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‘Hunger Games’ beats ‘Good Dinosaur,’ ‘Creed’ at box office

LOS ANGELES — Despite some mighty competition, Katniss and her crew dominated the box office once again. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2″ held on to its first-place spot in its second weekend in theaters, earning $51.6 million to top “The Good Dinosaur” and “Creed,” which both debuted Wednesday, according to Rentrak estimates on Sunday. […]

In Kenyan town, Christians worship under police guard

GARISSA, Kenya — As song and prayer drifted from the open, ivy-lined doorways of a Catholic church in Garissa, several security officials, including Muslims, stood watch on the grounds nearby. Their presence was a reminder of the violence that hit this Kenyan town in April, when Islamic extremists killed nearly 150 people at a college […]

No. 13 Stanford rallies past No. 4 Notre Dame 38-36

STANFORD — Kevin Hogan put quite a capper on his Stanford career on senior day. Hogan threw four touchdown passes and drove the 13th-ranked Cardinal to the winning 45-yard field goal by Conrad Ukropina on the last play of a 38-36 victory over No. 4 Notre Dame in a playoff elimination game Saturday night. Hogan […]

Cardinals the team playing for something now against 49ers

SANTA CLARA — For the past four seasons, the Cardinals watched the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks rule the NFC West, and it sometimes left Arizona with little to play for late in the year. Oh, how that’s changed in 2015, with the Cardinals among the NFL elite. Arizona (8-2) brings a four-game winning […]

Red Devils win NorCal title

MANTECA — Solano United’s Red Devils U10 boys soccer team won three straight games at the NorCal Championships to win the title in their division, defeating Manteca 1-1 (PK), Elk Grove, 4-3 and De Anza, 3-1. In the quarterfinals, the Red Devils grabbed a 1-0 lead early in the game on a goal by Tyler […]

Warriors run NBA-record start to 18-0, beat Kings 120-101

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry scored 17 of his 19 points in the first quarter and Draymond Green had his second straight triple-double as the Golden State Warriors extended their NBA record to 18 straight wins at the start of a season Saturday night with a 120-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Leading by 10 points […]

Alabama beats Auburn, stays in contention for playoffs

NO. 2 ALABAMA 29, AUBURN 13 AUBURN, Ala. — Derrick Henry ran 46 times for 271 yards, Adam Griffith kicked five field goals and Alabama beat rival Auburn to win the Southeastern Conference’s West title. Griffith emerged as an Iron Bowl hero for the Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference, No. 2 CFP) two years […]

Ward, Marleau help lead Sharks past Flames 5-2

SAN JOSE — Joel Ward and Patrick Marleau scored power-play goals 50 seconds apart in the second period and the San Jose Sharks beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 on Saturday night. Tommy Wingels, Tomas Hertl and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored and the Sharks won at home for the first time in over three weeks. They […]

Bahamas looking to continue to tap American sports market

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Like all big ideas, this one started small. It was back in 2010 that sports marketing executive Lea Miller first approached government officials in the Bahamas with the brainstorm of bringing NCAA basketball outside the United States — to help lure visitors to the islands during what is an otherwise slow […]

Struve locks up berth at Ironman World Championships

FAIRFIELD — Elizabeth Struve would have described herself as unathletic at some point in her life. That might seems strange for a cross country coach, which Struve is, coaching at Vaca Pena Middle School. It’s a lot stranger for someone who recently qualified for the Ironman World Championships, as Struve did during the Ironman competition […]

Armijo’s Grijalva, Vaca Christian runners strong at state meet

FRESNO — The CIF State Championship Meet for cross country might be the most intimidating of all of the state championships. Hundreds of the best runners in the state gather at Fresno’s Woodward Park and for the vast majority of those runners, like Armijo High’s Luis Grijalva, there’s not a single teammate around to draw […]

Shiffrin uses blazing final run to win World Cup slalom

ASPEN, Colo. — Mikaela Shiffrin shook off the disappointment of a fall the day before and turned in two blistering runs to win a World Cup slalom by 3.07 seconds Saturday, the largest margin of victory in the history of the women’s discipline. The reigning Olympic and world champion flew through the course and finished […]

Boston police probing fight involving 76ers center Okafor

BOSTON — A man has come forward saying Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor assaulted him during a fight in Boston that was recorded on cellphone video and posted online, police said. The man filed a police report Friday saying he was punched and knocked to the ground outside a nightclub early Thursday morning, authorities said. […]

Raiders, Titans leaning on young quarterbacks to snap skids

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Oakland Raiders are showing how quickly a young quarterback can help turn a team around with Derek Carr taking charge in his second season. The Tennessee Titans believe they have just such a quarterback in rookie Marcus Mariota. Now each team needs its quarterback to help snap a skid Sunday. The […]

Schwartzel leads by 3 shots at Alfred Dunhill Championship

MALELANE, South Africa — Charl Schwartzel will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the European Tour’s season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship after a 2-under 70 moved him to 13 under par on Saturday. Schwartzel has returned to form at one of his favorite tournaments, which he’s won three times before along with four […]

