Monday, October 20, 2014

Police hunt for clues near where Va. remains found

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence. Forensic tests were needed to confirm whether the remains match the 18-year-old Graham. They were discovered by a deputy […]

Super drunk woman arrested, mistook jail for bar

PAW PAW, Mich. — One is a building with bars. The other is a building with a bar. A very drunk woman apparently had trouble telling them apart and ended up in a southwestern Michigan jail cell. The Van Buren County sheriff’s department says a 39-year-old woman mistook the Van Buren County jail for the […]

Robotic device helps paralyzed groom walk aisle

DEWITT, N.Y. — New York resident Matt Ficarra has been paralyzed from the chest down since an accident three years ago, but that didn’t stop him from walking down the aisle. Ficarra was able to stand and walk during the wedding ceremony in suburban Syracuse on Saturday with the help of a battery-powered robotic exoskeleton […]

Coroner: 6 fire victims died of smoke inhalation

PITTSBURGH — Four children and two adults killed in a suburban house fire died of acute smoke and fume inhalation, according to autopsy results released Sunday. Investigators have not identified the cause of Saturday’s fire, which killed a recently married woman, her four young children and her disabled father-in-law. The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office identified […]

New England raking in millions from leaf peepers

JAFFREY, N.H. — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage – they’re looking at cold, hard cash. Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it […]

A cut above: Hair-raising time at Locks of Love event

FAIRFIELD — Krystell Blanton traveled from Sacramento Saturday, hoping to make a difference in the life of a child. The 31-year-old blonde was one of several people who stopped by June’s Shear FX on North Texas Street for a Locks of Love cut-a-thon. Blanton came in with about 18 inches of hair that hung all […]

Police arrest 3 after reports of stabbing, theft, attempted robbery

VACAVILLE — Two Fairfield men and a 17-year-old Vacaville resident were arrested early Saturday on allegations that range from assault with a deadly weapon to vehicle theft, according to a Vacaville Police Department press release. Police officers responded at about 5:15 a.m. to a report of a stabbing at a gas station on the 600 block of […]

Voter registration deadline is Monday

FAIRFIELD — California voters who want to cast their vote on Nov. 4 must register by 11:59 p.m. Monday. Paper registration forms can be obtained at most post offices, libraries and city halls throughout California. New voters can also complete the information online at More information, and a link to the state website, can […]

Pots and pans, patios and more at home and garden show

FAIRFIELD — Tammy Gunther listened faithfully as a representative of Kitchen Craft cookware demonstrated pots and pans at the Total Home, Garden and Harvest Festival on Saturday. She even sampled some of the corn on the cob he had cooked in a pan. While the product demonstrator may have seen Gunther as a possible buyer, […]

Attorney denied hearing delay appears with baby

ATLANTA — An immigration judge in Atlanta denied an attorney’s request to delay a hearing that fell during her six-week maternity leave and then scolded her in front of a packed courtroom when she showed up with her 4-week-old strapped to her chest and the infant began to cry, the attorney said. When Stacy Ehrisman-Mickle […]

Gay marriage developments: Alaska couples wait

It’s been more than a week since a flurry of gay marriage developments began with the Supreme Court’s denial of appeals from five states, allowing for expansion of marriage rights. Shortly afterward, a federal court in the West struck down bans in Idaho and Nevada. Recent developments on same-sex marriage around the country: ___ ALASKA […]

Regulator recuses himself amid PG&E emails probe

SAN FRANCISCO — A California Public Utilities Commission member who was involved in secret email exchanges with the state’s largest utility said Wednesday he is recusing himself from several matters related to the company. Mike Florio said in a brief notice that he is removing himself from an ongoing rate case involving Pacific Gas & […]

California House races see big outside spending

WASHINGTON — California is home to two of the most expensive congressional races in the country, with outside groups spending millions of dollars on television ads and mailers in the closing weeks of the general election campaign. In most of the state’s other congressional races, incumbents have a sizable financial advantage that is making it […]

Man attacked by pit bulls in California dies

MODESTO — A Central California man has died after he and his 77-year-old mother were mauled by a pack of pit bulls owned by his neighbors, sheriff’s officials said Wednesday. Juan Fernandez, 59, died of multiple traumatic injuries suffered in Tuesday’s attack at his home in the city of Modesto, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson […]