Saturday, April 25, 2015

Aden hit by coalition airstrikes amid fierce street battles

SANAA, Yemen — Saudi-led coalition warplanes launched dozens of airstrikes on Yemen’s southern port city of Aden Saturday, as Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies mobilized hundreds of reinforcements in an effort to wrest control of the city from militias supporting embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, security officials and eyewitnesses said. The officials said […]

Mother in custody dispute freed after 8 years behind bars

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A southern New Jersey woman jailed in an international custody dispute has been freed after spending more than eight years behind bars and is likely to be reunited with her daughter who’s been without either parent for nearly a decade. Forty-nine-year-old María Jose Carrascosa, a native of Spain, was released from jail […]

Thousands take to the streets for Freddie Gray rally

BALTIMORE — Thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday to demand answers in the case of Freddie Gray, the largest rally since the 25-year-old black man died in police custody. Signs in hand, with slogans such as “Jail Killer Police!” and “Unite Here!,” demonstrators filled two city blocks and marched 2 miles to City Hall, […]

Italy marks 70th anniversary of anti-Nazi uprising

ROME — Italy on Saturday celebrated the 70th anniversary of a partisan uprising against the Nazis and their Fascist allies near the end of World War II. President Sergio Mattarella marked Liberation Day by laying a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier in Rome. The anniversary marks the day in 1945 when the […]

European authorities stop illegal horse meat network

PARIS — European authorities say police in several countries have detained 26 people in a crackdown on an organized crime network accused of trading in illegal horse meat. Eurojust, the EU agency for judicial cooperation, said in a statement late Friday that the network falsified documents and sold meat from horses unfit for human consumption. […]

Italian navy rescues 274 from migrant ship off Libyan coast

AUGUSTA, Sicily — Italian authorities say they have rescued 274 migrants from a migrant vessel in the Mediterranean, while more than 300 rescued a day earlier arrived in a port in Sicily. Italian Navy spokeswoman Giorgia Trecca said Saturday’s rescue took place off the Libyan coast but could not give details. There were no reports […]

Michael Brown’s parents file lawsuit against Ferguson

CLAYTON, Mo. — Michael Brown’s parents filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson on Thursday, opening a new chapter in the legal battle over the shooting that killed their son and sparked a national protest movement about the way police treat blacks. Attorneys for Brown’s parents promised the case would bring to light new forensic […]

Gay marriage a difficult issue for GOP White House hopefuls

NEW YORK — For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They’re for it. Many Republican VIPs — notably the presidential hopefuls — face a far more complicated landscape. Looming ahead for these contenders are early contests in states such as Iowa and South Carolina, where a major role will be played by […]

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general

WASHINGTON — Loretta Lynch won confirmation to serve as attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 vote installs Lynch, now U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, as the first black woman in the […]

American, Italian hostages killed in US drone strike

WASHINGTON — Blaming the “fog of war,” President Barack Obama revealed Thursday that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and an Italian, two hostages held by al-Qaida, as well as two other Americans who had leadership roles with the terror network. Obama somberly said he took full responsibility for the January CIA […]

New DNA codes for mammoths: Step toward bringing them back?

NEW YORK — Scientists are getting their best look yet at the DNA code for the woolly mammoth, thanks to work that could be a step toward bringing back the extinct beast. Researchers deciphered the complete DNA code, or genomes, of two mammoths. The new genomes are far more refined than a previous one announced […]

Police may have ignored seatbelt policy with Freddie Gray

BALTIMORE — Freddie Gray died from spinal trauma a week after being arrested by a group of officers, hoisted into police van and driven to a Baltimore station. According to a lawyer for the officer’s union, Gray wasn’t strapped in with a seatbelt. Failing to belt an inmate would violate a policy on handling detainees […]

Rent spike pushes cartoon museum from San Francisco space

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s nothing funny about the uncertain transition of the Cartoon Art Museum. The San Francisco facility bills itself as the only museum in the West dedicated to preserving and sharing “cartoon art in all its forms.” Over the past 30 years, it has exhibited editorial cartoons, comic books, graphic novels, anime, Sunday […]

ABC News keeps tight lid on Bruce Jenner interview

NEW YORK — The first on-air promo for Friday’s broadcast interview with Bruce Jenner didn’t even show his face, an illustration of the line ABC News is walking in trying to drum up interest for the program while saying virtually nothing about it. The two-hour interview special with the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and estranged […]

Elton John’s heart-shaped glasses stolen from Memphis museum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Officials say a pair of Elton John’s heart-shaped glasses has been stolen from a display case at a Memphis museum. Memphis police said Wednesday the glasses were taken from the Memphis Rock n’ Soul Museum. Officers were called to the museum Tuesday night, when employees noticed the glasses were missing. Officers said […]

