Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kerry: ‘Enormous interest in new relationship with Cuba

BOSTON — North America has an “enormous interest” in building diplomatic relationships with Cuba, Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday during a weekend meeting with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico. “This is an effort we believe offers the best opportunity for the people of Cuba to improve their lives and to take part […]

Airport authorities: Traveler beats homeless man with chair

NEWARK, N.J. — A traveler who remained at Newark Liberty International Airport after missing two flights faced numerous charges Saturday for allegedly beating a homeless man with a chair as the man was sleeping. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said 29-year-old Leonidas M. Sandoval of Guatemala began acting erratically after arriving […]

Drivers: Return to your dealers for a 2nd air bag recall fix

NEW YORK — Drivers, bring your vehicles back to the shop for more work on faulty air bags. The government says more than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles need a second fix for air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running. The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand […]

Hatfields, McCoys make moonshine legally in southern W.Va.

GILBERT, W.Va. — After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state’s blessing – the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud. Production of “Drink of the Devil” has been in […]

List: 10 Super Bowl ads you’ll be talking about

NEW YORK — It’s almost show time. When the Super Bowl kicks off on Sunday, 40-plus advertisers will be hoping to win over the more than 110 million viewers tuning in. After paying $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, advertisers are hoping to have the ad everyone will be talking about Monday morning. Here are 10 […]

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

NEW YORK — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81. McKuen died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation center in Beverly Hills, […]

Miranda Lambert leads ACM Awards with 8 nominations

NEW YORK — Miranda Lambert is continuing her reign as contemporary country queen with eight nominations at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. The ACMs announced Friday that Lambert is the top contender, including a nomination for entertainer of the year, pitting her against top-billing male stars Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and […]

Shakira gives birth to 2nd baby with Spanish football star

MADRID — Colombian pop singer Shakira says she has given birth to a boy, her second child with partner, Spanish football star Gerard Pique. In a statement on her official Twitter account Friday, Shakira, 37, said Sasha Pique Mebarak was born Thursday at 9.54 p.m. in Barcelona. The note said the name Sasha was of […]

Ex-rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES — Marion “Suge” Knight, the former music mogul who created one of hip-hop’s leading labels and became the impresario of gangster rap, was arrested Friday on suspicion of hitting and killing a man with his truck and fleeing the scene of the crash near Los Angeles. Knight’s attorney said the founder of Death […]

Police: Family killed man over child custody dispute

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. — A woman and her family lured her estranged husband to their home by offering to let him see his children, then beat him in the head with a hammer and fatally shot him as he tried to run away — a scheme concocted because they were upset about a child custody dispute, according to […]

Killer says his ideas influenced family suicide

DRAPER, Utah — Dan Lafferty sees himself as a prophet who will prepare the world for the second coming and he has little following, but 10 years ago he started a relationship with a young woman who was drawn to him after reading a book chronicling the slayings that put him in prison. In September, […]

NASA astronaut memorial stirs memories for shuttle veteran

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Each year around this time, NASA honors fallen astronauts, including the 17 men and women killed in three separate wintertime accidents in the sky and on the earth. For Robert “Hoot” Gibson, it’s a time to remember lost friends and some of their stunts, like playing a saxophone in orbit. Gibson, who […]

‘Anonymized’ credit card data not so anonymous, study shows

WASHINGTON — Credit card data isn’t quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included — and this is after companies “anonymized” the transaction records, saying they wiped away names and other personal […]

Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think

WASHINGTON — The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it’s a problem that we don’t know what they’re talking about. Scientists are far less worried about genetically modified food, pesticide use, and nuclear power than is the general public, according to matching polls […]

Fort Hood gunman Hasan says he wants to keep top lawyer

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas — The gunman who killed 13 people at a Texas military base in 2009 appeared in court Thursday without the beard he had fought to keep and said he wanted to keep his lead appeals lawyer. A change of counsel could complicate an already delayed review process. Nidal Hasan appeared in court […]

Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

WASHINGTON — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation’s top law enforcement job. “I believe she’s not only qualified but exceptionally well-qualified and a very good person, to boot,” Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a senior Republican on […]

India now has 322 billion reasons to fix economy

Raghuram Rajan’s recent surprise rate cut was what central bankers call an “insurance move.” In a highly uncertain and deflationary world, the Reserve Bank of India governor decided he’d rather risk higher inflation in hopes of boosting growth. More quietly, Rajan is taking out another policy that could pay even bigger dividends in years to […]

Don’t brush off bullying

A guy named Rick Thomas contacted me recently on Facebook and asked if I was the same Kelvin Wade who attended Tolenas Elementary in Mr. Roach’s fifth-grade class in the late 1970s. Yes, I am, but I didn’t remember a Rick in the class. I kept reading and saw that he went by a different name […]

Gold nuggets stolen in smash and grab

SAN FRANCISCO — Thieves rammed a stolen SUV into a downtown San Francisco museum early Tuesday and swiped historic gold nuggets in the latest smash-and-grab theft in the area in recent months. Three masked men jumped from a Chevrolet Suburban after it rammed through a revolving door at the Wells Fargo History Museum in the financial district and […]

Fairfield-Suisun board looks at tentative priorities for 2015-16 school year

FAIRFIELD — Trustees of the Fairfield-Suisun School District hammered out tentative priorities Tuesday night for the upcoming school year. The action comes on the heels o Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2015-16 budget. Those priorities include: Employee compensation. Extracurricular school activities. Science learning in secondary school settings. Wraparound counseling services to include a variety of aspects such […]

Question of the week: Which team will win the Super Bowl?

On Feb. 1, Seattle goes for a second straight Super Bowl title, as the Seahawks go up against the New England Patriots at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Which team will win? Take part in our poll. Last week’s question: Will the Supreme Court give same-sex couples the right to marry under the Constitution? Yes: 80 percent […]

My sister is jobless and homeless and I’m not sure how to help

Dear Annie: I have three siblings. The youngest sister, “Jess,” has always had problems. At 13, she started taking drugs and running away from home. She spent five years in prison, and when she got out, my older sister offered to let Jess live with her so she could get a job and go to […]

Horoscope Jan. 26, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There’s so much you want to do in the new year, and something about today’s events gives you the idea to get started on one of your major ambitions. A phone call will get the ball rolling. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Physical attractiveness is important, but not that important. You know […]

Bridge Jan 26

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder TO DEFEND OR NOT TO DEFEND BETTER As we all know, defense is the hardest part of the game. Some players, when the declarer, carefully count losers and winners, and work out a sensible line of play. But as soon as they go on defense, they stop thinking and […]

A truly misinformed writer

The letter writer of Jan. 14 (A truly frightening column) was correct when he stated that “behind the mobocracy rhetoric lies a distrust of the democratic process.” Yes, we have the same mistrust that the nation’s founders had and which led them to form a republic, not a democracy. Did the writer overlook the quote of James […]