Monday, March 30, 2015

Four No. 1 seeds in the women’s Final Four

The women’s Final Four will have a familiar feel to it with three of last year’s teams back in the national semifinals. UConn, Notre Dame and Maryland all return to the Final Four while South Carolina is making its first appearance. It’s the third time in the history of the Final Four that all four […]

UConn reaches 8th straight Final Four with win over Dayton

ALBANY, N.Y. — Getting to the Final Four never gets old for Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points to help UConn beat Dayton 91-70 on Monday night to advance to the national semifinals for an eighth straight season. “I love going to the Final Four. I don’t care how many […]

Bookkeeper, armored driver accused of stealing brothel money

PAHRUMP, Nev. — A brothel employee and an armored vehicle driver from Las Vegas face felony theft charges following their arrests in a months-long investigation of cash disappearing from a Nevada brothel, a sheriff said Monday. Bookkeeper Shiva Zamiri, 42, and Loomis Fargo & Co. driver Jessie Aulelava, 25, may have stolen more than $100,000 […]

Grizzlies beat Kings 97-83 to end three-game skid

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored 18 points, Jeff Green added 16 and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped their three-game losing streak with a 97-83 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. The Grizzlies moved back into the second spot in the Western Conference playoff race by a half-game over the Houston Rockets, who lost […]

Cauley-Stein, Kaminsky, Okafor among Wooden Award finalists

LOS ANGELES — Willie Cauley-Stein of Kentucky, Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin and Jahlil Okafor of Duke are among the 10 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s top college basketball player. The trio, who are all participating in this week’s Final Four, along with Jerian Grant of Notre Dame and D’Angelo Russell […]

Today in history: April 1, 2015

Today is Wednesday, April 1, the 91st day of 2015. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool’s Day. TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: On April 1, 1789, the U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York; Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first House speaker. On this date: […]

US offer for climate treaty: Up to 28 percent emissions cut

WASHINGTON — In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House’s plans. The U.S. plans to announce its commitment Tuesday, the informal deadline for nations […]

Hendricks’ shutout streak ends, Cubs top Giants

MESA, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks gave up his first runs against big league batter this spring after extending his scoreless streak to 12 innings in an 8-5 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Hendricks, who went 7-2 with a 2.46 ERA as a rookie, didn’t allow a run in his […]

Lawrie hits 2 homers as A’s rout Rockies 11-2

MESA, Ariz. — Brett Lawrie had a pair of home runs and four RBIs, Drew Pomeranz pitched six scoreless innings and the Oakland Athletics routed the Colorado Rockies 11-2 Monday. Lawrie hit a solo homer in the sixth off Ryan Arrowood for a 6-0 lead and capped a five-run sixth with a three-run homer against […]

24 percent of voters registered without political preference

SACRAMENTO — New state figures continue the trend of the fastest growing segment of the California electorate registering without any political affiliation. Secretary of State Alex Padilla released voter registration figures on Monday showing almost 24 percent of voters have no party preference. The report says California had 17.7 million registered voters in February. Of […]

Ex-FBI agent sentenced to 10 years in Afghan kickback scheme

SALT LAKE CITY — A former FBI agent accused of trying to derail a Utah investigation into an alleged defense contractor kickback scheme was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday. Prosecutors say that in exchange for promised riches, now-retired New York counterintelligence agent Robert Lustyik Jr. created a dossier of fabricated interviews with former […]

25th annual Rush Ranch Open House on April calendar

SUISUN CITY — The 25th annual Rush Ranch Open House will take place in April at the ranch 2 miles south of Highway 12 on Grizzly Island Road. The first open house event in 1991 marked the grand opening of Rush Ranch. Solano Land Trust purchased Rush Ranch in 1988 and after three years of preparation opened […]

US consumer spending edges up 0.1 percent in February

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers spent just slightly more in February even though their income rose by a healthy amount. But economists hope bigger paychecks will give spending a bigger boost in the coming months. Consumer spending edged up a tiny 0.1 percent following declines of 0.2 percent in both January and December, the Commerce Department […]

Court ruling opens door for federal execution of murderer

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has affirmed the mental competency of a man sentenced to die for kidnapping, torturing and murdering an Idaho boy in 2005. Joseph Edward Duncan III was convicted of killing several members of a Coeur d’Alene family before snatching their two young children. Prosecutors said Duncan took the children […]

