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3 arrested in killing of California tantra yoga teacher

SAN RAFAEL — Three drifters were arrested Wednesday in Oregon in the killing of a beloved California teacher of tantra yoga who was shot dead while walking his dog along a scenic hiking trail, authorities said. The suspects — two men and a woman — were arrested in Portland outside a community dining hall and […]

Private database lets police skirt license plate data limits

LONG BEACH — For years, police nationwide have used patrol car-mounted scanners to automatically photograph and log the whereabouts of peoples’ cars, uploading the images into databases they’ve used to identify suspects in crimes from theft to murder. Nowadays, they are also increasingly buying access to expansive databases run by private companies whose repo men […]

California wants renewable energy for half its power by 2030

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California’s climate-change goals on Wednesday, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years. Brown tried for an even stronger measure that also would have enforced a 50 percent drop in petroleum use by […]

Various items in Solano funded by Homeland Security program

FAIRFIELD — Protective gear, radios, software, trucks and a dog are on the list for funding in Solano County from the Homeland Security Grant Program for the 2015 fiscal year. The Board of Supervisors by a unanimous vote Tuesday approved the county’s continued participation in the federally funded program, which benefits multiple agencies in the […]

Suisun City police change lobby hours

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City police have changed lobby hours to provide a more secure workplace for its communications personnel, Chief Tim Mattos announced this week. The police lobby will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be closed weekends and city holidays. For nonemergency police assistance, call 421-7373. Reach Ian […]

4-car crash fouls commute

FAIRFIELD — Four cars traveling west on Interstate 80 collided with each other Tuesday, snarling the morning commute, according to the California Highway Patrol. No one was injured in the crash, which occurred shortly before 8 a.m. just west of Abernathy Road. Three of the cars managed to make it to the side of the […]

Crashes mar commute, slow city drivers

FAIRFIELD —Several crashes marred the Monday morning drive in Fairfield, including one in town the caused a vehicle to flip. Emergency crews responded just after 8:30 a.m. to a crash on westbound Interstate 80 near the auto mall. There were no serious injuries and damage to the vehicles involved was mild to moderate, according to […]

Dems hosting debate parties

The Northern Solano County Democrats will host debate watch parties in Vacaville and Fairfield on Oct. 13. The Vacaville event will be held at Fuso Restaurant, 535 Main St., and the Fairfield party will be at Benicia Grill II Restaurant, 2300 N. Texas St. Each starts at 6 p.m.

UC Davis site of bicycle auction Saturday

DAVIS — More than 400 bicycles will be available at the biannual University of California, Davis, Bicycle Auction on Saturday at the Pavilion Parking Structure. The structure is located at the intersection of Hutchison Drive and Dairy Road. Take Interstate 80 toward Davis, exit Highway 113, north, then exit Hutchison Drive to UC Davis. The bicycles may […]

Injury crash slows traffic on I-680 in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — An injury crash Monday afternoon on southbound Interstate 680 blocked one lane of traffic as emergency crews responded to and cleared the scene. The crash was reported shortly after 12:30 p.m. south of Interstate 80, the California Highway Patrol reports. Responded emergency crews placed the crash scene north of Gold Hill Road. Preliminary […]

Pastor’s sermon: ‘Violence will not have the last word’

ROSEBURG, Ore. — A pastor whose daughter survived last week’s deadly rampage in a college classroom told his congregation on Sunday that “violence will not have the last word” in this southern Oregon timber town. More than 100 people gathered to hear pastor Randy Scroggins speak at New Beginnings Church of God, including his daughter 18-year-old […]

Historic South Carolina floods: Heavy rain, hundreds rescued

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hundreds were rescued from fast-moving floodwaters Sunday in South Carolina as days of driving rain hit a dangerous crescendo that buckled buildings and roads, closed a major East Coast interstate route and threatened the drinking water supply for the capital city. The powerful rainstorm dumped more than a foot of rain overnight on […]

Typhoon roars into south China; tens of thousands evacuated

BEIJING — A strong typhoon roared into southern China on Sunday, bringing powerful winds and heavy rain to the region after leaving one dead and 30 fishermen missing in the Philippines. Nearly 200,000 people in southern China were evacuated before Typhoon Mujigae made landfall near the city of Zhanjiang in Guangdong province just after 2 p.m., […]

Picturesque French Riviera hit by deadly flash floods

ANTIBES, France — In a matter of minutes, torrential rains transformed the postcard-perfect French Riviera into a terrifying flood zone, leaving at least 16 dead, trapping hundreds of ailing pilgrims and halting car and train traffic Sunday along the mud-drenched Mediterranean coast. Victims were found dead in a retirement home, campsites, and cars submerged in a […]

