Monday, March 30, 2015

Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he’s retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of a party desperate to regain the Senate majority. Reid, 75, rose […]

Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan, following House

WASHINGTON — Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP’s goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law. Working into Friday’s pre-dawn hours, senators approved the blueprint by a near party-line 52-46 vote, endorsing a measure that closely follows […]

Bergdahl charged despite torture, attempts to escape Taliban

RALEIGH, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained, held in a cage and threatened with execution after trying to escape. Bergdahl described his captivity in a note his lawyer made public Thursday after sharing it with the […]

Ferguson residents rattled by another shooting death

FERGUSON, Mo. — Along a short stretch of winding road through a nondescript apartment complex, two memorials of stuffed animals mark the spots where young men died. The sites are separated by roughly 1,000 feet, but in a sense are worlds apart. One is for Michael Brown, whose fatal shooting by a Ferguson police officer […]

Man threatened suicide before shooting officer

SAN JOSE — A man threatening to commit suicide unleashed a barrage of gunfire on Northern California officers called to check on him, killing a 14-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department. Scott Dunham, 57, fatally shot Officer Michael Johnson, 38, Tuesday night, launching an hours-long manhunt for the gunman and forcing nearby apartments […]

Supervisors renew plans for Solano County Housing Authority

FAIRFIELD — The Board of Supervisors has given the Solano County Housing Authority the go-ahead on an annual plan and five-year plan that follow the same approach that has resulted in a top rating from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The board’s action came Tuesday after a public hearing, which drew no response. Information […]

Job fair targets military spouses

FAIRFIELD — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Travis Air Force Base will host Hiring Our Heroes-Travis Air Force Base, a jobs and opportunity fair for spouses of all active duty military, Guard, Reserves, veterans and retirees as well as Gold Star spouses. The event is part of the Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse […]

Resort: Backup brakes didn’t deploy on Maine ski lift

PORTLAND, Maine — Less than five years ago, Rick Tonge was riding a chairlift at Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine when five chairs – including his – plummeted 30 feet to the snowy ground below, injuring him and his son. Then over the weekend, another chairlift at Sugarloaf malfunctioned by going backward, prompting some frightened skiers […]

530 years after death, Richard III honored before reburial

LONDON — Richard III was finally getting the ceremony and honor a king deserves, 530 years after his ignominious death in battle. Hundreds of people, including some in period costume and armor, turned out in Leicestershire on Sunday to watch a procession carrying the remains of the medieval king whose bones were found in 2012 […]

Police: Suspect shot at New Orleans airport has died

KENNER, La. — A machete-wielding man who was shot during a bizarre rampage at New Orleans’ international airport died Saturday afternoon, shortly after authorities revealed that he had also been carrying a bag of Molotov cocktails when the melee began. Richard White, 63, had been shot Friday night as he chased an unarmed Transportation Security Administration […]

Ohio cheesemaker’s Swiss wheel wins national cheese contest

MILWAUKEE — An Ohio cheesemaker won the United States Championship Cheese with a 200-pound Swiss wheel. Guggisberg Cheese in Millersburg, Ohio, beat out 1,892 entries from 28 states. Out of a possible 100 points, the Swiss wheel scored 98.496 in the final round of judging Thursday. First runner-up was a brick cheese made by John […]

7 siblings perish NYC home fire, officials eye hot plate

NEW YORK — Seven siblings from an Orthodox Jewish family were killed early Saturday when a fire tore through their Brooklyn home after they had gone to bed, a tragedy that authorities believe was caused by a malfunctioning hot plate left on for the Sabbath. The blaze took the lives of three girls and four boys […]

Records show troubled past for suspect in Arizona shootings

PHOENIX — An ex-convict accused of killing one person and wounding five others in a series of shootings in a Phoenix suburb has a history of substance abuse and criminal convictions dating back more than 20 years. A day after the shootings, a picture is beginning to emerge of the troubled past of Ryan Giroux, […]

NC man accused of stabbing death of three

NEW BERN, N.C. — A Burmese immigrant accused of stabbing three young brothers to death had scared a different neighborhood family by knocking on their door several times in the middle of the night. “He’s crazy,” neighbor Ner Wah said Wednesday. “I told my wife: ‘Be careful. Don’t answer the door.’” The suspect, identified as […]