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4 people meet for first time after 2 pairs of kidney swaps

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Four people have met for the first time since a pair of kidney swaps at a Connecticut hospital. The Hartford Courant reports the family of 3-year-old Jeremy Orellana, as well as Fred Ferris, Beth Mix, and Julissa Canales, had an emotional meeting for the first time on Wednesday following the Nov. […]

Troopers on food stamps, taking second jobs amid pay fight

RALEIGH, N.C. — State troopers suing North Carolina for millions of dollars in back pay say the state’s broken promises have forced them into tough spots: working second jobs, moving in with parents, even going on food stamps. About 800 troopers — equivalent to half the force — have joined a class-action lawsuit arguing that […]

HIV now treatable but most states keep laws criminalizing it

LOS ANGELES — Charlie Sheen’s recent revelation that he’s HIV-positive served as a reminder that his home state of California remains among a large group of states with HIV-specific criminal laws that activists consider outdated and that the U.S. Justice Department says should be revised. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 33 states […]

E. coli tied to Costco more dangerous than Chipotle outbreak

SEATTLE — The strain of E. coli linked to Costco chicken salad that sickened 19 people in seven states is more likely to be life-threatening than a recent outbreak that closed some Chipotle restaurants in the Northwest. Health officials urged people who bought chicken salad at any U.S. Costco store on or before Friday to […]

Growth but not expansion in US Internet gambling market

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Internet gambling is slowly growing — but not expanding — after 2 1/2 years of online betting in the United States. Online gambling revenue is increasing in at least two of the three states that currently offer it — New Jersey and Delaware. The third, Nevada, doesn’t report Internet revenue separately. […]

Criminal justice issues showing up in 2016 presidential race

WASHINGTON — On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago. The 2016 presidential race has accelerated an evolution away from the traditional tough-on-crime candidate. A Republican Party that’s long taken a law-and-order stance finds […]

Vallejo police chief wants to chat over coffee

VALLEJO — Police Chief Andrew Bidou invites residents to “Coffee with the Cops” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m on Dec. 3. Coffee and other refreshments will be provided at event at Saint Vincent Memorial, 925 Sacramento St., at the corner of Sacramento and Florida streets. Coffee with the Cops is designed to promote better community relations and […]

Real McCoy II Ferry back in service this week

RIO VISTA — The Real McCoy II Ferry is back in service, although only for a short time. The ferry returned to service Saturday following emergency mechanical repairs. It’s slated to be pulled back out of service on Nov. 30 for dry dock repairs. The California Department of Transportation had announced earlier this month that […]

Police arrest 61-year-old in shooting at Church’s Chicken drive-thru

VALLEJO — A 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of shooting another adult Nov. 7 in the drive-thru of the Church’s Chicken along Solano Avenue in Vallejo. An investigation by the Vallejo Police Department’s Detective Division led to identification of Vallejo resident James Smith as responsible for the shooting, according to a police press […]

Vacaville ranches open for shopping, family fun

VACAVILLE — Binion Ranch and Menagerie Hill Ranch invite the public to visit 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for shopping, food and activities for the family. More than two dozen vendors will offer holiday wares for sale including jewelry, candles, home decor, essential oils, cosmetics and beauty products, clothing, accessories, dog treats and more. […]

Winner of the 2015 American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES — Complete list of winners of the 2015 American Music Awards, presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles: — Artist of the year: One Direction — New artist: Sam Hunt — Song of the year: “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift — Collaboration of the year: “Where Are U Now?” Skrillex & Diplo, […]

1D wins big at AMAs, Dion pays tribute to Paris victims

One Direction might have debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts behind Justin Bieber, but they won the top award at Sunday’s American Music Awards. “This is a testament to how incredible our fans are,” Louis Tomlinson said onstage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. “We just want to thank everyone that’s helped […]

Last ‘Hunger Games’ opens to franchise low of $101 million

LOS ANGELES — “Mockingjay – Part 2,” the final “Hunger Games” film, soared to a $101 million opening in its first weekend in theaters, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. For most films, the figure would be a coup, but the latest chapter of “The Hunger Games” collected the lowest opening take among the four films in […]

Water agency’s land purchase rattles California farmers

BLYTHE — The nation’s largest distributor of treated drinking water became the largest landowner in a remote California farming region for good reason: The alfalfa-growing area is first in line to get Colorado River water. Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s play in Palo Verde Valley, along the Arizona line, tapped a deep distrust between farm […]