Doctors Without Borders leaves Afghan city after airstrike

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. and Afghan governments vowed Sunday to jointly investigate the attack on a hospital in Kunduz that killed 22 people, as street-by street battles continued between government forces and Taliban fighters and officials warned of a looming humanitarian crisis for civilians trapped in the city Amid accusations that U.S. jet fighters were […]

Hope dims for finding survivors of deadly Guatemala mudslide

SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala — Hope faded Sunday for finding any survivors of a mudslide that killed at least 114 people as the smell of rotting bodies spread across the enormous mound of earth and rescuers reported the buried dwellings they reached were filled with water, suggesting anyone trapped inside would have drowned. Rescue workers on […]

More debris but no word on fate of ship lost off Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas — The search for a U.S. cargo ship that was lost during Hurricane Joaquin off the southeastern Bahamas turned up more clues Sunday but no word yet on the fate of the vessel or its 33-member crew. The fourth-day of searching across a wide expanse of the Atlantic Ocean near Crooked Island for the […]

Portugal government re-elected despite painful austerity

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s center-right coalition government earned another four-year term Sunday, winning a general election behind an improving economy that weathered the austerity measures contested across Europe, but falling short of a crucial outright majority in Parliament. With 99 percent of districts reporting, the government had 37 percent compared with 32 percent for the main […]

Shear joy: Lambtown Festival showcases Dixon’s ag history

DIXON — Dixon is the springtime home of the annual May Fair. While the fair has agricultural roots, it has grown to center around fun and entertainment. The annual Lambtown Festival, which began Saturday and continues through Sunday, is far more oriented around Dixon’s agricultural core. Solano is an agricultural county and Dixon reflects that […]

Pink Fest leaves a sweet taste for Pink Lemonade

SUISUN VALLEY — October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the third annual Pink Fest, held Saturday afternoon at Wooden Valley Winery, aimed to push past awareness and get straight to patient support. “I think the awareness part is pretty well established,” said Pink Lemonade Executive Director Donna Quintero. “Our whole intent is to raise money to […]

Church works to make community healthier

FAIRFIELD — Mount Calvary Baptist Church brought out a full venue of health care providers Saturday to educate people on a variety of health issues. The church is trying to make an impact on the spiritual and physical lives of its members and the community by providing programs that inform and change lives. This weekend they held […]

Lighthearted ‘Belly Laughs’ has a passionate drive for the arts

FAIRFIELD — About 200 patrons of the arts turned out Saturday night to the Jelly Belly’s events center for “Belly Laughs,” an annual event to support Advocates for the Arts, a locally-based nonprofit organization that supports Solano County arts organizations. Since their inception in the early 1990s, the group has given out more than a half […]

California recreational spiny lobster season to open

LOS ANGELES — California’s recreational spiny lobster season opening Saturday is expected to see plentiful catches because of the El Nino ocean-warming event occurring in the eastern Pacific. State Department of Fish and Wildlife marine scientist Travis Buck says lobster catches have historically been considerable during El Nino events. The California spiny lobster is found […]

California high-speed rail seeks private investors, input

SACRAMENTO — The California High-Speed Rail Authority has received 35 responses from private companies interested in financing, building and operating the first 300-mile segment of the controversial rail project. Officials say the responses are a positive sign of private interest after lawmakers last year dedicated a long-term funding source. Chief Executive Jeff Morales declined to […]

Homeland Security seizes Stockton mayor’s electronics at SFO

SAN FRANCISCO — A mayor of a Northern California city said Homeland Security agents briefly detained him and seized his laptop and cellphone earlier this week at San Francisco International Airport. Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva said Homeland Security officials seized the electronics Monday after he got off a flight from China. Silva said he was […]

Boy arrested in deaths of 3 found in burned California cabin

PLACERVILLE — A 16-year-old boy has been charged with killing his father, the father’s fiancee and their 8-year-old son, whose burned bodies were found in their rural Northern California cabin. Nolan Buchanan was arrested at his high school in Benicia on Thursday, El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini said at a news conference. He was […]

Arsonist hurled object to ignite fire at Planned Parenthood

THOUSAND OAKS — An arsonist threw a container with flammable liquid through the window of a Southern California Planned Parenthood facility, setting off a small fire, authorities said. Authorities have not made any arrests, identified a suspect or discussed possible motives behind the fire. But some public officials on Thursday linked it to current criticism […]

US lab settles age discrimination lawsuit for $37.25 million

LIVERMORE — A federal security research facility in Northern California will pay $37.25 million to settle a lawsuit brought by 129 older workers who say they were fired because of their ages. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory about 45 miles east of San Francisco announced the settlement Wednesday but denied any wrongdoing. The workers who sued […]

Black women booted from Napa Valley wine train file lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO  — A group of mostly black women filed a racial discrimination lawsuit Thursday after they were removed from a train that tours Napa Valley wineries, saying it was humiliating to be thrown off a rail car when loud and inebriated white passengers were allowed to stay. The 11 women sued Napa Valley Wine […]

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