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Jean Puskas

April 13, 1928 — Oct. 5, 2015 Jean Helene Puskas, 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. She touched many during her lifetime and will be missed by all. Jean was born April 13, 1928, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Harold and Helen Eliason. In 1946, Jean married her life partner, George Puskas, a […]

James C. Burt

Aug. 15, 1962 — Sept. 22, 2015 James (Jimmy) Burt, passed away, Sept. 22, 2015, at Kaiser, Vacaville with his family by his side. Jimmy enjoyed baseball, camping, bowling and fishing. He is survived by his wife, Elzida; parents, Ned and Yvonne Burt; sisters, Cathy Banovitz, Nancy Nashlund; brothers, Michael Burt and David Burt; children, […]

Community Calendar: Oct. 7, 2015

Wednesday Cordelia Rotary Club 7:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Info: June Johnsen, 510-772-8860. Billiards 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fairfield Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Players of all skill levels invited to play. Info: 428-7421. Senior Fitness 8:30 a.m., Fairfield Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Beginning/intermediate exercise and dance class. Drop-in class. […]

AP Interview: Germany still untangling Nazis’ legal legacy

BERLIN — Germany’s justice ministry is embarked on a wide-ranging effort to examine the influence that the Nazis had on the country’s legal system, including the role some German officials played in preventing former Nazis from being prosecuted after the war. The project, 70 years after the end of World War II, comes amid a […]

Eastern European nations work jointly to secure borders

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Several Eastern European countries are cooperating on controlling the flow of migrants at the external borders of the European Union — a program a top Hungarian official said Tuesday could set an example for the rest of the 28-nation bloc. Zsolt Nemeth, head of the Hungarian parliament’s foreign relations committee, said his […]

European data sharing pact with US ruled invalid

LUXEMBOURG — Facebook and thousands of other companies could find it vastly more complicated to do business in Europe after a court ruled that personal data sent to U.S. servers is potentially unsafe from government spying. Some 4,500 companies have long been able to store users’ personal data — everything from status updates and photos […]

Carter sounds nearly ready to open combat jobs to women

ROME — Defense Secretary Ash Carter sounded like he’s nearly made up his mind about opening all combat jobs to women, as he told U.S. troops in Sicily on Tuesday that limiting his search for qualified military candidates to just half the population would be “crazy.” Meanwhile, in memo obtained by The Associated Press, Carter […]

Nobel Prize for missing piece in neutrino mass puzzle

STOCKHOLM — Japanese and Canadian scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for discovering a basic fact about tiny cosmic particles that whiz through your body by the trillions every second: They have mass. Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald were honored for showing that the particles, called neutrinos, spontaneously change from one type to […]

New generation of disillusioned Palestinians drives unrest

SURDA, West Bank — A new generation of angry, disillusioned Palestinians is driving the current wave of clashes with Israeli forces: Too young to remember the hardships of life during Israel’s clampdown on the last major uprising, they have lost faith in statehood through negotiations, distrust their political leaders and believe Israel only understands force. […]

Today in History: Oct. 6, 2015

Today is Tuesday, October 6, the 279th day of 2015. There are 86 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On October 6, 1973, war erupted in the Middle East as Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel during the Yom Kippur holiday. (Israel, initially caught off-guard, suffered heavy losses before […]

Barboza, Thompson lead Warriors past Raptors 95-87

SAN JOSE — Leandro Barbosa scored 15 points, Klay Thompson added 14 and the NBA champion Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 95-87 in a preseason game Monday night. DeMarre Carroll scored 15 points for the Raptors, who played in Vancouver on Sunday. Raptors: Norman Powell scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the […]

Kings down Trail Blazers 109-105 in OT preseason opener

PORTLAND, Ore. — Marco Belinelli had 32 points, including four 3-pointers, and the Sacramento Kings defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 109-105 in overtime Monday night, the preseason opener for both teams. DeMarcus Cousins started and finished with 22 points for the Kings, who missed the playoffs after finishing 29-53 last season. Damian Lillard had 17 […]

Chancellor’s big play allows Seattle to beat Detroit 13-10

SEATTLE — With one big punch, Kam Chancellor showed his importance to the Seattle Seahawks. And once again, the Seahawks may have received another Monday night break from the officials in the same end zone where the infamous “Fail Mary” took place. Chancellor knocked the ball free from Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson at the […]

Woman found dead in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police say a young woman who suffered blunt force trauma to the head was found dead in the city’s Golden Gate Park this weekend. Authorities said Monday the victim’s identity has not been determined. San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza tells KTVU-TV a passerby reported the woman’s death Saturday […]

Giants miss playoffs again after latest championship run

SAN FRANCISCO — The defending champion Giants missed the playoffs in yet another odd-year disappointment, as has become the recent pattern following title runs. Despite that, manager Bruce Bochy is about as proud of this club as he was the teams that won three World Series championships in the previous five years. “It’s a year […]

