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As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled

LOS ANGELES — Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected, though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing. Full or preliminary scores have been released for Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West […]

Surfer uninjured after shark bites her board off California

MORRO BAY — A surfer escaped injury on Saturday after a great white shark bit her board off California’s central coast. Elinor Dempsey, 54, of Los Osos, said she was surfing at Morro Strand State Beach, just north of Morro Bay, around 10 a.m. when a shark swam under her board and chomped on it, […]

More Bay Area freeway lanes open after emergency closure

BURLINGAME — Authorities have reopened both directions of a Bay Area freeway where high-voltage lines crashed onto the lanes. An 8-mile stretch of Interstate 101 in Burlingame was shut down Friday night after a crane operated by a Caltrans contractor struck a high-voltage tower. The tower collapsed, and PG&E power lines carrying 115,000 volts each […]

Missing hiker found alive after 9 days lost in Sierra Nevada

FRESNO — Authorities say a missing hiker has been found alive after being lost for nine days in the rugged Sierra Nevada near a Central California wildfire. A Fresno County Sheriff’s search and rescue team located Miyuki Harwood Saturday morning near a reservoir. Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said Harwood was hurt, but he didn’t know […]

Hammerhead shark sighting prompts California beach closure

SAN DIEGO — A shark that was seen circling kayakers has led lifeguards to close a San Diego County beach. A 1½-mile stretch of beach from La Jolla Cove to Scripps Pier was closed Saturday afternoon after a confirmed sighting of the 8- to 10-foot hammerhead shark. San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Lee Swanson said the […]

Golf club owner agrees to pay $100,000 over manure incident

ESCONDIDO — The owner of a Southern California golf club, who raised a stink by spreading chicken manure on the course, has agreed to pay $100,000 to air pollution regulators. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday that the deal involves the defunct Escondido Country Club. San Diego County’s Air Pollution Control District claimed that last year, […]

Fairfield church celebrates 20th anniversary

FAIRFIELD — Twenty years went by in a flash for members of the Samoan Christian Church, which celebrated its anniversary Saturday with a feast. The church’s doors were opened for services Aug. 27, 1995, with a small group of maybe four families, according to Ben Afisivalu, secretary of the church. Samoan Christian Church’s first service occurred at the Fairfield Community […]

Dozens under observation as Legionnaires’ hits prison

SACRAMENTO — Authorities say dozens of San Quentin prisoners are under observation after an inmate was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. Weekend visits have been curtailed, and drinking water is being trucked in to the prison. Portable shower units arrived Saturday for inmate use. Meanwhile, an inmate who was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease on Wednesday is […]

Sharks, skateboards, survival debut on Discovery VR network

LOS ANGELES — Discovery is unleashing the first videos for its virtual reality network, Discovery VR, a fledgling service that is testing the limits and capabilities of the immersive format. The videos debuting Thursday on DiscoveryVR.com, YouTube and on Android and iPhone apps, reveal some of the promise of the medium, which covers every angle […]

Jeb Bush raffling off ticket to Colbert debut

NEW YORK — Jeb Bush isn’t just going to be a guest on Stephen Colbert’s late-night debut on CBS. He’s turned it into a fundraising opportunity. Bush has sent a letter to potential supporters, offering a “VIP ticket” to the taping of Colbert’s first show on Sept. 8, in a renovated Ed Sullivan Theatre in […]

Assembly bill aims at closing gender wage gap

SACRAMENTO — California’s state Assembly on Thursday approved legislation aimed at closing the wage gap between women and men through what proponents describe as the strongest equal pay protection in the nation. The bill by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, would let female employees challenge pay discrimination based on the wages that the company pays […]

Judge won’t toss out racketeering charges

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge refused Thursday to throw out a racketeering case against a man arrested in a money laundering and corruption probe centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown that also led to charges against a California state senator. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer rejected arguments by lawyers for Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow that he […]

Manson follower freed from prison

SAN LUIS OBISPO — After 43 years in prison, parole officials again say it is safe to free Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis. Parole commissioners recommended Thursday that Davis be paroled in the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. It’s the fourth time for such a recommendation, but the 72-year-old […]

Johnson thanks heroes from France train attack

SACRAMENTO — An American student who helped stop a terror attack on a Paris-bound high-speed train said Wednesday it’s been a “crazy few days” and he is happy to be home. Anthony Sadler spoke briefly during a news conference with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who presented him with a basketball jersey. “I’d just like to […]

