Friday, April 18, 2014

California health care sign-ups exceed projections

SACRAMENTO — A late surge of sign-ups pushed California’s health insurance exchange nearly 100,000 enrollees beyond the original projections of the Obama administration, state officials announced Thursday. Nearly 1.4 million Californians selected a private policy through the state’s exchange by Tuesday’s open enrollment extension, and 88 percent were eligible for subsidies to reduce their monthly […]

Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

WASHINGTON — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections. An impromptu appearance in the White House […]

Appeal dropped for dangerous dog designation in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The court appeal over a dangerous dog designation for the 2-year-old pit bull Zanny has been dropped and the matter resolved, an attorney for the city of Fairfield says. Toussaint Bailey said Tuesday in Solano County Superior Court that the brother of dog owner Christian Armstrong said the appeal filed after a Feb. […]

Crews make quick work of vehicle fire

FAIRFIELD — A passenger car caught fire for unknown reasons early Monday afternoon, sending a plume of white smoke swirling into the air in the downtown area. The car came to a stop in the left turn lane of northbound Pennsylvania Avenue near Texas Street. Police briefly blocked northbound traffic as firefighters made quick work […]

Championship race in Vacaville targets children 2 through 5

VACAVILLE — The Strider Championship Race that’s scheduled May 10 at Andrews Park will give children ages 2 through 5 a chance to test their skills through obstacles and ramps. Strider Sports International, manufacturer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, sponsors the event running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park in downtown Vacaville. […]

Paper Clover Campaign supports Solano County 4-H

FAIRFIELD — Solano County 4-H members are hoping for another successful 2014 Paper Clover Campaign that begins April 23 and ends May 4. This marks the fourth years the national 4-H Council has partnered with Tractor Supply Company. Shoppers at the Dixon Tractor Supply Company, 2000 N. First St., can purchase a paper clover with […]

Coakley joins Solano fair board

FAIRFIELD — Mike Coakley is the newest member of the Solano County Fair Association board of directors. Each of the five Solano County Board of Supervisors districts has three directors appointed by their district’s supervisors. Supervisor Erin Hannigan appointed Coakley to help represent her 1st District that covers much of Vallejo. Coakley will fill a seat […]

No bail yet for man in deadly Fla. day care crash

ORLANDO, Fla. — A man who authorities say drove an SUV that crashed into another vehicle, sending it spinning into a daycare center where a girl was killed and 14 people were injured, was ordered Friday to stay in jail until a judge can determine whether he is a flight risk. Robert Corchado, 28, will […]

Police: No known target in school stabbing rampage

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. — No evidence has surfaced yet to show that a boy charged in a stabbing rampage at his high school was targeting any particular student, and efforts to establish a motive are stalled because the suspect isn’t talking and many victims remain hospitalized, a police chief said Friday. “At this point I don’t […]

Lawyer: Stabbing suspect like ‘deer in headlights’

PITTSBURGH — The 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing 22 people at his high school was dazed “like a deer in the headlights” hours later and doesn’t fully grasp what he did, his attorney said Thursday as he sketched out the beginnings of a possible mental health defense. Deepening the mystery of what set off the […]

Former pro wrestler Ultimate Warrior dies at 54

The Ultimate Warrior put on his signature airbrushed trench coat, shook the white ring ropes, and, for a few fleeting minutes, the wrestler billed as hailing from Parts Unknown was back home in the wrestling ring. “Speak to me, Warriors!” he bellowed on Monday night’s “Raw”, back on TV after an 18-year absence. He soaked […]

Kiss not the first to tell Rock Hall to kiss off

NEW YORK — Graciousness is not always high on the list of attributes you find in successful rock ‘n’ roll stars. Because of this, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions have sometimes brought out the worst in its inductees, whether continuing once-private feuds in public or launching criticism at the hall itself. This […]

Lorde, Imagine Dragons lead Billboard nominations

NEW YORK — Newcomers Lorde and Imagine Dragons are the top contenders at next month’s Billboard Music Awards. The breakthrough acts are finalists in 12 categories, thanks to Lorde’s Grammy-winning multiplatinum hit “Royals” and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” also a multiplatinum Grammy winner. Those smashes are nominated for top Hot 100 song against Robin Thicke’s “Blurred […]

Rapper Drake to host ESPYs sports awards show

LOS ANGELES — Drake is carving out a new niche as a television host and will helm the 2014 ESPYs, the sports award show of ESPN. The Toronto-based rapper, singer and actor and the sports entertainment network announced the gig Wednesday. The annual light-hearted awards show will be held July 16 at the Nokia Theatre […]