifle across his chest and walked through a high-speed train, the Moroccan suspect in the foiled attack watched a jihadi video on his cellphone, the French prosecutor said in formally opening a terrorism investigation Tuesday. The actions by Ayoub El-Khazzani on the Amsterdam-to-Paris train Friday night and […]

August 26, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Indonesian rescuers reach crash site, find plane destroyed

  JAYAPURA, Indonesia — Rescuers on Tuesday reached the site in eastern Indonesia where a passenger plane slammed into a mountain over the weekend, killing all 54 people on board, and found that the aircraft had been destroyed, officials said. More than 70 rescuers reached the crash site after being hindered by rugged, forested terrain […]

August 19, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Iraq’s economy battered by Islamic State war, low oil prices

  BAGHDAD — In business since the 1960s, Karim al-Aboudi’s family has seen Iraq’s economy boom with oil wealth and bust through wars and the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, but today marks the worst downturn he’s seen in decades. Forced to fire 65 percent of his staff and close two of his six aluminum and glass […]

August 19, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Welcome mat fraying as more migrants reach Greek island

  LEROS, Greece — The islanders bring food, drinks, clothing and necessities like diapers and toothpaste to the migrants huddled on this tiny outcrop in the Aegean Sea. The generosity comes naturally to residents of Leros: The island once took in political prisoners banished here by Greece’s former military rulers, a tradition that breeds a […]

August 19, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Israeli opposition leader fears new Palestinian uprising

  JERUSALEM — Israel’s opposition leader on Tuesday warned that a new Palestinian uprising could be looming after a recent spate of violence and called on both sides to reduce tensions and restart peace talks. The appeal came during a meeting in the West Bank with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a rare face-to-face encounter after […]

August 19, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Japan restarts reactor after break due to Fukushima

TOKYO — A power plant operator in southern Japan restarted a nuclear reactor on Tuesday, the first to begin operating under new safety requirements following the Fukushima disaster. Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it had restarted the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai nuclear plant as planned. The restart marks Japan’s return to nuclear energy four-and-half-years after the […]

August 12, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Fukushima update: Challenges remain at destroyed nuke plant

  TOKYO — As Japan resumed generating nuclear power Tuesday, restarting 1 reactor in the south, the destroyed Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in the northeast remains a highly radioactive site, more than four years after an earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns in three of its six reactors. A look at the status of the plant: Radiation […]

August 12, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

North Korean ship pursued for seizure in case

UNITED NATIONS — Winning a lawsuit against North Korea is rare. Collecting millions of dollars in damages from the isolated country? Pretty much impossible. But an Israel-based civil rights group thinks it has found a way, starting with a North Korean ship that’s been held, against Pyongyang’s wishes, in a Mexican port for the past […]

August 05, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,
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