Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Judge says American can’t end retiree benefits yet

DALLAS — A federal judge has rejected an attempt by American Airlines to quickly cut off benefits for many of its retirees. American wants retirees who wish to keep their benefits to pay all the cost. Now the dispute could go to negotiations or a trial. On Friday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Sean Lane in […]

Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem

DETROIT — Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts. The recall covers SUVs from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Mazda says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that the frame can rust and a wheel control arm can separate from it. That could result in a […]

5 features an Amazon phone might offer

NEW YORK — A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer. Amazon hasn’t confirmed that it has plans for a smartphone. Introducing such a device would be tough in a crowded […]

Vanden clinches at least share of SCAC boys tennis title

FAIRFIELD — The Vanden High boys tennis team clinched at least a share of the Solano County Athletic Conference title with a 9-0 win over Benicia, Thursday. The Vikings (13-2) had no trouble against the Panthers as no one dropped more than three games in a set. “It’s always nice to do well,” Vanden coach […]

Health insurance is great, but when can I see a doctor?

As the Affordable Care Act unfolds, newscasters report statistics about the numbers of “newly insured.” Is the figure 6 million or 7 million? How many of them had insurance previously? How many of those who attempted to sign up for insurance have paid their premiums and achieved coverage? Conflating health care access with having insurance […]

Grandma’s travel diaries inspire book, look into past generations

FAIRFIELD — Sixty years ago, the late Ruth Chidsey Bates Lewis boarded the train in Pomona and set out on a cross-country trek. She was 58 and traveled alone, leaving her husband at home. She kept a travelogue in numerous pocket-size, spiral-bound memo pads. She also snapped photos and wrote basic information on the back. […]

Celebrate the coming of spring

From barren to beautiful, from bare branches to blossoms and buds – the annual pageant of the resurrection of life has begun. Spring has arrived. My early notice came from the honking sounds of the squadrons of geese heading north. The early, pure white blooms of mock pear trees soon followed. All were a prelude […]

Proposal would slow enlisted military compensation

Military leaders lead. Politicians can lead too, of course, but usually not before sticking a wet finger in the wind to learn how political winds blow. The contrast was evident Wednesday as top enlisted leaders delivered a kind of suck-it-up-and-punch-us message to a group of nervous senators. The armed services personnel subcommittee wanted to know […]

Service members with county ties complete training

Army Reserve Pvt. Austin S. Miller graduated from basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood in Waynesville, Mo. Miller is the son of Sharen Crum of Vallejo. Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael D. Nelson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Nelson is a 2007 graduate of Armijo High […]

60 years and changing: The Air Force Academy

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Sixty years into its existence, the Air Force Academy is changing again. This time, the biggest change is money. Planned Pentagon budget cuts of $900 billion in the next decade will take their toll, with 99 job cuts and the elimination of 10 academic majors. But other moves are afoot. This year, the public […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Friday, April 4, 2014

TV Sports Auto racing •Formula One, practice for Bahrain Grand Prix, at Sakhir, Bahrain, NBCSN, 8 a.m. •NASCAR, Nationwide Series, pole qualifying for O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, at Forth Worth, Texas, FS1, 1 p.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Duck Commander 500, at Forth Worth, Texas, FS1, 3 p.m. •NASCAR, Nationwide Series, O’Reilly Auto Parts […]

F-22 returning to Reno Air Races in fall

RENO, Nev. — The F-22 Raptor is returning this fall to the Reno National Championship Air Races. The most advanced stealth fighter in jet history has a state-of-the-art thrust system that allows it to hover sideways in midair and pivot 360-degrees at nearly any speed. The federal government shutdown forced the cancellation of the F-22′s […]