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Lawsuit challenges railroad’s right to approve oil pipeline

OMAHA, Neb. — The U.S. government began handing out land to railroads to encourage their development more than 150 years ago, but there are still questions about how much control those companies have over the land. Union Pacific is facing several lawsuits related to whether a railroad it acquired years ago had the authority to […]

Hispanic leaders tepid to GOP reaction to Trump

WASHINGTON — Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump’s characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. Several 2016 contenders have brushed off Trump’s comments while others have ignored them. Marco Rubio, a Florida senator who is Hispanic, denounced them as “not just offensive and […]

Solar plane lands in Hawaii after flight from Japan

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — A plane powered by the sun’s rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. Pilot Andre Borschberg and his single-seat aircraft landed at Kalaeloa, a small airport outside Honolulu. His nearly 118-hour voyage from Nagoya broke the record for the world’s longest nonstop solo […]

US attorney wants to appeal cash seizure case

LAS VEGAS — The top federal prosecutor in Nevada wants to appeal an order to return $167,000 seized from a Hawaii man who was stopped twice on Interstate 80 near Elko but never charged with a crime. U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said in a statement this week through spokeswoman Natalie Collins that his office has […]

Report: Crime in California declines in 2014

SACRAMENTO — Most crime rates declined across California in 2014, including hate crimes and homicides, the state attorney general’s office said Wednesday. Hate crimes offenses were down nearly 9 percent last year, the office said in one of several new reports. Crimes based upon the victims’ sexual orientation dropped more than 13 percent, to 187 […]

State residents admitted to UC campuses on the decline

SAN FRANCISCO — Fewer California high school students have been offered admission to University of California campuses for the fall, officials reported Thursday, while the number accepted from outside the state and abroad has again increased. A total of 92,324 students — 58 percent of those who applied — were accepted as freshmen to one […]

Developer sentenced to prison for fraud scheme

LOS ANGELES — A former California real estate developer once honored as his city’s citizen of the year was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 14 years in prison for bilking investors who poured millions of dollars into failed development projects. Federal Los Angeles Judge Otis Wright handed down a harsher sentence than the government had […]

ICE expanding immigration detention center

SANTA ANA — Immigration authorities will expand a Southern California detention facility to get more bed space for women with criminal records, immigrants with medical needs, recently arrived asylum seekers and other detainees. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is getting an additional 640 beds at a privately contracted detention facility some 60 miles northeast of Los […]

Congregants, protesters gather at Church of Cannabis

INDIANAPOLIS — More than 100 people packed a pot-smoking Indianapolis church for a music-filled service without their illegal sacrament Wednesday, days after authorities threatened arrests if the congregation lit up during the rites. Participants in the inaugural service of the First Church of Cannabis, formed as a test of Indiana’s new religious objections law, had […]

US opens Cuba embassies for first time in decades

WASHINGTON — After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes. For President Barack Obama, the opening of the U.S. Embassy in the heart of Havana is […]

Alcatraz shows off more than $3M in upgrades

SAN FRANCISCO — More than a million people visit Alcatraz Island every year to see the shuttered prison sitting in the San Francisco Bay, made famous by Clint Eastwood in the movie about the great escape of three prisoners in the early 1960s. But these days, the prison, first opened to the public in October […]

New warden takes over at Clinton prison

ALBANY, N.Y. — A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month. The state correction department said Wednesday that includes stepped-up searches of inmates’ cells, staffing changes to ensure bed checks are more effective and installation of security […]

Probe: Possible collusion among airlines to keep prices high

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, […]

California law criticized after woman’s arrest

SACRAMENTO — When Sacramento police arrested black activist Maile Hampton over her role in a Black Lives Matter protest in January, they didn’t charge her with obstructing traffic, trespassing or disturbing the peace. They charged her with felony lynching. No one was killed or even hurt in the demonstration. But the 20-year-old woman was booked […]

Trump fallout continues as others head for the exit

NEW YORK — Rapper Flo Rida, the Macy’s department store chain and football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith all had something in common on Wednesday: They’re the latest to distance themselves from Donald Trump following his remarks about Mexican immigrants. The Republican presidential hopeful’s team is struggling to hold the Miss USA pageant together following […]

NC shark attack is seventh of the summer

RALEIGH, N.C. — A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina’s Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh in a record-breaking year of shark attacks for the state’s coastal waters. A hospital spokeswoman had no report of his condition Wednesday afternoon. The man suffered wounds to his ribcage, lower […]