Backers of California pension overhaul alter ballot language

SACRAMENTO — Backers of a proposed ballot initiative to cut pension spending for California state and local government employees said Monday that they were dropping a measure proposed in June because state Attorney General Kamala Harris found that current employees would lose constitutionally protected vested pension benefits, and they will instead pursue an alternative aimed […]

Marine found dead with gunshot wound at Camp Pendleton

CAMP PENDLETON — A Marine has been found dead with a gunshot wound to the head at a shooting range at Camp Pendleton Marine Base. Officials at the military base say the Marine was taking part in a training exercise in which live ammunition was used Monday morning. The circumstances of the fatal gunshot are […]

Publisher apologizes for textbook calling slaves ‘workers’

AUSTIN, Texas — One of the biggest publishers in the U.S. apologized Monday for calling slaves brought to America “workers” in a geography textbook used widely in Texas, where the wording went unnoticed during the state’s combative and politically charged classroom curriculum reviews. Instead it was the mother of a 15-year-old high school freshman near […]

Oregon shooter rants in writings about having no girlfriend

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The gunman who executed nine people at an Oregon community college before killing himself ranted in writings he left behind about not having a girlfriend and thinking everyone else was crazy, a law enforcement official said Monday. The official also said the mother of 26-year-old gunman Christopher Harper-Mercer has told investigators he […]

Amtrak train hits rocks on track, derails in central Vermont

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — An Amtrak train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., on Monday hit rocks that had fallen onto the track from a ledge, spilling the locomotive and a passenger car down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring seven people, authorities said. The Vermonter train, carrying 98 passengers and four crew members, […]

Defendant in kidnapping first deemed hoax pleads not guilty

SACRAMENTO — A disbarred attorney charged with kidnapping in a California case that police initially dismissed as a hoax has pleaded not guilty. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Matthew Muller entered his not guilty plea Monday in federal court in Sacramento. The 38-year-old Muller is charged in the March kidnapping of Denise Huskins. Muller, a […]

49ers’ Torrey Smith frustrated by offense’s performance

SANTA CLARA — San Francisco 49ers receiver Torrey Smith doesn’t believe things are as bad as they seem, despite his team’s 1-3 record and possessing the league’s lowest-scoring offense. “I feel a lot better than I did yesterday,” Smith said Monday. “But it still doesn’t feel good, at all, losing. Still embarrassed about how we’ve […]

Late mistakes doom Raiders in loss to Bears

ALAMEDA — For coach Jack Del Rio, the latest loss for the Oakland Raiders really boiled down to two plays. Sure there were a couple of unforced turnovers by Latavius Murray, a blown coverage that left another tight end wide open in the end zone and a handful of other crucial plays throughout the game. […]

Nevada, San Francisco agree to settle patient dumping suit

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada has tentatively agreed to pay $400,000 to the City and County of San Francisco to settle allegations that the state wrongfully and intentionally bused psychiatric patients to the city and declined to pay the costs connected with their care. The deal, if approved by the Nevada Board of Examiners and […]

Putah Creek Council announces once-a-year training

WINTERS — Putah Creek Council, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection and enhancement of Putah Creek and its tributaries, will host a once-a-year training for new and returning members of the stewardship team and Lake Solano docents. The training event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in […]

Even you can master a restaurant-quality seared pork chop!

by Katie Workman Sometimes restaurant meals really stun you. You experience a dish so amazing you find yourself saying, “Oh, I could never make that at home.” But then you pause for a moment and think, “Or could I?” This happened to me recently. I went to Stephan Pyles’ amazing Dallas restaurant Stampede 66, where […]

Sadly, no recipe for pureed bass in first Vitamix cookbook

by J.M. Hirsch When you speak to Jodi Berg, you find yourself hoping she’ll channel a little bit of Dan Aykroyd. After all, she’s the fourth generation to head her family’s Vitamix company, maker of those super powered blenders prized by home cooks and professional chefs alike for their ability to grind and puree nearly […]

It’s the season for black and orange… Now in a salad

by Melissa d’Arabian Rice salads are a summertime staple, perfect for picnics and al fresco dining. It just makes delicious sense. They are versatile, unfussy and can be served warm, room temp or chilled. Rice salads also are the perfect side dish that can be turned into a main meal just by adding some rotisserie […]

Playoff Push: Kershaw aims at redemption, stars set to debut

The Major League Baseball playoffs begin this week, starting Tuesday night with the American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. Big stars Andrew McCutchen, Prince Fielder and Zack Greinke, familiar faces David Wright, Johnny Cueto and Adam Wainwright and top rookies such as Kris Bryant fill the rosters of the 10 teams that reached the […]

Column: Harvick advancing bad for everyone else in NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — No one would have blamed a championship contender for getting just a little bit excited when Kevin Harvick wrecked during the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. And it would have been understandable if a driver or two had started salivating a bit when Harvick ran out of gas […]

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