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Late-night TV vet Bill Maher forges ahead with hit formula

LOS ANGELES — Bill Maher strides into the weekly writers meeting for his HBO show and puts his feet up on the table. His team of scribes, many of whom he’s worked with for 22 years, pepper him with ideas and information: the new Republican presidential candidates, the latest outlandish political moves, background on upcoming guests. Every […]

Bourdain plants digital footprint as editor at food website

Anthony Bourdain has eaten his way through nearly every crevice of the globe, and now he’s ready to taste a new frontier — the digital world. Bourdain has been named editor-at-large for the website Roads & Kingdoms, a digital media company that covers global food, politics, travel and culture. The role came after Bourdain, a […]

Tracy Morgan settles suit with Walmart over fatal crash

NEWARK, N.J. — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Walmart over a highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. A filing in federal court in Newark on Wednesday refers to a confidential settlement reached by the two sides. Morgan’s lawyer didn’t immediately respond to a message […]

As TV goes online, Suddenlink latest to hook up with Hulu

NEW YORK — TV watchers are going online, and cable companies are following them there. Suddenlink, which has 1.1 million TV subscribers, is the latest to hook up with Hulu. It said Wednesday that it will be adding the service to its TiVo set-top box later this year. It integrated Netflix last year. There has […]

U2’s longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, found dead

NEW YORK — Dennis Sheehan, U2’s longtime tour manager, has died at a Southern California hotel, a day after the band kicked off a five-night stint in the Los Angeles area. U2 frontman Bono posted a statement Wednesday on the band’s website about Sheehan’s death. “We’ve lost a family member, we’re still taking it in,” […]

Mare Island backers seek support to lobby for national park status

VALLEJO — The Mare Island Historic Park Foundation has started a letter-writing campaign to key supporters and stakeholders this week in order to get their support for the campaign to add the historic buildings and artifacts of the former Navy shipyard to the national parks system. The foundation has been aggressively lobbying the National Park Service to give […]

Pipeline that leaked wasn’t equipped with auto shut-off

LOS ANGELES — The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said. The original owner of the pipeline skirted the Santa […]

Malio Anthony Pietrangelo

Pietrangelo, Malio Anthony, 87, of Fairfield, died on Saturday, May 16, 2015. A private service was held. Arrangements by Fairfield Funeral Home, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave., Fairfield, 425-1041, [email protected]

Clinton’s Benghazi emails show correspondence with adviser

WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received monthly missives about the growing unrest in Libya from a longtime friend who was previously barred by the White House from working for her as a government employee, according to emails received on her personal account. The messages show the role played by Sidney Blumenthal, who was […]

Obama’s trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle

WASHINGTON — In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment. The 62-38 vote, two more than the 60 needed, came from a solid phalanx of Republicans and more than […]

Officials: Saudi-led coalition airstrikes resume in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen — Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels resumed early Monday in the southern port city of Aden after a five-day truce came to a close following talks on the war-torn country’s future that were boycotted by the rebels. Coalition airstrikes hit rebel positions and tanks in several neighborhoods of Aden after the cease-fire expired […]

Pope canonizes 2 saints from 19th-century Palestine

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis canonized two nuns from what was 19th-century Palestine on Sunday in hope of encouraging Christians across the Middle East who are facing a wave of persecution from Islamic extremists. Sisters Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas were among four nuns who were made saints Sunday at a Mass in a sun-soaked […]

Contested Iraqi city of Ramadi falls to Islamic State group

BAGHDAD — The contested city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State group on Sunday, as Iraqi forces abandoned their weapons and armored vehicles to flee the provincial capital in a major loss despite intensified U.S.-led airstrikes. Bodies, some burned, littered the streets as local officials reported the militants carried out mass killings of Iraqi […]

Ukraine says 2 Russian officers captured near rebel area

KIEV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian government on Sunday claimed to have captured two Russian officers who were operating in the rebel-controlled area. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said on Sunday the two Russian officers have been taken prisoner by the volunteer Aidar battalion in the town of Shchastia, not far from the front line. He […]

Cowboys, cowgirls get decked out for good cause

CORDELIA — The dusty, rural back roads of Old Cordelia are the perfect setting for a barbecue dinner and fundraiser with a cowboy theme. Guests arrived at the ninth annual Denim and Diamonds fundraiser, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Central Solano County, dressed in jeans, cowboy hats, cowboy boots and all things made for the […]

Mustang Club raises cash to support returning veterans

SUISUN CITY — Veterans who have a tough time transitioning from combat situations back to their regular lives were beneficiaries Saturday of the 31st Annual Biggest Little Car Show at the Suisun City waterfront. The Golden Hills Mustang Club used the drawing from this year’s event to support The Pathway Home Inc. in Yountville. Linden DeFreece, a volunteer for […]