Q&A: A look at the Colorado River and its role in the West

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the nation’s largest drinking water distributor, bought nearly 13,000 acres of remote farms in July for $256 million, rattling farmers but giving it prized rights to the Colorado River. WHY IS THE COLORADO RIVER SO IMPORTANT? The river, which travels 1,400 miles from Colorado to northern Mexico, is the […]

Kidney donor connection made after misplaced Craigslist ad

BERLIN, N.J. — A misplaced Craigslist ad has brought together a woman in need of a kidney transplant and a donor who had lost his wife to kidney failure. Glenn Calderbank, whose wife died four years ago, said he ran across the ad seeking a donor while scanning a section of the site for construction […]

Armed Albuquerque couple gets upper hand on burglar

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque couple turned the tables on a burglar caught loading their belongings into his car. Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier says officers were called about a possible burglary Thursday. What they found was a 70-year-old man and his 66-year-old wife both pointing guns at 26-year-old Aaron Lujan. Tixier says the husband […]

‘Sopranos’ Cadillac auctioned off for nearly $120K

BOSTON — A car used by fictional mobster Tony Soprano was a hit at auction, selling for nearly $120,000. RR Auction in Boston says the white 2003 Cadillac Escalade used during the final three seasons of the HBO series “The Sopranos” was sold Friday. The SUV was used for some action sequences and exterior shots […]

Record number of stranded seal pups in Northern California

SAUSALITO — Marine mammal experts say another species of marine wildlife has begun turning up, emaciated and weak, in record numbers on the California coast in what has been a series of alarming signs of oceanic distress. Unhealthy northern fur seal pups have been found stranded on beaches in record numbers, newly weaned and weighing […]

Urban students grow food at Los Angeles school garden

LOS ANGELES — Elizabeth Castro had never tasted beets or kumquats before she joined an after-school gardening program at her inner-city Los Angeles high school. Now, the 15-year-old helps grow the produce on campus in an urban neighborhood filled with auto shops and fast food restaurants — and she’s taken samples for her family to […]

High school Sex Ed teaching ‘Yes means yes’ rape prevention

BELMONT — This is the new look of high school sex ed: A roomful of teens, 14-year-olds mostly, is told that a girl and boy meet at a school dance. The boy drives her home. They kiss. What happens next, over the girl’s protests, leaves him confused and her crying, no longer a virgin. “Raise […]

Sugar, corn industries settle sweetener spat; terms secret

LOS ANGELES — The sugar and corn industries ended their bitter billion-dollar dispute over sweeteners Friday in a secret out-of-court settlement. The deal midway through a trial in Los Angeles federal court put an end to dueling lawsuits that pitted sugar processors against the makers of high fructose corn syrup over losses each side blamed […]

California police arrest 2 men for trailer full of pot

SACRAMENTO — Authorities say they have arrested two California men for hauling a trailer full of marijuana. The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1O5mlGI ) that Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over a Jeep Wrangler with a U-Haul trailer around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday in Redding. A police dog smelled drugs in the trailer and deputies say they […]

California police officer killed during botched robbery

DOWNEY — Three young men were arrested Thursday on suspicion of killing a California police officer and former Marine in what investigators described as a botched robbery as the lawman sat in his own car after work. Downey police Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez, 29, was in plainclothes in the driver’s seat of his car at […]

Woman removing clothes snarls Bay Bridge traffic

SAN FRANCISCO — A woman was taken for a psychiatric evaluation after she stripped down to her underwear while strolling down Bay Bridge in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Wednesday strip tease caused a traffic backup as cars swerved around trying to avoid the woman. California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Van […]

Body found on Napa River could be missing jet skier

NAPA — Authorities have recovered a body believed to be that of a missing jet skier. KNTV reports Thursday that a woman’s found was found Thursday morning in the Napa River, where a 48-year-old woman had gone jet skiing the day before. Her name was not released. Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Pike says the […]

Yellowstone park proposes killing 1,000 bison this winter

BILLINGS, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park proposes to kill roughly 1,000 wild bison this winter — mostly calves and females — as officials seek to reduce the animals’ annual migration into Montana. Park officials are scheduled to meet Thursday with representatives of American Indian tribes, the state and other federal agencies to decide on the […]

Opaque military justice system shields child sex abuse cases

WASHINGTON — More inmates are in U.S. military prisons for sex crimes against children than for any other offense, an Associated Press investigation has found, but an opaque justice system prevents the public from knowing the full scope of the crimes or how much time the prisoners spend behind bars. Of the 1,233 inmates confined […]

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