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Black Democrats question Sanders’ commitment to Obama

MINNEAPOLIS — Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign enlisted the support of black Democrats on Friday to undermine Bernie Sanders’ push to claim a piece of President Barack Obama’s legacy, arguing she is the rightful heir to the nation’s first black president. Clinton sought solidarity with Obama at every turn during Thursday’s debate in Milwaukee, referring to […]

Presidential contenders fight for minority voters in SC

DENMARK, S.C. — The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Barack Obama’s legacy Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina. Republicans, meanwhile, crisscrossed the state in search of a path out of Donald Trump’s long shadow. Hillary Clinton stepped up her hammering of rival Bernie Sanders […]

Colorado’s newest pot shop tied to strip club, mayor

GLENDALE, Colo. — Colorado’s newest pot shop has some wondering whether strippers and weed are too closely aligned on a busy highway just east of downtown Denver. The Smokin Gun Apothecary opened on a site formerly occupied by the Denver area’s best known strip club, Shotgun Willie’s. The strip club hasn’t gone away — it’s […]

Two 15-year-old girls fatally shot at Phoenix-area school

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Two 15-year-old girls died Friday in a shooting at a suburban Phoenix high school that initially caused panic among parents who could not reach their children but later emerged as a possible murder-suicide or double-suicide. It’s not clear what led up to the shooting at Independence High School in Glendale. It was […]

Sanders online fundraising gives Clinton a run for her money

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders is giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money, $27 at a time. The insurgent Democratic presidential candidate’s success with low-dollar online fundraising perfectly complements his denouncement of big money in politics. He’s making big money, all right, but in little increments from average people. When Sanders asks his supporters to […]

Lawmakers vote to make W. Virginia right-to-work state

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia, a suffering coal mining state shaped by the sometimes-bloody history of its organized labor, is set to become the 26th state with a so-called right-to-work law. In House and Senate party-line votes Friday, lawmakers rebuked a veto Thursday by Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The move will solidify a law […]

House sends NKorea sanctions bill to president for signature

WASHINGTON — Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Friday that hits North Korea with more stringent sanctions for refusing to stop its nuclear weapons program. House Republicans and Democrats joined together to overwhelmingly approve the bill by a vote of 408-2 less than a week after North Korea launched a rocket carrying a satellite into […]

S. Korea to shut down joint industrial park with N. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs. The decision to end operations at the industrial complex in the […]

2 female bombers kill 58 in northeast Nigerian refugee camp

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 58 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday. A third woman bomber was arrested and gave officials information about other planned bombings that helped them increase security at the camp, said an official of the Borno […]

Vacaville will save $25,000 and start city attorney selection with in-house interviews

VACAVILLE — Interview internal candidates for city attorney, the City Council said Tuesday when citing the $25,000 Vacaville saves by not hiring a recruiting firm. “We should start with in-house candidates,” Councilman Curtis Hunt said. He also noted the council only gets to hire two employees – the city manager and city attorney. City Attorney […]

Parkway Gardens robbery suspects to stand trial

FAIRFIELD — Three Fairfield men police believe are tied to a botched armed robbery at the Parkway Gardens condominiums in November were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on felony attempted robbery or gun charges. One of the victims of the Nov. 19, incident took the witness stand Monday at the probable cause hearing for Domanick […]

Suisun man accused in fatal shooting enters plea

FAIRFIELD — A Suisun City man accused of shooting and killing a newspaper carrier in 2012 was in court briefly Monday where he entered a plea of not guilty to a murder charge. Daniel J. Diaz, 30, was ordered to return to court April 1 when a date for a probable cause hearing may be […]

Chamber report wins Vacaville council OK

VACAVILLE — A work and progress report by the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce won approval Tuesday by City Council members who praised the work of the business organization. “It’s good to see the chamber so active,” Councilman Curtis Hunt said. Councilman Mitch Mashburn said, “It’s wonderful to have a resource like you.” Assisting businesses with […]

Vaca Valley Tea Party group to hear about water issues

VACAVILLE — Water is the topic of the Vaca Valley Tea Party meeting Feb. 17. The guest speaker is Greg Coppes, Republican candidate in the 3rd state Senate District. Drought and flood measures, water storage, underground aquifers and the Delta tunnels project are some of the topics that will be discussed. The meeting is from 6 to 8 […]

Vacaville library site of free tax preparation help

VACAVILLE — The United Way of the Bay Area will offer free electronic tax preparation for low- to moderate-income taxpayers who earned less than $54,000 in 2015. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center at 1020 Ulatis Drive. No appointment is necessary. Help is available on […]

