Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bob Dunning: Just assume everyone thinks it’s a good idea

DEMOGRAPHIC MATHEMATICS … in a story about legislation recently introduced by Lois Wolk, it was noted that it is apparently supported by eight different subgroups of voters, including a majority of both men and women … now, the last time I checked, if something is supported by a majority of both men and women, it […]

Crash leads to DUI, hit-run arrest

A Dixon man is facing felony hit-and-run charges following a collision in Davis last week. Davis police Lt. Tom Waltz said Monday that 32-year-old Richard Lee Camp was leaving the downtown area at about 9:20 p.m. Thursday when he rear-ended another vehicle on southbound Richards Boulevard near Olive Drive, injuring the other driver. He then […]

Senate Dems block GOP effort to wind down pipeline debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the top priority of the Republican-controlled Congress. In a 53-39 vote, the Senate blocked an attempt by Republican leaders to wind down debate. That’s short of the 60 votes needed. The vote caps a partisan dispute — […]

New-home sales jump 11.6% in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes accelerated strongly in December, a sign that home-buying may improve this year after a lackluster 2014. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new home sales climbed 11.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000. The gains were not enough to offset essentially flat […]

Blizzard howls its way into Boston

New York avoids the worst By Bob Salsberg and Denise Lavoie BOSTON (AP) — A howling blizzard heaped snow on Boston, the rest of eastern Massachusetts and parts of Long Island on Tuesday, delivering wind gusts topping 75 mph, but it failed to live up to the hype farther south in Philadelphia and New York […]

Death notice: Lorraine Bernice DeGraff

Lorraine Bernice DeGraff died Jan. 18, 2015, in Sacramento. Born Aug. 7, 1930, in Bowmanville, Canada, she was 84 years old. A nursing graduate of Stanford University, she also earned a master’s degree in education from Cal State Chico and completed a post-master’s program in handicapped child care from the University of Washington. She was […]

Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell

MADRID (AP) — Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country’s North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said. Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said investigators, working with their Moroccan counterparts, were struck by the similarities […]

Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive

By Peter Leonard The Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels. […]

Abe ‘speechless’ after video claims IS hostage dead

By Yuri Kageyama The Associated Press TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister said Sunday he was “speechless” after an online video purported to show one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and demanded the release of the other. Shinzo Abe said on NHK TV that the video was likely […]

GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

By Ray Henry and Kathleen Foody The Associated Press ATLANTA — A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses. Other states would protect government officials who opt out of performing gay nuptials. In Georgia, where lawmakers are considering a bill that critics fear could allow businesses to discriminate […]

Abortion opponents express renewed hope at California rally

By Lisa Leff The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Anti-abortion activists attending a march in San Francisco on Saturday offered personal stories about how an abortion negatively affected their lives and expressed renewed hope that the procedure will be outlawed or at least further curtailed now that Republicans are back in control of Congress. Thousands […]

Northeast preps as winter storm approaches

By Albert Stumm PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cities in the Northeast prepared Friday for a messy mix of rain, snow and sleet that is bearing down on the area this weekend in what forecasters are calling the Interstate 95 corridor’s first brush with a significant winter storm this season. The National Weather Service said the exact […]

Automakers to add electric charging stations

By Aaron M. Kessler WASHINGTON — As sales of electric vehicles languish, automakers are starting to address one of the biggest obstacles to their wider acceptance: the lack of charging stations. On Thursday, BMW and Volkswagen announced a plan to install 100 high-speed charging stations on busy corridors this year on the East and West […]