Derek Hough injured at “Dancing with the Stars’ rehearsal

NEW YORK — Derek Hough is recovering from injuries that have him sitting out of performances at Radio City Music Hall and could sideline him on “Dancing with the Stars.” The Emmy Award-winning choreographer was injured Monday while rehearsing for next week’s 10th Anniversary “Dancing” special. He was diagnosed with a broken toe on his […]

Suisun sweetens deal for July 4th beer garden

SUISUN CITY — The first time, Suisun City went looking for local nonprofits that would be willing to run the Fourth of July beer garden concession in return for 25 percent of the profits, and none bit. A council majority agreed Tuesday to put more bait on the hook by asking if local nonprofits would run the […]

Oversight panel for Measure P wins praise

FAIRFIELD — An oversight panel created as a requirement of Measure P won praise Tuesday from City Manager David White and others for its work. “They ask a lot of direct questions,” he said of the five members. “They challenge us.” Councilwoman Pam Bertani said, “We are blessed to have you all working this hard.” […]

Authorities: Man facing charges intentionally crashes plane

SAN FRANCISCO — A pilot killed himself by intentionally crashing his plane into a field in Northern California a day after pleading not guilty to domestic violence charges, authorities said Tuesday Zachary Cain Stickler, 34, entered the plea on Friday in Shasta County Superior Court to a felony count of making criminal threats and a […]

California officials propose higher rates for some

SAN FRANCISCO — California households that use the least electricity would start paying more for it, under a proposal put before state utility regulators on Tuesday intended to bring the prices charged for electricity more in line with its actual costs. Critics contended the rate proposal by state administrative law judges would raise rates for […]

Tank named “Beautiful Bulldog” in Iowa contest

DES MOINES, Iowa — The pups came from as far away as New Jersey and Tennessee in hopes of landing a new nickname: “Beautiful Bulldog.” They were all defeated by a native son who likes eating snow and watching turtles. A 2-year-old dog from Des Moines named Tank won the 36th annual Beautiful Bulldog contest Sunday […]

Video: Islamic State kills Ethiopian Christians in Libya

CAIRO — Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed Sunday. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group’s atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq. The release of the 29-minute video comes a day […]

Report: Kuwait discovers 4 new oil fields in kingdom

KUWAIT CITY — Kuwait’s state news agency says the state-run Kuwait Oil Co. has discovered four new oil fields. The Kuwait News Agency quoted KOC’s CEO Hashim Hashim on Sunday as saying that the discovery of these fields will “fortify Kuwait’s standing as an international producer of oil.” Hashim said that the discovery is the […]

Survivor: Smugglers locked hundreds in hold of capsized boat

ROME — A smuggler’s boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya’s coast as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union Sunday to finally meet demands for decisive action. Italian prosecutors said a Bangladeshi survivor flown to Sicily for treatment told them […]

Time plus distance help some Oklahoma City victims move on

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City bombing thrust Diane Koch into the life of a crime victim’s advocate for 13 years, until she realized she had to leave the state to start a new chapter of life. Bud Welch said his ability to eventually forgive enabled him to survive emotionally after the death of his daughter. […]

San Francisco marks anniversary of 1906 earthquake

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco officials and residents held a moment of silence, as they gathered around a fountain in the early morning hours to mark the 109th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the crowd at Lotta’s Fountain observed a moment of silence as the clock struck 5:11 a.m. Saturday. […]

Vanden robotics team ready to compete in world championships

FAIRFIELD — Over the years, Vanden High School has built a strong reputation for being highly competitive on the athletic field. However, their best team might be one that most people have never heard of. The Vanden robotics team, or Robovikes, will travel Tuesday to compete in the First Tech Challenge World Championships in St. […]

Teen victim of Dixon shooting dies

DIXON — A victim of a shooting that took place at approximately 8:10 p.m. Friday has died from his injuries, according to Dixon Police Chief Jon Cox. The shooting took place at Dixon’s Northwest Park, located at the corner of North Lincoln Street and West H Street. The victim, a 17-year-old white male, was found […]

Roundup prepares children, parents for kindergarten

FAIRFIELD — Kindergarten isn’t a world of jump ropes and finger paints as it might have been at one time. The first official year of school for most children has taken on an added level of seriousness as far as child development is concerned. As a result, the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School on Saturday hosted a Kindergarten Readiness […]

Horoscopes: April 18, 2015

This new moon is a spring-cleaning heyday. It isn’t just about the expiration date of pantry items, the dust on floorboards or the mystery grime inside of the microwave. It’s also about your soul. Your internal environment will be renewed by refreshing your external environment, and vice versa. So start anywhere – the stars are […]