Gun control not resonating as key issue in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. — With each mass shooting in the United States in the past year, a debate raged about whether gun-control measures were overdue to make Americans safe. But not in New Hampshire. The gun culture is alive and well here, and with a population overwhelmingly familiar with and comfortable with firearms, gun-control issues that […]

Couple wanted in crime spree led police on chase; 1 killed

MILTON, Fla. — A weeklong search for a Missouri couple wanted in a series of robberies and abductions across the South ended with one suspect dead and the other wounded Friday, after authorities say they chased the pair across the highway and through a rural neighborhood and exchanged gunfire with them in Florida’s Panhandle. Blake […]

Utah lawmaker: Pornography a public health crisis

SALT LAKE CITY — A state senator in Utah wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument being made around the U.S. by conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets. Republican Sen. Todd Weiler, a Mormon, contends children are being exposed at young ages to pornography, leading […]

Referee call barring Native American hair buns causes uproar

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The board that governs Arizona high school sports says members of a girls’ basketball team can wear their hair in traditional Navajo buns after a referee’s decision to ban the hairstyle at a game this week caused an outcry. The Flagstaff High School players were expressing their team pride and Native American […]

Latin America scrambles to squash Zika-spreading mosquito

RIO DE JANEIRO — With no hope for a vaccine to prevent Zika in the near future, authorities are focusing on the most effective way to combat the virus: killing the mosquito that carries it. Fumigation is one method; another is seeking out and draining standing water where the insect lays its eggs. Other strategies […]

Syria allows aid into rebel-held area as peace talks stall

GENEVA — The Syrian government allowed aid into a rebel-held area near Damascus on Tuesday in what appeared to be a goodwill gesture after U.N.-mediated indirect peace talks got off to a rocky start in Geneva. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivered 14 trucks of aid provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross […]

Donors face record request of $9 billion to aid Syrians

AMMAN, Jordan — International aid to the victims of Syria’s five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organizers of Thursday’s annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to $9 billion for 2016. The expectations are partly based on […]

Shakespeare on stage in squalid migrant camp in France

CALAIS, France — “This, above all, to thine own self be true.” The words from Shakespeare’s Hamlet rang out on the most unlikely stage on Wednesday, a squalid migrant camp in the northern French port of Calais, known locally as the “jungle.” The audience of migrants from the Middle East to Africa would almost certainly […]

Panel: LAPD justified in death of homeless black man

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police officers were justified when they fatally shot a homeless black man on Skid Row six times, including twice in the chest, a civilian oversight panel said Tuesday. The Los Angeles Police Commission issued the finding in the shooting of Charly “Africa” Keunang after discussing it in a closed-door meeting. […]

New Fairfield Transportation Center structure could be ‘like a curtain flowing in the wind’

FAIRFIELD — An architectural design for Phase 3 of the Fairfield Transportation Center to 900 parking spaces would not be a stagnant box but feature an outer shell in motion – “something like a curtain flowing in the wind,” the City Council was told Tuesday. City staff member Nathaniel Atherstone said the five-story structure as long […]

Prosecutor smells crime, charges utility for huge gas leak

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles prosecutors filed misdemeanor criminal charges Tuesday against a utility for failing to immediately report a natural gas leak that has been gushing nonstop nearly 15 weeks. District Attorney Jackie Lacey said the charges aren’t a solution to the problem, but Southern California Gas Co. needs to be held responsible for […]

Massive fire destroys Lexington stockyard, many businesses

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A massive fire destroyed a 70-year-old beef cattle auction business in Lexington on Saturday, churning up a plume of thick, black smoke that darkened the skies for miles as the wind-whipped flames consumed several nearby businesses. No one was injured in the fire that destroyed seven acres of the stockyards operated by […]

1 dead, 6 hurt in shooting, stabbing in Denver

DENVER — One person died and six others were injured in a shooting and stabbing at a motorcycle expo Saturday, Denver police said. Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez says the incident occurred about 1 p.m. Saturday at the National Western Complex. The Colorado Motorcycle Expo is being held this weekend at the complex. Dr. Kevin McVaney […]

From pork rinds to pocket knives, surplus centers see it all

CONCORD, N.H. — In the market for a crate of Boston and Harvard hoodies and baby onesies? How about a suitcase full of pork rinds? Seek out your nearest state surplus store, where many airports nationwide send their unclaimed and confiscated items. Airports in Boston, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire send everything from box loads […]

3 female chauffeurs win $130K each in discrimination case

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge has awarded damages to three Minnesota women who sued after they were dismissed from their chauffeur jobs because a Saudi prince wanted only male drivers. U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen on Thursday awarded $130,000 each to Gretchen Cooper, Barbara Herold and Lisa Boutelle. In November, Ericksen ruled in favor of […]

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