New Malibu marks a first — stop-start engine

The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu packs a surprise: It’s the first mainstream mid-size sedan sold in the United States with standard automatic engine stop-start that saves gasoline. The system turns off the car’s engine in certain conditions when the vehicle is stopped and automatically turns it back on as a driver lets up on the brake […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Legal pot sales bring long lines to Colorado

DENVER (AP) — Long lines and blustery winter weather greeted Colorado marijuana shoppers testing the nation’s first legal recreational pot shops Wednesday. It was hard to tell from talking to the shoppers, however, that they had waited hours in snow and frigid wind. “It’s a huge deal for me,” said Andre Barr, a 34-year-old deliveryman […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Rose Parade hosts its first same-sex wedding

PASADENA (AP) — Standing atop a giant wedding cake float, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair exchanged vows New Year’s Day in the first same-sex marriage during the Tournament of Roses Parade. Throngs of spectators cheered as the men, dressed in dark suits, faced each other and held hands before the Rev. Alfreda Lanoix, who officiated […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Former Israeli leader Sharon in critical condition

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for eight years, was in critical condition today, clinging to life after a decline in the functioning of various bodily organs, his doctors said. Dr. Zeev Rotstein, director of Tel Hashomer hospital, said Sharon’s condition had deteriorated over the past […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Passengers rescued from icebound Antarctic ship

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A helicopter rescued all 52 passengers from a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve after weather conditions finally cleared enough for the operation Thursday. The Chinese helicopter carried the scientists and tourists from the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy in groups of 12 to an […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Record-low rainfall leaves farms, ranches parched

Dec. 31 marked the end of the driest year ever for Davis, but only the start of trouble for its neighbor farmers and ranchers. Davis accumulated just 5.23 inches of rain last year — compared to 19.6 inches in a normal year. It’s the lowest amount since totals were first recorded in 1893, breaking a […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Bob Dunning: Bugs and suds make for a good time

“Catch a butterfly and win a beer,” said the headline in last Sunday’s paper. Yeah, sure. I read about this contest every year, and every year it seems that the Professor of Insects with Floppy Wings who sponsors this contest ultimately declares himself the winner of the beer. “Collect the first cabbage white butterfly of […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youths

By David Crary and Nomaan Merchant The Boy Scouts of America began accepting openly gay youths on New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications — ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades. Yet despite their […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Here are eating tips for losing weight

By Marjie Gilliam Q: I read an article about how certain foods affect the waistline, and have taken steps to avoid them. I am determined to get better looking abs in the New Year, and wondered, are there other things that I can do? A: The abdominal area is probably the most stubborn area of […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Planting project planned Jan. 11 along Putah Creek

Local residents are invited to join AmeriCorps and the Watershed Stewards Project in planting a variety of vegetation along Putah Creek on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “By restoring the native vegetation along Putah Creek, we will help to enhance habitat for a variety of animals, both on land and in […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Data show Yolo residents among state’s healthiest

Yolo County residents are fairly healthy when compared to the rest of California — as well as the rest of the country — according to some recently released health rankings.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released data in December showing that Yolo ranks fifth among 57 counties — Alpine County was not ranked — when it comes to health outcomes and 11th in health factors. The rankings took into account tobacco use, diet and exercise, alcohol use, access to health care, education and other factors, as well as outcomes related to mortality and morbidity.

UCD study links cholesterol, Alzheimer’s

A new UC Davis study pairs a pattern of high levels of “good” cholesterol and low “bad” cholesterol with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a warning to those in middle age, when amyloid, a sticky protein, first begins building up on the outside of the brain’s nerve cells, said the study’s lead author, Bruce Reed. […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

‘Journaling Through Grief’ support group begins

Yolo Hospice’s “Journaling through Grief” is a monthly facilitated group that will explore and express thoughts, feelings and reactions to grief in a non-judgmental and confidential atmosphere. “Journaling can help clarify and give expression to grief,” a news release said. “Experience the power of hearing others’ stories and sharing yours at your own comfort level.” […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Group helps grieve loss of pet

The deep love and strong bonds we have with our pets can evoke profound grief and mourning when our animals die. Yolo Hospice offers a pet loss grief group that provides support and understanding. The group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the Yolo Hospice offices, 1909 […]

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