Poll: Californians support health care for illegal immigrants

SACRAMENTO — Californians increasingly support extending public health care services to immigrants who are in the country illegally, according to new survey results released Wednesday. The Field Poll found 58 percent of registered California voters support extending Medi-Cal services to immigrants not currently eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, while 39 percent are […]

Report: Solyndra misrepresented facts to get loan

WASHINGTON — A four-year investigation has concluded that officials of the solar company Solyndra misrepresented facts and omitted key information in their efforts to get a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government. Solyndra was the first company to get federal loan guarantees under a program that was created in 2005 and expanded by […]

Governor approves exit exam reprieve for 5,000 students

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation canceling the California exit exam as a requirement for graduation this year, offering a reprieve to about 5,000 students left in limbo when the state canceled the test. Brown announced signing SB725 on Wednesday without comment. The legislation by Oakland Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock quickly cleared the […]

Prosecutors review evidence in fatal crash involving Jenner

LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors on Tuesday began reviewing evidence and considering whether charges should be filed against Caitlyn Jenner in a traffic collision that killed a woman on a coastal California highway. The case was being examined by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s major crimes division, said Greg Risling, a spokesman for the district […]

Police call CVS employees, customers heroes in stopping knife attack on woman

VACAVILLE — Police commended the CVS drugstore employees and customers who stopped a man who had walked up behind a woman there and stabbed her repeatedly Monday afternoon. “This horrific event could have been even more tragic if not for the heroic actions of the employees at CVS and the customers who aided the employees,” […]

Appellant prevails in plans to subdivide land north of Vacaville

FAIRFIELD — Brian West prevailed Tuesday in his plans to subdivide a 21.66-acre parcel at the corner of Cantelow and English Hills roads north of Vacaville. His request to divide the property into four lots, with three 2.5-acre parcels and one 14.16-acre parcel, had gone before the Solano County zoning administrator and Planning Commission before […]

Vacaville opposes statewide tax on water bills

VACAVILLE — The city opposes any statewide tax on water bills, a measure the vice mayor called “a permanent tax on a temporary situation.” “We’re hoping it doesn’t happen,” Curtis Hunt said. Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine in a letter the council approved Tuesday asks that if California lawmakers pass such a bill in the name […]

McGrew may face contempt charge after court no-show

FAIRFIELD — A judge said he’ll have no reservation about finding former Parkway Gardens receiver Ben McGrew in contempt of court if it’s established proper notice was served for the order to show cause hearing McGrew did not attend Monday. Solano County Superior Court Judge Paul Beeman was told about efforts that include fax, email, personal […]

Rockets kill 4 Pakistani soldiers near Afghan border

ISLAMABAD — Rockets fired by militants from across the Afghan border hit a Pakistani military post Sunday in the Khyber tribal region, killing four soldiers and wounding four others, the Pakistani army said. The tribal regions are off-limits for journalists making it difficult to independently confirm or obtain detailed accounts of the event. The Pakistani […]

Koreas resume talks as Seoul sees North Korea troop movement

PYONGYANG, North Korea — Senior officials from North and South Korea on Sunday were in their second day of marathon talks meant to pull the rivals back from the brink, even amid reports of unusual North Korean troop and submarine movement that Seoul said indicated continued battle preparation. While it was not clear whether any progress […]

Insurgents shell main prison near Syrian capital, killing 10

DAMASCUS, Syria — Insurgents shelled the central prison near the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday as well as residential neighborhoods in the city, killing at least 11 and wounding more than 40. The Interior Ministry statement, carried by state TV, said the shelling of the prison area killed 10 and wounded 40. It did not […]

Dubai, Saudi markets lose 7 percent after oil price dip

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and Dubai closed around 7 percent lower on Sunday on the back of a further slide in oil prices. Dubai’s main index closed 6.96 percent lower on its opening day of trading for the week. Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul, the region’s largest index, lost 6.86 percent. […]

2 planes collide at Swiss airshow, killing 1 pilot

BERLIN — One pilot died when two small planes collided in the air and crashed at an airshow in northern Switzerland on Sunday, police said. The two planes were part of a formation of three and they crashed around 11:15 a.m. after they touched each other in the air, according to Meinrad Stoecklin, a spokesman […]

Egypt stock market falls to lowest level in almost 2 years

CAIRO — Egypt’s stock market fell to its lowest level in almost two years on Sunday, as global markets sag and investors sober up from a buying binge surrounding a much-hyped economic conference last spring, analysts said. The main EGX 30 stock index kicked off the trading week by closing at 6784.09, its lowest level […]

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