Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DUI-Drivers License checkpoint Friday on North Texas Street nets 2 arrests

FAIRFIELD — A DUI–Drivers License checkpoint on Friday in the 2200 block of North Texas Street netted arrests for driving under the influence and a narcotics warrant, police said. The Fairfield Police Department Traffic Unit conducted the checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and screened 603 vehicles. Along with the two arrests, nine drivers […]

Rescuers end ocean search for Navy fighter pilot

LEMOORE — Rescuers on Saturday have called off their search of the Pacific Ocean for a Navy fighter pilot whose jet was one of two that crashed west of Wake Island. The Navy said Saturday that it presumes the pilot is dead after failing to find him during a 36-hour search. The Navy declined to release […]

2 homes destroyed in Northern California wildfire

GRASS VALLEY — A wildfire burning on heavily forested land in Northern California has destroyed two homes and forced the evacuation of dozens more. The fire broke out shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday in the Sierra Nevada foothills about halfway between Sacramento and Reno and has grown to 250 acres. Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant […]

Rare snowstorm slams Rockies states, South Dakota

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — It’s still summer, but a snowstorm blanketed parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado, setting early snowfall records in some places, covering lawns and flower gardens and providing a preview of what is to come. The snowstorm dumped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of Wyoming on Wednesday and […]

Charges in dead babies case; neighbors soul-search

BLACKSTONE, Mass. — A woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found was charged Friday with covering up the deaths, while neighbors said they wish they had acted themselves to call attention to the house with the foul smell and the shades that were always drawn. Erika […]

Alien-like giant water-living dinosaur unveiled

WASHINGTON — Picture the fearsome creatures of “Jurassic Park” crossed with the shark from “Jaws.” Then super-size to the biggest predator ever to roam Earth. Now add a crocodile snout as big as a person and feet like a duck’s. The result gives you some idea of a bizarre dinosaur scientists unveiled Thursday. This patchwork […]

9/11 fund hands out $100M in scholarships

NEW YORK — A scholarship fund set up for families of 9/11 victims said Wednesday it recently surpassed $100 million in awards handed out since the terrorist attacks. The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund said it surpassed the milestone while awarding more than $11 million in the 2013-2014 academic year. Overall the fund said it has helped […]

No end in sight for America’s Mideast war duties

Thirteen years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, this was supposed to be a season of relief, with Iraq managing on its own and most U.S. troops finally ending their combat duty in Afghanistan. Instead, Americans are bracing for another upsurge of military engagement in a region where one war blurs into another. Across the world, a […]

Police say they ID’d 5 teens in ice bucket prank

CLEVELAND — Police said they have identified five teenage suspects involved in dumping bodily fluids on a 15-year-old autistic teen who thought he was participating in the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” Evidence against the suspects, who are between the ages of 14 and 17, will be presented to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office early next week […]

‘Loving’ father now tied to his 5 kids’ deaths

PINE APPLE, Ala. — Their little bodies shrouded in plastic bags, the five children of Timothy Ray Jones Jr. had been dead for days by the time he led investigators to the spot where they had been dumped among dead trees and scrub brush. The children’s journey to that isolated hilltop in central Alabama covered […]

Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

WASHINGTON — Earth’s protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet. Scientists said the development demonstrates that when the world […]