Montoya has swagger back, but also shows softer side

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — There was a time when the edge to Juan Pablo Montoya was evident everywhere he went. His arrogance was on display as he walked through the paddock, his confidence in a race car clear with every fearless move he made. But when the success stopped, the great JPM was no longer […]

A year later than expected, Michigan St back in Final Four

DETROIT — Michigan State’s run to the Final Four came one season later than expected, and that’s part of the reason coach Tom Izzo is enjoying it so much. “Last year we were picked by the president and everyone else, and we didn’t get out of the Elite Eight,” Izzo said Monday. “It doesn’t matter […]

Helen Mirren film set for debut

FAIRFIELD — Justice, six decades later, is the plot of “The Woman in Gold,” which leads this week’s new movie listing. It opens Wednesday. Helen Mirren plays a Jewish refugee forced to flee Vienna in World War II. Many years later, determined to salvage some dignity from her past. she begins a crusade to recover […]

Connecticut governor: move ’16 Final Four unless law changes

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s governor and UConn’s athletic director are calling on the NCAA to consider moving next year’s Women’s Final Four out of Indianapolis unless changes are made to Indiana’s new religious-objections law. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other critics contend the law would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians based […]

Police: Missing college athlete died on Los Angeles freeway

LOS ANGELES — A University of California, Berkeley soccer player who disappeared after leaving a weekend party was killed by a car as he ran across a Los Angeles freeway, police said Monday. The 19-year-old freshman, Eloi Vasquez, died early Saturday on eastbound Interstate 10 about a mile from the University of Southern California after […]

BNSF railroad adds new safety rules for crude oil trains

OMAHA, Neb. — BNSF has started taking additional safety measures for crude oil shipments because of four recent high-profile derailments in the U.S. and Canada, the railroad said Monday. Under the changes, BNSF is slowing down crude oil trains to 35 mph in cities with more than 100,000 people and increasing track inspections near waterways. […]

Raiders re-sign free agent defensive lineman C.J. Wilson

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders have re-signed free agent defensive lineman C.J. Wilson. The team announced the deal Monday. Wilson joined Oakland last offseason and became a part of the team’s defensive line rotation. He started seven games and recorded 22 solo tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. Wilson spent his first four seasons […]

Pharmacists’ group discourages providing execution drugs

SAN DIEGO — The American Pharmacists Association on Monday adopted a policy that discourages its members from providing death-penalty drugs. The new guidelines could make it tough for death penalty states, like Texas, that have been looking at made-to-order execution drugs from compounding pharmacies as the answer to a nationwide shortage of execution drugs. The […]

Exercising critically ill patients may help speed recovery

WASHINGTON — The intensive care unit is a last frontier for physical therapy: It’s hard to exercise patients hooked to ventilators. Some hospitals do manage to help critically ill patients stand or walk even if they’re tethered to life support. Now research that put sick mice on tiny treadmills shows why even a little activity […]

National parks call on Americans to ‘Find Your Park’

WASHINGTON — After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the country’s most beautiful and historic places, though it also suffers from an $11 billion backlog of unfunded maintenance and a visitor base that’s aging and mostly white. With its centennial approaching in 2016, the park service is launching a campaign Thursday […]

California leaders routinely use private email

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other top elected officials in California acknowledge using personal email accounts to conduct government business, and it’s not clear if their private exchanges are retained as public records or subject to disclosure. An Associated Press survey of email use by the state’s four legislative leaders […]

Rebuild Gaza to avert next war

Nearly seven months after the end of the latest war in Gaza, none of the underlying causes of the conflict have been addressed. In the meantime, the people of Gaza are experiencing unprecedented levels of deprivation, and the prospect for renewed armed conflict is very real. In June 2014, the Hamas-backed government in Gaza was […]

An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, study says

CHICAGO — An apple a day doesn’t necessarily keep the doctor away. That’s according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples. The findings don’t mean apples aren’t good for you but they do underscore that it takes more than just […]

Indiana lawmakers try to quiet firestorm surrounding new law

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence called off public appearances Monday and sports officials planned an “Indy Welcomes All” campaign ahead of this weekend’s NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis as lawmakers scrambled to quiet the firestorm over a new law that has much of the country portraying Indiana as a state of intolerance. Republican legislative leaders […]

UnitedHealth bulks up for prescription drug cost battle

The nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth, will muscle up for its fight against rising prescription drug costs by spending more than $12 billion to buy pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. Pharmacy benefits managers, or PBMs, help negotiate the prices that customers pay for prescription drugs. They are seen as a key component in the push […]