Tyson Fury ends Wladimir Klitschko’s heavyweight reign

DUESSELDORF, Germany — Tyson Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision to end the Ukrainian’s 9 1/2-year reign as heavyweight champion on Saturday and take his WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles. After a bruising encounter that ended with cuts near both of Klitschko’s eyes, referee Tony Weeks went to the judges’ scorecards. Cesar Ramos […]

Britain wins doubles, 1 point away from Davis Cup title

GHENT, Belgium — Britain is one point away from lifting the Davis Cup title for the first time in 79 years after winning the doubles against Belgium on Saturday. Brothers Andy and Jamie Murray beat David Goffin and Steve Darcis 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to give Britain a 2-1 lead in the final going into […]

Jones maintains lead at Australian Open, Spieth 3 behind

SYDNEY — Matt Jones shot a 3-under 68 to hold a three-stroke advantage over a surging Jordan Spieth after the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday. Defending champion Spieth holed out with his shot from the fairway on the par-4 17th for an eagle, then had a tap-in birdie on 18 for a […]

Everyone loves same-day delivery, until they have to pay

NEW YORK — Everyone likes the idea of same-day delivery. But who wants to pay for it? That’s the problem merchants face as the busy holiday shopping season approaches. They want to offer customers the near-instant gratification that usually only comes with shopping in stores or via apps like Uber and Seamless. But the logistics […]

Milestones: McCurdy-Waler

Ellyn McCurdy and Bradley Waler of Bend, Oregon, were married on Oct. 10, 2015, at The Willows Bed & Breakfast in Central Point, Oregon. The bride’s parents are Terry and Susan McCurdy, of Fairfield. She works as a human resource director at Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon in Redmond. The groom’s parents are Brent and Barbara Waler of Jacksonville, Oregon. He works as an IT […]

A mostly quiet Small Business Saturday – again

FAIRFIELD — At least it wasn’t raining on this Small Business Saturday, but as far as the businesses were concerned, it might as well have been. Vacaville’s downtown saw a few cars in the early morning, as the day wore on, it got a little busier. This was the first Small Business Saturday for The […]

Recalls this week: glass jar candles, lawn mowers

Glass jar candles with lids that can break upon opening are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Others include lawn mowers with leaky fuel tanks. Here’s a more detailed look: GLASS JAR CANDLES DETAILS: The glass jar candles have glass lids and weigh about 18 oz. They were sold under various brand names, scents and […]

Small talk: Deaf business owners overcome obstacles and prejudice

Joyce M. Rosenberg NEW YORK — Soon after customers arrive at Mozzeria for the first time, they notice something’s different about the restaurant: Virtually every staffer is deaf. Owners Russ and Melody Stein also are deaf, and have run their San Francisco restaurant since 2011. They’ve managed to have a thriving business by overcoming the […]

Stuck waiting: ground delays at US airports on the rise

NEW YORK — On a recent morning, Delta Air Lines Flight 435 pushed back early from the gate at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Passengers watched the safety video and settled in for a six-hour trip. Then they waited. And waited. Still within sight of the gate, their jet sat motionless due to […]

Dwight Peterson

Dwight Anthony Peterson, age 82, former longtime resident of Fairfield, passed away Nov. 16, 2015, at home in Santa Barbara. Dwight is survived by his wife, Winn; daughter, Paige Baird; sons, Kirk (Natalie), Bret (Annie) and Hank (Susie); 15 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. […]

Horoscope: Nov. 29, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Remember those teenage emotions you had that were almost too hard to handle? They’re coming back around now, but this time you can process them with relative grace. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Keep moving. If you stay in one place too long or focus too much on one thing you’ll fall […]

A holiday wish for Alzheimer’s support

For 600,000 California families who have a loved one living with Alzheimer’s, and for the many hundreds of thousands of others who, like mine, who have lost a loved one to the disease, Thanksgiving can be a mixed blessing. The disease is devastating emotionally and, for many of us, financially. But we don’t bear this […]

Careful consideration needed for artificial turf

Consumers Have a Choice—Grass or Polyethylene In the 2015 regular legislative session in California, 62 bills were introduced that had some reference to drought in their text. The Legislature ultimately passed five bills designed to manage the crippling drought throughout the state. Two of those bills, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, dealt with […]

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Oh, Christmas tree: Alamo students launch ‘Star Wars’ offering

VACAVILLE — Do. Or not do. There is no try, Yoda proclaims. The Alamo Elementary School Festival of the Trees Club do, as they have for the past few years. The students decorate a tree for the annual festival. Proceeds from the event benefit Opportunity House, Vacaville’s homeless shelter. This year’s theme is “Star Wars.” Chorus […]

Egotistical co-worker is making my life miserable at work

Dear Annie: My co-worker, “Carl,” has been at his job for 8 years. I’ve been here for 10. We’ve never been friends, but that hasn’t really mattered until now. Recently, Carl and I were put together on a team. It turns out, he is one of the most uncaring, egotistical, self-centered, small-minded individuals with whom […]

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