Ex-Senator Yee pleads guilty to racketeering

SAN FRANCISCO — An ex-California state senator pleaded guilty Wednesday to a racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Leland Yee could face a maximum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in October after entering the plea to one count of conspiracy to engage […]

Lightning closes LA beaches

LOS ANGELES — Lifeguards briefly ordered people off more than 100 miles of Southern California beaches Tuesday after a fast-moving thunderstorm brought lightning to the area. Beaches across Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties were shut down in the late afternoon after the National Weather Service warned lifeguards of the fast-approaching storm and lightning […]

Fairfield Employees Association has OK for strike but seeks contract

FAIRFIELD — The Service Employee International Union has authorized the local Fairfield Employees Association to strike, but the chapter president says she seeks an agreement with the city rather than workers going out on strike. “That’s definitely not the intention of our association,” Teri Luchini said of striking. A contract with Fairfield “is the best […]

Court grants defense request to delay case of girl’s suspected killer

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield man awaiting trial for allegedly raping and strangling a 13-year-old girl was in court briefly Tuesday to get another delay in his case. Anthony L. Jones has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge with three special circumstances and earlier this year prosecutors said they intend to seek the death penalty […]

Mount Diablo Ham Radio operators to offer class

FAIRFIELD — The Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club and the Salvation Army will be holding an eight-week course to allow Ham radio operators to upgrade their amateur radio license to a general class license. The course runs from Aug. 6 through Sept. 24 will be be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays […]

Mission Solano to serve as cooling center

FAIRFIELD — Mission Solano will act as a cooling center as high temperatures move into the region. Mission Solano will operate the cooling center during daylight hours, primarily to help keep homeless individuals and families safe from heat exhaustion, heat stroke and other heat-related injuries. Part of their services will include bottled water to help […]

CreekSpeak offers glance into early life around Putah Creek

DAVIS — Locals are invited to join Putah Creek Council for the third CreekSpeak event of 2015 and learn about Putah Creek’s early history. Adie Whitaker of Far Western will speak on what is known about the earliest human settlers around Putah Creek, the resources they relied on, and what the archaeological record offers about […]

Frazier appointed Assembly Transportation Committee chairman

FAIRFIELD — State Assemblyman Jim Frazier has been appointed chairman of the the Assembly Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee. “I am honored that Speaker Toni Atkins has appointed me to Chair the Assembly Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee as a part of the special session called by Governor Brown last week,” said Frazier, D-Oaklely. “I […]

Texas AG: State workers can deny licenses to gay couples

LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas’ conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton called the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a “lawless ruling” and said state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses. He warned in a statement Sunday that any clerk, justice of the peace or other administrator who […]

SpaceX rocket destroyed on way to space station, cargo lost

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to NASA, the third cargo mission to fail in eight months. The accident happened about 2½ minutes into the flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida. A billowing white cloud emerged […]

Hundreds still in hospital after fire at Taiwan music party

TAIPEI, Taiwan — More than 400 people, many of them seriously burned, remained in hospitals Sunday after a fire spread into a crowd of spectators at a music party at a Taiwan water park, authorities said. The fire late Saturday was sparked by an accidental explosion of a colored theatrical powder thrown from the stage […]

Nuke talks to miss target; Iran foreign minister heads home

VIENNA — A senior U.S. official acknowledged Sunday that Iran nuclear talks will go past their June 30 target date, as Iran’s foreign minister prepared to head home for consultations before returning to push for a breakthrough. Iranian media said Mohammed Javad Zarif’s trip was planned in advance. Still, the fact that he was leaving the […]

Tunisia launches nationwide manhunt for attack accomplices

SOUSSE, Tunisia — The student who massacred holidaymakers on a Tunisian beach and at a swank resort hotel acted alone during the attack but had accomplices who supported him beforehand, an Interior Ministry official said Sunday. Police were searching nationwide for more suspects after the slaughter of at least 38 people in Sousse on Friday, in […]

Greece imposes capital controls, banks to remain shut

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s five-year financial crisis took its most dramatic turn to date Sunday, with the prime minister announcing Greek banks would remain shut indefinitely and restrictions would be imposed on cash withdrawals. The decision came on the recommendation of the Bank of Greece, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said during a televised address to the […]

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