Asleep at the Wheel rolls back to Northern California

Asleep at the Wheel has an expansive universe. The Western swing and country band called tiny Paw Paw, West Virginia, as well as Oakland, home before settling in Austin, Texas, for the past 40 years. More than 100 people have joined its ranks by the count of singer and guitarist Ray Benson, its only remaining […]

‘Blues can never die': B.B. King reigned but music lives on

LAS VEGAS — B.B. King believed anyone could play the blues, and that “as long as people have problems, the blues can never die.” But no one could play the blues like B.B. King, who died Thursday night at age 89 in Las Vegas, where he had been in hospice care. Although he kept performing well […]

Notes from near and far on death of blues legend B.B. King

Blues legend B.B. King died late Thursday at his Las Vegas home. Here are some comments from people who knew and admired him: ___ “The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend. B.B. King was born a sharecropper’s son in Mississippi, came of age in Memphis, Tennessee, and became the ambassador […]

Obama pledges unity with Gulf nations against Iran

CAMP DAVID, Md. — President Barack Obama pledged America’s “ironclad commitment” to anxious Persian Gulf nations Thursday to help protect their security, pointedly mentioning the potential use of military force and offering assurances that a potential nuclear agreement with Iran would not leave them more vulnerable. At the close of a rare summit at the presidential retreat […]

Boston bombing jury finishes 1st full day of deliberations

BOSTON — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev must make one of the most difficult decisions a jury can be faced with: Should they sentence him to death or spare his life? As they deliberate, they will need to fill out a lengthy, complicated verdict form that asks them to make […]

Foodie series ‘Chef’s Table’ coming to Netflix

NEW YORK — Filmmaker David Gelb, who directed the delectable “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” has landed back in the foodie world with a Netflix series covering the lives and cuisines of six top chefs. Incorporating dramatic crescendos into soundtracks and secondary interviews with parents, partners, mentors and fannish food critics, Gelb and a team of […]

Former music producer sentenced to 10 years

NEW YORK — A former music producer who helped launch acts like Kenny G and Whitney Houston was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years behind bars for duping investors out of millions by claiming he had ties to West African diamond mines. Prosecutors in federal court in Manhattan had sought more than two decades in prison […]

People: Priyanka Chopra

NEW YORK — Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra is heading to American television with a lead role in the ABC drama “Quantico.” “Wow. I’m still reeling,” she said Monday night at a party to celebrate the presentations in New York this week where networks unveil new programming to advertisers. “Quantico” was “my first pick out of […]

ACLU wants investigation into lack of female directors

LOS ANGELES — The Directors Guild of America says networks and studios are to blame for the “deplorable” dearth of female directors in Hollywood, following a call by the American Civil Liberties Union for an investigation into the industry’s “systemic failure” to hire female directors. The DGA released a statement late Tuesday after the ACLU […]

French drama, Coen Brothers kick off Canne festival

CANNES, France — The Cannes Film Festival unrolled its red carpet with a socially minded French drama as the usually glitzy festival began Wednesday on a more serious note after January’s terror attacks in Paris. “Standing Tall,” a film about a juvenile delinquent co-starring Catherine Deneuve, premiered as the festival got underway beneath hazy French […]

UVa dean files suit against Rolling Stone

RICHMOND, Va. — A University of Virginia associate dean sued Rolling Stone magazine on Tuesday for more than $7.5 million, saying a debunked and retracted account of an alleged gang rape on campus cast her as the “chief villain.” Nicole Eramo, the top administrator dealing with sexual assaults at the Charlottesville school, said the lengthy […]

‘Pitch 2,’ ‘Mad Max’ head for big screen

FAIRFIELD — A collegiate a cappella group and a cameo from the original Mad Max lead this weekend’s box office openings. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld are members of the Barden Bellas in “Pitch Perfect 2.” The group enters an international competition only to be told it’s impossible for them to win because […]

Man afraid he is the rebound guy for the woman he loves

Dear Annie: Many years ago, “Hazel” sat next to me in high school and apparently had a crush on me. (I had no clue.) She married someone else, and her husband passed away 20 years ago. Four years later, she met “Larry,” who is married and says he can’t divorce because of his religion. He […]

Bridge May 11

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder DO YOU LEAD UP HERE OR THERE? Lisa Kudrow, who made her name as Phoebe on “Friends,” said, “I think it’s always a good move to listen to that inner voice, if it doesn’t lead to a crime.” Some bridge players follow their inner voices. But most should analyze […]

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